• Short Summary

    One of the things that does not appear to have suffered in Egypt during this time of war is the perfume industry.

  • Description

    1.
    Jasmine picking in farm



    Girls in field picking and singing



    Jasmine being weighted



    Putting into tubs in shed



    Running off almost pure concrete



    Further distillation and concrete being poured into tins for shipment to factory.


    2.
    Exterior Cairo perfume factory



    Interiors bottling and packing cologne



    Checking bottles for imperfections



    Making Max Factor cosmetics - large vats of powder



    Girls making moulds of powder for insertion into plastic cases



    Girls putting moulds of powder into tins and then into cases


    3/4.
    Checking for imperfections, puffs and small cellophane disc being inserted



    Cutaway Max Factor sign



    Making lipstick



    Melting and pouring, 5 minutes in freezer to set then



    Moulds being broken and lipsticks put into cases



    Final shine being put on lipsticks



    Perfume mixing in laboratory and dissolving concrete



    Lipsticks of many brands being tested for melting point




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: One of the things that does not appear to have suffered in Egypt during this time of war is the perfume industry. Egyptian perfumes have been famous for centuries and the Egyptians themselves are constantly trying new ideas one of the latest is a range called May Fair comprising not only perfume but cosmetics. The factory visited in Cairo was under licence to Max Factor to produce their goods. Raw stuff for the cosmetics was imported but the plastic cases for powder were made locally. It was from the know how gained from the Mac Factor operation that the organisation decided to go into the cosmetic business for itself. Far more attractive, however, is the perfume side. About 30 kilometres outside Cairo on the very edge of the desert is a large Jasmine estate where girls pick the flowers every day from 6 - 11am. The picking season lasts until November from June. The Jasmine flowers are then the water content is evaporated leaving behind a thick brown residue which, once it has solidified, is called a concrete. This concrete is worth GBP200 per kilo and the factory produces 80 kilos monthly during the season. The concrete is then shipped to the factory inside Cairo where it is blended with solvents and oils to make the essence for perfumes. One of the new projects is Cologne. Bottles are imported from France and the cologne, after being mixed, stands for three months before bottling. It is good quality cologne aimed at the middle and upper market and is packed attractively.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC6MOISEHYOKBE47B8OB4JSDR4
    Media URN:
    VLVAC6MOISEHYOKBE47B8OB4JSDR4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:26:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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