Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Saffron Spice Melange

Saffron Spice Melange is an reddish orange transparent liquid with a unique, rich, dry, earthy, spicy, herbaceous bouquet with a lovely sweet, floral, herbaceous undertone. The blend includes of saffron co2, black pepper eo, cinnamon bark eo, nutmeg eo, cardamom eo, clove eo, vanilla absolute, etc

In natural perfumery it is used in spice accords, culinary perfumes, incense bouquets, colognes, high class florals, sacred perfumes.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Sandalwood/Santalum album Indonesia

Sandalwood oil from Indonesia is distilled from the same species(Santalum album) as grows in South India. Sandalwood trees have grown in Indonesia for many centuries and the quality of the oil when well distilled is of equal quality to the best South Indian sandalwood.

The current batch of Indonesian distilled Sandalwood is a pale yellow slightly viscous liquid with a true, deep, rich,  precious woods bouquet, with a soft, sweet, balsamic undertone of fine tenacity.
It is as fine as any sandalwood we have been able to procure in recent years including oil that we use to source directly from the Tamil Nadu Forest Service distillery in South India which we visited many years ago.

Its application in natural perfumery is diverse as sandalwood is first and foremost an excellent fixative that works with most perfume compositions. It is used in high class florals, Oriental bouquets, incense notes, sacred perfumes, fougere, chypres, amber bases, precious woods accords.
It is also outstanding as a single note perfume being a perfect embodiment of the  precious woods complex.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Fragrance of Azahar-Rowland Thirlmere

The country between Benifayo and Algemesi, which I last saw on a tempestuous November day, literally submerged in a riot of tumbling red waters, surprised us with its opulence. The rich and friable soil is of a fine Indian red, and appears to be capable of producing magnificent fruits and people with equal ease. Its oranges are splendid. Several times we alighted to buy them. The poignant scent of the orange blossom made us hungry for more. It seemed so good to be feeding on the product of flowers that exhaled such sweetness! There was no fear of death in that odour. The smell of ethereal sherry in a bodega first exhilarates, then depresses, and, all conditions being favourable, ultimately kills. Hyacinths in a closed room may subtly slay; the perfume of almond oil may be fatal. Pope Alexander and the other infamous Borgias may have used these poisonous scents, but they could never kill their victims with the orange-flower. Were it possible to die from the inhalation of this fragrance, that is the death I would choose. "Slain by the scent of the azahar" would make a most original verdict for a coroner's jury.

There had been heavy rain,, and the splendid masses of larkspur in the park were somewhat bedraggled, and splashed with mud. The continual breath of roses made the air heavy and relaxing; whilst the still more penetrating odour of the orange blossoms sweetened the atmosphere so much that one's mind became full of an indescribable imaginative tumult, and one's senses seemed to faint in a riot of recollections and anticipations. The quintessential fragrance of old romance pulsed through the delicious air; for the exquisitely fragrant petals of the azahar flowers were drying in the intermittent bursts of sunlight, and, to my mind, there is no bloom in this glorious world with so powerful and so poignant a sweetness as that possessed by the bridal orange-blossom—the azahar of the Moors.