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The origin of lilac and its many symbols
Lilac is a shrub, the flower color of which can be of various shades: sometimes mauve, purple or white. Lilac contains several species, the best known of which is French lilac. Its flowers grow in clusters and prefer mild and temperate regions. As a hardy tree, it is particularly resistant to disease. On the other hand, it does require to be planted in rich, well-drained soil. Likewise, it greatly appreciates the sunshine. Lilac is more particularly associated with the return of sunny days because it blooms in spring. However, this is not its only symbol. Indeed, Lilac is also the name of a painting by Van Gogh. Likewise, many songs include his name in their title or evoke it: Vive la Rose et le Lilas, taken over by Guy Béart in 1960,Les lilas by Georges Brassens in 1957, Le poinçonneur des lilas by Serge Gainsbourg in 1958, From daffodils to the last lilacs by Hugues Aufray in 1968, Le temps du lilas by Barbara, La vie lilas by Serge Lama ... this plant which gave its name to the Porte des Lilas in Paris, former Porte de Romainville. Finally, know that Lilac is a revolutionary first name present in the republican calendar and having reappeared in 1938. It is celebrated shortly before the arrival of spring: April 15.know that Lilac is a revolutionary first name present in the republican calendar and having reappeared in 1938. This one is celebrated shortly before the arrival of spring: April 15.know that Lilac is a revolutionary first name present in the republican calendar and having reappeared in 1938. This one is celebrated shortly before the arrival of spring: April 15.
Lilac in perfumery
On the fragrance side, lilac has a tender and delicate scent, at the same time flowery, green and pink. Its scents are also slightly anise and powdery. Its smell alone is enough to evoke the arrival of sunny days. However, the scent of lilac cannot be extracted by perfumers through a process of distillation or extraction. What is more, when its flower is cut, its scent changes and becomes even more heavier. Thus, lilac is reproduced synthetically or via the head-space technique, a method developed in the 1970s and aimed at reconstituting the natural scents of a flower as they exist in nature and without damaging them. Lilac is a plant frequently used in floral juices but rarely as a soliflora.
Thus, lilac appears in multiple feminine fragrances and intended for the summer season. As such, he is present in Amour-Amour by Jean Patou, in Blue Charm by Azzaro, in Fleur d'Interdit by Givenchy or in Gucci Guilty by Gucci.