Karl Lagerfeld - The Fragrance - Fragrance Notes and Ingredients
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Karl Lagerfeld - The Fragrance - Fragrance Notes and Ingredients Karl Lagerfeld - The Fragrance - Fragrance Notes and Ingredients Presentation Transcript

  • LIME Although known as “green lemon” in French, it is ripe and is not a lemon; more precisely, it is a lime, or sweet lime, the fruit of the lime tree. It looks like a smaller lemon and has an extremely fine, green peel. The pulp is tart and very juicy. Originally from India or Malaysia, lime trees spread throughout the Mediterranean with the Crusades and were introduced to the New World by the Portuguese. Note: citrusy, green, zesty, tart Essential oil Cistus aurantifolia (Citrus aurantifolia - ?)
  • PEACH The peach is the fruit of the peach tree, which belongs to the rosaceae family. It originated in China, where it has been known since Antiquity, and grows in temperate and Mediterranean climates. Another member of the peach family, the nectarine comes in clingstone and freestone varieties; nectarines have different colors and varying skin textures. Peach fragrance is used in fine perfumery and often adds a fruity, velvety touch to floral bouquets. Note: fruity, velvety Harmony Prunus Persica
  • DAMASK ROSE The Damask rose is a cross between Rosa gallica and Rosa moschata. It is named for the city of Damascus because the Crusaders discovered it there. In Antiquity, it was adored by the Greeks, Romans and Persians. Nero filled his apartments with it and gave it to his guests to eat during evening gatherings. Later, the Catholic church associated it to the cult of the Virgin Mary. This rose is grown in Turkey, as well as in Morocco and Bulgaria. Note: flowery, honeyed, litchi-like Origin: Turkey Essence and absolute Rosa damascena
  • MAGNOLIA The magnolia belongs to the magnoliaceae family. This tree may have pink, white or cream-colored flowers. They have the delicate shape of a tulip or a star and give off an intoxicating honeyed fragrance. Magnolias symbolize an attachment to nature, strength and fidelity in love. Note: flowery, lemony, fresh Origin: Asia and North America Essence Magnolia grandiflora
  • FRANGIPANI FLOWER Note: almond-like, flowery, sunny Origin: Central America and Asia Harmony Plumeria frangipane On several islands in the Pacific Ocean, includingTahiti, Fiji and Hawaii, frangipani flowers are used to faire leis, which are traditional flower garlands worn like a necklace. In Bangladesh, women wear this flower above their right ear to indicate that they are looking for a partner, or above the left ear if they already have one. Frangipani flowers are more fragrant at night in order to attract hummingbirds for pollination.
  • SENSUAL MUSKS White musks enhance the fragrance trail and the long- lastingness of a perfume while adding comfort and mildness for a “second skin” feeling. Note: powdery, sensual, clean AMBER WOODS The amber woods harmony is based on a vibrant mixture of ingredients such as Orcanox™, with a warm, woody and amber-like scent, which is as sensual as skin. Note: woody, amber-like Harmony Harmony
  • MANDARIN ESSENCE Botanical name Citrus reticulata Origin Italy How obtained Cold expression of fruit peels. For one kilo of essence, 1350 kilos of fruit are required. OLFACTORY DESCRIPTION Mandarin adds fruity notes which are very clean and natural, with a fresh, zesty, aldehyde facet. History Originally from South China, the mandarin was offered during festivities to the highest authorities, called mandarins, who gave their name to the fruit. Flourishing under ample sun and light, the mandarin was introduced to the Mediterranean basin in the 19th century and is now grown mainly in southern Europe, the United States and South Africa. This small tree with star-shaped white flowers which perfume the spring air is particularly at home in Italy and is cultivated in Sicily, Calabria and Campania. The mandarin ripens in the fall. From its bitter, fragrant peel, which is dried and used in Chinese medicine, to its pulp, the fruit is an amazing concentrate of vital elements. Its sweet, juicy pulp, with a characteristic, very mild taste and unique scent, is eaten as is, candied or cooked. Finally, its citrusy, fruity, delicate and sparkling fragrance is known for its ability to calm and as a stimulant to imagination and creativity. This, in turn, has given rise to the symbolism associated to this miraculous fruit; sunny and carefree, the mandarin is the Mediterranean’s lucky charm.
  • Botanical name Lavandula hybrida Origin Mediterranean basin How obtained Steam distillation of the plant OLFACTORY DESCRIPTION Aromatic, lavender-like and herbaceous History Rustic and covered with blossoms, lavandin in a natural hybrid variety resulting from a cross between true lavender (Lavandula angustifolia or Lavandula officinalis) and spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia) and blooms from May to August. Originally from the western Mediterranean basin, lavender was used by the Romans to store linens and scent baths. In the Middle Ages, women in Provence used it to perfume clothing. They were known as “lavandières,” which gave rise to the English word “laundry”. Today, its smell is associated to the notion of cleanliness and masculinity because lavender or lavandin are part of the “fougère” structure. LAVANDIN ESSENCE
  • VIOLET LEAF HARMONY How obtained Harmony created by the perfume designer using a combination of various scent molecules OLFACTORY DESCRIPTION Violet leaf gives off powerful green notes with light and very elegant hints of suede. Histoire Violet leaf is an emblematic ingredient in perfumes since its slightly retro notes combine elegantly with more recent, modern notes. A small perennial plant with sweet, edible flowers, the violet has been treasured for thousands of years because of its beauty, scent and taste. Its fragrance is said to be an aphrodisiac. In ancient Greece, violets symbolized love and fertility and were planted around the temple of Aphrodite, goddess of love. Because he loved the flower, Napoleon was sometimes called “Corporal Violet”. The flower thus became the emblem of the imperial Napoleonic party. In England, violet was one of the most popular scents during the Victorian era. Violets are often associated to simplicity and modesty. Their fragrance contributes to longevity. They induce optimism and cheerfulness.
  • APPLE HARMONY Processing Since it is not possible to obtain an apple extract, the harmony is created using ingredients from the perfume designer’s palette. OLFACTORY DESCRIPTION Fruity, juicy, sweet notes History “Pomme,” the French word for apple, comes from the Latin “pomum,” meaning “fruit,” since the Romans considered it to be the “fruit of fruits”. For similar reasons, the apple is commonly known as the “forbidden fruit” for its role in the expulsion from paradise. Visitors to the Hesperidian gardens ate golden apples. Golden apples were also found in the Christian paradise and in Celtic tradition, King Arthur is buried on the magic island of Avalon, known as the “Island of Apples”. In white magic, the apple is used for vowing love. If you want someone to love you, share with that person a red apple which has been rubbed and warmed in your hands. Fresh and delicate, the apple blossom has been a preferred ingredient for love charms since time immemorial.
  • AMBROXAN Processing Ambroxan is an olfactory compound created through organic research. The molecule is synthesized in the laboratory from sclareol, a natural component of clary sage extract. OLFACTORY DESCRIPTION Note: ambergris-like, musky, labdanum-like, woody, animal Histoire Ambroxan has enabled replacing natural ambergris (sperm whale secretions) in perfumes. This expensive synthetic product does not occur naturally and is currently an essential ingredient in perfumery. Ambroxan is used as a base note. The molecule makes the fragrance trail last longer while adding incomparable velvetiness and sensuality. Its smell is very complex, featuring musky, woody, almost animal tones. For some, it recalls skin; it reminds others of the amber character of labdanum or clary sage.
  • SANDALWOOD HARMONY Processing The harmony is reproduced by the perfume designer using various ingredients from the fragrance palette. OLFACTORY DESCRIPTION Woody, oriental, powdery, milky, creamy notes; permeates readily and is very persistent History Sandalwood originated in the Pacific. Sandalwood is an evergreen parasite. In the language of trees, it symbolizes mystery. This sacred wood was used to build temples and played an important role in Buddhism, Hinduism and the Muslim religion. In addition, since the wood is easy to sculpt, it was used to create statues of various deities. Burmese women customarily sprinkle a mixture of sandalwood and rose on others to purify their body and mind. Australian Aboriginals eat the nuts and fruits of local sandalwood variety.