I was digging up some old photos for a writing project, and this one of Jasmine sambac Grand Duke of Tuscany is from 2005. I used a thumbnail of it on the original naturalperfumery.com website that was launched that year. Thumbnail is an ironic term here, since it features my thumbnail! What huge flowers from the Grand Duke! Many are the size of small carnations, which they remind people of, due to their tightly-clustered petals. The window to harvest this flower is small, since they’re slow to ripen to the proper stage for harvesting, and then, boom, overnight, it seems, they start to turn brown.
So many of the white flowers produce an orangey-brown absolute or tincture, have you noticed that? Jasmines and gardenias, michaela and lotus come to mind. When I pop Michaela alba flowers into tincture, the menstrum turns reddish-brown immediately! The Grand Dukes take a bit longer to change color.
Any tincturing or other perfume questions today? I’ll be here until 10PM ET USA.