Seven Sacred Oils

The Field Museum

For Immediate Release:
May 5, 2006 

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Unleash the Scent of Ancient Egypt:
Marilyn Miglin’s Seven Sacred Oils

AVAILABLE ONLY AT THE FIELD MUSEUM!

CHICAGO—Ancient Egyptians have long been known for their legacy of beauty. From the lush landscape along the banks of the Nile River to the architectural wonder of the pyramids, splendor reigned in nearly all aspects of ancient Egyptian life and culture. Amidst all of these riches, one luxury stood out: Perfume. The enchanting and exotic scents discovered by the Egyptians were considered, by many, to be more valuable than gold itself. They also serve as the precursors to some of today’s finest, most expensive perfumes.

Despite the thousands of years that have passed since ancient Egyptians began their first forays into the art of perfume-making, beauty authority Marilyn Miglin has rediscovered the secrets behind some of their original scents. These essences are revealed in Marilyn Miglin’s newest set of Egyptian-inspired fragrances: The Seven Sacred Oils. This stunning set of oils contains seven of Ancient Egypt’s most revered scents, and is available exclusively at The Field Museum Store

The Seven Sacred Oils collection contains seven oils cherished by ancient Egyptians for their powerful behavioral effects. They include Spikenard, to stimulate psychic powers; Olibanum, to stimulate the sense of smell; Palm, to revitalize energy; Myrrh, a cherished blood stimulant; Juniper, to calm and cleanse, Fo-ti-tieng, a sexual stimulant; and Lotus, to recall the sweetness of a woman. Marilyn Miglin discovered these special ingredients during a journey to Egypt, where she scoured temple reliefs and ancient hieroglyphs for hints of ancient perfume techniques. These recipes, in addition to traces of fragrances left on ancient perfume vessels, gave Marilyn Miglin unique insights into the treasured scents of the Pharaohs.

These seven sacred oils comprise ingredients of Marilyn Miglin’s renowned scent Pheromone, which was introduced in conjunction with the opening of the first King Tut exhibition at The Field Museum in 1977. Pheromone has since been one of the top selling fragrances sold in luxury department stores nationwide. The release of the Seven Sacred Oils collection nearly 30 years later marks the first time that these stunning fragrances will be available individually. It is in this form that their effects are most potent.

The Seven Sacred Oils collection will be sold in conjunction with the opening of Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs at The Field Museum on May 26. The oils will be sold in a keepsake gold box that features the cartouche designed for Marilyn Miglin by The Field Museum upon the release of her signature scent Pheromone in 1977.
The Seven Sacred Oils collection retails for $125, and can be purchased at The Field Museum’s Main Store and the Field Museum Online Store at http://store.fieldmuseum.org/. Sets also will be available in The Field Museum’s O’Hare International Airport Store (located in terminal 1 at the airport).

Marilyn Miglin is world-renowned as a leading designer of luxury fragrance and beauty products.  In 1963, looking to bring the finest cosmetics and skincare products to the public, Miglin opened the first salon in Chicago featuring high-end beauty items.  When looking to add fragrance to her list of elite products, Miglin was on a quest to find a perfume manufacturer to create a distinctive signature scent worthy of her discerning taste.  When her search met with little interest, Miglin faced the challenge by designing and manufacturing a new fragrance herself.  Today, Marilyn Miglin, L.P. produces timeless classic fragrances such as Pheromone, the world's most precious perfume, Destiny, and Pheromone For Men.

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs opens at The Field Museum on May 26 and runs until January 1, 2007. The exhibition includes more than 130 priceless treasures from King Tut’s tomb, as well as from the tombs of some of his royal ancestors. Advance tickets to the exhibition can be purchased at www.fieldmuseum.org/tut, by calling 866-FIELD-03, or at The Field Museum box office.

The Field Museum is open daily, except for Christmas Day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum’s Summer Hours (May 29-September 4) are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last admission is sold at 4 p.m. The Museum is located at 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive. Indoor parking is conveniently located just steps from the Museum’s main entrance in the Soldier Field Parking Garage. For more information, call (312) 922-9410 or visit www.fieldmuseum.org.

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