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Ask the Perfumer 6/16/2013 Rosemary is for Remembrance

Sunday - 16 June 2013

Happy Father’s Day and by the serendipity of a delivery of numerous rosemary plants this week, I want to tie today in with the legendary significance of the meaning of rosemary: remembrance.  Rosemary for rememberance

There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray you, love,
remember. And there is pansies, that’s for thoughts.
-William Shakespeare (Hamlet, Act 4, Scene 5)

“As for rosemary, I let it run all over my garden walls, not only because my bees love it but because it is the herb sacred to remembrance and to friendship, whence a sprig of it hath a dumb language.”
– Sir Thomas More (1478-1535) British writer, statesman and philosopher

So today, as we remember our fathers, or, perhaps, as we may like to start a tradition, use some rosemary in a meal we cook for our dads, or search out an aftershave or cologne that contains rosemary.  To bring the blog back to the subject of perfumery, rosemary, which is an aromatic, herbaceous, somewhat camphorous scent, is more often used in men’s fragrances than womens.

More for culinary and aesthetic reasons, I’ve decided to start a rosemary garden under a portion of one of my heritage oak trees. Here’s what I got:

Three Rosemary officinalis

Two R. officinalis var. Tuscan Blue

One each: R. officinalis var. Severn Seas (not a typo, not Seven), Majorca Pink (flowers), Alba (white flowers), Barbeque (stiff stems for skewering food for the barbeque) and Gorizia.  I had to restrain myself from the heady list of other rosemarys at http://companionplants.com because I was looking for leaf and flower differences.  I stayed away from the prostate varieties, looking for height, but if you have a slope in your garden, or a rock garden, the prostate varieties will suit you.  I’ve been buying from Companion Plants for years, and they have great stock, very, very tempting stock, so be prepared 😉

I’ll be here until 10 PM ET USA today to answer your perfumery questions.  If you post after that time, I don’t monitor late posts, so you won’t get an answer.  Try again next week, and I’ll be sure to answer your question.

Take care and have a lovely Father’s day.