They were skilled navigators and better traders. They lived in prosperous and independent city-states and were great lovers of perfume. With this background, along with a large fleet of light ships with stylised, battle-ready bows, they were fearsome at sea and were prepared to open factories all over the Mediterranean which, in time, would grow into cities. They bought fine and functional metals of all kinds and sold cedar wood to the Egyptians and manufactured goods to the inhabitants of the Greek islands, their trade reaching as far as the coasts of southern Italy and Spain.
While not much evidence of the aromatic products they used exists, archaeologists have discovered an enormous amount of perfume bottles they manufactured. The remains of their passage or stay have been discovered in all the manufacturing centres they developed, but particularly in all the cities they founded, specifically Carthage, but also Cyprus, Crete, Malaga, Cadiz, Ibiza, and many others.