We are so thrilled to have our very own, fabulous and passionate, Perfume Consultant here at Luxe Provence to share her expertise and tips with our readers and clients. Rebecca Amer, of Irridessence, hit the road with the Luxe Provence team last week to assist us in performing some seriously fun research here in Provence. From Rebecca:
Inspired by our recent Luxe outing along the Mimosa Route I would like to speak a little about the actual scent of the mimosa flower and give a couple of recommendations for fragrances I admire that carry this note.
These vivid yellow mini pompoms of blossom have a distinctive olfactory footprint. To me they conjure up sweetness, powder, almonds and a hint of honey. A joyous, delectable smell that matches the look of them.
In perfumery the greenery is used along with the blossoms which gives a “green” facet and this balances the sweetness. Mimosa extraction is incredibly expensive and the absolute adds a luxurious touch to a composition.
If you have a sweet tooth, try Cinema (1) by Yves Saint Laurent. It is a sophisticated and elegant gourmand perfume which has the mimosa note. I love it and it’s been on my “to buy” list for a long while. The bottle is pretty too.
For an easy to wear, more casually elegant scent try l’Eau d’Hiver (2) by Frederic Malle. It’s light and pretty and was created by Jean Claude Ellena. Need I say more? I’m a fan.
Both of these perfumes are quite abstract, for something more literal you must try Mimosaique (3) by Patricia de Nicolaï. Stunningly pretty and realistic mimosa for those wanting a scent souvenir.
In closing here is advice for keeping cut mimosa that I found on Bois de Jasmin, one of my favourite perfume blogs:
Florist’s Tip: when you bring cut mimosa home, trim the ends and put the branches into boiling water. It’s best to do it in a heat-resistant container, and once the water cools, you can transfer the bouquet to a glass vase. My florist recommends repeating this hot water treatment every day while the mimosa is fresh; it forces the flowers to open up and release a strong burst of perfume. It really works!
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