The history and characteristics of sweet peas
Sweet peas belong to the Fabaceae plant family and have many nicknames such as flower peas, musk peas, or sweet pea. He is originally from south-eastern Italy and Sicily. In other words, it is a flower that smells of the sun! This annual herbaceous plant forms tendrils that allow it to cling to surrounding supports. Thus, it is a climbing plant that can reach 2 m in height. However, there are low varieties that can be used to create pretty garden borders. It blooms over several months depending on the species and takes place between May and October. Sweet peas then let bloom their graceful and airy flowers, the many varieties of which offer an immense choice of colors. The latter is made up of several parts: an upper petal called the standard, two lateral ones called the wings, and the hull, which constitutes the two lower parts welded together. Its history dates back to the 12th century when a Sicilian monk named Franciscus Cupani shipped seeds to England. Nevertheless, it was not until the 19th century that a Scottish horticulturist named Henry Eckford set about crossing different varieties to develop the Grandifolia group, at the same time improving the quality and size of this plant. Likewise, it thus gave it a unique and more intense fragrance. From then on, the sweet pea began to interest more than one. Similarly, this plant has been the subject of substantial research in the field of genetics under the leadership of Gregor Mendel during the nineteenth century. Today, in the language of flowers, the sweet pea is used to symbolize doubts and arrogance. Nevertheless, many also associate it with fun and elegance. In other words, the sweet pea offers itself instead as a token of friendship.
Sweet peas in our perfumes
On the scent side, sweet peas are intended more particularly for fine feminine perfumery. Indeed, it has a lovely floral aroma with suave, honeyed, and musky accents. However, sweet peas do not allow you to extract an absolute directly. Thus, its smell is fully reproduced in the laboratory by perfumers from other raw materials. It should also be noted that the famous Fragonard house, emblematic perfumer of the city of Grasse, dedicated a perfume to this raw material in 2014, thus naming its juice Pois de Senteur.
Today, sweet pea is the star of many feminine perfumes. He appears in Amarige d'Amour by Givenchy, in Dior Me Not by Dior (about the symbolism of doubt), and in L'Eau Jolie by Lolita Lempicka.