If we are currently deprived of our usual vacation trips, let us not deprive ourselves of exploring new horizons. The world of scents allows you to escape without having to leave your home. From rose petals from the south of France to patchouli from the faraway lands of Asia, to the amber notes that evoke the warmth of the Orient, we take you to discover the places where olfactory raw materials are cultivated. A peregrination that goes back to the origins of the most beautiful plants, spices and ingredients of the compositions of the fragrances.
The origin of the raw materials: vegetable essences or synthetic molecule?
Faced with the growing concern about the composition of cosmetic products, we talk more and more about “natural fragrances“. One opposes to it the “synthetic perfumes“. The latter have the image of being of poorer quality, olfactory less interesting, even dangerous. However for the fragrances, this bad reputation of the synthetic molecules is not founded.
Natural essences define the extracts obtained from plants, flowers or other sources found in nature. This is particularly the case for essential oils. This does not mean that they are better, more ecological or less allergenic. On the contrary, many natural essences are not recommended for pregnant women, children and for use on sensitive skin.
To make a scented composition, most noses will use natural essences and synthetic molecules. The hedione with the delicately almond smell, the ambergris or the leather notes are, them, obtained thanks to chemistry. Although they can be smelled in a natural environment, they cannot always be extracted directly. They are thus reproduced in the laboratory. A process that also makes it possible to create complex notes with a bewitching smell.
To go further on the subject, you can read our article on the 7 olfactory families.
Flavors and fragrances from the four corners of the world
From the opening of the Silk Road and international trade began the trade of spices, oils, dried flowers and other ointments whose fragrances embalmed the ports. Perfumers were soon able to play with absolutes to create accords between scents. Very well known, rose perfumes may not be as European as you might think. If the May rose (centifolia rose for its scientific name) comes from the perfume capital Grasse, the Damascus rose is nowadays cultivated in Bulgaria or Iran. Patchouli was widely worn by western women in the 60s and 70s, while this plant is native to Asia.
To elaborate a perfume, the creators of perfumes combine between 10 and 500 olfactory molecules. A real melting pot of scents that are sourced by the large multinational perfume companies. Then these ingredients are skillfully chosen, weighed and paired to create the perfume that will awaken your emotions.
Fragrances that make you travel
Without having to move, the scents transport you in your memories. Each scent evokes a personal story or feeling. It can also take you on a journey by stimulating your imagination. This is what we wanted in creating the candle: ADVENTURER. Violet combined with cedar, patchouli and vanilla evoke distant places to explore. A dreamlike invitation to travel.