A friendly challenge!
One of our loyal customers visited us last weekend at our Red Umbrella market stall and laid down the scented gauntlet. We often have chats about a range of things, and one subject we talk about a lot, naturally, is scent. Our friend brought in a gift for us; a sachet of dried herbs and flowers.
Our friend explained that every year she dries a selection of herbs and flowers, in this case lemon verbena, deep red rose, mock orange and mint and she has generously given away a portion of her precious stash to us. But it has come with a challenge - to create a scent reminiscent of this dried blend.
Now, I should point out that I'm usually quite quiet and modest as a person, but the need to speak out sometimes unexpectedly drives me to levels of bravado seen only in the foolhardy! I accepted the challenge almost dismissively - 'why yes, of course I can make that' and so on. A grotesque sight, I'm sure!
But we spent a little time discussing possible essential oils to use - it seems straightforward, but our loyal customer may be trying to catch me out with a scented wildcard - and so I will make a blend, a cologne perhaps, based on our lovely gift and see if it meets with approval.
The blend itself is very aromatic. The sweetness of the lemon verbena with a touch of rose is countered with the fresh green herbal notes of the mint. The mint itself is, as they say on those never-ending cooking shows, the star, and is a lot more subtle than you might think (I wonder whether minted peas have poisoned people's minds against mint generally...). It is green and soft, not hot and cold like peppermint, a lovely accompaniment to the floral notes. Overall, it has a fizzing, sherberty type of scent, which I love. I may have created a rod for my own back with this, but I can't lose face, I will make something wonderful! Oh, no, the bravado's back...