In different cultures and at different times, it has been seen that people like what they know, as far as what they smell is concerned. Or what they wish for, such as in certain African regions, the smell of rain is considered the most beautiful scent of all. Culturally, and historically, it would appear from the research I have seen that the most subtle and various and developed sense of what fragrance is and does is the Arabian. Perhaps now, in the modern world, we are approaching what they have always done, with our access to different products and use of different fragrances for different purposes. Both sexes were very attuned to the sense of smell, using different fragrances on different parts of the body, and a greeting by putting the face close to the head so as to inhale the other's scent was considered to the most courteous and warm greeting, and reluctance to do so was seen as a rejection or impoliteness. As usual, the wealthy had more access to the luxury of gardens for scent near the house, and the use of the most precious substances to perfume the body, and special visits to friends or relatives called forth the wardrobe of scents to make a special impression. That seems like a good custom to emulate in the present time. On planning to visit or meet each other, especially as perfumistas who can really appreciate what we have been exposed to, we know which scents are best on ourselves, and so we can present an image by fragrance impression, with sillage or with the closely held perfume of the natural fragrances.
A wonderful article on smell culture from SIRC at Oxford University here.
Arabian perfumes made with fine ingredients can be linked to here.
Above poster from The Art of Perfume - India, 1912