N3. The Leonie Cornelius & L'OCCITANE Gardening Times
Ah the power of scent. What sense conjures up more emotion, more memories and more personal associations than scent? I find it fascinating that throughout our lifetime we collect ‘scent samples’ in our minds and associate them with memories, people and places. Even years later when we smell this same scent we can still have a strong emotional reaction to this scent and be transported back to the time when we first smelled it.
Planting scented flowers in the garden is a wonderful way of being reminded every day of the fascinating sense of smell and allows you to make new personal scent memories from your own garden.
Rose - ‘The Queen of Flowers’
Anyone that has ever smelled the Rosa × centifolia will understand why it’s my all-time favourite plant for the scented garden. The aroma is truly decadent and this is the rose which many perfumes are created from including the Rose collection from L’Occitane.
This flower is also known as ‘The Queen of Flowers’ and in ancient times, Mediterranean women would steep rose petals in oils to perfume their skin with, as a way to radiate beauty and femininity. At L’Occitane Rosa Centifolia is obtained from Grasse using an exclusive technique that fuses modernity with tradition and captures this amazing rose which traditionally blooms in the beautiful landscape of the Provence.
Leonie's Top Perfume Picks
"This is my go-to scent for everyday. It’s super fresh and invigorating and smells so clean. It contains the Lippia Citriodora which gives it its distinctive citrusy scent."
"These two products are perfect together. There’s something really special about the simplicity of this rose scent and that’s because it literally contains Rosa Centifolia."
"The home collection by L’Occitane has some beautiful products. This one has been infused with many botanical perfume favourites. It has a blend of lavender, sweet orange, geranium, bergamot and mandarin."
Create your own L’Occitane inspired Perfume garden
Tip 1: Find the perfect spot for scent
Tip 2: Create a scented Journey
Tip 3: Choose your personal star plant