‘Little darling’.  Who can resist a perfume ingredient with a name like that…?  And who can resist the smell, either:  soft, sweet and violet-like, and a touch fruity…?

Mignonette – also known as Reseda odorata – originates in Northern Africa, but is cultivated commercially in the south of France to produce a delectably-scented essential oil, using solvents or a ‘maceration’ technique.  The name comes from the Latin:  ‘resedo’ means ‘to heal’, and the Romans used it as a charm against ailments.  It would be nice to think that spritzing on a scent featuring this delicious, little-known ingredient worked the same way.

Smell mignonette in:

Clive Christian X for Women
Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio


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