Scent Note: What does rhubarb smell like?

Rhubarb in perfumery

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The Origins, Cultivation, and Benefits of Rhubarb

Rhubarb, a perennial herbaceous plant of the Polygonaceae family, is cherished by gardeners for its hardy nature. Rhubarb thrives in temperate regions and boasts large petiolate leaves, approximately 50 cm long, that are roughly triangular and textured. Notably, these leaves are inedible due to their high oxalic acid content. The plant also features short green and reddish rhizomes, measuring around 50 cm in length and 3 to 7 cm in width.

Known since ancient times, rhubarb traces its roots back to antiquity. The plant has long been recognized in China for its medicinal properties. Rich in vitamin C, rhubarb is invigorating and its fiber-rich texture acts as a laxative and purgative, similar to aloe. It contains numerous minerals, with potassium and phosphorus present in significant quantities. Furthermore, the substance secreted from its root is valued for its antiseptic action, which addresses liver issues, and as an effective anti-inflammatory for oral mucous membranes. Rhubarb was introduced to Europe by Marco Polo and was initially used for its medicinal and ornamental virtues. Its consumption as a vegetable began around the 13th century.

Rhubarb Production for Perfumery

Rhubarb prefers deep, cool soils and sunny exposure. It is harvested from late April to June and again from late September. A single rhubarb plant can be used productively for 5 to 10 consecutive years. However, with reduced yield, a rhubarb plant can live for approximately 50 years, and some plants over 100 years old have been identified!

In perfumery, the scent of rhubarb cannot be extracted directly. Instead, perfumers reconstitute its aroma using other essences. The rhubarb accord is characterized by a green, fruity and aromatic scent, with a slightly acidic and floral undertone.

Fun fact: Rhubarb is often referred to as a "pie plant" due to its popularity as a pie filling, which dates back to the 19th century in the United States and England.

Rhubarb is primarily used in fine perfumery and can be found in fragrances such as Adieu Sagesse by Jean Patou, Tutti Kiwi from the Aqua Allegoria Collection by Guerlain, and several summer editions of the iconic CK One by Calvin Klein. The kiwi note is present in musk-infused fragrances such as So by Oscar de La Renta and Amour d'Amandier by Nina Ricci, as well as Ralph Cool by Ralph Lauren.

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