Top places where perfume ingredients grow

By Lauren Carbran

If you’ve ever wondered where perfume ingredients grow, we’re about to give you a little geography lesson. And if you find yourself travelling to these incred places, it was totally in your perfume destiny…

GRASSE1Roses in France

Considered the world’s capital of perfume, Grasse, a town on the French Riviera, is home to Rose de Mai, which blossoms in May, as the name suggests. If you thought roses only grew in romantic settings, you’d be right. Grasse is perched on hilltops overlooking pink houses and cobbled streets… *sigh*. Try Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa Excelsa for her, with African dog rose and Turkish rose, for a sweet and sophisticated fragrance. For you guys, Hugo Boss Boss Bottled Unlimited has a hint of rose blended with mint and grapefruit for a fresh fix.

venezuela1Tonka bean in Venezuela

Now we’re taking you to the tropical rainforests of Venezuela, where the tonka bean grows. It’s rich and warm, often with a tobacco or caramel tang, and gives perfumes a bold base note. Snag a scent with tonka bean notes now – they’re very popular! You’ll love Guerlain Shalimar for her, with its mix of iris, vanilla and tonka bean. The best part: this classic perfume, launched in 1925, has NEVER gone out of style. And guys, have you tried the new Armani Code Profumo? It’s a serious must-have for evening events, thanks to its elegant notes of tonka bean, apple and nutmeg.

MADAGASCAR1Vanilla in Madagascar

If you didn’t know about vanilla’s role in fragrance, now’s the time to learn. And trust us – it’s the most popular ingredient out there, probs because it smells like HEAVEN. Most of the world’s vanilla, which comes from the seeds of a pod, grows in Madagascar. It’s known as an aphrodisiac, so you’ll want to look out for it if you’re trying to impress. We predict a riot for the new Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence for her, which is a sparkling blend of vanilla, champagne and honeysuckle. The new Valentino Uomo Intense for him makes for an intense vanilla fragrance – with leather and sage thrown into the mix. One thing’s for sure – you won’t be disappointed…

FLORIDA1Orange blossom in America

The patchy UK summer weather just makes us want to jet away, fast. Well, let us transport you to the orange trees of Florida (you’re welcome). Here, the sun shines and the flowers from the orange trees create some of our best-loved fragrances. Michael Kors Coral for her is for all you fruity fans, with its notes of orange blossom, raspberry and lemon that make it perfect for a last-minute holiday buy. For a masculine orange blossom scent, opt for Dolce & Gabbana The One For Men, which mixes tobacco and amber, too. Lush!

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