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Mother’s Day Gift: The Career Mother


Mother’s Day will be here soon.

Let Indigo assist you this week with our daily Mother’s Day scent guideline.

We’re matching scents with a wide range of moms.

Today: it’s The Career Mother.

The Career Mother needs a fragrance subtle enough for the office.

Berlin by Gallivant is for the Mom on the go. It is a contrast between fresh top notes (Grapefruit, Clementine, Lemon) and spicy heart notes (Black Pepper and Black Tea) and woody base notes. It is makes a quiet statement, allowing your Mom to wear it confidently. The handy 30 ml. bottle is small enough to slip in her purse or in her take-on bag while flying. A win-win!

Orb_ital by Nomenclature is a woody fragrance that sits fairly close to the skin. Rhubarb and Violet keep it from being too serious, while the other spicy and woody compounds keep this fragrance transparent and light with never a fear of over-spraying. Board Room- check. Elevator- check.

Of course you can always opt for a Gift Card.

To ensure sufficient time for delivery, all web orders should be placed by Monday, May 7th.

Gift wrap is available.

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Mother’s Day for the Epicurean Mother

Mother’s Day is fast approaching.

Let Indigo assist you this week with our daily scent guideline.

We’re matching scents with a wide range of moms. We begin with…

The Epicurean Mother

Finding a scent that matches her essence is the key to success with the Epicurean Mother. She’ll instinctively pay attention to the ingredients and may even opt for the unexpected. Lavender, Vanilla, Citrus and Spices are within the comfort zone of the passionate gourmand. Here are two scents that are not the stereotypical so-sweet-that-your-teeth-will-hurt.

Vanille d’Iris by Ormonde Jayne will delight her senses with its unexpected and elegant use of vanilla. The notes are unusual (carrot seed in a fragrance?): Coriander, Carrot seed, Pink Peppercorn, Vanilla extract and Tahitian Vanilla bud (among others).

Shangri-La, created by Hiram Green, is an unconventional gourmand with a subtle spice trail complimenting its focus on citrus and peach. It envelops you in its cozy, earthy style. And did we mention that it is a natural perfume, Hiram’s specialty.

If you are unable to make up your mind for your Mother’s Day, Gift Cards are always available and a safe bet.

To ensure sufficient time for delivery, all web orders should be placed by Monday, May 7th.

Gift wrap is available.

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Perfumes for the Epicurean Mother: Vanille d’Iris and Shangri La

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Sultry Jasmine in Perfumery



With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we thought it appropriate to explore one of the most well known aphrodisiac ingredients in perfumery: jasmine. If you have not smelled jasmine yet, it will be quite challenging to imagine its sultry character that, defying expectations, somehow contributes lightness to an accord.


Jasmine has hundreds of species; the two most commonly used in perfumery are Jasminum grandiflorum and Jasminum sambac. Jasmine is thought to have originated either in India or Persia. It is famously nocturnal. The blooms open at dusk and remain open all night, becoming a nectar source for moths and other nocturnal insects. The blooms are harvested ideally in the early morning hours.


Jasmine’s scent is obtained through the process of solvent extraction, producing a “concrete” which is then treated with alcohol to separate the precious jasmine absolute. In the early days of perfumery, enfleurage was used which consisted of placing jasmine blooms onto layers of fat, which absorbed the scent after many days and many blooms used. The blooms are harvested in September and October.


It takes around 8,000 blooms to produce one milliliter of jasmine absolute. One can understand why it is among the most expensive ingredients used in perfumery.


Besides jasmine’s aphrodisiac properties, it also is considered to be an anti-depressant and is used to relieve headaches. In skin care products, jasmine helps to improve the elasticity of the skin and balances oil production.


What do the jasmines smell like? Both are rather intense and strong when smelled on their own, but when used in a blend, they add brightness to an accord.


Jasminum grandiflorum absolute is described as floral, slightly animalic (due to the indole and skatole notes within), resembling orange blossom flowers, rich, sexy, musky and intense. It is the jasmine most well known in the West. It is described as creamy and full-bodied.

Jasminum grandiflorum


Jasminum sambac absolute’s scent is greener, fruitier and fresher than its cousin. It is used more in Indian and Far Eastern cultures than in the West, but it is gaining a strong surge in popularity. J. sambac is the national flower of Indonesia and the Philippines (where it is called Sampaquita) and much loved in India and Japan.


Jasminum sambac


It is important to mention the “jasmines” which are really not part of the Jasminum family, even though they are widely considered to be so.

These include “night blooming jasmine” (really Cestrum Nocturnum), “night flowering jasmine” (really Nyctanthes arbor-tristis), “Madagascar jasmine” (really Stephanotis floribunda) and “Confederate or star jasmine” (really Trachelospermum jasminoides).


Here at Indigo Perfumery, jasmine takes a prominent role in the following perfumes:

Sumatera by Coquillete Paris

Jasmin Rêvé by Aux Pays de La Fleur d’Oranger

Loretta by Deco London

Indochine by Belle Fleur

Pretty Machine by Kerosene

Fiore di Bellagio by En Voyage

Hindu Honeysuckle by Providence Perfume

Néa by Jul et Mad


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For a short but sweet view on J. sambac‘s harvesting in India, check this out: