Sweet pea

Many a gardener’s favourite flower, the sweet pea:  obligingly abundant, so long as you keep picking its long stems day after day.  It’s certainly possible to capture the airy sweetness of sweet peas, or Lathyrus odoratus – which naturally smell somewhere between orange blossom and hyacinth, with a hint of rose – through a process of extraction.  But the ingredient perfumers weave, mostly into floral fragrances, is generally a synthetic replica.

Smell sweet pea in:

Issey Miyake Pleats Please
Miller Harris Couer de Fleur

 

Photograph courtesy of Sarah Raven

 

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