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November 2014

Indigo Perfumery

PEPPER: SPICE OF THE WEEK

 

 

An often surprising ingredient in many perfumes is the most popular spice in the world, pepper.

Yes, really!

 

There are three kinds of pepper used in perfumery, black, white and pink. Black pepper, steam distilled from the Piper Nigrum vining plant ‘s unripe fruit, contributes sparkle and zest to the notes. White pepper is steam distilled from the ripe fruit and reveals a slightly more musky, yet still perky side. Pink pepper comes from a completely different plant, the schinus molle, an evergreen tree native to Northern South America, and is actually not considered to be “real” pepper. It adds a more floral, somewhat sweet and rosy essence to perfumes. All are currently popular as perfume notes.

 

 

 

Take advantage of this rare event-

catch 15% off some of the most interesting fragrances we have at Indigo:

Sandrine, Sideris, Ciel d’Opale, Archives 69, Sumatera,

Ginger Lily, Thirty Three, Tom of Finland and Orlando

 

 

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CARDAMOM SPICE OF THE WEEK

 

 

This week’s Spice of the Week is Cardamom, the third most expensive spice following saffron and vanilla.

A native of Southern India, Elettaria cardamomum is a member of the ginger family. Cardamom grows in partial shade, most often in tropical rain forests. The seed pods are gathered from October-December, before they ripen and reach maturity in order to avoid the pods splitting and drying out. For cooking, they are dried in the sun or bleached with sulphur fumes. In perfume making, they pods are steam distilled. Cardamom oil is has a complex scent: sweet, slightly floral, spicy and aromatic, with a pale yellow color.

In ancient Egypt, cardamom seeds were chewed to clean the teeth, in Rome and Greece, cardamom was used in perfumes.

In present day perfume making, cardamom is used to add freshness and a little spice to the fragrance.

 

The perfumes in Indigo Perfumery’s collection that feature ginger are:

Lonestar MemoriesFils de DieuGoldLa Dame Aux Camélias,

Samarinda, Café Diem and Incense Rosé.

Each is discounted 15% through November 16th.

 

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NOVEMBER’S SPICE OF THE WEEK

 

The month of November conjures up olfactory delights originating from the kitchen. Spices come into their glory in perfumes as well as food.

 

To celebrate, the month of November we will feature a spice of the week. The perfumes in our collection that feature said spice will be 15% off for that specific week.

 

We begin our Spice Month with ginger.

Known and treasured for thousands of years, the ginger that we sniff in perfumery originates from the plant known as Zingiber officinale (Zingiberaceae). The plant originated in China and India; it is now also grown in Jamaica, Africa, the West Indies and the islands south of the U.S.

The plant’s underground rhizomes are the source of today’s ginger root. It has a sharp, spicy flavor. (It also relieves dizziness, sweating and nausea from motion sickness.) In perfume, its gingery goodness livens up the fragrance with a spicy, sassy kick.

 

The perfumes in Indigo Perfumery’s collection that feature ginger are:

Like This, Ginger Lily, Cinabre, Orlando, Fils de Dieu,

Ginger Zest de Citron,

Dangerous Complicity and Amour de Palazzo

Each is discounted 15% through November 9th.