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Freesia Perfume

There are a number of flowers possessing enchanting perfumes that have not been extracted or distilled on a commercial scale. Sometimes there is the difficulty of growing enough flowers to produce a reasonable quantity of essence(as it sometimes takes hundreds if not thousands of kilos of flowers to produce 1 kilo of essential oil and/or absolute), Freesiasometimes the cost of the growing and harvesting of the flowers is prohibitive for making the absolute or essential oil, sometimes the distillation or extract technique employed does not capture the beauty of the flowers aroma. These are but a few of the reasons why the essence of a flower may not be offered in its pure form.

In such cases the perfumer then needs to study the aroma of the flower itself and see if there are different combinations of other co2 extracts, absolutes, natural isolates and essential oils that might be used to capture some of the olfactory qualities of the flower one is trying to make an "aromatic portrait" of. It is important to remember that such interpretations are themselves dependent on how the perfumer perceives the fragrant properties of the flower as it exhales its delightful perfume upon the air. And it is equally important to remember that a flower of a particular genus and species may exhibit different olfactory qualities depending on where it is grown, the variety of that species, the particular climatic and soil conditions it grows in etc.

It is with these considerations in mind that I decided to try to make a nice Freesia Perfume which I confess is based almost entirely on what others have written of the fragrance. I have myself grown freesias and tended freesias in other gardens in which I have worked but for some reason or other the perfume which has been described in literature regarding them was only faintly present. Sometimes what happens is that for the sake of the size, color and form of a flower, a good deal of hybridization takes place at the sacrafice of the fragrance of the flower, and I suspect this may have happened with freesias I have known.

This perfume was created over 9 months ago. Only in the last month have the components begin to meld together in a balanced and harmonius manner capturing something of the aroma I imagined in the beginning. Aging of any blend is true necessity for almost any perfume composition. It often takes 6 months for a composition to show its olfactory qualities.


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