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in search of frangipani

Fragrant greetings from Zurich: I am back from my trip to franipani land. Today’s picture shows you a quick sketch that I did on the little island that was my home for the last 10 days and that happens to be home for millions of frangipani trees. Let’s thus call my trip a frangipani study: Chemically it boils down to a large extent to benzyl salicylate, citral, linalool, farnesol, some geraniol and a few other molecules. I can’t wait to get back to the creative messy lab to come up with a frangipani soap. Smelling the real thing, I was amazed every time again:  there is something rather soapy, clean, that is wonderful and amazing in the real flower. And as potent as the scent of frangipani flowers is, I never found it overpowering. Just wonderful.

And yes, actually, the absolute (at least when of a good quality), gets pretty close to the real flower. Not totally close, but pretty close.

But first things first: filling air du désert marocain into bottles. And mails. Lots of them!