Floral edibles

Strawberry Nasturtium Jellies via laurenconrad.com

Strawberry Nasturtium Jellies via laurenconrad.com

I’ve been collecting images of floral edibles on Pinterest for some time.
What exactly are floral edibles? They are basically any dish, drink or food that is infused with flowers. The flowers become a main part of the dish, not just used as a garnish. Normal everyday meals can be taken to a whole new creatively gourmet level by “cooking with flowers” once the flowers are edible and readily available.
Think, for example, carrot cake with lavender cream cheese, or simple sugar syrups infused with sorrel and geranium leaves, poached pears soaked in jasmine tea, chamomile cookies, rose petal & cardamom cocktails, plain sponge cake with an elderflower glaze…..

For more floral edible inspiration see here.

Geranium Perfume Oil

I have a new perfume available – Bourbon Geranium Perfume Oil – made from geranium flowers that were sourced from Reunion Island, a country that I would very much like to visit one day.  The essential oil that is obtained from geraniums by steam distillation of the leaves and flowers has a strong rosy, sweet-floral scent. I like the smell… Read More

Sugar Cane Soap with lemongrass

Coming soon, another in the range of the sugar cane soaps. And like before, handmade from scratch using freshly pressed sugar cane juice during the harvest season in Barbados. The juice is blended into a base of coconut, olive and castor oils, set in soap molds and left to cure for six to eight weeks… Read More

Perfumer’s garden at Chelsea Flower Show

The annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show took place this year from 19 to 23 May in London. The concept for the garden display of L’Occitane, the French bath and body company, at this year’s show was the history of the perfume industry of Grasse, France. The perfume industry in Grasse, France has been in decline… Read More

Stemone – the scent of freshly cut grass

If you wanted to create a note of freshly cut grass in one of your perfumes, then Stemone, an aromachemical manufactured by Givaudan, would prove very useful. Givaudan is the Swiss manufacturer of flavour and fragrance components for the food and perfume industries. Stemone was developed to be used as a green, leafy middle note in perfumery. The first time… Read More

Tibetan tea, scented cake recipe, and finding a lost perfume formula

Hi everyone, just wanted to share the links to three interesting stories centered around scent and culture that I came across this week: An up-close look at Yak Butter tea, the national drink of Tibet (npr.org) A recipe for orange-scented olive oil cake from saveur.com And for the recently held, much-talked about Met Gala in NYC, a vintage perfume formula was… Read More

New coffee scented perfume

This coffee scented perfume contains real Blue Mountain coffee beans from Jamaica and vanilla from Madgascar. It’s also rich in floral notes of frangipani and jasmine. The solid perfume – made with a base of soy and olive waxes – has been encased in a gorgeous, antique-style perfume compact made from solid brass and can be retained long after the… Read More