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FLOWERS

A self-evident category of fragrance notes, directly smelling of fragrant blossoms, often rich in nuance: from the banana top note of ylang-ylang, the wine nuances in fresh roses and the powdery, almond-like character of heliotrope, to the camphorous side of freshly-picked tuberose, all the way through the apricot scent of osmanthus, the lemony touches of magnolia and the caramelic facets of lavender, flowers can present surprising sides which never cease to fascinate not just insects, but humans as well.

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Many of the flowers are rendered through natural sources: Rose and jasmine are notoriously prized for their incomparable essences, rendered through many different techniques (solvent extraction, enfleurage, distillates). The other natural flower extracts include broom, tuberose, lavender, osmanthus, immortelle, ylang ylang and marigold.

Other flowers refuse to yield their core aroma, or the yield is so minute that replicating the scent in the lab is the way to go. Violet, lotus and water lily do produce an absolute, but it's very expensive and the yield is so small that only niche and artisanal/all-natural brands can afford to use them

The following flowers are typically reconstructed in the lab via several synthetic molecules: freesia, peony, lily of the valley, mimosa, heliotrope, violet (most of the time), jonquil, narcissus, hyacinth...

Floral scents add a romantic and often feminine touch to a composition, augmenting the feel of natural beauty derived from smelling a composition, fanning the fleeting top notes onto a tapestry where everything has its place and alleviating some of the heaviness of more tenacious materials, such as resins and balsams. Natural flower extracts also work with the psyche, if we are to believe aromatherapy, in ameliorating the contact with the natural world and providing spiritual uplift.

Flowers play an important role in the floral fragrance family, obviously, but they manage to enter almost all perfume compositions in one form or another, from the lightest eau de cologne to the most lush oriental, even in some masculine colognes. They notably play an intriguing part in "floral orientals" (florientals), where they shine clearest amidst the opulence of materials of Eastern origin.
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Acacia
Acacia
Acerola blossom
Acerola blossom
Aglaia
Neroli
Almond Blossom
Almond Blossom
Althaea
Althaea
Alumroot
Alumroot
Alyssum
Alyssum
Amarillys
Amarillys
Anemone
Anemone
's Trumpet
's Trumpet
Apple Blossom
Apple Blossom
Apricot Blossom
Apricot Blossom
Bellflower
Bellflower
Belladona
Belladona
Begonia
Begonia
Banana Flower
Banana Flower
Azteca Lily
Azteca Lily
Ashoka Flower
Ashoka Flower
Black Currant Blossom
Black Currant Blossom
Bergamot Blossom
Bergamot Blossom
Blackberry Blossom
Blackberry Blossom
Blue Lilies
Blue Lilies
Blue Poppy
Blue Poppy
Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea
Camellia
Camellia
Buttercup
Buttercup
Butomus umbellatus
Butomus umbellatus
Buddleia
Buddleia
Bromelia
Bromelia
Bread Flower
Bread Flower
Cannonball Flower
Cannonball Flower
Carambola blossom
Carambola blossom
Carnation
Carnation
Celosia
Celosia
Chamomile
Chamomile
Cherry Blossom
Cherry Blossom
Christmas Tree or Flame Tree
Christmas Tree or Flame Tree
Chocolate Flower
Chocolate Flower
Chinotto blossom
Chinotto blossom
China Rose
China Rose
Chimonanthus or Wintersweet
Chimonanthus or Wintersweet
Champaca
Champaca
Cosmos Flower
Cosmos Flower
Cornflower, Sultan seeds
Cornflower, Sultan seeds
Coffee blossom
Coffee blossom
Clover
Clover
Clematis
Clematis
Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum
Daisy
Daisy
Dahlia
Dahlia
Cyclamen
Cyclamen
Crinum lily
Crinum lily
Cotton Flower
Cotton Flower
Costus
Costus
Dianthus
Dianthus
Desert Rose
Desert Rose
Delonix
Delonix
deadnettle
deadnettle
Daphne
Daphne
Dandelion
Dandelion
Elderflower
Elderflower
Eglantine Rose
Eglantine Rose
Edelweiss
Edelweiss
's Greenweed
's Greenweed
Dried Rose
Dried Rose
Dove tree
Dove tree
Flamingo flower (Anthurium)
Flamingo flower (Anthurium)
Fire Lily
Fire Lily
Field scabious
Field scabious
Erigeron (Fleabane)
Erigeron (Fleabane)
English marigold
English marigold
Encian
Encian
Fuchsia
Fuchsia
Freesia
Freesia
Fragonia
Fragonia
Forget me not
Forget me not
Floral Notes
Floral Notes
Flax
Flax
grapeflower
grapeflower
Goldenrod
Goldenrod
Gorse
Gorse
Gladiolus
Gladiolus
Gerbera
Gerbera
Geranium
Geranium
Hazel Blossom
Hazel Blossom
Hawthorn
Hawthorn
Guava blossom
Guava blossom
Guayacan
Guayacan
Green Tea Flower
Green Tea Flower
Green Nard
Green Nard
Hoary Stock
Hoary Stock
Hibiscus
Hibiscus
Hemlock
Hemlock
Heliotrope
Heliotrope
Hellabore Flower
Hellabore Flower
Heather
Heather
Hoya carnosa, wax plant
Hoya carnosa wax plant
Hortensia
Hortensia
Honeydew Blossom
Honeydew Blossom
Honeybush or Cyclopia
Honeybush or Cyclopia
Hollyhock
Hollyhock
Holly Flower
Holly Flower
Jade Flower
Jade Flower
Jacaranda
Jacaranda
Iris
iris
Hyssop
Honeybush or Cyclopia
Impatiens
Impatiens
Hyacinth
Hyacinth
Kiwi blossom
Kiwi blossom
Kudzu
Kudzu
Kanuka
Kanuka
Kadam
Kadam
Jujube Blossom
Jujube Blossom
Jasmine Orchid
Hyacinth
Lantana
Lantana
Lamprocapnos
Lamprocapnos
Lamduan Flower
Lamduan Flower
Lady Slipper Orchid
Lady Slipper Orchid
Lady of the Night Flower
Lady of the Night Flower
Laburnum
Laburnum
Lily of the Valley
Lily of the Valley
Liatris
Liatris
Leatherwood
Leatherwood
Lavender
Lavender
Larkspur
Larkspur
Laurel Blossom
Laurel Blossom