New enfleurage announcement: Gothic Queen. Gardenia Jasminoides Enfleurage by Cultivar. Rare. Fresh-wet, creamy-pearlescent, lotion-milk, rainforest, island air. Non-animalic, non-gourmand.
Aroma: fresh-wet, creamy-pearlescent, lotion-milk, rainforest, island air. Non-animalic, non-gourmand.
The aromatic range of Gardenia jasminoides, in the floral domain, is on par with rose (Rosa spp.), perhaps even exceeding that of rose because the enormous variation of G. jasminoides occurs within a single species. From milky mango lassi to yeasty pâte à choux, to civet, tropical rain, and custard, this organic marvel has been known anecdotally to have antidepressant and anxiolytic effects. Gardenia enfleurage is one of my favorite extractions to make, and it concentrates and displays the flower's fragrant span. Each jar embodies the historical record of that harvest, the climate, soil, air, and expression of those specific flowers in it.
During summer 2022 I had 300-500 new gardenia flowers open each day in the Wild Veil Perfume gardens, equating to approximately 40,000 blossoms for the season. Once I surpassed previous years' product volume in early July, I set fresh pommade and designated chassis by cultivar. Gardenia jasminoides bears such aromatic range that I decided this flower deserved more than a full spectrum enfleurage, which itself is deep and glorious. Some varieties are heavy with civet; many breeds are lush and wet smelling; some have notes of poplar and propolis; while others carry whiffs of mango terpenes. Enfleurage by cultivar slices more finely the specificity of floral aura, an endeavor I hope will enrich the olfactory catalog I am building with Wild Veil. The "Gothic Queen" variety is by far the most fresh-wet smelling, and least animalic. It has a creaminess on par with pearlescent shampoo rather than a custard. Similar to star jasmine, it calls to mind a tropical rainforest, but it is more carefree. Island zephyrs rather than soaked Monstera leaves.
Listed are several of my Gardenia jasminoides enfleurage by cultivar. All flowers grown in the Wild Veil Perfume gardens by me.
© 2022, Abby Hinsman for Wild Veil Perfume.