Coco Chanel holds many accolades and is attributed as the first designer to apply her talents to fragrance. In order to concoct just the right balance of floral aromas, she spent her time in the perfume-making city in France, Grasse.
From the 18th century well into the 20th, perfume-makers would harvest delicate jasmine flowers in the late spring. The old fashioned way of rendering perfume from these flowers was to place them on glass plates painted with lard. In turn, these were placed in in wood-framed glass boxes and set in the sun. Over time, fragrant oil leached into the fat, which was then boiled. The resulting vapor was distilled into the finest fragrances marketed around the world.