As autumn snuffs out the summer flowers and crimson Japanese Maple leaves flutter the season goodbye, it is the chrysanthemum flower that blooms brightly in air that has turned crisp as apple cider. Chrysanthemums are the potted flower nestled next to pumpkins piled river deep, mountain high at the grocery store announcing the coming season of pumpkin pie and eggnog.
Chrysanthemum is the tea of my soul and every Asian market I’ve wandered into has shelves lines with the floral tea. While the tea is the morifolium species or Ye Ju Hua and not indium from India, there is a similar familiar floral note that I don’t see near enough use in perfumery. The scent is unique like candied Clary sage with back notes of black tea. I like that the absolute is true to the scent of the fresh flower which is not always the case in absolutes. Chrysanthemum absolute is so complex that diluted on its own, I find it beautiful on account of its complexity although blending with a smoky essential oil like Greenheart Wood or Blood Cedar would round out the sweet notes to bring the sexy in.
Suggested use: Can be used in wood compositions or diluted on its own.