Hong-wu: Year 6, Month 2, Day 8
2 Mar 1373
Maritime trading Muslims (海賈回回) offered the fan aromatic "a-la-ji" to the Court. "A-la-ji" is called rose-water (薔薇露) in Chinese. They said: "This aromatic can cure heart disorders and can be mixed with powder and used as a woman's cosmetic." The Emperor said: "There are many Chinese medicines which can cure disease. This is mainly for use as a cosmetic. It is but an extravagance." It was refused.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 4, page 1440