According to Prof. Donato the ancient perfumer's art consisted of three procedures: "enfleurage", soaking, and pressing.
"Enfleurage was used. . . to make ointments,
which were obtained by spreading perfumed petals over a layer
of animal fat. The petals were continually replaced until complete
saturation. . . was achieved. Perfumed oil could also be extracted
by soaking the aromatic in hot oils and filtering what remained."
As a result of Professor Donato's research and work the following fragrances were created.
Rhodinum consisting of 'onphacium', rose blossom, crocus, cinnabar, calamus, honey, rush, sublimated salt, alkamet, and wine.
Myrtum Laurum consisting of oil of Persia, i.e., marjoram, lily, fenugreek, myrrh, cassia, nard, rush and cinnamon, myrtle, and laurel.
Metopium consisting of bitter almonds, 'onphacium', cardamon, rush, calamus, honey, myrrh, balsam, "calbono crescina," and turpentine resin.
Regale Unguentum consisting of myrobalan, costus, ammonal, cinnamon, comacus, cardamon, lavender, myrrh, trifolium, cinnamon cassia, styrax, labdanum, balsam, calamus, rush, oenanthe, pimpinellifolia, laurel, casia, sericato, cyperus, rosewood, panace, saffron, henna, marjoram, lotus, honey, and wine.
Cyprinum consisting of cyperus, 'onphacium', cardamon, clamus, rose wood, and wormwood.
Telinum consisting of fresh oil, cyperus, calamus, melilotus, fenugreek, honey, maro, and marjoram.
Susinum, the most delicate of all, consisting of lily, balsam, honey, cinnamon, saffron, and myrrh.