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Cyclamen in perfumery

The history and symbolism of the cyclamen

Cyclamen is a perennial plant belonging to the primulaceae family. The most common species is the florists' cyclamen. The latter is native to the Middle East but can also be found in some shady regions of France. Around twenty species of cyclamen grow in the wild today. However, many of these plants are now grown from crops. Moreover, numerous hybridizations have made it possible to multiply the varieties, sizes and colors. Thus, the cyclamen is a plant that can be as much white as red through purple, pink or mauve. Likewise, some of them even have flamed, streaked or edged petals. In other words, there is something for all tastes and desires!Under its fragile appearance, cyclamen is a very cold resistant plant. Thus, its flowering occurs between October and February and lasts about two months. What's more, the latter adapts just as much indoors as outdoors. Its many qualities make it a very popular plant for gardeners. Likewise, in ancient times, cyclamen were also recognized for their therapeutic properties. In addition, it contains cyclamine, a molecule known for its purgative properties. In addition, it would have aphrodisiac virtues and formerly entered, as such, in the composition of filters of love and sensuality. Popular belief also says that, placed on the windowsill of a conjugal bedroom, it maintains the happiness of a couple. Besides,in the language of flowers, cyclamen reveals a strong and sincere attachment.

The sweet and floral scent of cyclamen

The scent of cyclamen has been appreciated for a very long time and was already popular with the Romans. Nevertheless, it was introduced to Europe in the 16th century. Today, beyond being one of the most sold plants by florists, it is a raw material integrated into many scented creations and giving them a freshness that is at the same time floral, soft, green. and slightly damp. However, the smell of cyclamen cannot be extracted naturally. It is therefore reproduced in the laboratory from other raw materials. To do this, perfumers use cyclamen aldehyde, known for its fresh and slightly watery smell.

Cyclamen is equally suitable for the elaboration of feminine and masculine perfumes. As for women, he easily slips into Amor Amor Eau Fraiche by Cacharel, Armani Femme or Burberry Summer. On the men's side, he appears in Acqua Di Gio by Armani as well as in Anthracite by Jacomo.

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