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Licorice in perfumery

Licorice, an ancient plant

Licorice is a perennial plant belonging to the fabaceae family. The latter measures between 1 m and 1.50 m high. It has large pinnate leaves, a fruit in the shape of a flat pod and roots forming rhizomes. The part that we know and consume are the roots of this plant. If some have made it their favorite candy, others, on the other hand, see it as an elixir of long life. This is particularly the case with Chinese medicine. Licorice typically grows in rich, moist soil. A warm climate is essential for its development. Thus, it is mainly established around the Mediterranean, in the south of the United States, in the Middle East, in North Africa or in Mauritius. However, when it is in a suitable area, licorice tends to become invasive,like for example mint. This has been known for a very long time and especially since the time of the Greeks and Romans. They used it to clear their throats. Likewise, in the 1950s, licorice was used to treat cases of ulcers and gastritis. It is also considered to be an excellent remedy for colds, sore throats or bronchitis. During its history, licorice has known different names such as sweet wood, sweet wood, sweet root or regalisse.It is also considered to be an excellent remedy for colds, sore throats or bronchitis. During its history, licorice has known different names such as sweet wood, sweet wood, sweet root or regalisse.It is also considered to be an excellent remedy for colds, sore throats or bronchitis. During its history, licorice has known different names such as sweet wood, sweet wood, sweet root or regalisse.

Liquorice-based fragrances

The flavor of licorice is used in perfumery directly from its roots. Perfumers then extract it directly or obtain it as a powder. However, they can now reproduce the smell in the laboratory. The latter is used in both male and female perfumes. It brings to the compositions which contain a spicy, woody and sweet touch. What is more, it is very often associated with vanilla. Thus, it turns out to be particularly greedy, reminiscent of the flavor of sweets. As a result, liquorice is very popular with gourmets and gives the wearer a chewable skin!

Of course, the most famous liquorice-based composition is none other than the iconic fragrance of Lolita Lempicka. Nevertheless, this plant is also present in Bois Vanille by Srege Lutens, in Décibel by Azzaro, in Fahrenheit by Dior or in the eponymous perfume by Balmain.

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