|Pomade set, 1704|
By the 1740's a courtier could not do without pomade. Consequently, new kinds of pomade were sold which were scented to make the sticky substance more appealing. Scents such as lemon, bergamot, jasmine and orange were wildly popular. Usually, pomade was sold in pots but already in 1750 new solid sticks of pomade appeared. They made it easier to get into all those curls and poufs required by fashion.
|Pomade pots from Chantilly|
However, there was another reason than just mere costumer-pleasing to the advent in scented pomades. A proper hairdo took time and quite a deal of money, so it was common to keep the hair in the same style for weeks - or pretty much until the pomade could no longer keep it together. As it happens the smell of grease rotting on top of one's head is not the pleasantest in the world. This is where the sweet flavours come in. In fact, the pomade would often become so rancid that lice, fleas and even rats was attracted by it!
|English pomade pots, 1680|
Since most pomade was sold in pots it did not take long for the perfumers to realise that their exclusive customers appreciated a beautiful packaging as well. Even Sèvres and Chantilly created pomade-pots!