Floral Mind 03: Daffodil

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I’m really exicted, not just because this is the third post on Floral Mind, but because it’s also my birth month, and it’s my birthday today (Happy Birthday to me!).  Daffodils, the yellowy fleshy flower which signifies the beginning of Spring and ‘cooler weather’ here in Nigeria (as the first rainfall for the year occurred last week) is the birth flower for the month of March.

MEANING AND SIGNIFICANCE
Daffodils, sometimes called Jonquil and Narcissus belong to the genus Narcissus. The flowers have a trumpet-shaped structure set against a star-shaped background. Often the trumpet is in a contrasting color from the background.

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Daffodils, symbolizes friendship, are some of the most popular flowers exclusively due to their unmatched beauty. It also means unequaled love; the sun is always shining whenever your significant other is around. Most importantly, it signifies rebirth.

ORIGIN
Daffodils are native mainly to the Mediterranean region, in particular to the Iberian Peninsula, as well as Northern Africa and the Middle East.

They are grown commercially in Mid Wales to produce galantamine for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

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MYTH
According to a Greek mythology, the goddess Persephone, clad in white daffodils, was abducted by Hades, god of the Underworld, whose touch turned all the flowers bright yellow.
It was said that they grew on the banks of one of the rivers flowing through the Underworld, lifting the spirits of the dead.
They called the flowers ‘asphodel’, which later became daffodil, and ever since they have been planted on graves.

PERFUME

Chloe- Chloe Narcisse

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This fragrance was created in 1992. It is a floral fragrance dominated by daffodil. In fact, I wore this today ☺and it was lovely.

Dolce & Gabbana- Dolce Floral Drops

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This is a soft scent. It is fresh – floral in nature and was launched in 2014

Lancôme – Poême

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This is a floral oriental fragrance for women, launched in 1995.

John Richmond- John Richmond

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This is a floral-fruity fragrance for women, and it was created in 2009.

Guerlain – Vol de Nuit

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This classic fragrance, Vol de Nuit which is ‘Night – Flying’ in English was launched in 1933, though newer versions are also available. It was created by Jacques Guerlain.

Versace – Versense

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It is created for irresistible experience for all senses. It was launched in 2009

Library of Fragrance- Daffodil Cologne

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Created by Library of Fragrance, this cologne can be worn by both male and female.
According to their website; Daffodils come in many varieties. We chose the poeticus daffodil for the heart of our Daffodil fragrance, which perfectly captures the living flower’s light, playful floral scent, touched with subtle hints of greenery.

AVAILABILITY
They call all be gotten from malls around. They can be gotten from the brands’ website too, ebay and amazon.

So now you know about Daffodil, the birthflower of the month of March and it makes it easy to have gift ideas for our loved ones whose birthdays fall in this month, either a bouquet of Daffodil or a bottle.

For more information on the history and origin of Daffodils, you could check here

With Scented Love,
The Perfumier 🌸

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Floral Mind 02: Violet

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Welcome to the second edition of Floral Mind. The month of February is indeed a unique one as Love is not the only thing being celebrated here, but also Violet, the birth flower of the month known for its sweet floral scent is celebrated too.

MEANING AND SIGNIFICANCE
The word ‘Violet’ comes from the Latin name ‘Viola’. Popular varieties of violet include: Ordinary violets, Common blue violets, Sweet violets and Garden violets. It signifies watchfulness, loyalty, and faithfulness. Give a violet to someone to let them know you’ll always be there for them.

ORIGIN
Violets are found in moist and slightly shaded conditions such as hedgerows.
Violet (Viola odorata), also called Sweet Violet, grows in Mediterranean regions and Asia Minor. Its delicate purple, white, or variegated flowers appear early in the spring, even before the trees grow leaves.   

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MYTH AND STORIES
It was one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s favorite flowers and they reminded him of Empress Josephine who wore it on their wedding day, and he sent her a violet bouquet on every wedding anniversary.

In the Greek mythology, this flower represents two things. On one hand, symbolizes the grief and the sorrow as a remembrance of the kidnapped daughter of Zeus, on the other hand, it symbolizes the nature, annually reviving in spring.

The Romans were also interested in Violets. They have used these flowers as a medicinal herb, by adding them into the wine, which later became known as the spring drink. The Violets were used in all of the religious rituals and sacred ceremonies. In the ancient Roman cities even were found the coins with the images of the Violet.

In Germany, the ancients celebrated that day, when the first Violet was found, because the day symbolized the beginning of spring. According to the legends, a lad who first found this flower had a good chance to marry the most beautiful girl.

Violets should not be taken internally in large doses. The flowers are edible, used in medicines (as a laxative, helps fight cold, asthma, rheumatic pains and a range of infections including syphilis) and the flowers are candied for decoration in jellies, etc.

PERFUME

Guerlain – Insolence

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This fragrance was created for Guerlain in 2006 by Maurice Roucel and Sylvaine Delacourte. It is a bold fragrance for young women which comprises of raspberry, violet, rose and orange blossom tends to also be very long lasting. This fragrance also has an Eau de Parfum (EDP) version which was launched in 2008.

Tom Ford – Violet Blonde

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This is a bold scent for women, and as appraised on their site, “it’s an opulent, dressed-up fragrance that reveals a stunning new facet of violet with a ravishing, intriguing elegance.”

Serge Lutens – Bois de Violette

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This is a woody floral musk fragrance for men and women which was created in 1992 by Christopher Sheldrake.

Tommy Bahama – Set Sail South Seas

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This perfume is an aromatic spicy fragrance uniquely designed for men. It was launched in 2008.

Laurence Dumont – Vanille Violette

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This is an example of a creamy rich violet bathed in vanilla. It is a sophisticated and feminine blend of fruits, vanilla and violet. It is available as 100ml EDP (I’d explain this in another post)

L’Erbolario – Accordo Viola

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Created for women and launched by the Italian house, L’Erbolario which is known for beautiful collection, Accordo Viola is everything it was created to be. It provides a rich blend of violet leaf absolute combined with jasmine absolute and heliotrope flowers. The composition is full of feelings and romance.

Tom Ford – Black Violet

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Black Violet by Tom Ford is a Chypre Floral fragrance for women and men. Black Violet was launched in 2007. It blends in bergamot, citrus,  fruity notes, violet, oak moss and woodsy notes.

WHERE TO BUY
These fragrance are sold in various malls. They can be gotten online from ebay.

So now you know about Violet, the birthflower of the month of February and it makes it easy to have gift ideas for our loved ones whose birthdays fall in this month, either a bouquet of Violet (which is kinda hard to get) or a bottle.

For more information on the history and origin of Violet, you could check Flower Angels

With Scented Love,
The Perfumier 🌸