Category Archives: Scent sense

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 Philippians; 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 that they must […]

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 […]

Vanilla – a pod full of flavours, fragrance and memories

One can’t mention vanilla without thinking of summer holidays at the sea; standing in the ques waiting for your turn at the ice cream van. The delicious taste lingering; being reminded as an adult of those very fond memories of fun and freedom. Oh; but the flavour; please give me more! Boasting 25000 different specifies, […]

A scented garden of love, joy and harmony

Jasmine is said to derive from the Persian word Yasmine, meaning ‘fragrance’. Offering a sweet, narcotic and evocative scent; leaving a lasting trail. A gardener’s delight. Used in religious offerings, meditations, to lift the spirits, decorate garlands and create exquisite perfumes. The jasmine shrub boasts glamorous leaves and a prolific display of 5 petalled delicate […]

Blue gold of old or a resurrected perfume note?

The vast lavender fields in Provence; France are a breath-taking sight for any visitor. No wonder it has been awarded the name ‘blue gold’. Its scent often described as being spicy, peppery, green,herbaceous, misty and smoky. It is believed that ‘lavender’ comes from the Latin word ‘lavare’ which means to wash. Stepping back into the […]