A sweet discover

The smell of vanilla was a proper discovery. In 1519 it was the explorer Hernàn Cortèz who tasted it for the first time, dissolved in Atzeca chocolate. Yes, although its smell was unforgettable, it was necessary to import it into the old continent so that its use, from a simple culinary one, would expand to perfumes and beyond. Its scent is inevitably linked to its quality and origin, however it is generally defined as sensual, warm, oriental but also woody and pungent. It was in France, during the nineteenth century, that this much loved smell was used for the first time as a raw material to make perfumes and cologne spray. It was only when the cultivation of vanilla began in other places, besides native Mexico, that people discovered that the intensity of the aroma depended on the species of the plant and the percentage of vanillin contained in it. After its discovery and import in Europe vanilla has always been used in perfumery, in 1877 Vanillina was chemically isolated allowing to enhance and push the gourmand and sweet facet of the berry.
Vanilla
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Eastern
Gourmand
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Wood
In nature

In nature

Vanilla planifolia is a plant belonging to the orchid family and is the only variety that produces an edible bean. It is from this pod that the mythical and legendary smell derives. To obtain it, the still immature, green, odorless pods are plucked, immersed in hot water and left to dry in the sun with a process that is repeated until fragrant and woody notes are reached. One of the techniques for extracting the fragrance involved the use of solvents or alcohol to obtain the absolute. The Vanilla plant is originally from Mexico, but the love of the King of France Louis XIV for it led him to try the cultivation in the Bourbon islands, in the Indian ocean, to have his own plantation. Here the seeding is not natural, as in Mexico, but carried out manually as in 1848. This species was named Bourbon Vanilla, is mainly grown in Madagascar, Comoros, Rèunion and has the highest concentration of Vanillin.

Aromatherapy

  • It has always been used for its aphrodisiac and stimulating properties.
  • The original name "tlilxochitl" was unpronounceable by Europeans who named it "vaina" also reconnecting the relationship that this intense smell had with sexuality
  • Vanillin, naturally contained in vanilla, gives it a gourmand sweetness that recalls childhood,which is why it has strong antidepressant propertie
  • Its essential oil is hydrating, nourishing and softening and is often used in the composition of lotions and body products
My Vanilla

My Vanilla

Heartwarming and sweet but also sensual and bewitching, I created Vanilla to reflect my spirit and my multifaceted personality, just like everyone else’s. To outline the profile of women of all ages but also to offer a reassuring moment like the warm cuddle of a mother. We always need it! Vanilla is the memory of childhood, of my childhood, the memory of those nostalgic moments. I bet all I had on an intense but non-invasive vanilla accord, I wanted to make it the main character to celebrate this fabulous and unique raw material. I chose citrus top notes, which are volatile by nature, for a fresh opening and I added jasmine to give a boost to the sensual facet. The result is extremely delicious and warm, just like a sweet memory.