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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Syringa and Syringa du Japon c1870

Syringa du Japon: created in 1870 by Aime Guerlain.


So what does it smell like? It features notes of lilac, mock orange, jasmine, honeysuckle, magnolia, acacia, lemon, green notes, pepper, rose. The perfume probably made use of synthetic Syringa, explained below.


Bulletin de la Société d'encouragement pour l'industrie nationale, Volume 96, 1897:
"Ainsi que nous l'avons fait remarquer à propos de l'essence de roses il est probable que cette essence ainsi que celles de pélargonium doivent leurs parfums non seulement au géraniol et au citronnellol mais encore à des éthers composés de ces alcools. Les travaux de MM. J. Dupontet, J. Guerlain que nous avons déjà cités ainsi que les observations faites par MM. E. Gharabot et G. Chiris confirment cette hypothèse Terpineol Terpilénol G10H18O. Ce composé qui possède une odeur agréable de syringa est vendu dans le commerce de la parfumerie sous les noms de Syringa, Lilacine, Muguet, etc. Les anciens extraits de syringa ont été totalement éliminés par les produits au terpinéol. Employé en quantités mesurées il fournit en effet un parfum qu il est impossible de distinguer de celui des fleurs fraîches de syringa. Ce composé est un produit d'hydratation des essences de térébenthine ou un produit de déshydratation de la terpine ."

(As we have noted about the essence of roses it is likely that this species as well as their perfumes pelargonium must not only geraniol and citronellol but still ethers compounds of these alcohols. The work of MM. J. Dupontet, J. Guerlain we have already mentioned as well as the observations made by MM. E. Gharabot and G. Chiris confirm this hypothesis Terpineol Terpilénol G10H18O. This compound has a pleasant scent of syringa is sold commercially in perfumery under the name of Syringa, Lilacine, Muguet, etc.. The old syringa extracts were completely eliminated by terpineol products. Used in measured amounts in effect provides a scent that is indistinguishable from the fresh flowers of syringa. This compound is a product of hydration of turpentine or a dehydration product of terpine.)


Presented in the Carre flacon.




Discontinued, date unknown.

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