Originally from China, Lily of the Valley not only symbolizes the return of good weather, but also the return of happiness in the language of flowers.

To celebrate the new season, the white flower is offered in France, on May 1st, for labor day.

Huge celebrities such as Christian Dior made it the emblem of his prestigious fashion house.

Lily of the valley is an elegant white flower that looks like small bells, that are particularly fragrant.

Floral note par excellence, lily of the valley is mainly used in perfumery as a heart note, but rarely in its natural form, because it is impossible to make an essential oil of this extremely delicate flower. That’s why perfumers call it the “dumb flower”.

According to Greek mythology, Apollo would have covered the soil of Mont Parnasse with this flower, so that the muses do not damage their feet. The first fragrances with the lily of the valley are:

François Coty’s Muguet des Bois, made by the Nose Henri Robert, then the “muguet du Bonheur” by Caron.

Diorissimo, soliflore fragrance was also a real success.

We also find the flower in the following scents: Anaïs Anaïs Cacharel, Givenchy III, Eau de Campagne Sisley or the famous Beige by Chanel.

The opinion of the expert

Lily of the valley is used with delicacy in perfumery.

Its green, fresh, clean, floral, almost solar and wise fragrance allows to realize fragrances with floral and feminine scents of a remarkable softness.

Despite its harmless and ingenuous look, lily of the valley is not edible and extremely toxic.

Peony

There is a Mediterranean legend of a beautiful nymph named Paeonia, who was so courted by the gods that a jealous goddess transformed her into a flower with a thousand of petals: a peony. Since then, this symbol of beauty brightens every spring with its radiant show of colors and scent. As voluminous as rounded, […]

Iris has always occupied a special place through civilizations. Considered sacred by the Egyptians, or likened to Greek deities, it is often associated with the rainbow for its iridescent reflections and fascinating natural hues.

From France, China, Italy and Morocco, this flower is very popular and widely used in perfumery, often combined with floral, rose, jasmine or violet notes.

t is Catherine de Medici who makes it popular in the sixteenth century, especially by wearing gloves scented with flowers of Grasse.

Also a symbol of royalty since the Renaissance, the iris flower is one of the most expensive raw materials because it must be dried for three years before distilling. It is therefore a note reserved for prestigious perfumeries, found in colognes, as feminine as masculine.

Today, we find the iris chord in fragrances such as Guerlain’s L’Heure Bleue, Chanel N ° 19, Hiris d’Hermès, Double Dare by Guess or Caron’s Fleur de Rocaille…

The opinion of the expert

In the perfumer’s organ, it is placed in base note thanks to its powerful scent. The scent of the iris is as mystical as it is captivating: its white note, almost musky with green or dried fruit facets makes it unique.

Noble matter and again very popular nowadays, the iris is a delicate flower with powdery facets, floral and slightly woody, both powerful and refined.

The city of Grasse plays in perfect balance with local resources and trades, allowing it to make perfumery its main economy. Originally specialized in tanning, Grasse, in the 17th and 18th centuries, is really in the trend of scented leathers; first the gloves, then the belts, purses, scented fans … and many other accessories to make always more elegant.

It is also essential today, as a reference in the world of scents, including its very famous production of Grasse rose (the famous Centifolia rose), and jasmine.

The expertise of Grasse linked to the world of perfumery has allowed to radiate the image of France and the finest luxury, internationally, thanks to the learned and traditional techniques used by perfumers …

Hand picking, production of raw materials, distillations or enfleurages … all the techniques are mastered, and this, always, by the Nez de Grasse … contributing to its splendid reputation.

The city attracts a lot of tourists, mostly of American nationality, passionate about scents and scents, or nature lovers, who can also complete their stay with the creation of their own eau de parfum, in the narrow and typical streets of the city. Grasse.

These new openings for Grasse, allowed a real development of local perfumeries, such as Fragonard, Molinard or the well-known house; Galimard.