The Secret of Scent Egyptian Tuberose
CategoriesGood Scent, Good Life
“Soneklin” ; the name of Tuberose in Thai, means slowly reveal its scent which is pretty erotic as it is implied to the scent of female skin when touched and aroused by a man of her love. No surprise that its scent is so seductive.
There are two types of Tuberose – single-layered petals Tuberose is called “Soneklin” in Thai and layered petals Tuberose is called “Sonechoo” which means adulterous. In the past, Tuberose was used in Thai funeral to conceal the unpleasant scent from the corpse. In India, Tuberose was once prohibited for the lassies as it is believed that its scent is sexually arousing.
Tuberose grows well in tropical area so it is perceived as the symbolic of the Orient. However, it is originated in Central America and was brought over to the Philippines and East Indies. Then it was brought to Europe from Sri Lanka by a Spanish doctor and spread through France and Italy. King Louis XIV of France once ordered 10,000 Tuberoses to grow in Grand Trianon Palace.
200 years ago, Tuberose was brought into Thailand by Chinese merchants. It is used for prayer or cooked in a soup. According to the phrase “The scent of Tuberoses in Ayudhya are much gentler than those grown in France.” from the book named “Histoire naturelleet politique du royaume de Siam”, it is presumably that Tuberose might be brought into the country by French merchants during the age of King Narai The Great.
Tuberose essence is so precious as it can only be extracted with the traditional method called “cold enfleurage” by placing petals or whole flowers on the fat to allow its scent to diffuse into the fat over the course of 1-3 days. The process is then repeated by replacing the spent botanicals with fresh ones until the fat has reached a desired degree of fragrance saturation. It takes 3,600 k.g. of Tuberose flowers to produce 1 k.g. of Tuberose essential oil; therefore, most producers use only a bit of Tuberose oil to blend with synthetic Tuberose fragrant or other essential oils.
Though Tuberose scent is not as thick as other temperate flowers, its scent is extremely seductive. Like a sexy babe, you either love or hate it.