Peppers & Ethics @ Fragranze 15

The Pitti Fragranze 2017, the biggest artistic perfumery fair-event of the year held in the Tuscan city of Florence from September 8th to 10th, hosted this year more than two thousand visitors from more than fifty countries.  The two hundred and twenty exhibitors welcomed this year more foreign buyers and visitors than ever, with a massive growth…

Geranium or Pelargonium?

Crane, Heron, and Stork. Three large aquatic birds with long legs, a feathery crest, and an impressive beak. The resemblance of the seed pods to the bird is what made the naturalists and biologists name the family Geraniaceae and divide them into three genera: Geraniums (geranós:  crane in Greek), Erodiums (erodiós:  heron in Greek) and Pelargoniums (pelargós: stork in Greek). These…

Rose or Amber?

Sticky Rockrose. You are a tough little shrub, bearing extreme summer droughts and the cold Mediterranean winter. Year after year, your courage and persistence made you gain more territory, at the expense of other species. Your fragrant resinous exudate has been valued since the Ancient times for soothing coughs, reducing menstrual pains and especially for their mind…

Sacred Hinoki

Sacred Hinoki. In the deep forests of Honshu, you are the majestic ambassador of the sacred spirit of Japan. In Kyoto, at the imperial Court, thousand of years ago, you were already embalming the palaces, built of your dense timber. The most respected shrine of the nation in Ise, near Nara, is made of hinoki, called…

Soothing Lavender

Soothing Lavender. I still remember the bags of dried lavender buds my mother was using to freshen and perfume our closets, and sometimes put under our pillows when we did not feel too well. Lavender is the essence of South Europe, the borders of the Mediterranean Sea. The fragrant grass was already cultivated by the…