|Bitter Orange Foliage, Blossoms and Fruit|
Perfume your creativity- ideas can be extracted from free publications sent out with your magazines – I subscribe to The Week, a news digest of happenings around the world, which has provided me with a constant source of stories to stimulate conversations in various guises, as well as articles for the blog.
In The Quarterly – an upmarket freebie sent out with The Week – there was an article on Neroli Oil – a new product to me ... but with that interesting historical take that I love so much.
Neroli extract - a sweet, honeyed essence from the bitter orange tree, with metallic overtones - is named after the 17th C Duchess of Bracciano and Princess of Nerola, who revived this orange oil into a fashionable fragrance by using it to perfume her gloves and her bath.
|Nerola - fountain in town|
All through time we have perfumed our way as best we can – the Romans placed or sprinkled scented flowers and petals throughout their public places, while petals floated in small fountains to scent the banqueting halls. Pomanders from the 13th C were worn, or carried to ward off bad smells ... now we have them in our homes in various guises.
Samplers and Simplers who gathered and brought the plants into the apothecary or to market – the housewives who experimented – finding all manner of satisfaction from their toils – skin lotions, washing balls, starch for laces, perfume for gloves, and the all charming nonsenses of sweet-bags and pot-pourri bowls.
|Mary Denton with pomander|
attributed to George Gower
(1540 - 1596)
Susan of “Life Takes Lemons” with the post ‘A Lady’s Weapon Against Stench: Pomanders and Vinaigrette’ – is a new blog I’ve just found, which has some wonderful resources in it ... check out the Research section, for example: Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue! Susan very kindly let me use the picture of Mary Denton and of the rather spectacular pomander and chain.
While at the Ashmolean Museum recently I spotted a postcard of Elizabeth 1’s gloves form 1566 – that tied in so well with Neroli oil and its many uses ... you have probably already experienced the oil, as it is used in aromatherapy and massage.
|Elizabeth 1's gloves 1566|
So one of the most widely used floral oils in perfumery has given me a blog post, a link to another interesting blog, and some background information across civilisations ... all stemming from ShowMedia’s The Quarterly promoting the renaissance of Neroli oil – in a Liberty parfum at £88 ($140), or Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino Body Oil at £45 ($72), or Roja Parfums Neroli Candle at £75 ($120) ...
Then of course the coup de grace ... Neroli Oil might just be one of the secret ingredients in Coca-Cola ... ? Who knows what’s in ‘that drink’ that has so many unmentionable uses ...
|Pomander and Chain|
And in a quarter of second you can have access to over 1.5million websites on Neroli Oil ... to buy some bitter-orange oil to perfume your gloves ... or to keep the earthy autumn scents at bay in the great outdoors.
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