Bon Parfumeur's melon perfumes
At Bon Parfumeur, you can also find an interesting melon fragrance among our various eaux de parfum: our eau de parfum 202 which combines notes of Honeydew melon, redcurrant and jasmine for a fruity, floral fragrance.
Melon can offer a sweet, fruity touch to your fragrance collection, whether you're looking for a light, fresh scent for hot summer days, or a more complex, sophisticated fragrance for special occasions.
What does the word melon mean?
The melon, also known as "Cucumis melo", is a fruit native to Africa and Asia. Its name comes from the Latin "melopepo", meaning "sweet apple". Melons are prized for their juicy, sweet flesh, as well as for their moisturizing and refreshing properties. There are many varieties of melon, from Cantaloupe to Charentais and Honeydew. In perfumery, melon is used to create sweet, fruity fragrances, adding a touch of freshness to many summer scents.
In the beginning…
The melon is one of the oldest fruits cultivated by man, dating back over 4,000 years. The ancient Egyptians already cultivated melons and considered them a sacred fruit, while the Romans made them a delicacy at their banquets. In the Middle Ages, the melon was considered a medicinal plant, used to treat a variety of ailments, including stomach and kidney problems. The Arabs also played an important role in the spread of the melon around the world, introducing it to Europe through Spain in the 8th century. Today, melons are grown all over the world, and are appreciated for their taste and numerous health benefits.
The melon originated in Africa and Asia, where it has been cultivated for thousands of years. The first traces of its cultivation date back to ancient Egypt, where pharaohs were already used to eating it. The melon was then introduced to Europe and North America by the Arabs, Spanish and Portuguese in the Middle Ages.
DID YOU KNOW? In the 15th century, melons won the admiration of European nobility. King Louis XIV of France was a great lover of melons and grew his own varieties in the gardens of Versailles, even eating them under glass cloches to protect them from the weather.
The melon-growing process begins with soil preparation, followed by planting the seeds or seedlings in well-drained, sunny soil. Melons thrive on regular care, including adequate watering, weeding and fertilization. They may need a support or trellis to keep them elevated and avoid direct contact with the soil. Flowers need to be pollinated, usually by bees, to form fruit. It is essential to keep an eye on pests and diseases, and to apply the necessary measures to control them. After a period of ripening, melons can be harvested when they have reached maturity, usually indicated by their color, smell and a hollow sound when tapped.
Some famous varieties of melon include Cantaloupe, Honeydew melon, Watermelon, Cucumber melon and Galia.
Different melon accords
Recreating the fragrance of melon is no simple task. The aroma of melon is complex, resulting from the combination of multiple volatile compounds present in the fresh fruit. These compounds contribute to its characteristic odor, with fruity, sweet and refreshing nuances. Perfumers therefore use synthetic molecules to reproduce each of these compounds, in order to recreate the full melon aroma. For example, one molecule may be created to mimic the melon's juicy, fruity note, while another may reproduce the sweet, delicate aspect. By skilfully combining these different molecules, perfumers are able to recreate the essence of melon in a precise and controlled way.
Melon is a fruit rich in nutrients and health benefits. It contains antioxidants such as vitamin C and beta-carotene, which protect cells against damage caused by free radicals. Melon is also rich in fiber, which aids digestion and helps maintain a healthy intestinal balance.
What's more, melon is a low-calorie, water-rich fruit, making it an ideal ally for those seeking to maintain a healthy weight. It also contains B-group vitamins and minerals such as potassium, which help keep the nervous and muscular systems in good working order. Finally, melon is also known for its diuretic properties, which help eliminate toxins and excessive water from the body.
What did you know about melon in perfumery?
When it comes to creating a melon fragrance from synthetic molecules, perfumers resort to specific treatments and transformations. First, they select base molecules that are capable of reproducing the volatile compounds characteristic of melon. These synthetic molecules are often obtained through complex, controlled chemical reactions in the laboratory. Next, laboratories work on these base molecules to modify and transform them, in order to give them the specific olfactory characteristics of melon. They may use techniques such as esterification, hydrogenation or fractional distillation to adjust the molecules' properties and obtain the desired nuances.
Melon's olfactory note is fresh, fruity and sweet. Top notes are often described as lively and sparkling, reminiscent of the juicy pulp of a ripe melon. Middle notes can evoke the delicacy and softness of the fruit's skin, while base notes can evoke the warmth and richness of summer. Melon extracts can be combined with other ingredients such as mint, lemon or rose to create original and surprising accords. In short, melon perfume is an ideal choice for those looking for a light, refreshing fragrance, perfect for summer or to bring a touch of cheerfulness to their daily lives.
Finally, in terms of olfactory accords, melon can be combined with notes such as jasmine, lily of the valley, rose, lemon, mint and sandalwood. These notes can be used to create fruity, floral, energizing and refreshing fragrances, perfect for hot summer days or to add a touch of freshness to your daily routine.
This olfactory note is an excellent choice for those looking to add a sweet, fruity note to their fragrance collection. Whether you prefer a light, fresh scent or a more complex, sophisticated fragrance, melon can be used to create a unique, pleasing fragrance for all tastes and occasions.
Some popular melon perfumes…
• Angeli di Firenze by Santa Maria Novella is a captivating floral fruity fragrance that opens with a blend of jasmine, ylang-ylang, and cyclamen, creating a delicate and inviting floral accord. As it develops, the fragrance reveals notes of melon, iris, peach, adding a touch of fruity sweetness and complexity. The base notes of white musk, vanilla, and precious woods provide a warm and comforting foundation, leaving a lingering trail of elegance and sophistication.
• Aqua Allegoria Flora Salvaggia by Guerlain is a captivating floral fragrance designed for women. This fragrance opens with refreshing watery notes, violet, melon, and wildflowers, evoking a sense of natural beauty and tranquility. The middle notes of solar notes, jasmine, and orange blossom add a touch of radiance and warmth. The fragrance settles with base notes of violet, iris, and white musk, creating a soft and sensual aura.
• Eau de Rochas Escapade Exotique by Rochas is an enchanting eau de toilette for women that captures the spirit of tropical escape, with exotic fruity notes, luminous floral accords and a sensual touch of amber, creating a sunny, heavenly olfactory experience.
• Weekend for Men by Burberry is a fresh, invigorating eau de parfum for men that evokes a relaxing getaway with a vibrant top note of citrus, elegant woods and herbal notes, creating a sensation of freedom and relaxation.