Mockorange Extrait from Enfleurage

Joseph Colbourne has this to say “A lucid, intimate wonder, this extrait from enfleurage beholds a true representation of the white blossoms of mockorange. It is similar to the fragrance of orange flowers, with rounder aspects of jasmine grandiflorum, effervescent elderflower, and sweetly green linden blossom. A minute or so in on the test strip reveals a further bloom revealing notes of pineapple and citrus, spice and clove. After twenty minutes, it fades into a sweet memory, leaving a trace of its tenderly scented petals. This is a pleasure to experience in all its ephemeral beauty and would be classified as a top note. It could be incorporated into an accord that can fully embody the spirit of mockorange blossoms in bloom.”

Eleonora Scalseggi has this to say “Known as mockorange for its citrusy scent, this beautiful shrub blooms in spring with simple yet very elegant white flowers. Blooming takes place within a relatively short time span so for enfleurage purposes it’s always a bit of a challenging flower to work with. Despite the name mockorange though, I disagree on saying its scent is close to that of orange blossoms. Philadelphus flower’s scent in fact is somewhat virginal (not a coincidence that one of the cultivated varieties is called Philadelphus virginalis) and “cleaner” (thus non indolic at all), simpler in its development and a bit more lemony-sharp than actual orange blossoms so the two flowers remain distinctly different to my nose.”

Botanical Name: Philadelphus coronarius

Origin: Italy