Secrets of Enfleurage

Developed in the seventeenth century, enfleurage is a traditional method of extracting perfume from flowers. Because it permits the faithful reproduction of the fragrance of fresh flowers, L’Occitane is revisiting it today, with the registration of a new patent.
By Justine Fiordelli

The ancestral technique of enfleurage consists of extracting the essential oil from fresh flowers through the absorption power of odorless fats. It’s unmistakably a gentle method regarding the flower and its fragrance and is particularly suitable for fragile flowers such as rose, jasmine, violet or tuberose, iconic flowers grown in Grasse, in Provence.

Cold enfleurage consists of placing the fresh flowers in oil that has been smeared on both sides of a glass chassis in order to extract the essence. In hot enfleurage, the fats are melted in a water bath and fresh flowers are added to obtain a substance called “pomade” that will eventually be treated with alcohol in order to capture the scent.

Although it achieves a result of extraordinary quality - 100% natural essential oils faithful to the first scent of fresh flowers - enfleurage was gradually abandoned due to its cost and lengthy extraction times. Today L’Occitane brings it back into fashion and has registered a revolutionary new patent. The principle? To combine enfleurage with a high-tech process of eco-extraction to increase efficiency while maintaining the same quality. This method allows L’Occitane to capture the delicate scent of fresh flowers.

Secrets of Enfleurage
Secrets of Enfleurage
An ancestral technique of enfleurage which consists of extracting the essential oil from fresh flowers.
DR, MIP - Carlo Barbiero.
Secrets of Enfleurage
Secrets of Enfleurage
The technique of enfleurage achieves a result of extraordinary quality !
DR, L'Occitane en Provence

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