Choosing the perfume that will capture the memory and feeling of your wedding celebration in time can be a little overwhelming. Something that could help to guide your choice is looking at the ingredients in perfume and discovering the stories, traditions and emotions associated with them. Beyond just a scent you love, woven through your wedding will be a deeper meaning and legacy that will come to be connected to your own story. Here is a selection of some symbolic fragrance ingredients that feature in our fragrances.
Perhaps an obvious ingredient, but rose truly is the quintessential symbol of love and beauty. It’s deeply connected with the desires of the human heart, brings harmony and touches our very soul. Including rose in your wedding perfume would intertwine a powerful energy into your day.
It began its symbolic history long, long ago. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were located near the Gate of Ishtar, the goddess identified with what came to be known as the planet Venus and whose symbol was, the rose-star disc. Throughout time, different civilisations have called this goddess of love, beauty and desire by different names and she is often depicted with roses. In Ancient Greece, roses were given to Aphrodite, while Rome adorned Venus with this flower and rose-scented waters. Venus played an essential role at Roman prenuptial rites and wedding nights, so roses were included in wedding bouquets and perfumed body oils. It is believed that the roses cultivated in the West since Greek and Roman times originated in Persia, and for the Persian Sufis, the rose was a symbol for life itself.
Valley of Dew Feminine Eau de Parfum blends English Rose with Dew Drops, Ivy, Peonies and Nude Musks to create a fresh, dreamy scent that conjures romance. This pairs with Timeless Ambience Mist, to infuse a wedding with springtime at dusk.
Vetiver assists in uplifting us by paradoxically allowing us to travel down to our roots, where we will instinctively feel grounded and more balanced as we rejoice in the feeling of revitalisation. An unusual choice for a bride’s perfume, but we’re seeing an incline in women choosing traditionally more masculine scents. It brings an almost raw earthiness that similarly creates a powerful fragrance for a groom.
Vetiver is a grass native to tropical Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia and cultivated for its aromatic roots. Used in folk magic for its ability to increase abundance, vetiver root is considered a symbol of vitality. Not only that, it has both calming and aphrodisiac properties, making it the perfect ingredient for a romantic blend. Vetiver will cool and nourish the mind and body, as it embodies the reassuring strength of the earth, fostering a sense of belonging.
Vetiver is the key ingredient in Mountain Roots Masculine Eau de Parfum, alongside Bergamot, Basil, Lavender, Leather, Sandalwood and Musks that smooth and lift this earthy and alluring fragrance. This pairs with Timeless Ambience Mist to infuse a wedding with springtime at dusk.
Jasmine’s heavenly fragrance is so mysteriously complex it could only ever be associated with love, beauty and sensuality. In fact it is said that jasmine has the ability to transmit our soul’s joy and love to the universe. In the world in which we live, space is often needed for a moment’s reflection – jasmine can provide you with your own uplifting, personal haven, perfect as you move through your engagement.
Jasmine includes over 200 species of plants, most of which originated from tropical areas and produce highly fragrant, white flowers. Its name comes from the Persian word ‘yasmin’ meaning gift from God. Throughout Indonesia and Pakistan, garlands of white jasmine adorn the bride, groom and their guests during a wedding ceremony. According to legend, a Tuscan gardener received a jasmine plant from Persian traders and planted it in his private garden. He refused to let anyone cut the flowers from his garden. One day, he presented a branch of the jasmine flowers to his beloved. She was so taken by the fragrance she agreed to marry him, and thus began the Tuscan tradition of including jasmine in the bridal bouquet.
Lily of the Valley
In the language of flowers, lily of the valley with its dainty bell-shaped flowers signifies the return of happiness. It’s nickname ‘ladder to heaven’, is a reference to the step-like arrangement of flowers along the stem, however it’s also a nod to the symbolism. In many places, lily of the valley is a springtime symbol of good luck and of purity, peace and happiness.
For these reasons, it has been a popular feature in wedding bouquets and perfumes since the Middle Ages. For some brides, the flower is the fifth item carried during a wedding or worn on the skin, along with something old, new, borrowed and blue. In Holland, lily of the valley is planted in a newlywed couple’s garden as a scented symbol of the renewal of love. Legend tells of the affection that ensued between a lily of the valley blossom and a nightingale, who did not return to the woods until the flower bloomed and released its fragrance in May.
White Jardin Feminine Eau de Parfum has as its heart the beauty of Jasmine and Lily of the Valley, which together with Orange Blossom, Gardenia, Tuberose and Musks creates an exquisite wedding fragrance. This pairs with Symphony Ambience Mist, the perfect backdrop for summer or a wedding filled with flowers.
The cedar tree has been revered for its spiritual significance for thousands of years. The tree was thought to house important gods and to be an entrance to higher realms, while its wood was used for the doors of sacred temples and burned in cleansing ceremonies for purification. This makes it an incredibly symbolic addition to your wedding ceremony as you step into a new life together.
Cedar trees, which produce cones and have fragrant, reddish wood, are a totem for many cultures. The English word cedar comes from the Hebrew “qatar,” meaning to smudge, indicating cedarwood was used in purification rituals and cleansing. In the Himalayas, cedar is called “deodar” from the Sanskrit word “devdar,” meaning timber of the gods. Ancient Sumeria revered the cedar over 7,000 years ago, calling it the World Tree, the abode of Ea, their chief god. The size and longevity of the cedar tree symbolises strength and many poets and artists have conveyed the tree as a sign of eternity.
Cedarwood brings a warming depth to Eden Noir Masculine Eau de Parfum, while Bitter Orange, Lentisque, Sage, Neroli and Oakmoss lift it with a forest-like, citrus freshness. This pairs with Symphony Ambience Mist, the perfect backdrop for summer or a wedding filled with flowers.
Through the veil of time through the incarnations of man, this fragrance has remained, until washed up on a shore or found buried deep in a forest. Amber is an ancient, organic material, a fossilized tree resin that holds the mysteries of the birth of the universe. It’s used mytiscally to bring the energies of patience, protection, romantic love, sensuality, purification and balance and is considered a good luck charm for love and marriage.
The ancient Greek word for amber is elektron meaning sun, and, besides its usual golden color, amber is known to produce an electric charge when rubbed. In Ancient China, it was customary to burn amber during large festivities. Burning amber produces a very different scent to the warm, smoky, honey-like fragrance with a citrus, floral undertone that we associate with amber today. In perfumery, “amber” is created using various tree resins and ingredients such as vanilla, sandalwood and clove to emulate the opulent warmth of the fossil.
This ancient material is at the heart of Amber’s Glow Feminine Eau de Parfum, bringing honey-like, resinous warmth that is balanced with Orange Blossom, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Benzoin, Vanilla. This pairs with Radiate Ambience Mist to fill a wedding with a rich, golden glow.
Frankincense and Myrrh
Many prayers were carried on the warm, sweet, spicy smoke that drifted upwards when frankincense was burned. It is elevating, spiritual and meditative, and holds universal wisdom. Myrrh with its deep and earthy fragrance helps us to let go of the past while moving into the new, bringing inner peace and stillness. Sacred ingredients, these bring an ancient and holy lineage into a wedding perfume.
Derived from tree sap, or gum resin, both frankincense and myrrh are prized for their alluring fragrance. Frankincense is a milky white resin extracted from trees, which thrive in arid, cool areas of the Arabian Peninsula, East Africa and India. Myrrh is a reddish resin that comes from species native to northeast Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. For the past 5,000 years, they have been desired for personal, religious and medicinal use due to their powerful properties.
Myrtle is an unusual ingredient, but one that contributes to a truly extraordinary perfume. The origins of myrtle as associated with love began in ancient Greece and Rome exactly in the same way as rose and its white, sweetly scented flowers and green aromatic leaves were an important part of wedding bouquets. Myrtle was thought a particularly potent aphrodisiac and indeed wine was tinctured with myrtle oil, but as marriage itself was considered sacred rather than a seduction, myrtle was excluded from the wedding crown.
Today, myrtle has a strong connection with royalty. For over 170 years every British Royal bride has carried a sprig of myrtle in her bouquet. This modern tradition began when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were married. The year before, Victoria was gifted a myrtle plant from Prince Albert’s grandmother after which she planted it at her home, Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. Today this Myrtle plant still flourishes and provides the myrtle for each Royal bouquet. Even the Duchess of Cambridge carried two sprigs hidden within her wedding bouquet.
Frosted Veil Feminine Eau de Parfum blends sacred Myrrh and regal Myrtle with Frosted Molecules, Dry Woods and Musks to the skin with a chic, crisp scent. This pairs with Tomorrow Ambience Mist to set the scene for a magical winter or traditional wedding.
Frankincense infuses Deep Dusk Masculine Eau de Parfum with a linger resinous note that is wrapped Patchouli, Black Pepper, Clove, Suede and Moss to create an incredibly captivating fragrance. This pairs with Tomorrow Ambience Mist to set the scene for a magical winter or traditional wedding.