“Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.” Molière
Do you know what I’m talking about? Have you ever been totally knocked sideways by that perfect scent for you? Fleur D’ Oranger (Orange Blossom) does that for me.
It has been sent from heaven to lift my spirits. It is sensual, it is fresh. This smell is pure comfort.
I first fell in love with this scent when I was in Morocco.
Moroccans, with their close ties and influences from France, love to bake with Fleur D’ Oranger essential oil. It gives off the slightest hint of sweetness and flavour in fresh warm scones and biscuits. It is especially excellent for making waffles, pancakes, madeleines and brioches.
I brought a bottle back with me when I was last in Morocco and have been sparingly baking it with it. Seriously people, this is crack for me.
One of the treats my husband surprised me with after my son was born last year, was a gift card to Le Labo Perfumerie that originates in Grasse France. I have been saving that gift card for so long before committing to a specific scent. I finally just got my custom-labelled bottle of Fleur D’oranger in the mail and I am in heaven.
I’m realizing why I love this scent so much. It brings me back to Morocco, to drinking mint tea and eating orange infused cookies in the middle of the bustling medina. It reminds me of a roadtrip I took through France a couple of years ago, visiting the hill top town of Grasse France where so many of the perfumeries originated. Certain smells are so much more nostalgic for me, even more so than songs and photographs. This sense is so closely linked to memory, maybe even more so than any of our other senses.
Speaking of Grasse France, have you read the incredible book Perfume, by Patrick Suskind? It is a masterpiece … maybe I loved it because I’m such a smell person. If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend you do now. It’s short, thrilling, and takes you on a journey through France. Here’s a link to it.
Here’s a locally sourced link to Orange Blossom water used in baking.
Interesting article about the sense of smell here, for your reading pleasure!