Who knows if in billions of years, long after the bustling of mankind has quietened, the whole universe will not smell lavender?
Although a wonderful plant, lavender’s use is sadly too common. From the most prestigious perfumes to bathroom solutions, lavender is found in all kinds of preparations, purifying and relaxing tonics. Lavender grows in the isolated hills of Provence (south of France) and its fields. The purple sea that gently bathes the feet of the Cistercian Abbey of Notre-Dame de Sénanque is an image that belongs to the iconographic heritage of this tiny astral neighborhood which is our planet. Lavender also blooms in all seasons, in verses of great poets – Victor Hugo, Arthur Rimbaud, Stéphane Mallarmé, Saint-John Perse – “Et la sévérité du soir descende, avec l’aveu de sa douceur, sur les chemins de pierre brûlante éclairés de lavande…”
But what about Frédéric Charles Jean Gingins de la Sarraz, member of the Helvetian Society of Natural Sciences? His writings about lavender gives an inventory of times when lavender is quoted on by authors of classical antiquity. While their lack of precision is deplorable, they analyse the various species of lavender, the infinite ways it’s used and prepared so not only do we learn that lavender was already grown in England but also that abuses and falsifications in the industrial treatment of lavender were to be reported in 1826!
For this very reason, diptyque has wished to give nobility back to this emblematic flower in perfumery – Eau de Lavande blends pure essential oils of lavender, coriander and lavender seeds, with cinnamon leaves.