Category Archives: Scent sense

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 […]

The Harlot of Perfumery

“The tuberose, with her silvery light, that in the gardens of Malay is called the mistress of the night. So, like a bride scented and bright, she comes out when the sun’s away” – Thomas Moore The Aztecs discovered the tuberose as far back as 1519; described as one of the earliest cultivated plants. The […]

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 […]

Scent Sense – Rose Damask

A multi-faceted hardy flower boasting a range of scent from sweet to heady. Romantic, exuberant and sophisticated. A favorite of Shakespeare. A rose with a history and legacy of being more precious than gold. It was a symbol of Damascus when it sat at the centre of the Umayyad Caliphate; celebrated for being the Garden […]