One of spring’s favourite flowers, hyacinth gets its name from the Greek language:  ‘flower of rain’.  There’s a romantic (if slightly gory) Greek legend woven around hyacinth, actually:  according to myth, the flower grew from the blood of Hyacinthus, a youth accidentally killed by Apollo – and even today, in Greece, the flower stands for ‘remembrance’.  (In fact, Hyacinthus ambréeis originated in Syria, but it’s now grown ornamentally all over the world.)

Intensely green – green as spring itself – the smell of hyacinth develops as the flower blooms.  In tight bud, the scent’s lightly, almost ethereally floral;  as it opens, the scent becomes pumpingly potent and intoxicating (though still with that damp greenness).  It’s widely used in white florals, and scents seeking to capture springtime-in-a-bottle, but because real hyacinth oil – produced by a process of extraction – is heart-stoppingly expensive, can’t-tell-it-from-real synthetic hyacinth notes are what perfumers turn to, nowadays.

Smell hyacinth in:

Goutal Paris Grand Amour
Goutal Paris Heure Exquise
Boucheron Bracelet Jaipur
Chanel Cristalle
Floris Edwardian Bouquet
Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio
Guerlain Chamade
Yves Saint Laurent Y

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