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Incense is today in much wider use that it was when it first appeared thousands of years ago although its purpose is largely the same. It is used in religious ceremonies, as a method of repelling the insect and as a source of pleasant smell among other things.
Early perfumes where thick and oily with strong scent. When alcohol became a prevailing ingredient for preparing perfumes, much more peasant variants began to appear. The first perfume of this type to appear in Europe was Hungary Water.