While on my travels in Egypt I mentioned in a post or two ago “Egypt Land of The Dead” an amazing little perfume factory in Cairo. “Cleopatra’s Perfume Palace” is an incredible perfume factory on the outskirts of Cairo.
On our tour of Egypt we stopped outside a small door in a terribly looking street, once again I was highly concerned that we were all walking into our slaughter, but once again I was luckily wrong. Walking through the doors you will be greatly surprised, because on the outside, the building looks as though it’s about to fall down, however on the inside you will be seated in a stunning spacious perfume store.
You will then be greeted by an Egyptian man who will offer you something to drink, from there; he will explain what his factory does. In short they create the essence of the perfume, it is a slow and delicate process in which the oil from flowers are ground out and collected drop by drop.
You will be given a card and on this card it will list just over 50 different essences, then the Egyptian man will bring out all the essences and you will smell and try each and everyone. Be prepared, the essences are strong and some might burn your nose.
On a whole the experience was very interesting, and amazing that the smell can be so concentrated. If you haven’t been to an essence factory this is a worth while trip.
Tips of Ecstasy
1. The Egyptian man will try sell you perfume, (he is persistent and will not give up)
2. The cost is about $50 an Oz, (please don’t get ripped off)
3. And most of all have a smashing time!