Poet’s narcissus. Pheasant’s eye. Paperwhite. Hunter from Thespian. You were once known for your beauty and Greek heart, your soul antiquitious. You are to be sniffed, admired, loved for your persistant floral notes. You make one want to search for love and feel they’ll to find it, if only within themselves. You are an example of fine perfume notes found in your fragile extractions.
One of my first wild card distillations when I began the event was Narcissus flowers. Spring is fleeting here in Sacramento and this spring, I felt the pressure to distill delicate spring flowers every day because paperwhites and plum blossoms don’t wait for the summer heat to land. I would pick the poet’s soul in the early morning and race to steam it’s narcotic, spell binding essence from the petals. There were noticable notes that lacked in my distillation that left me so disappointed with my work that I didn’t even give it away. Next spring will tell if it was my then early distilling experience, flowers not as sweet in California or the timing of the harvest. I knew that Narcissus had to be in our hydrosol collection and if anyone could produce an exquisite hydrosol from this etherial flower, it would be our artisan producer in India. I’m glad my hunch was right. This is an exceptional hydrosol and one that quickly became one of my top three favorites (the other two are my pink lotus and hyacinth hydrosols I produced earlier this year). This distillation tricks one into thinking they are sniffing the fresh flower, somewhat of a feat when distilling such a delicate flower in volume. Its a true testiment to the craft and alchemical magic of our artisan producer. Narcissus is sweet with little detectable green notes and is very much beholden of fine french perfumery florals. It is a true queen in our hydrosol collection.
Suggested use: mist on skin as an antiaging skin toner that softens lines. Can be misted onto hair to freshen and delicately perfume. HIghly recommended for use under arms and other body parts that get funky.
Shelf life: 12 to 16 months. Refrigerate to prolong freshness.
Packaged in 3.3oz/100 ml tamper proof refillable glass bottles.
Our hydrosols are kept in dedicated refrigeration until shipped.