Mace in perfumery


Nutmeg, mace and nutmeg

The nutmeg is a tropical tree native mainly to Indonesia and Malaysia. It produces fresh fruits which will make it possible to extract nutmeg but also mace, a sort of placenta of nutmeg.

Mace or aril must, like nutmeg, be dried for 6 weeks so that the nut takes on its fragrance and maturity and the aril is transformed into a pretty flower of mace.

Then, we will distill the mace to create an essential oil with medicinal properties as often, but also and of course to create a note of mace with suave, sweet and delicately spicy scents that will be used with pleasure in particularly masculine scents.

Delicately spiced scents with mace essential oil

The note of mace is first of all particularly used in woods and ferns. Sometimes top note, sometimes heart note, the mace note is brilliantly displayed in great juices of the 80s such as fern and citrus Dunhill Edition by Alfred Dunhill or even the woody citrus Cacharel pour l. 'Man' by Cacharel.

Then Cartier's Pasha, created in 1992, approaches the note of mace with new colors thanks to the very balanced associations of aromatic and then spicy notes to end with woody and animal notes. Mace is becoming a staple of the new wave of spicy perfumes, which will make it switch to new Orientals such as Body Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent.

Until now, the note of mace has belonged almost exclusively to men's perfumery. In fact, by being used in fragrances with predominantly woody notes, mace was the prerogative of men. You still had to know the pretty and original fragrance of Comme des Garçons which, as its name does not indicate, is for girls, finally! Like its oriental successor Secret Obsession by Calvin Klein, the fragrance is oriental and flowery while being ample and spicy. Finally we can also enjoy the pretty nutmeg flower!


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