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What is a “powder” flavor?

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Romance and femininity....this is what powder perfumes embody, they transport us to the boudoirs of Versailles, to the intimacy of French courtesans, where the art of seduction is elevated to a cult. Essential oils, perfumes, exotic ingredients, powders, make-ups and lots of sighs... welcome to the fluttering eyelash world of French aristocracy.

The feeling of talc, rice powder, pollen, cosmetics and lipstick is called " powder " in perfumery. This effect is achieved with ingredients such as tonka bean, lilac, mimosa, rose, iris, violet, heliotrope, clove, carrot (yes, carrot) 🙂🥕)

Firstly - why rice powder and what is the connection with rose and violets ? The "powdery" note comes from the French royal court in the 17th century. Ladies of high society applied several coats of rice powder on their face, scented with scraped iris root, rose and violets. Since then, this combination of fragrances has been used to perfume lipsticks and tanning products - powders, foundations, etc. and that's why " powder " means most often the combination of these three ingredients : rose + iris + violets.

Another ingredient that creates such a sensation is tonka bean - a vanilla, honey and bee pollen sensation. Tonka bean (fève tonka) is a highly prized, expensive and rare ingredient and is rarely used in designer perfumery, it is most often found in higher end perfumery - in the private collections of Guerlain, Dior, Chanel or more artistic perfumery.

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