First, Garden Time TV goes to Stonegate Farms to find out how to grow and harvest lavender for cooking. Then below the jump, Kathy Gehrt, the author of Discover Cooking with Lavender, demonstrates a recipe for Hazelnut-crusted Lavender Salmon.
Well! I’ve already dropped some hints, but this week is actually my ten-year anniversary at Now Smell This. My very first post, a review of Lush’s Bathos Bubble Bar, went live on December 17th, 2006. I’ve used countless body products over the past decade, but I’m still shopping at Lush, so this review is a return to my (scented) roots.
Since this a busy and often stressful time of year, I’ve decided to focus on two lavender-fragranced products. Lavender (as you most likely know!) is recommended in aromatherapy as a calming influence…
Eau Parfumée au Thé Bleu is the fourth fragrance in the tea series at Bvlgari. Thé Bleu was inspired by oolong tea, a semi-fermented tea which is indeed sometimes referred to as blue tea, but the first thing you need to know about Thé Bleu is that perfumer Daniela Andrier‘s composition makes more than a nod to the first in the series (and the first fragrance from Bvlgari), Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert, from perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena. (The others in the newly relaunched series, all now done in frosted glass, are Eau Parfumée au Thé Blanc, from perfumer Jacques Cavallier, and Eau Parfumée au Thé Rouge, from perfumer Olivier Polge.)
So Eau Parfumée au Thé Bleu not only smells like a variation on Thé Vert…
From L’Occitane, two short videos about efforts to preserve the lavender fields of Provence, which are threatened by issues related to climate change. First, L’Occitane founder Olivier Baussan talks about the importance of lavender to the culture of Provence, then below the jump, Eric Chaisse of the French plant research institute CRIEPPAM talks about some of the specific problems faced by lavender growers in the region. Note that many of the fragrance & flavor companies also support CRIEPPAM (see reports from Symrise and Givaudan).
A new study published in the journal Frontiers Psychology suggests that the calming scent of lavender—as opposed to more stimulating smells like peppermint—is capable of fostering interpersonal trust. Scientists have long known that certain aromatic compounds can have an effect on a person’s cognitive or psychological well-being, but this is the first time they’ve found a direct link between a particular smell and the phenomenon of trust.
— Read more at Want to Gain Others’ Trust? Wear the Scent of Lavender at NOVA.