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3. Blossom

Fresh, floral, delicate, white flowers

The exact compound in your aroma vial is called 'Hedione', and it's possibly the most widely used chemical in perfumery. Why? Because it's the first aroma molecule to have peer-reviewed research to support the idea that is may have a sex-pheromone effect in humans. Arcadi Boix Camps, a perfumier, writing in 'Perfumery: Techniques in Evolution, 2nd Edition' says it is “the compound that without a doubt has most influenced modern perfumery and has allowed the great artists to develop their ideas with inspiration.  It was used for the first time in Eau Sauvage and in Diorissimo, and it has become famous because it gives to compositions a delicate, fresh, smooth, radiant, warm, elegant character that blends well with all kinds of perfumes from floral-citrics to woody, chypre and oriental.”

The compound was first developed as a synthetic and economical alternative to Jasmine, as has similarities with the heady scent of true Jasmine.


In wine, you might find yourself describing blossom or white flowers in fragrant white wines, such as Mosel Riesling, which can smell distinctly blossomy.


Chenin Blanc can get a chamomile note. Chardonnay, (and I find especially Chablis) can have a lovely honeysuckle note. Gewurtztraminer, especially from Alsace, is famously rich in the lychee-rose compound, cis-rose-oxide. 

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