Feeling the gloom of Autumn drawing in? Here are a selection of 5 ingredients that will bring back that summer smile…
The cousin of the famous lavender. Lavandin oil is found more widely than lavender as this plant is extra resistant and bigger, therefore having a higher production yield. It has a very close smell to lavender in that it is a fresh, aromatic, herbaceous ingredient with minty and sweet facets. Lavender and lavandin are harvested during the pick months of summer! Quite masculine by nature, though we don’t like to give a gender to our ingredients…
The smell of flowers and citrus all together, neroli will remind you of the sunny Mediterranean coast where it comes from. Extracted by the distillation of orange blossom, it has a double face fragrance that is sweet and animalistic yet clean, aromatic and citrusy. Orange Blossom Absolute is sweeter and stronger than neroli oil. Often used in baby products and traditional “eau de cologne”.
PRUNOLIDE (Aldehyde C18 or Coco)
As it starts to get chilly outside and the darker days draw closer, prunolide will help you hold onto summer. It has a creamy, fruity and milky smell like suncream and pina colada. Thanks to its creamy coconut scent, it will remind you of that relaxed, sun kissed feeling by the beach. Can be associated with floral notes to give a sweet frangipani effect.
Benzyl, hexyl, methyl are just some of the many salicylates found in perfumery. Salicylate is a type of molecule that adds a creamy, sand effect to a fragrance thanks to its soft and mild balsamic scent. It gives what we call a “solar” note. Used largely to create white floral fragrances such as jasmine, ylang ylang, gardenia and frangipani.
A zesty, sparkling, greener version of lemon oil. It is arguably a touch more interesting as it adds something zingy and more sour than the simpler lemon oil. Perfect for adding a cocktail touch to a fragrance and when playing the citrus note with a leafy, aromatic green effect.