Gingerbread – possibly around since 2400BC in Greece, although more is known about the medieval variety which was eaten at the end of a meal to help with digestion. Queen Victoria gave her King Charles spaniel gingerbread for a Christmas treat and the legendary Gingerbread House story was inspired by these sweet delicacies in Germany in the 16th -18th century. The delightful smell of gingerbread comes mainly from the spicy molecule gingerol which is in the same chemical family as vanilla.
Cardamon – such a unique taste. So very popular in Nordic cooking as well as Indian cuisine, the spicy aromatic smell of Cardamon is familiar in many home fragrances and cosmetics. One of the most important plants from Greek perfumery and highly sought after being one of the most expensive and exotic spices. Used in candles to create a Christmas mood, heightening the warm, sweet and spicy aromas! Click here to discover some perfumes with Cardamom
Orange – the tale of the Christmas orange is from St Nicholas who dropped golden balls into stockings to help those in need. Sweet citrus fruit, the essential oil is extracted from the rind and provides a cheery and uplifting scent. A perfect combination with so many other Christmas spices and smells. The Christingle made of an orange, candle, ribbon and dried fruits, originated in Moldovia and has become a tradition in many countries. We do love a juicy orange or two!
Pine – the scent of pine at Christmas can only mean one thing! The Christmas tree.. This evergreen tree has been traditionally used for thousands of years to adorn houses and celebrate winter festivals although probably became popular in Europe around a thousand years ago as a Christmas tree. The fresh uplifting smell and green foliage are now symbolic as a canvas on which to hang your festive baubles, tinsel and gingerbread treats!
Discover Cape Heartache, an enticing perfume with some Pine Resin.
Frankincense – this festive essence, associated with churches and meditation comes from the gum resin of the Boswellia tree. It’s a heady, spicy fragrance both calming and stimulating. The golden nuggets of Frankincense are said to be one of the three gifts given by the Magi. Balancing in nature to both head and heart and in touch with the Christmas spirit. Click here to explore some beautiful fragrances with Frankincense