Category Archives: Scent sense

Scent Sense: Cardamom

Cardamom has been heralded as the spice of peace, functioning as a symbol of both hospitality and alliance. As such, at Persian wedding ceremonies, the groom would offer his future bride some cardamom pods, wrapped in silk cloth. Cardamom is the third most expensive spice next to saffron and vanilla. Originating in India, today it also […]

Scent Sense: Tulips

“Tulips are irresistible. One just becomes happy seeing these springtime bouquets explode in a rainbow of colors. Easy to recognize and make for a comfortable flower choice. They are not too romantic, too elegant, too big or too small. They are just right, evoking coziness and a sense of tulip mania security.” An often-posed question […]

Scent Sense: Frangipani

“Nothing evokes that tropical feeling like the serene scent of Frangipani” Frangipani is a timeless, colourful, fragrant flowering tree also known as plumeria and the Hawaiian Lei flower.  Native to warm tropical areas such as Mexico, the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean. Lei garlands have become a tourist tradition when visiting tropical islands such as […]

Scent Sense: Peach Blossom

 “Peach blossoms in affluence, paying tribute to the symphony of nature.” – Shiv Nepal Peach blossoms signify the certainty of spring, an awakening from winter’s slumber. Budding newness, abundance and incredible beauty. They are a reminder that the bees will come. The pink star-shaped little blooms recall fond childhood memories; filled with fun and energy. […]

Scent Sense: Ylang-ylang

“Crowned the ‘flower of flowers’ in the Philippines; evoking the vibrant colours of summer” Ylang-ylang (pronounced “ilang-ilang”) has an exquisite scent profile that is rich, floral, banana-toned, sweet, narcotic and erotic. Coined as the poor man’s jasmine due to the similar scent and lower cost.  The blooms of this flower are so delicate and as a […]

Scent Sense – Violet

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”  –  Mark Twain The violet is a delicate 5 petal shaped flower often described as the virtuous and dainty one of the flower kingdoms. Signifying modesty, humility, and faithfulness. Folklore suggests that the violet reflects a love that is delicate. […]

Anyone who gives you a cinnamon roll fresh out of the oven is a friend for life.

“Anyone who gives you a cinnamon roll fresh out of the oven is a friend for life” — Daniel Handler The pungent aroma of cinnamon is unmistakeable, usually evoking dreams; with apple pie, doughnuts, candies and Christmas cake being beautiful reminders of our youth. It was once such a highly prized spice that wars were fought […]

Neroli, a citrus essence made famous by an Italian Princess.

Neroli carries a beautiful legacy of evoking contentment. A yellow oil distilled from the flower of the orange blossom tree originating from China, north eastern India and central Asia. This citrus essence was made popular by an Italian Princess. I want orange blossoms in my hair, champagne in my hand and love in my heart […]

Scent Sense – Lily of the Valley

“Some believe Lily of the Valley brings a return of happiness.” – Vanessa Diffenbaugh Lily of the Valley has inspired poetry, legends, festivals and traditions. In France there is a Lily of the Valley Festival celebrated on the first of May. It is associated with love, tenderness, innocence and faith. Not surprizing considering how delicate […]