Bush Tea Perfume

Remember bush tea?  Many of us growing up would have had the experience of being made to drink bush tea for colds, upset stomach, fever, tape worms, bronchitis, you name it – at some point in time as a child we had to drink bush tea straight up. Of course, due to the bitter taste of many of these herbal teas it… Read More

Jasmine in India

The House of Dior recently released in French (for the English subtitles click on the ‘cc’ button under the video with the other controls) a series of short films entitled The Quest for Essences. The series features some of the classic raw materials used in Dior’s perfumes and beauty products, the countries that Dior acquires them… Read More

Floral edibles

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… Read More

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

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