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Tarragon: A Multifaceted Aromatic Note in Perfumery
Tarragon, a member of the aromatic olfactory family alongside lavender and rosemary, is commonly found in the top note of masculine fragrances due to its herbal aromatic scents. Tarragon also possesses slightly peppery and bitter notes, with a sweet aroma reminiscent of fennel, anise, or licorice. Its fresh and powerful aromas can be found in Dolce & Gabbana's Classic fragrance, where tarragon is featured in the top note alongside citrus notes, creating a lively freshness. The perfume's base comprises a woody blend of tonka bean, sandalwood, tobacco, and cedar, resulting in a masculine yet distinguished fragrance. Tarragon naturally appears in many aromatic masculine fragrances, such as Patou pour Homme by Jean Patou, Aqua by Azzaro, or Quartz pour Homme by Molyneux.
Fun Fact: Tarragon is derived from the French word 'estragon,' meaning 'little dragon,' due to its serpentine root system and the belief that it could cure venomous bites.
The Artful Pairing of Tarragon and Other Olfactory Families
Like its counterparts in the aromatic family, tarragon can be found in various sub-families, such as aromatic-aquatic with marine notes, aromatic-floral with hints of flowers, or aromatic-fresh with citrus notes. However, tarragon also makes appearances in unexpected compositions, such as Guerlain's L'Heure Bleue, an oriental feminine fragrance. In this perfume, tarragon as a top note is combined with orange blossom, rose, cloves, and vanilla as a base note. L'Heure Bleue is a sensual classic with oriental accents. Another surprising composition featuring tarragon is Guerlain's Samsara, a feminine woody oriental fragrance, where tarragon encounters a beautiful floral bouquet (jasmine, iris, ylang-ylang, rose) and concludes with woody notes of sandalwood. This perfume is a journey to the gates of the Orient, culminating in nirvana. Tarragon also unexpectedly appears in Guerlain's Sous le Vent, another feminine fragrance.
Fun Fact: Tarragon has a long history of use in traditional medicine. It was believed to treat digestive issues, alleviate toothaches, and even function as a sleep aid due to its calming properties.
A herbaceous aromatic plant, tarragon is renowned for its culinary virtues. While it is primarily found in aromatic perfumes for men, its multifaceted nature allows for its incorporation in oriental, woody, citrus scents, and especially in women's perfumes!