Linden Blossom(Tilia cordata) CO2 Select Extract

Linden Blossom(Tilia cordata) CO2 Select Extract

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Linden Blossom essence in a pure and natural form has been a challenge to locate from the very beginning of our business over 10 years ago. At one time we were able to procure a true Linden Blossom absolute but in its pure form it was a solid plastic mass which was almost impossible to work with and so we abandoned carrying it. The only other Linden Blossom essences we could locate were ones created by combining natural and synthetic isolates, essential oils and absolutes to simulate the aroma of the Linden blossoms. Sometimes these were sold as pure absolutes. So when our colleagues in Bulgaria were able to successfully extract the essence of the blossoms using co2, producing a flowable liquid I felt it would be worthwhile offering it on a regular basis as many people have asked for it over the years.

The Linden Blossom co2 extract is a clear flowable liquid which successfully captures the delicate, fresh, warm, sweet floral, honey-fruity top notes of the flower. There is a fine delicate green, coumarinic, herbaceous undertone. I feel that this co2 extract is more of a topnote to heartnote essence. On a perfumers smelling strip its delicate fine odor is perceiveable for 6 hours or more but it becomes progressively softer in odor as the time passes. Although it becomes softer in odor in maintains a balanced complexity through all stages of its dryout. One very interesting aspect of its olfactory impact in the environment in which its aromatic molecules is being dispersed is that even though there is a sublime complex delicacy in studying it on the smelling strip, if one leaves the room and re-enters the space after some time, one finds that the entire atmosphere is charged with its radiation

In natural perfumery it blends well with beeswax abs; bergamot eo; blood orange eo; bois de rose eo; carrot seed eo, co2 and abs; cassie abs; chamomile eo's, co2's and absolutes; clary sage eo and abs; coriander eo, co2 and abs; geranium eo and abs; helichrysum eo and abs; hay abs; hop eo and co2; hyssop eo; jonquil absolute; lavender co2, eo, and absolute; lavandin eo and abs; lime eo and essence; lemon eo and essence; mimosa abs; neroli eo; orange blossom abs; petitgrain eo; petitgrain sur fleur eo; rosa damascena eo, co2 and abs; rose de mai abs; rosa bourbonia abs; sandalwood eo, co2 and abs; tonka bean abs; tuberose abs; vanilla co2 and abs; ylang eo and ab

In perfumery can be used in high class floral perfumes; herbal bouquets; literary compositions; culinary creations; chypre; fougere; sacred perfumes

"We will take the linden, lime, or basswood, tree--for it has all three of these names--this evening," she continued, "and there are nine or ten species of the tree, which are found in America, Europe and Western Asia. It is a very handsome, regular-looking tree with rich, thick masses of foliage that make a deep shade. The leaves are heart-shaped and very finely veined, have sharply-serrated edges and are four or five inches long. The leaf-stalk is half the length of the leaf. It blooms in July and August, and the flowers are yellowish white and very fragrant; when an avenue of limes is in blossom, the whole atmosphere is filled with a delightful perfume which can hardly be described."

"'The linden has in all ages been celebrated for the fragrance of its flowers and the excellence of the honey made from them. The famous Mount Hybla was covered with lime trees. The aroma from its flowers is like that of mignonette; it perfumes the whole atmosphere, and is perceptible to the inhabitants of all the beehives within a circuit of a mile. The real linden honey is of a greenish color and delicious taste when taken from the hive immediately after the trees have been in blossom, and is often sold for more than the ordinary kind. There is a forest in Lithuania that abounds in lime trees, and here swarms of wild bees live in the hollow trunks and collect their honey from the lime.'"
Among the Trees at Elmridge, by Ella Rodman Church

BY M. M.

Oh, swing me high, and swing me low,
Under the linden-tree,
Whose fragrant blossoms, like a shower,
Fall down and cover me.

The sunshine flickers through the leaves
As to and fro I swing;
Gay butterflies go flashing by;
Birds in the tree-top sing.

The brook tells stories to the flowers
The livelong summer day;
And everywhere the earth is bright,
And all the world is gay.

So swing me high, and swing me low,
Under the linden-tree,
And let the blossoms, like a shower,
Fall down and cover me.