Imagine standing by a floor-to-ceiling window of a luxurious pent house over-looking the sea - watching the sun setting in the horizon, the water surface gleamed and gently lulled the yachts parked on the docks, like a mother cradling her baby to sleep, LUXE is a floral-oriental interpretation of tranquility in a breath of luxury; in a marine-floral composition of verbena, muguet, hyacinth, blue chamomile, angelica, ambergris and marine note.
The scent was inspired by the ultra-luxurious property by the sea on St. Kilda Road in Melbourne, called Mayfair; designed by the world-renowned architect, Madam Zaha Hadid. I had the privilege to be the appointed perfumer to design a bespoke scent for the property which was used to scent their sales galleries in Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and Hong Kong prior to the grand launch. The bespoke scent was then translated into an eau de parfum and was given to 200 of the VIP guests attending the grand launch in September 2017.
The ingredients were thoughtfully chosen to represent a lifestyle of comfort and appreciation of the finer things in life and the ultra-modern and chic city, Melbourne.
The scent opened with notes of uplifting verbena and aquatic note to represent the sea. The heart notes represented the botanical species that can be found at the Victoria's Royal Botanical Garden and flowers that evoke a sense of peace and well-being for the body and mind.
Here, we feature two of the flowers used in LUXE - Blue Chamomile and Angelica.
Blue chamomile also known as German chamomile, has a deep blue hue results from the natural azulene released during distillation. This middle note oil has a heavily, sweet aroma with fresh and herbaceous undertones.
There are actually several varieties of Chamomile growing around the world today. The two most sought-after for their medicinal benefits are German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis).
In many ways both varieties are very similar, and in some ways they are very different. These differences become important when we are treating conditions of the body, emotions and mind.
Medicinally, both varieties are used for calming and soothing skin, inflammation, fevers, and the nervous and digestive systems, as well as inducing perspiration to flush out toxins, allergens and infections. Both are pain relieving, antibiotic, anti-bacterial, and sedative. It’s in their chemical properties that we begin to see where they differ.
Contains chamazulene, giving the oil its deep blue color, and anti-inflammatory and infection fighting properties.
Maintains normal skin; calms dry, irritated or flaky skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis; promotes healing and regeneration of damaged skin tissue.
Stimulates liver, kidneys and gall bladder to improve digestion, remove toxins and infections.
Calms mind and body for menstrual and menopausal problems, including PMS.
Contains high level of esters, has a yellow-pale blue color, and is anti-spasmodic, anti-fungal and highly calming.
Provides restful sleep, relief from sore muscles, arthritis, headaches and migraines.
Effective at calming irritation, rage, mood swings. For children, it’s useful for teething, colic, and temper tantrums.
In summary, both are used medicinally as a mild tranquilizer or sedative, natural antiseptic, insect repellents, and are anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial.
For LUXE, blue chamomile is used to offer a blanket of the benefits in calming the mind and body and for its infection-fighting properties.
Read more at: Roman Vs. German Chamomile – Learn About Different Types Of Chamomile https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/chamomile/roman-vs-german-chamomile.htm
Angelica is an African herb that made its way into Europe in the 16th Century and gained tremendous popularity as a treatment for the plague, which was a frequent and dreaded visitor to Europe in those days. It has a sweet, spicy aroma, and it also widely used as a flavouring agent in the food & beverage industry.
The medicinal properties of Angelica come mainly from its essential oil which is extracted through steam distillation of the rhizome (root), seeds and the whole herb. It is composed of constituents like alpha-pinene, camphene, beta pinene, sabinene, alpha phellandrene, bornyl acetate, beta phellandrene, beta bisabolene, copaene, cryptone, cis ocimene, humulene oxide, limonene, myrcene, pentadecanolide, para-cymene, rho cymenol, trans ocimene, terpinolene, terpineol, and tridecanolide.
These constituents offer benefits to the body and mind by strengthening the immune system, relieving depression and anxiety, providing relief from coughs, aches and convulsion and detoxifying the body by promoting urination and perspiration.
It is a relaxant, for the body, the mind and the nervous system but simultaneously a stimulant for the systems functioning inside the body.
Angelica is used in the composition for LUXE to offer these benefits:
Where there is spasming, there are cramps, coughs, aches, diarrhea, nervous afflictions, and convulsions. What actually is a spasm? It is an involuntary and unpredictable contraction in the respiratory tracts, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and internal organs resulting in severe coughs, cramps, convulsions, obstructed blood circulations, aches in the stomach and chest, and other symptoms.
In contrary to its behavior as a relaxant, it is a stimulant for the systems functioning inside the body. It stimulates blood circulation, the secretion of hormones, enzymes, and other juices, and also stimulates metabolic processes, including digestion, absorption, and excretion. This attribute, in total, stimulates healthy growth.
Learn more about the benefits of angelica, here - https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-angelica-essential-oil.html
Diffuse LUXE in your home to transform your living spaces into an oasis of tranquility and luxury.
Best areas to diffuse: Foyer/Reception Area, Lounge, Living Room, Bathroom.
Best time to diffuse: Late afternoon well into night time.