Those of a certain age will be most familiar with edelweiss as the name of a song crooned by Christopher Plummer in the movie of The Sound of Music.  Off-screen, this flowering plant flourishes further afield than the European alps, where it’s a protected species:  edelweiss is nowadays most commonly found in Javanese mountain regions.  It smells sweet, but not as cloying as hyacinth.  A short-lived perennial with beautiful white flowers, edelweiss has long been valued as a medicinal plant – but in fragrance, it’s not actually used very widely.  Edelweiss does make an appearance in a couple of Swiss Army fragrances – but it’s there, we suspect, more to make a link that evokes the wide open spaces of Switzerland than for the note itself.

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