Attar or Ittar has it’s etymology in Arabic term literally meaning ‘scent’. There are many stories about the origin of attar and it dates back to as far as 5000 years old Indus Valley Civilization. Archeological excavations find of Indus Valley Civilization reveal certain round copper stills. A detailed study by archeologists documents that these stills were used to make attar. These stills called Deg were carried around by attar makers to collect different flowers in full bloom. The petals of these flowers like Rose and Jasmine were used to prepare attar.
Mughal Emperor Jahangir was one of the first patrons of attar who promoted the production on an industrial scale. Emperor Jahangir’s beloved wife Nur Jahan was very fond of attar and she used Rose Attar primarily while taking a bath.
Attar distillation in India first took place in the sacred city of Kannauj. A legend goes by that ascetics or sadhus, who landed in Kannauj used to procure certain scented herbs which they used to light bonfires. The shepherds while grazing their cattle found that the smell lingered on even after the sadhus left the place. This led to the search of the herbs and finally, attars began to be produced in India itself.
Most Famous Indian Attar Perfumes you should use
Attars are characterized on the basis of raw materials used to produce them. Following are the names of top attars made in India that you should try at least once in a lifetime:
Mitti Attar (The Scent of Rain)
Who doesn’t like the beautiful smell of earth after the first rain of monsoon? The scent of the dry earth turning wet gives you a sense of rejuvenation, which is captured in this unique attar. You can consider it for daily use because of the soothing aroma which acts as a stress-buster.
Best Weather – Summer is the best time for using this one-of-a-kind perfume since it provides a cooling effect on the body.
Ruh Gulab (Rose Attar)
The smell of rose is enough to experience the bliss of heaven. Extracted from the Indian Rose damascena, it is one of the most pleasant attars ever made.
Rose flower represents love in most cultures and the fragrance of it is acknowledged by many as the sweetest scent of nature. It is best suited for special occasions such as weddings, family functions, or just for a meeting with your loved one.
Best Weather– Being a ‘Cold’ attar, you can prefer it during the summer but it can also be used in all seasons, especially for your memorable moments.
Ruh Khus (Vetiver Attar)
Made from the roots of the vetiver plant, this attar is known for its quite rich aroma. It has an earthy, woody smell and is also known as the ‘Oil of Tranquility’, an oil to calm your body from the hassles of everyday life. It is one of the ancient attars used in India and has still not lost its popularity among regular attar enthusiasts.
Best Weather– An all-seasons’ favorite, this attar will be perfect for you if you want something for both daily usage and exclusive events.
Saffron Attar(Kesar or Zaffran Attar)
Saffron is known for being a rare and precious spice found on our plant. Found in northern India particularly in Kashmir, raw Saffron is an expensive thing and thus its ‘attar’ is also costlier than many others available in the market.
Because only a few people can afford its pleasure, Saffron Attar symbolizes a lavish lifestyle. The same reason is why it used in many religious ceremonies.
It has a spicy and floral odor. Also, this attar is favored in aromatherapy as well. Not only that, but it has many medicinal applications also. It is recommended for you if the relaxation of mind is your main purpose.
Best Weather- Characterized as a ‘warm’ type of attar, it is suggested to be used mainly in winters. However, it is also ideal to enhance your celebrations.
Jasmine Attar (Kesar or ZaffranAttar)
Jasmine is one of the most known and cherished flowers found on our planet and the same value its ‘attar’ has. It creates a romantic floral ambiance and its sweet and sharp essence is adored by both men and women. Like most of the other attars, it is also preferred by many for its stress-busting attribute, which can relax and refresh your mind and body at the same time.
Best Weather- It is suitable for almost every situation; you can call it ‘the all-rounder of attars.’
Where to Buy Natural Attars Online?
Despite being the kind of fragrances, attar can lose most of its values if not extracted properly. At Sugmy Fragrance, we produce 100% natural attar by extraction through steam distillation. The process is carried out at our manufacturing plant based in Kannauj, India.Only 100% pure and organic raw materials are used to extract attar at Sugmy. The reason why we are able to maintain our standard of quality is that we get our raw materials directly from the farmers, cutting the costs incurred by middlemen. That is how we make sure that our end products are absolutely pure, keeping in mind the well being of our farmer friends.Apart from our star product i.e attar, we also deal in 100% organic essential oils and natural perfumes. Continue shopping to experience the best of results with Sugmy.