All The Scents This Season
It’s time for fresh smells to truly come alive again. Open your nose to freshly cut green grass, rain on the ground and tiny white blossom
tree sprouts. We explore these spring smells.
On a sunny spring weekend you can hear the relaxing hum of lawn mowers and smell the scent of cut grass. Research has shown that the smell of cut grass can make us happier and reduce stress! No wonder it’s smell is liked so much.
Cut grass produces an oily, leafy green scent caused by a chemical reaction from the grass being in distress. A molecule called ‘Cis-3-Hexenol’, naturally present in most plants, is used in fragrances to recreate the smell of leaves, grass and fruity notes such as apple and pear or flowers. It’s a perfect ingredient to give any scent a spring twist. Another popular green ingredient used to create the smell of leaves and vegetation is Stemone, also known as fig. We love this one so much we’ve used it as a star ingredient for Layers/02.
Although the days have started to warm again, the rain hasn’t left us just yet here in the UK. Our sense of smell is enhanced by the humid air as odour molecules can pass more easily through the sensory receptors in our nose. This in turn produces stronger smells and often why we associate certain times of the year with more smells.
When you wander outside after a storm has passed it often smells warm, damp and earthy. Those who live in more urban areas may also notice the smell of concrete or rock. ‘Petrichor‘ is the official name for the oily scent emitted from wet rocks! Patchouli and Cashmeran are other great ingredients that have dry earthy and mineral smells as well as Calone which carries a wet seaside air smell.
Blossom typically begins to bloom in March but by April the streets are lined with powdery pastel colours of white and pink – if you’re lucky enough to live by blossom tree’s that is! In Japan, cherry blossoms are the iconic imagery of spring.
Their bloom is celebrated across the entire country in an ancient practice known as Hanami. Picnics are enjoyed under the blossom trees and the brief beauty of the petals is admired. To most people blossom symbolises new beginnings.
It carries a very subtle soft, sweet, musky and floral scent. Flowers smell best just before and after it rains because moisture in the air helps odour molecules travel!
All species of blossom carry a sweet, fresh, green smell that is almost imperceptible! Fresh and abstract floral ingredients such as Hedione, Lilial or Florosa will give you an impression of dewy fresh petals.