LEATHER

Type
Natural raw material
Parts used
Pistils
Extraction method
Solvent extraction

Spicy, leathery, suede, slightly bitter.

Definitively spicy, saffron adds an energizing burst to both feminine and masculine fragrances. It’s an endlessly luxurious note of warm, leathery facets. Particularly evocative of smooth suede, saffron evokes an intimate feeling: soft, and yet slightly bitter.

Production

The rather luxurious saffron spice originates from the Crocus sativus plant (commonly known as “saffron crocus”). Saffron—the vivid crimson stigma and styles of the flower—are collected before the flowers fully open and are left to dry on a fiber mesh. It's a notoriously laborsome task: from 100,000 flowers, only 1 kg of dried saffron will be produced. And from there, a 50% yield of resinoid is extracted using ethanol.
Origin
Spain, greece, india, islamic republic of iran
Iconic perfume
L'Artisan Parfumeur
SAFRAN TROUBLANT

Safran Troublant is one of the first perfumes to give the main role to this ingredient. The spicy leather breath of saffron, presage of the oud notes, here exalts a luminous rose on a vanilla base.

L'Artisan Parfumeur

SAFRAN TROUBLANT

AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / SPICY

History

Saffron has a rather lengthy history as one of the world’s most expensive spices. It was first cultivated in Greece more than thirty-five centuries ago, where it was cherished as a symbol of resurrection and strength. Saffron makes an appearance in an ancient fresco at the Minos palace in Knossos, wherein a boy is depicted picking the delicate stigma and styles from the flower of Crocus sativus. It is safe to say that the process of cultivating, gathering and processing this divine little spice has been a grueling endeavor that has sapped our time and pockets for millennia.
Saffron remains, by far, the most expensive spice in the world (it will cost you a tidy 8,000 euros for a kilogram of the crimson matter). To put it in perspective: that’s about ten times the price of vanilla or fifty times the price of cardamom. And yet, we’re enraptured by it. Across the Middle East, Europe, India, and Central Asia, the spice plays a leading role in many dishes. It does particularly well in cheese, sweets, some curries, liqueurs, soups, and meat dishes.

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