Category Archives: Scent sense

explaining one specific fragrance

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 Blossoms

 “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 Delicate 5 petal shaped flowers are Violets. Described as the most virtuous and dainty in the flower kingdom. Signifying modesty, humility, and faithfulness. Folklore suggests that the violet reflects a love that is delicate. Valentine’s Day has […]

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 […]

Scent Sense: Sandalwood

“In the company of sandalwood even thorny trees and wild weeds smell like it.” – Chokha Mela Having visited Indonesia, Thailand and Zanzibar, it was impossible not to be confronted with the rich, sweet, milky and soft classic oriental note of sandalwood. The streets were lined with elegantly carved doors, and sandalwood souvenirs filled almost […]

Scent Sense: Jasmine

Jasmine derives 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 white flowers. It […]

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 […]