GREEN

Type
Natural raw material
Parts used
Buds
Extraction method
Solvent extraction

Fruity, mentholated, sulphurated.

Fresh, mentholated facets mingle with tart—yet sweet—fruity notes in a delicate balance of juicy acidity. The blackcurrant note costs a pretty penny, and therefore is exclusive to fine perfumery. Noses must heed caution: the blackcurrant note has an animalic edge that has been likened to the urine of a cat. However, when expertly blended, its scent is bold, unique and divinely aromatic.

Production

A decadently fragrant plant, the blackcurrant bush is known for its particularly aromatic leaves that secrete an odorous essence through their glands. A lover of cold climates, blackcurrant bushes are found in chilly, damp regions like Scandinavia. However, the plant is also cultivated in several regions of France—most notably in Burgundy. New leaf buds are harvested early in the year and are carefully picked from cuttings. Their coveted absolute is obtained through extraction using volatile solvents.
Origin
France
Iconic perfume
Hermès
AMAZONE

Created in 1974, Amazone is the second perfume for women from Hermès, created after Calèche. This green floral is one of the first to showcase the blackcurrant bud that comes with the fruity notes and gives freshness and naturalness to the floral heart of narcissus, daffodil and iris.

Hermès

AMAZONE

FLORAL / GREEN

History

In 1841, a liquor called crème de cassis made its first appearance in Dijon, France. Captivating its audience, the liquor infused Burgundy-grown blackcurrant fruits in a novel concoction. However, it wasn’t until 1960 that we saw this raw material take center stage in the world of fragrance. Even today, it’s a rather rare commodity to obtain, but mechanized cultivation allows for a wider harvest.
Since the end of the 18th century, locals from Burgundy have been using blackcurrants to make a traditional liqueur known as crème de cassis. Some take this a step further: mixing crème de cassis with aligoté white wine to create a cocktail known as Kir.

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