A really expensive fragrance material – one of the priciest in the world, in fact – boronia comes from a fragrant shrub native to Australia. Perfumer and author Mandy Aftel calls it ‘as close to heaven as we are likely to get’, telling us it’s reminiscent of raspberry, apricot, violet and yellow freesia. (Technically, boronia is a member of the citrus family.) It’s delectably intoxicating, in fragrances – and perfumers love to blend it with sandalwood, bergamot, clary sage and other floral notes. Find it mostly in chypre and fougère creations.
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