While we like to think we know all there is to know about creating beautiful fragrances, occasionally a scent comes along that stumps us. And this was certainly the case with our Happiness fragrance blend, which combines white neroli, mimosa and lemon essential oils for a fresh, grassy scent with a mood-lifting effect.
The cut grass scent that so many customers say they love about Happiness doesn’t come from grass at all. We knew it was an important element for our blend, but natural grass essential oil just doesn’t exist, so we started experimenting.
We pioneered a way of harnessing that beloved smell - impossible to recreate using actual grass - by using a particular part of a corn kernel. Unlike other ‘grassy’ scents, this meant that ours used only natural ingredients, no synthetics, and replicated that fresh spring garden scent we were hoping to create.
Ensuring the blend used essential oils proven to uplift your mood was also important to us, which is where the key ingredients of white neroli, mimosa and lemon come in. Speaking to people about our lovely ingredients, many are surprised that white neroli is in fact another name for orange blossom. Harvested from bitter orange trees on the sultry plains of Tunisia, neroli comes from the attractive white flowers, while petitgrain - itself an essential oil when distilled - comes from the trees’ leaves with orange oil predictably coming directly from the fruit.
Interestingly, there are rumours that a food grade neroli essential oil is one of those top secret ingredients in Coca Cola, formulated by pharmacist John Pemberton back in the late 19th Century, but that is for them to know…