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…

Sweet & Spicy Cinnamon

Sweet & Spicy Cinnamon. You are the taste of winter. Either in mulled wine or sweet pastries, you give to the little ones and the grown-ups warmth and joy at this season. You are among the oldest spices known and treasured by the ancient civilizations of the Middle-East and Europe. The Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Greeks and Romans, all considered you…

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…

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…

Osmanthus Fragrans

Osmanthus Fragrans. An ancient Chinese legend sees you as a giant tree growing on the Moon, shading the light of the celestial body. Wu Gang, in his quest of becoming immortal, was sent by the Emperor to the moon to cut the self-healing osmanthus, in vain. It is in this autumn equinoctial time that the Chinese celebrate the…

Enlightening Lotus

Enlightening Lotus. You are teaching us that our human transformation, from the common world to a higher state of purity and wisdom  is possible. You are deeply rooted in the mud, but your leaves and beautiful fragrant flowers emerge from the pond majestically unstained. Hinduism considers you as a holy flower and the teachings of the Buddha are summarized in…

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…