It takes a lot of elderflower to produce a little essential oil – so this note is usually recreated synthetically, to evoke that sweet, honey-like, floral-herby scent of this hedgerow plant.  The Sambucus nigra flowers – white, frothy, umbrella-like – actually go much further when they’re used for making drinks (elderflower’s a popular cordial).  They’re also often left to produce fruit, which can be infused to extract an intense berry scent.  Mostly, though, when you see elder listed as an ingredient, that’ll be a synthetic version.

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