Banana in perfumery

Banana in perfumery

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The origin and distribution of the banana

The banana is a fruit that comes from the banana tree and is very generally sterile. Thus, it comes from domesticated varieties. The wild forms of the banana are mainly present in Southeast Asia, from India to Papua New Guinea. These bananas are rich in seeds and poor in pulp. Their domestication dates back around 6,500 years in New Guinea. However, the spread of the banana quickly spread to southern China and northern Australia. An Indian legend reports that the banana originated from the island of Ceylon, an earthly paradise from which Adam and Eve were driven out, their bodies covered with banana leaves. Thus, a Syrian tradition makes the banana a fruit of paradise. The culture of the latter began in Madagascar around the year 500 AD. It was then brought to the Mediterranean by the Arabs from 650. The Portuguese then implanted it in the Canaries in the 16th century and thus it became one of the most popular fruits of our modern period. The banana is a slightly curved fruit, often grouped together on the banana tree in the form of clusters called bunches. It has a yellow skin when ripe, otherwise green. Its flesh is creamy white in color.

The smell of bananas

The main aroma of bananas is isoamyl acetate. Thus, it is this one that is used to reproduce the natural smell of bananas in perfumery laboratories. Indeed, like many fruits, it is impossible to extract the essential oil from the latter. If the banana is very appreciated in terms of taste, its flavor remains relatively rare in perfumery. Nevertheless, its suave, green and fruity scents bring real richness to the perfumes which contain it. What's more, it is an ingredient suitable for both male and female creations.

Widely consumed throughout the world, bananas are a fruit that can be eaten dried, raw or transformed in the form of dessert or jam. In perfumery, it is notably present in the Enjoy perfumes by Jean Patou, Florabello by Diptyque or Sunny Frutti by Escada. It thus plunges consumers into a world halfway between Africa and the Caribbean, bringing them a breath of sunshine.

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