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Linden, a subtle and delicate fragrance
Linden, with its delicate and light characteristics, exudes a fragrance that mirrors its essence. Its notes are incredibly subtle, reminiscent of honey. Linden notes symbolize nature in its purest form, evoking the innocence and freshness of spring. Often used discreetly in colognes, fine perfumery typically features linden as a top note or occasionally as a heart note, as in Guerlain's "Aroma Allegoria (Soothing Aromaparfum)." In this fragrance, linden is accompanied by chamomile, mimosa, and ylang-ylang, with vanilla and powdery notes in the base, enhancing the soft trail left by the linden for infinite sweetness. Annick Goutal's "Eau du ciel" is another floral scent where linden generously contributes its sweetness, resulting in a tender melody of scents.
Complementary fragrances with linden
Due to its softness and lightness, linden pairs exceptionally well with floral notes. For instance, the rose, a delicate flower, blends harmoniously with the naturalness of linden. Linden can also be found in citrus compositions, such as Hermès' "Eau d'orange Douce," which features linden leaves as a heart note, alongside orange and tangerine. The base is adorned with precious woods like cedar wood, patchouli, and sandalwood, imparting a chic and sensual aspect. Softness and freshness combine for an ephemeral pleasure to be enjoyed without restraint. Linden can also be found accompanied by woody musk notes, as in L'Artisan Parfumeur's "Extrait de Songe," where linden is positioned in the middle note, alongside orange blossom. "Extrait de Songe" is a perfume that evokes a summer twilight, complete with its vibrant colors.
The linden tree, with its large and majestic stature, owes its elegance to its silvery leaves. While commonly used in infusions, linden also offers its subtle, soft, and light notes to perfumery. Its scent is reminiscent of honey, which allows linden to be primarily integrated into floral or citrus fragrances. Linden is not extensively used in fine perfumery, making it a rare find in combination with other olfactory families.