Did you know that vanilla is synonymous with love, elegance, delicacy and voluptuousness in the world of perfumery? Whether used as a top, middle or base note, the olfactory properties of this fragrance are almost infinite. Depending on the vision and interpretation of the perfume house, the perfume bottle, eau de parfum or eau de toilette with vanilla can contain milky, floral, woody, fruity, oriental, or powdery olfactory notes.
Dive into the origins of vanilla, the queen of spices, and discover all the secrets of this essence with Adopt.
The origins of vanilla fragrance
History and origins of the vanilla bean
Vanilla is a spice, derived from the fruit of tropical liana orchids. In nature, its flowers are intertwined with dozens of wild lianas.
Used by the Aztec empire for its gustatory properties, vanilla was brought to Europe by the Spanish in the 16th century after the discovery of America. First used by the royal courts of Europe for its medicinal properties, perfume houses became interested in the olfactory properties of vanilla in the 19th century. Although it was discovered in Mexico, vanilla is now the black gold of Madagascar. Did you know that 80% of the world's vanilla production comes from this South-East African island?
From pods to perfume bottles: making vanilla fragrance
The artisanal production of vanilla
The extraction process of vanilla is extremely long, which makes it a luxurious and prestigious product and justifies its high price. After the pollination of the flowers and the ripening cycle, the vanilla is harvested and then immersed in boiling water for 3 minutes. In order to allow it to obtain all its aromas and its olfactory power, it is then put in a blanket between 12 and 24 hours before being bathed in the sun for a fortnight. Before obtaining the final product, the spice is finally refined for several weeks.
The manufacture of vanilla in perfumery
In perfumery, the smell of vanilla can be the product of different processes among which:
- Tincture, resulting from the maceration of the pod in alcohol;
- vanilla absolute, resulting from the extraction of the pods with solvents;
- vanillin and ethylvanillin, synthetic vanilla with sweet notes.
Each perfume house has its own secret for its vanilla fragrances.
Vanilla, a true care and beauty ritual
In eau de parfum or eau de toilette: vanilla seduces women and men alike
Vanilla perfume for men
In men, vanilla's DNA is associated with a powerful and masculine smelling olfactory family, such as amber, musk, leather, coffee, oud and even tobacco flower!
The vanilla perfume for women
For women, the fragrances of the vanilla olfactory family can be combined endlessly. Fragranced with vanilla, a woman is soft, elegant and characterful. There are essences with oriental, floral, gourmand or sensual scents.
Vanilla: a fragrance full of ambivalence for all your moments in life
The fragrance of a gourmet beauty ritual
Treat yourself to a delicious moment with the
. Relax in a delicate vanilla-scented bubble bath for one or two, thanks to the bath bomb. Then moisturise your body with a delicately scented cream or milk before perfuming yourself with Vanilla Bourbon eau de parfum. Light scented candles, such as the Vanille bourbon ou Fairy land, to complete and extend your gourmet beauty ritual and fill your home with the delicate scent of vanilla.
The scent of love
Vanilla is a true love potion. For both men and women, it expresses sensuality and elegance. Gentlemen, a few drops on the back of your neck of
on the back of your neck will be enough to turn heads. Ladies, think of the eau de parfum Vanille ravageuse.Thanks to its small size, it can easily be carried in your handbag.
Vanilla in perfumery, an emblematic olfactory family with infinite combinations
Olfactory properties of gourmet perfumes
For sweet, gourmand creations, vanilla will often be placed in the base note, the note of opulence at the heart of the essence. Placed as a top note, almond, caramel, coconut or juicy fruits such as apple and pear will bring greed, tenderness and sweetness. For a floral touch and a touch of generosity, heart notes of powdery flowers such as iris will be enclosed in the bottle.
Olfactory properties of seductive fragrances
To create a more mysterious elixir, base notes of oak, musk, oud, wood and coffee will complete the delicate blend. The top notes will be amber or spicy and accentuated by nutmeg or pink berries. The heart notes will bring a touch of sensuality thanks to incense, datura flower, rose or cognac.
Olfactory properties of oriental perfumes
Combined with a blend of spices, incense and a floral bouquet of jasmine flowers and rose petals, placed as a top, heart or base note depending on the creation, the oriental delights of the vanilla bean will make you experience the magic of a thousand and one nights.
In perfume bottles, hair and body care products, scented candles, alone or in a box, let yourself be seduced by the timelessness of the queen of spices thanks to the French know-how of Adopt.