World Fragnance Day
Since the age of six, Ergül has been interested in scent science for about 32 years. She is among the most prestigious perfume designers and is the founder of her brand Tiyrus and Association of Fragrance Culture and the inventor of "World Fragrance Day," which has been proposed for approval to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Descendants of Sultan Abdülhamid II pursue the tradition
The conference was overseen by the descendant of Sultan Abdülhamid II, Harun Osmanoğlu (C), his wife Farizet Osmanoğlu (R) and his daughter Nurhan Osmanoğlu (L).
A descendant of Sultan Abdülhamid II, Harun Osmanoğlu, in an interview with Daily Sabah said he has always in stock natural scents, He said he favored rose, musk, oud and jasmine and prefers a special scent for "Friday prayer" and several scents for different periods of day. Harun Osmanoğlu's wife Farizet Osmanoğlu told us that their home smelled with his husband favorite perfumes.
The daughter of Harun Osmanoğlu, Nurhan Osmanoğlu said the favorite scents of the sultans affected the period, and also that she preferred perfume in pure form, not the perfumes sold under brands that have synthetic and added materials. She emphasized that beautiful scents are not luxurious like expensive perfumes and should be a part of the daily cleaning routine. Osmanoğlu said she does not like driving cars and prefers public transportation. She further said the impatience and intolerance in mass transit can be gotten rid of by paying attention to personal hygiene and using these kinds of natural scents. She also underlined that people use perfume without knowing their ingredients.
One of the sponsors of the event, Pelit, prepared a special menu from Ottoman archives especially for the dynasty family that was not made since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. In the menu there were desserts that sultans favored like soap "halva" (helva-i sabuni) that contains almond and honey, "levzine," a kind of halva with almond, cookies with dates and stuffed dates with halva.
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