Glorious Lilac

Glorious Lilac. Your natural bluish color is the root of your name, as the Arabic for it is lilak. Your hollow branches, similar to a reed, reminded the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus of the legend of the Satyr Pan chasing the nymph Syrinx who transformed herself into a hollow reed. Your Latin name, derived from Syrinx, is…

Spring and Summer Reading

Reading books in the shadow of flowering trees; what a beautiful moment of life! I have been inspired by many books on perfumery since I started Scent & Flavor and would like to share with you this short review. I hope that some of these books will find a space on your bookshelf or your Kindle…

Metallic Notes

Metal. You are defined by your toughness and your ability to shine. Mercy is not part of your vocabulary as your heart is colder than ice. It is only under the tease of acetylene that you change your nature to become an orange devil, radiating heat and fear. In that state, your worst enemy is…

Caramel

Caramel. You are the child of Sugar and Cream, born after a hot wedding night. Sweet you are, and your heavenly aroma transports us to paradise. Blond, light-brown, gold, amber, dark-brown, it seems you emulated the rainbow of our human race. Hard, soft, grained, chewy, enrobing or flowing, your nature is versatile, and your texture…

Sakura

Sakura, sakura,              (Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,) Ya-yo-I-no so-ra-wa,         (In the Spring sky,) Mi-watasu kagiri               (as far as eyes can see) Ka-su-mi-ka ku-mo-ka,    (is it fog or is it a cloud?) Ni-o-i-zo i-zu-ru                …

Primordial Magnolia

Primordial Magnolia. You are one of the first to announce Spring when other flowers are still lolling in the comfort of their bud. Your magnificence is on par with the magic of your fragrance. In spite of being one of the most ancient flowers known on our planet Earth, your beauty is still unaltered after almost one…

Fragrant Nails

Fragrant Nails. How many sailors and merchants died for you? How many others have made their fortune with your trade?  Your overpowering flavor and anesthetic properties made you a valued ingredient for oral hygiene and medicine to cure toothaches. As a spice, you transformed bland meat into tasty gravies and made desserts so delicious. Old Europe…

Oriza L. Legrand

I have been deeply impressed by the revival of the Oriza L. Lagrand’s brand and its presence at the Pitti fair in Florence in 2016. The quality of their fragrances is at the same level as their presentation and history, just remarkable. The co-founder of Oriza, Mr. Hugo Lambert, did me the great favor of…

Calabrian Bergamot

Calabrian Bergamot. Were you truly the secret ingredient of the tea offered by a wealthy Mandarin of Fujian to the Prime Minister Charles Grey, or more realistically a convenient flavoring to enhance the aroma of a stale black pekoe that the Earl particularly appreciated? Legends abound around the origin of one of the most popular…

Ardent Frankincense

Ardent Frankincense. In your smoke the prayers of the faithful rise. Native of the Arabic Peninsula and the Horn of Africa, you are since the beginning of time linked with the rituals and religions of the cradle of the World. The Jews, the Greeks, and the Romans, calling you Olibanum,  have burnt you on sacred altars…