When I Fell in Love…(a NPG Blogging Event)

June 01, 2012

Do you remember the first time you fell in love? Not with someone, but with a smell or a taste or a sound? Like my little girl who yesterday tried pomegranate from our tree for the first time, and loved them so much she put a plate of them on the dinner table with the chicken schnitzel. Pretty sure she won’t forget her first taste.

image from sallyandbella.com

I fall in love all the time, so its hard to remember some of those moments, but I remember when I first fell in love with natural perfumery, and it was all because of magnolia…

michelia alba

At the time, I owned an organic aromatherapy and skincare store, and custom-blended for clients all the time. Back then, around 2004, we were mainly using the better-known essential oils, like peppermint, orange, patchouli and so on, but as my interest in blending grew, my pallette for scent expanded and I started to yearn for something more.

Then I discovered a boutique natural extract supplier, and spent a whole weekend pouring over every item in their catalogue, making a mile-long list of everything I wanted for the store.

With my first order came, among others, boronia, blood orange and my sweet, sweet magnolia. I was smitten from the first drop. (as a side note, I am also near-obsessed with boronia, but magnolia was my first love).

image from myfirsttimesa.com

I blended it into everything, and launched a best-selling body cream, Mandarin & Magnolia Shimmer Lotion. 

Fast forward a few years, and now, as a perfumer, I still love magnolia. It features heavily in One Seed’s Courage eau de parfum as a voluptious yet playful sweet, floral heart, and as a sherberty support to rose maroc in our Freedom eau de parfum. I love magnolia for its curves, its divine sweetness with a sour and herby edge, its playful candiness and its floral strength. It serves me well and I will love it forever (can you tell?)

You can read about other first fragrance loves from my fellow Natural Perfumers Guild members by clicking the links below.


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