Coconut in perfumery

Coconut in perfumery

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Coconut, a fruit from elsewhere

The coconut is the fruit of the coconut palm. This tree is part of the palm family or Aracaceae. Its fruit can measure up to 30 cm in diameter. It is smooth and light green or orange in color if unripe. However, it is covered with a thick layer of woody fibers of brown color as well as a solid shell protecting its whitish almond constituting the edible part of this fruit. The germination of the coconut lasts between 4 to 10 months and the coconut palm gives its first fruits when it has reached the age of 5 to 6 years. However, it does not reach its maximum production until it is about fifteen years old. Therefore, know that an adult coconut tree can carry between 50 and 500 coconuts! Its production then begins to decline only whenhe is approaching his 50th birthday. Harvesting coconut can be done in two ways: either from green fruits directly attached to the tree or by collecting ripe nuts that have fallen to the ground. Then you have to wait a year for the coconut to reach full maturity. To properly open a coconut, it is customary to pierce it at the level of its mouth, identified by three small dark spots present at its base. The coconut then pours water and it simply remains to cut the latter with a hammer or the back of a machete blade. Coconut is a particularly nourishing fruit. What's more, it is rich in potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and zinc. Thus, it has exemplary nutritional value. Likewise,its juice can be consumed as a refreshing drink.

The exotic smell of coconut

In addition to its taste aspect, coconut is also widely used in perfumery. It is most often used in feminine compositions as well as for the design of home fragrances. In general, it is customary to place the latter as a base note. It thus brings a gourmet, solar and milky tone to the juices that contain it. What is more, it considerably reinforces the exotic character of certain creations. In order to obtain the scent, perfumers opt for the reproduction of its scent from other raw materials. In addition, they mainly use gamma-nonalactone, a lactone that occurs naturally in coconut. However, its pulp could also, if they wished, be obtained by extraction, thus giving an oil.

Today, the somewhat reminiscent of monoi that coconut can provide is present in many summer scents. As such, this fruit is proudly displayed in Calvin Klein's CK One Summer 2014 edition or in Escada's Born in Paradise. Likewise, coconut is also very fond of the house of Reminiscence.

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