I’m once again completely swept up in the scent profile of another floral wax and this time, it’s chrysanthemum that has captured my heart. I feel wrong for prefering this over the absolute but it smells so complete, so full, so like I’ve just buried my nose in the flower which is always the chase for me when composing a perfume. The flower has a long history and with it, multiple cultural celebrations for as long. I forget these flowers were originally culinary with petals and shoots added to salads and flowers for tea (althought I do drink chrysanthemum tea here and there). Japan celebrates the Festival of Happiness on Chrysanthemum day and in Ayurvedic tradition, this golden flower is associated with the heart chakra. I’m already imagining a future soliflore with this wax to annoint heart chakras and hold honor for producers who extract floral waxes this exquisite.
What is a floral wax? Flowers or plant materials that are too delicate to survive steam distillation are macerated in solvent (orangic for most). The maceration which includes the scent molecules and flower waxes then becomes a concrète and is further blended with 190 proof perfumer’s alcohol and chilled to separate the maceration or tincture and floral wax.
Suggested uses: Chrysanthemum floral wax requires a bath to work with in a variety of formations. It can be added in soap making, creams, lotions, lip gloss, salves, balms and perfume solids. It can be used to replace beeswax when making vegan skincare and other DIY formulations. Once the wax is warmed, it can be worked into shea butter for a scented body butter or added to a carrier oil to lightly scent and add viscosity.
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