FLORAL

Type
Reproduction accord or molecule
Extraction method
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Floral, balsamic, vanilla, powdery.

Smooth like vanilla and soft as a cloud, the delectably sweet note of heliotrope adds a floral, suave facet to both feminine and masculine fragrances. A versatile ingredient, heliotrope is known to balance both its characteristically vanilla-esque facets with the warmth of almonds, anise or cinnamon. Its smoothness creates creamy undertones in a variety of fragrances—most notably in lilac accords.

Production

The headspace technique can be used to preserve the purple flower’s delicate fragrance, but, most often, the scent is reproduced synthetically using other raw materials. In fact, heliotrope is usually created using a single molecule: heliotropin.
Iconic perfume
Guerlain
L'HEURE BLEUE EAU DE PARFUM

"The sun has set, but night has not yet fallen. It is the suspended hour." Jacques Guerlain describes this moment during a walk on the banks of the Seine. This rich floral bouquet shows the Bulgarian rose, the orange blossom, the iris and the heliotrope which gives it its sensual powdery note.

FLORAL / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)

History

While the heliotropin molecule wasn't discovered until the second half of the 19th century, the use of heliotrope flowers in perfumery is certainly much older—ancient Egyptians are recorded as having delighted in the fragrant decorum of the dainty flower.
The word “heliotrope” is not only used to denote the fragrant flower: it is also the name given to a pinkish-purple color (deriving from the color of the heliotrope flower itself), and also represents an opaque green gemstone (otherwise known as bloodstone), which was once thought to bestow several magical abilities.

Some fragrances related to the ingredient

Fragonard | Le Jardin

HÉLIOTROPE GINGEMBRE

FLORAL / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
FLORAL / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
FLORAL
FLORAL / ALDEHYDIC
FLORAL / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
Clean | Reserve

NUDE SANTAL & HELIOTROPE

WOODY / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
Jean-Charles Brosseau

HÉLIOTROPE

FLORAL / ALDEHYDIC
Molinard | Les Prestige

HÉLIOTROPE

FLORAL / ALDEHYDIC
FLORAL
Carven | La Collection

PARIS FLORENCE

FLORAL
Agonist

ONYX PEARL

FLORAL
FLORAL / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
FLORAL / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
FLORAL / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
The Merchant of Venice | Museum Collection

LIGHT COTTON

FLORAL / ALDEHYDIC
Onyrico

EMPIREO

FLORAL / ALDEHYDIC
FLORAL / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
FLORAL
Alysonoldoini

MARSIGLIA MUSK

FLORAL / MUSK SKIN
FLORAL / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)

Musk

Bergamot

Sandalwood

Patchouli

Amber

Vanilla

Jasmine

Cedarwood

Rose

Mandarin

Vetiver

Lemon

Tonka Bean

Iris / Orris

Orange Blossom

Cardamom

Pink Pepper

Lavender

Grapefruit

Woody Notes

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