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The Perfect Scent for French Summer: Lavender Legend
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May 17, 2020

Fall In Love with Lavender Legend

A large field of Lavender flowers in Provence, France.

An ingredient that with one simple spray transports you to the purple fields that embellish the countryside hills during spring and summer. Aesthetically pleasing, staggeringly beautiful, and known in the Provence as blue gold; this is an ingredient that we, the perfume wearers and the perfume creators all adore!

Known for its strong, performing potential in the world of perfumery, with just a few drops, your potion will deliver soothing, clean, crisp, and sweet aromatic freshness. The oil can be spicy, it can be peppery and herbaceous, and it is undoubtedly misty fresh, with balsamic, floral and woody undertones. Moreover, although a floral, it is more versatile than the usuals, such as rose and jasmine. As an ingredient, it unveils different facets within, allowing for endless, various iterations of the scent.

So, it really can suit anyone, and therefore it is no wonder why it is so popular within male, female, and even unisex fragrances!

A Little History

Close up image of Lavender flowers.

A flowering member of the mint family, Lavender, is believed to be originally found growing in India's higher altitudes. Nevertheless, nowadays, its growth is spurred in sunny, stony and well-drained spots, anywhere worldwide; France, especially the south, the Provenance to be the epicentre of production, as they grow approximately 80,000 kilos each year!

Deriving from the Latin word, “lavare”, which translates as "to wash", it is not surprising why this scent is commonly associated with detergents and soaps, and in fact, explains the arrival of Lavender into England. As one of the oldest perfumes, Henrietta Marie, Queen of England, and wife of King Charles I, who revolutionised in bringing cosmetics to the court. She frequently used lavender specifically, in scented soaps, potpourri, sachets, and even added drops of lavender during her bathing!  

With this to have been exploited even to the modern-day now, apart from its cleansing properties, lavender is also used in natural aromatherapy to relax the mind and muscles. Besides, it is also allegedly known for its health and well-being benefits. It treats anxiety disorder, enhances and promotes sleep, boosts mood, and even soothes stomach pains or skin irritations.

During medieval times, the scent was vastly popular in aromatising different spaces. For instance, the plant would commonly be strewn onto the floors of churches and homes or could also be used to scent linen and clothing. Moving into the Tudor times, they too indulged in the scent, as they stuffed lavender into their quilted jackets and caps. Moreover, it was popularly used in WW1, as a disinfectant for hospital surfaces, precisely due to its excellent properties as an insect repellent.

From Oil to Perfume

With several forms of the lavender plants, the main types explicitly grown for perfumery purposes, are Lavandula angustifolia, also known as Lavandula officinalis, Lavandula latifolia, and Lavandula stoechas, which reveals a more camphor-like scent, closely reminiscent to rosemary.

However, do not be confused by Lavandula intermedia, also known as Lavandin; a Dutch hybrid of the English and Portuguese lavender. Even though they are both very similar, the slight differences are that this plant tends to grow larger, up to even 120cm, and does produce more flower spike than other Lavenders. Moreover, they typically bloom in July or August, lasting until the late summer, producing an oil with a sharper and more medicinal odour.

The high-quality lavender that we smell in perfumes, including the likes of Libre by YSL, Sunday Cologne by Byredo, and Bergamot Soleil by Atelier Cologne, only to name a few; is first harvested in July, when the flowering has ended, and the colour turns to grey. Once gathered in bulks or bunches, a short drying period precedes, before the process of steam distillation, which conclusively extracts the essential oil from the plant.

Our Recommended Mixes

A perfume ingredient that, as it seems, will never go out of trend. So why not get yourself on top of it and create your custom perfume with Lavender at Maison 21G!

Our first recommendation would be the mix of our scent of LAVENDER LEGEND, along with our charismatic CEDAR CAVIAR perfume. A magnetic elixir of elegance and charming aromatics. Suitable for both men and women, the fusion of these ingredients will create a timelessly elegant duo for your fragrance wardrobe! ​

If you prefer a scent that will be more energising, rejuvenating and boosting, then LAVENDER LEGEND along with our BERGAMOT BLAST perfume, are exactly what you need! Super uplifting; the top notes of the sparkling citrus, along with the stronger floral facets, create an all-rounded, zesty and freshly modern perfume, that is perfect for the everyday!

Lastly, we have two incredible variations for a raunchy, clean, and seductive perfume, the scent of love, if you prefer so. The first elixir includes LAVENDER LEGEND along with our TERRIFIC TONKA perfume. Warm, yet refreshing, soothing and aromatic, and wrapped in the voluminous shell of the tonka bean. These ingredients together, fuse to create a potion of magic.

For our second luscious mix, we would suggest combining the fresh LAVENDER LEGEND with the palatable, warm, and mouth-watering scent of VANILLA VENUS. An intoxicating and harmonious blend that creates an instant classic, and will be your favourite head-turning fragrance!

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