Alchemy is an influential philosophical tradition whose practitioners have, from antiquity, claimed it to be the precursor to profound powers. Perfume as we know it could not have taken shape without alchemy, the ancient art that undertook to convert raw matter in to perfect purified form.
In this sense, it straddles the line between the tangible and the intangible, the earthly and the ethereal, the real an the magical.
Islamic philosophers also made great contributions to alchemical hermeticism. The most influential author in this regard was arguably Jabir.