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Palmarosa in perfumery

After this pretty bottle, we had to wait for the new millennium to take advantage again of the original note of palmarosa in our favorite fragrances.

The origins of the palmarosa

The palmarosa is a grass that can reach up to 3 meters thanks to its long tapered leaves very fragrant and its fragrant red flowers resembling the flower of geranium. She is originally from southern Asia where she has been very well known for a long time.

Indeed the palmarosa, from which an essential oil is extracted, has multiple properties that Ayurvedic medicine has used for centuries in particular for dermatological problems such as eczema or fungal diseases.

The pretty cousin of lemongrass is of course also a raw material of choice in fine perfumery thanks to its fresh and delicate fragrance, particularly resembling rose or geranium, hence its nickname of Indian geranium. . Guerlain was the first to use palmarosa as a perfume note in its Vol de Nuit fragrance in 1933.

Night Flight is considered to be one of Guerlain's most complex perfumes because its representation in fragrance of the famous Saint-Exupéry novel is intended to be an olfactory journey. The very powerful and catchy top notes like a takeoff, offer base notes including the palmarosa note like a fireworks, as the designer Annick Goutal emphasizes, to end in an oriental, powerful wake. and intoxicating. A beautiful trip, therefore, which will make Guerlain successful. However, we would have to wait a long time before having the pleasure of tasting the palmarosa note again

The scents of palmarosa in our perfumes

Palmarosa, an exotic fragrant sweetness from Asia, exudes its scents in rare fragrances which will place it in top notes and heart notes according to the harmony of the desired composition.

Thanks to Léonard Léonard released in 2001, we finally have the pleasure of rediscovering the palmarosa note decades after Guerlain's pretty Vol de Nuit. The fragrance opens with fruity and floral top notes where palmarosa blends with freesia, violet leaf and blackcurrant for olfactory surges of flowers and sugars.

Miller Harris' Geranium Bourbon will also use the palmarosa note as a top note to open its woody and floral fragrance with green, fruity but also spicy notes seeking to reproduce the exotic sensations of the colors of Kashmir.

As for L'Eau Bleue by Issey Miyaké, the pretty aromatic offers the palmarosa note in the heart note to exhale its flowery scents of rose and spice while offering a fresh and woody aromatic even amber.

The palmarosa is therefore a very particular scent note which allows to highlight according to the marriage of fragrances flowery facets, aromatic facets or exotic and oriental facets. It seems that, despite its rarity, these multiple facets to offer can be a guarantee of an original and delicate juice.

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