Scented Advent, December 24

Happy Christmas Eve! Today is the last day of Advent, the period when Christians await the coming of the newborn Jesus on Christmas Day, so it is also the last day of my scented Advent calendar posts. I’ve had so much fun doing this! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading along; thanks for joining me on this journey. Major thanks especially to the lovely reader and active perfumista who sent me the samples that I’ve used to fill my DIY fragrance Advent calendar!

My Advent SOTD is Dawn Spencer Hurwitz’ French Linden Blossom. Normally I would say that it is seasonally out of sync, as it is such a spring-like fragrance, but today dawned as a sunny day with temperatures expected to reach into the 60s. Quite balmy for Christmas Eve! However, not that unusual here in the Southeastern US, where people garden, and play sports like golf and tennis, through the whole winter.

Linden blossom is the blossom of “lime trees”, sometimes called “French Lime”. It’s not a scent I know in real life; in my area, when I encounter real citrus trees and their blooms, they are always orange or lemon trees, to be grown in pots that can be moved indoors (our weather is pretty balmy for wintertime, but not so balmy that the more tropical citrus trees can stay outside year-round). Update: some of my readers have clarified that the “lime trees” that are also called “linden” are not related to the limes that produce citrus. There is an excellent article about LINDEN trees here: “What Is Drifting In The Breeze?“. Thanks for the help, commenters!

Flower of linden or lime tree
Linden Blossom; image from selfsufficientish.com

All share the quality of having a light, white floral scent, and that is what I get from French Linden Blossom. When I first sprayed it, I got a hint of cucumber or melon, which surprised me until I read this on DSH Perfumes’ website: “An ethereal, almost cucumber-like floral note with sweet honey-melon nuances.” Bingo!

I’ve written before about cucumber/melon accords in fragrance: Fragrance Friday: Un Jardin Après La Mousson. Apparently they often come from the aromachemical Melonal, so I’m sure that (or something similar) is present in French Linden Blossom. The citrus notes in UJALM are said to include lime, but that refers to the citrus fruit, not the flowers and not linden. The DSH Perfumes website refers to French Linden Blossom as an accord, and that seems right to my nose — it is pretty linear. To my nose, it smells more greenish white. It’s very pleasant, but I think I would like it better in really warm weather like late spring or summer. As it dries down, it gets a bit soapy, also very pleasantly. It is a fresh, clean fragrance that one could wear anywhere. I do think it is more casual than one might choose for an evening out or special occasion, but it’s a great scent to just spritz on in the morning as a casual fragrance.

I’m very happy that my final “Scented Advent” post can focus on an independent artisan perfumer like Dawn Spencer Hurwitz! The last two years have been very hard on many small businesses and it’s important to support the perfume artists we love, who continually advance the limits of fragrance art. One way to do that is to buy directly from their websites, and right now one can use a 20% off code on Dawn’s website, light20, which I think is good through the end of December. I’m not an affiliate, just a fan!

Do you have a favorite linden blossom fragrance? And for those who celebrate them, happy Christmas Eve and Christmas! I’ll be in the kitchen, in my garden, and at church today. All our kids are home, and all’s right with the world, at least our tiny part of it. May this Christmas season usher in a time of happiness, health, peace, and goodwill for all.

Christmas tree and crèche, Metropolitan Museum, New York. Image from metmuseum.org

4 thoughts on “Scented Advent, December 24

  1. I love this fragrance. I have it also. Today I’m wearing Montale Intense Cafe Ristretto. It’s similar to Intense Cafe, but with a bigger coffee note. I’m enjoying it very much. It’s actually chilly here in Florida. The weather is so strange these days, it may be colder in Florida than Georgia. Wonky weather for sure. Merry Christmas!! I have loved following along with your scented Advent journey.

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    • I’ve wondered about Ristretto, glad to hear that you like it! Yes, weather these days seems very unpredictable. Luckily, it is supposed to be very nice on Sunday afternoon here, when we hope to have some folks over for Boxing Day and would like them to have the option of mingling outside if that’s most comfortable for them. Merry Christmas to you and yours! Thanks for reading my posts!

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  2. All linden scents transport me to walking through the valley that dissects the village I live in.
    More famously the boulevards of Paris & Berlin are scented with Linden in spring, but for me it’s the fields & recreation ground in June.

    Not a citrus but a deciduous tree of the temperate zone & is yellow, polleny floral & sappy green leaves it’s a perfume in itself. When combined with Hawthorne blossom it’s the smell of happiness!

    My current favourite is Romilly Wilde Idle, the perfumer is Barbara Herman of Eris Perfumes

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  3. I love linden blossom – both in real life and in perfumes. But it has nothing to do with a citrus tree, it’s just a confusing name. This is not to say that lime blossom isn’t pleasant. But linden… I hope you’ll get to experience it one day: it blossoms in May-June in Europe, and many cities have these trees. In the US, I met it in a couple of places, but it’s much less common.

    My most favorite linden perfumes are Jo Malone French Lime Blossom (told you – a confusing name) and April Aromatics Under den Linden.

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