Honoring the guest is much more than a part of the tradition of Islam, it is part of its fundamentals.
During my years of traveling in the Muslim world, I have been a guest all the time. This is how I have learned the art of receiving guests.
When you are guest of a perfumer, you will hope to be invited to smell some very special perfumes, to try them or even to be offered something.
Certainly I do not disappoint my guests in their expectations, but I stupefy them when I serve them tea or coffee flavored with the essences of exotic species. Cardamom, Ginger, Mint, Lemon …
Or when I add to the drinking water a drop of rose or of peppermint, when I spray over the cookies essential oil of grapefruit or lemon, aromatic water of bay laurel and rosemary over the salad or the food.
If they come to me with some cold or other illness, I prepare for them some honey with a few drops of anise or incense ….
Then I say to them my favorite phrase: “Never trust a perfumer who does not drink and eat his perfumes.”