Lily of the Valley

 Lily of the Valley. There is always a wild side to an innocent face, and your cute white bells hide a poisonous nature. You are celebrated since the antiquity where you symbolized Mary’s tears and were in the lyrics of the Song of Songs of Salomon. In the language of the flowers, you are the symbol…

Perfume Hunting in Tokyo

Japan is famous for its great food, natural hot springs, and so many other quality stuff that make a visit to this country a real pleasure. But what about the ones like us who can’t help looking for new fragrances in the midst of a shopping afternoon? Knowing that the Japanese are very considerate people who…

The Fresh

This article is the fourth in our discovery of the fragrance families, according to the classification of Michael Edwards illustrated on the Fragrance Wheel. After the Florals, the Orientals, and the Woods, here come the Fresh. The Fresh fragrance group, as seen by Edwards, is gathering the rather disparate families of the Fruity, the Green, the Aquatic and…

The Orientals

The Orientals. This article is second in our exploration of the Fragrance Wheel by Michael Edwards, as introduced to you in my post “The Florals“. The Oriental fragrance Group is divided into three families: soft-oriental, oriental and woody oriental. We will look today at what makes their oriental nature and what distinguishes them from other…

Myrrha’s Tears

Inconsolable Myrrha. Your life should have been bright and happy, as a Goddess you were. Was it a spell of the malevolent Aphrodite or your tormented mind that made you commit the irreparable fault? No one knows… An evening of festivities, you attracted your father Cinyras in a dark alcove and had an intercourse with him, as…

Radiant Aldehydes

Radiant Aldehydes. Your presence in a fragrance is like bottling the sun in the flask. You illuminate the other essences from your bright energy and make them shine.  You are the smell of a citrus orchard in summer, fresh linen, a hot terrace of Andalusia, a dry and stony trail in an olive grove in Tuscany. The…

Mysterious Iso E Super

Iso E Super, or 7-acetyl, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8-octahydro-1,1,6,7-tetramethyl naphthalene for you chemists out there, is a widely used aroma chemical patented by the International Fragrances and Flavors. Although you may have never heard of this aroma chemical, it is found in varying concentrations in many iconic fragrances including in Eternity by Calvin Klein, Fahrenheit by Dior, Terre D’Hermes…