Scent Note: What does prune smell like?

Prune in perfumery

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While it was born in France on the lands of Agen thanks to the variety of ente plums, which were used to supply long-haul sailors in search of wealth or new lands. In a perfume, the note of prune makes it possible to evoke with scents the memories and the smells of these same distant journeys. Although made from synthetic molecules, prunes offer us exoticism in bottles of beautiful Orientals.

Prune, a typically French dry fruit

The prune would, a priori, originate from the time of the Crusades and would have been brought back from the East. However, it was the monks of Clairac in Lot-et-Garonne who discovered the means of drying the entice plum to better preserve the fruit and its multiple medicinal properties, in particular.

 However, real evidence of the earliest cultivation of prunes on French soil dates back to the 15th century, and the prune trade developed particularly from the 17th century. The dry prune and therefore non-perishable food, was very useful to sailors and colonists who sometimes traveled for a very long time without being able to stock up properly. The prune was therefore one of the best means of avoiding scurvy for travelers in search of the New World. Today, in addition to its laxative properties, prunes are still widely used in dishes from North Africa and the Near East, but also in many French specialties.
The prune benefits from a PGI guaranteeing the origin of the famous Agen prune, the land of its origin, however the largest producer of prunes is California, which discovered the famous dry fruit thanks to the colonists.

Offer notes of prunes for travel thanks to our perfumes

The prune note innately and almost systematically inspires perfumery creators who recreate in fragrances the olfactory atmosphere of traditional markets or souks of Morocco, Iran and magnificent oriental dishes which excel in the art of highlighting the aromas of dried fruits that are both delicious and fruity while being slightly smoked or even spicy.

Thus the prune note is particularly developed in the families of male or mixed Orientals. “1270” by Frapin would be one of the first fragrances made with a note of prune. “1270” wants to pay tribute to the Frapin family, owners of great cognac vintages. As a result, the fragrance uses dried fruits such as prunes and grapes associated with orange and hazelnut top notes to open the fragrance to smoky, powerful and deep nuances such as the glass of the precious nectar cultivated for centuries. the Frapins.

The prune will then exhale its fruity and gourmet scents in lighter fragrances which require delicately smoked scents. Thus in “Epices Sultanes” by Comptoir Sud Pacifique, the prune is associated with strawberries and rose and in “El Born” by Carner Barcelona the heart offers a rather original blend of fig, licorice, hedione, jasmine. and prune.

The prune has also succeeded in blossoming in beautiful flowery Orientals where the note of dried fruit appears in heart note as in “Bean Délicieuse” by Christian Dior or “Une Nuit Magnétique” by The Different Company. At Dior, the prune will be accompanied by flowers and cherry, at The Different Company the prune will be part of a delicious blend of floral and tuberous notes.

Far from stopping at the barriers of the olfactory facets, the prune note is also used more recently and more rarely in flowery perfumes such as Archives 69 by Etat Libre d'Orange where it exudes in the middle notes of oriental scents. and sensual alongside powerful flowers and base notes of sandalwood and patchouli.

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