In my mother’s garden there grew old-fashioned “Clove Pinks”…miniature cousins of the carnations we used to get from the flower shop. Today I buy carnations at the florist, and they have no scent. I remember the sharp sweet spice that filled the house when we picked the pinks, or we brought a bundle of carnations…and I miss it. We always had carnations in May, and somehow this blend makes me think of maypole dancers.
Now, a lot of perfumery books have essential oil blends that are supposed to smell like carnation…they all call for Ylangylang and Clove Bud, and perhaps some Black Pepper. But they don’t smell like my memory of carnations. Misty went to work to create a carnation blend for me. We had dozens, starting with the “basic” recipes…referring to Arctander, to Tony Burfield, to other technical perfumery books. Out of the dozens…one “feels” just right to my memory. Now, Debi was, at one time in her life, a florist. She says this doesn’t smell like carnations…but that it’s beautiful. So Debi and Hope went out one morning and bought some florist’s carnations. And Debi is right… this blend doesn’t smell like the new, hybrid carnations bred to last for weeks in a vase. But she is too young to have experienced the various dianthus species that grew in my mother’s garden.
Our Carnation Memories blend has no redeeming therapeutic values that I know of…but if you love the almost forgotten scent of clove pinks, and old-fashioned carnations, I think you will love this perfumery blend of pure essential oils and absolutes. Available in an undiluted synergy and in a skin safe 10% dilution in Fractionated Coconut Oil.
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