Bon Parfumeur X Tiare flower
Soft, sunny, and fresh, the 103 eau de parfum beautifully showcases the enchanting tiare flower as its heart note.With the perfect blend of jasmine and hibiscus, this holiday-scented fragrance effortlessly transports you to the idyllic, sun-kissed beaches of Polynesia.So, why not indulge in the captivating allure of tiare flower this summer?
What does the word tiare flower mean?
The tiare flower is also known as the Tahitian gardenia, where it symbolizes love and purity in traditional Polynesian culture. But where does the word "tiaré" come from? It comes from the Latin "tiaratus", "tiare" in Tahitian, and literally means "flower". This flower belongs to the rubiaceae family, herbaceous plants widely distributed in cold, temperate and tropical regions.
This flower has played an important role in Polynesian culture for centuries. Indeed, it is often used in traditional ceremonies such as weddings and funerals.
In the beginning…
The tiare flower is native to Polynesia, more specifically Tahiti. It plays an important role in Polynesian history and culture. Used for centuries, this delicate white flower is a symbol of purity and beauty. Tahitians use it to perfume flower necklaces, called "lei", which are offered as a sign of greeting and welcome.
Tiare is also used to make monoi oil, renowned for its nourishing and moisturizing properties for skin and hair. Today, the tiare flower is appreciated worldwide for its bewitching fragrance and its link with Polynesian culture.
DID YOU KNOW? Queen Pomare IV of Tahiti played an important role in the flower's history. In the 19th century, when Tahiti was colonized by Europeans, Queen Pomare IV forbade foreigners from picking the tiare flower. This measure was intended to protect the flower, considered sacred in Polynesian culture, and to preserve its traditional use.
Tiare flower cultivation
Tiare flowers are mainly grown and produced in the Polynesian regions of French Polynesia (Tahiti), the Cook Islands, Fiji and Samoa. These areas benefit from a tropical climate conducive to tiare flower growth and aromatic quality.
The process of planting, developing and harvesting the tiare flower begins with the preparation of seeds or cuttings. Seeds are planted in nurseries and cuttings are rooted in a fertile substrate. The young plants are then transplanted to well-drained, sunny fields. Tiare plants require regular watering and appropriate fertilization during their growth. They are also protected from pests and diseases.
The tiare flower reaches full bloom after around two to three years. The flowers are harvested early in the morning, when they give off their most intense fragrance. The flowers are carefully sorted to select the freshest and most beautiful. Once harvested, Tiare flowers are used fresh to make flower necklaces or to extract their essence by macerating in coconut oil, creating monoi oil.
What do you know about tiare flower in perfumery?
The first step in creating the scent of Tiare flower is harvesting the flowers. The flowers are picked in French Polynesia or Reunion Island early in the morning, at the time of day when their scent is at its strongest. The flowers are then processed to extract their fragrance, which is achieved by enfleurage. In other words, the tiare flowers are placed under a layer of grease, the most commonly used being coconut oil. The perfume is then left to infuse for several days. At the end of the effleurage, the grease is washed with alcohol to extract the flower's fragrance. Eventually, once the scent of the Tiare flower has been extracted, all that remains is to compose the perfume base, which is generally a combination of water and alcohol.
As a result, tiare flower gives off a sweet, suave and bewitching fragrance. Its aroma is often described as floral, tropical and slightly sweet. It evokes exotic notes and recalls seaside vacations. The scent of tiare flower is considered very pleasant and relaxing, evoking a feeling of freshness and well-being.
Finally, tiare flower blends harmoniously with many olfactory accords. It blends particularly well with exotic notes such as coconut, jasmine and frangipani. It can also be combined with fruity notes such as pineapple or mango, and light woody notes such as sandalwood or cedar to create balanced, captivating fragrances.
Tiare flower has many cosmetic benefits. In fact, monoi is a natural preparation of fresh Tiare flowers, macerated in copra oil (the white pulp of coconuts). As a result, it is incredibly rich for the skin. As an oil, it is ultra-nourishing.
What's more, the molecules it contains make it an effective antiseptic. For those who want a beautiful tan this summer, this flower is an excellent after-sun moisturizer, enhancing the tan and leaving the skin soft. However, despite the fact that it aids tanning, this oil does not protect against the sun, contrary to popular belief!
As for hair, oil can be used on damp hair and on the ends to avoid split ends. On dry hair, you can leave it on like a repairing mask. What's more, it's a great asset when it comes to protecting your hair from the sun!
Finally, whether you use a few drops in a hot bath or as a massage oil, tiare flower's relaxing ingredients help you unwind your body and mind.
Furthermore, tiare flower is also used in home fragrances to bring a touch of tropical elegance and a sense of relaxation to the living space. It infuses the atmosphere with a delightful and soothing ambiance, reminiscent of a tropical paradise.
NOTE! In Tahiti, tradition dictates that the tiare flower is worn on the left or right behind the ear to indicate a person's marital status. If the tiare flower is worn on the left, it means the person is married or in a relationship. On the other hand, if the flower is worn on the right, it indicates that the person is single or available.
Some popular tiare flower perfumes
The tiare flower, renowned for its sweet, warm, and tropical aroma, is a prized ingredient in the creation of the best luxury perfumes. Its exquisite scent adds a touch of exotic allure to fragrance compositions. Among the most famous perfumes that feature the captivating essence of tiare flower, you're likely familiar with:
• L'Air du temps by Nina Ricci was the very first eau de parfum with sunny notes to become very popular. Combined with frangipani flower, ylang-yalng and carnation flower, this fragrance's scent reminds us of the warmth of the islands. It features an iconic bottle which evokes a sense of peace, love and freedom.
• Huile prodigieuse by Nuxe, released in 1992, uses the charms of the tiare flower to create a subtle cosmetic product, leaving a soft scent on tanned skin.
• Terracotta Le Parfum by Guerlain is an eau de parfum that smells like an exhilarating invitation to travel to the sun. This sensual, irresistible perfume is inspired by the world of terracotta powder. Tiare flower, combined with base notes such as coconut milk and vanilla, as well as white floral ones, create the exoticism of this fragrance.
• La Fille de L'Air Monoï by Courrèges, here, the tiare flower takes its place in the base notes, alongside the comforting and sweet aroma of vanilla. This combination adds a touch of tropical allure and a creamy warmth, while the top notes of neroli and bergamot provide a refreshing and citrusy opening. The middle note of orange blossom adds a delicate floral accord, complementing the overall composition and creating a captivating scent experience for women.
• Bronze Goddess by Estée Lauder features tiare flower with its delicate, sun-kissed floral notes. It evokes a tropical, summery ambience, reminiscent of warm sandy beaches and exotic sunsets. Tiare flower eau de toilette offers a refreshing, enchanting olfactory experience, perfect for sunny days and relaxing moments.
The tiare flower is most often used in the world of perfumery to create an exotic, sun-kissed effect. However, when combined with other fragrances, tiare flower can add a sensual, luxurious touch to perfumes.