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From Regal Fruit to Perfume: Poetic Pear
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May 17, 2020

The Perfect Pear

A hand holding 2 pears.

Juicy and sweet, mellow and velvety in its taste, it's voluptuous physique, even inspires designers and architects! As it is popularly known for its edible and culinary assets, the endless pear varieties, can be eaten ‘raw’, cooked, dehydrated or candied, or can be transformed into a compote, coulis, jelly, jam, juice, vinegar, brandy, liqueur, the list goes on…

Moreover, the fruit excellently compliments cheeses, as the French prefer, or can be eaten with meats, such as Prosciutto or Parma Ham, a delicacy from Italy!

However, it wasn't long, until someone took the wise decision of transferring these bursting taste palettes, into a scent, now satisfying the nose too! The Pear is regarded as an underrated gem, and thus, Maison 21G, is eager to share exactly why we love this ingredient, and why it should be in your fragrance compositions!

A Little History

Pears hanging from a tree.

Part of the rosaceous family, and a close ‘cousin’ of the apple, apart from its elongated shape, there are other particularities that make this rosy-green, red-cheeked, juicy fruit unique and special, alluring you for a second bite.

The journey of the pear is initially a story of its famed taste. As a typical fruit of the temperate regions, it first appeared in Central Asia, in China to be more specific, with its cultivation beginning more than 4 millennia before our era. It then crossed Asia to reach Europe, where it was initially adopted by the Greeks and Romans, who ate it raw, cooked, or dried.  

French Garden

Dispersing over continents, countries, the fruit pleased generations with its addictive taste. In France, it appeared in the 16th century, where it was polarised by King Louis XIV, thanks to his lawyer and botanist, Jean-Baptiste de La Quintinie, who was responsible for the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles. Truly passionate about the fruit, in his writings he shares: “among all fruits in this place, nature does not show anything so beautiful nor so noble as this pear. It is a pear that makes the greatest honour on the tables…”

Over the centuries, multiple varieties have been selected and retained, and commercially, the pear is divided into two major groups: the European and the Asian pear. As the fifth most widely produced fruit in the world, it is now, mainly cultivated in China, Europe, and the United States. France currently produces ten varieties of the pear, whilst one of the most prominent genus’, is the Conference Pear, born in England, and owing to its name to its award, won at the British National Pear Conference in 1885.

With an indulgent taste, the fruit also holds many health benefits. From having a low caloric value, it is also highly nutritious, packed with vitamins, such as A, B1, B2, B3, and C, as well as minerals like sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Moreover, it contains a lot of fibre, and thus is popularly used in treating constipation and intestine inflammation, as well as being a recommended fruit in curing anomalies such as cystitis and kidney stones.

From Fruit to Perfume

2 pieces of pear on a white background.

Despite its many advantages, the pear is far from being an ‘easy’ raw material to be used in perfumery.

Similar to other fruits in its family, it is fundamentally and mainly composed of water, thus making it nearly impossible to extract oil from the fruit. Therefore, whilst closely preserving a close-to-natural scent, the accords of pear are reproduced in a laboratory, using a group of molecules called esters or acetates. For instance, upon the first sniff of hexyl acetate, it will closely reminisce of pears, whilst allyl acetate smells more like apples.

The scents obtained are particularly suitable for fine fragrances and are greatly used by perfumers in different perfume creations. From Elie Saab to Marc Jacobs, to Louis Vuitton, Jo Malone, and Jean-Paul Gaultier; no one can get enough of the fleshy, green, yet sweet, crunchy, and juicy pear accords!

Our Recommended Mixes

If you are seeking a fragrance that will combine both chic and freshness, then the duo of our POETIC PEAR and SLEEK SANDALWOOD perfume would be perfect. Suave, crisp, exotic, these ingredients together, are all about the frisson of voluptuousness, whilst creating a balance of the sensuous woody notes, with the lighter, juicier pear accords. A perfect everyday wear, that you will want to re-wear, day by day!  

For an even lighter and subtly sweeter wear, why not try POETIC PEAR with the scent of JAZZY JASMINE? In combination, they create an alluring, delicate potion of timeless elegance. Specifically, beautiful on the skin of ladies, this pairing is redolent of freshly picked, ripe pears. Delicious white floral accords at the back enhance the femineity, so girls be prepared for a trail of admirers following your steps….

And finally, yet definitely not least, one of our favourite elixirs, for a sensual, fresh and invigorating scent, POETIC PEAR with our VANILLA VENUS fragrance. Natural sweetness, with an underlying dark temptation. At first, it is super fresh with a light energising burst, yet soon drying into a sexier, and almost gourmand scent. We highly recommend this mix for the later hours of the day and trust us when we say, a few sprays onto your body, and the formulas of attraction will begin their magic!

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