Ginger and spice, and everything nice…Think gingerbread, think ginger ale, or perhaps something healthier, like a shot of ginger to start your day or a warm mug of fresh ginger tea!
Admittedly, when we think of these foods and beverages, we can’t help but think of the distinctive scent that this ingredient exhales. Warm, sharp, peppery, spicy, and earthy, this ingredient is a favourite amongst perfumers, and an absolute hit amongst the admirers, the wearers!
Topview of a large number of Ginger. Photo by Shutterstock.
The current name that we use, ginger, in fact, roots from the Middle English word, ‘gingivere’; nevertheless, this ingredient has been named differently throughout the centuries. Travelling 3,000 years back, based on its appearance, Ginger was known as ‘srngaveram’ in Sanskrit, which translated as “horn root”. Alternatively, the Greek’s called it ‘ziggiberis’, whilst in Latin, it was known as ‘zinziberi’.
Part of the same family as the renowned spices, turmeric, and cardamom, ginger is believed to originate from the areas of Western India, South-Eastern Asia, and China. Now, however, it is widely spread to be found almost anywhere! From Japan to South America, to Malaysia, Nepal, Madagascar, and even a handful of Caribbean countries; with India to be its largest producer (approx. 50%).
Although in modern-day, we fondly regard it as a favoured flavour or scent within perfumery; it was in fact its medicinal properties that brought this ingredient to its fame! The Chinese and the Indians specifically, have been known for using ginger as a tonic root, as herbal medicine, to treat various illnesses, for over 5,000 years. Similarly, the Romans and ancient Egyptians, too recognised the medicinal, healing properties of Ginger, thus making it an exceedingly important article of trade, as it was exported from India to the Roman Empire.
However, even after the fall of the Roman empire, it continued to be a highly sought-after commodity in Europe. With Arab merchants controlling the trade of ginger for centuries, by the 13th to 14th century, the value of ginger was even, jaw-droppingly equivalent to the cost of sheep!
Slowly moving into the medieval era, the use of ginger had begun expanding more for its taste, with the best example being the gingerbread man, who was Invented by Queen Elizabeth I of England, and still remains an integral food for the Christmas festivities worldwide!
Moreover, it was not long until a rather vital, hidden asset of ginger became apparent. It was its impact as an aphrodisiac. With several rumours circulating about the benefits of Ginger for sensual pleasure, the science does confirm, that by consuming this humble spice, it can naturally improve blood flow, circulation and energise one's body. This not only improves heart and vein health, but it also impacts sexual performance! Who would’ve known!
Ironically, the scandalous French Courtesan, Madame du Barry, mistress of Louis XV, had very much been informed, and thus fed ginger to her lovers! Moreover, in Senegal, women wear belts containing ginger roots to enhance their partner’s desire levels; whilst, throughout Asia and South Pacific, ginger has also been used in love rituals. So, it really is a magical ingredient, to say the least!
Did you know that ginger has been instrumental in the creation of many legendary scents?
With over 1000 different types of ginger, although the plant, with eye-catching pink flowers, does have a distinct smell; it is specifically the roots, which are known for their fragrance.
The zingy, spicy pungent aroma is produced by the compounds that are present in the rhizome of ginger, the horizontal stem from which the roots grow. These compounds are known as ketones, with the main bioactive compound to be gingerols.
Gingerols contribute to endless powerful medicinal properties, such as alleviating nausea and vomiting, having powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, improving and aiding weight loss, effectively reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis, drastically lowering blood sugars, and even improving the risk of heart disease!
The essential oil produced by the rhizomes of ginger is a luxury raw material, and unlike the extraction processes of the florals, it is more reasonable in its ratio of ingredient to oil. With different ginger roots to require different amounts; to produce 1kg of Indian Ginger oil, it requires 50kg of rhizomes. On the other hand, for the production of 1kg of Ginger oil, fresh from Madagascar, then the requirement shoots to 150kg of root!
A scent that is simultaneously fresh, spicy, and blends well with almost any ingredient. Don’t hold back and add a few drops of our GINGER GAME perfume into your custom perfumes! Sexy, fierce, invigorating, and bold! You’ll be thanking us later….
If you seek a fragrance that will ensure you feel fresh and seductive throughout the day, then we recommend an unbeatable mixture of GINGER GAME and our scent of Orange Blossom. A duo of light vibrancy, green and earthy, alluring and dauntless. It’s for sure a fragrance for the bold characters!
If you’re in search of a fragrance with the ‘WOW’ factor, then we recommend the unique blend of GINGER GAME and our TUBEROSE TRIBUTE perfume. This elixir will combine sensuality with a white floral, velvet touch. Although you may predict it would be most fitting for the women, we say it’s ideal for the unisex fragrances too! A spray onto your naked skin and you’ll be transported into the world of enigmatic allure!
Lastly yet not least, if you’re in search of your weapon for the night, a duo that will bring the power of sex and magnetism, then you shouldn’t think any further; GINGER GAME in combination with our IMMORTAL INCENSE fragrance. Together, they will fuse an absolutely magical, real-life love-potion. The luscious, comforting, smoky, intoxicating incense, wraps itself around the invigorating, and spicy ginger, creating an irresistible trace wherever you go….
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