Thursday, 15 July 2010

Flower Harvest

We have these wonderful calenders from our fragrance house in Grasse that show what flowers and materials they are harvesting throughout the year. There is something so wonderful about looking at them and thinking about the people all over the world who are this month collecting and carefully picking the most fragrant flowers for us to use in out fragrances. One of my favourite daydreams!

In France this month, amongst many other flowers they are harvesting lavender. As the fields change to the perfect shade of purple and the bees are gorging themselves, the flowers are picked at their prime. During the distillation process you are left with 'waste' flower water, which can be used on linen or as a facial spritz!

Tuberose is often thought to be from the rose family, but no, it is a highly fragrant white flower that is grown in Grasse, France and in India. This rare flower packs a powerful punch, you can find it in our super popular Noix de Tubereuse fragrance.

On the other side of the world, pickers in India are harvesting one of my favourite flowers, Jasmin Grandiflora and Jasmin Sambac. This heady flower is in my summer evening fragrance of choice, Jasmin Vert. Again, like the tuberose, the size of the flower belies it's power.

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