Honeysuckle

Group: WHITE FLOWERS

Honeysuckle
Honeysuckle
Honeysuckle
Odor profile: sweet floral note that resembles jasmine somewhat with nectarous, almost fruity honeyed tonalities


Many a scrubland have I wandered and came across a honeysuckle vine and under it alone I sat and cried, tears of honey and wine.

Show me a person who isn't drawn to the creamy white and yellowish trumpet-shaped small blossoms of the honeysuckle and their sweet smell and I will show you one who hasn't lived. This climbing plant shrub-like or vine-cascading adorns many a garden hedgerow or grows wild in woodland. Its charm lies in both scent and sight...

BOTANY

Honeysuckle belongs to the family Caprifoliaceae which comprises more than a hundred species, however the most widely known varieties are Lonicera pericylmenum (European honeysuckle), Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) and Lonicera sempervirens (known as coral honeysuckle thanks to the color of its blossoms). Contrary to the pedestrian name which refers to the nectarous qualities of the blossom (to the point that it is literally suckled by children in many cultures), the Latin taxonomy name derives from the Renaissance botanist Adam Lonicer.

Although Japanese honeysuckle is called thus, it's a species sold by American nurseries and its spread into other countries is also common: it has become naturalized in South America, a number of Carribean islands as well as New Zealand and some Pacific islands. Oddly enough for something so fragrant, its rapid spread earned it the badge of "unwanted weed" in several US states as well as on the New Zealand National Pest Plant Accord. Coral honeysuckle, on the other hand, is favored as an attractant for hummingbirds.

The fruit of the honeysuckle is a berry, usually darkish in hue and sweet tasting but mildly poisonous in several species, though a few among them are edible. It's the earliest berry producing bush in the season. The nectar of the flowers nevertheless is edible, hence the common name of the plant.
 

ETYMOLOGY & DIFFERENT LANGUAGE VERSIONS

It's interesting to see how honeysuckle in English literally translates as the nectar suckled from the flower. Its French equivalent is even more specific: chèvrefeuille refers to the habit of goats (chèvres) munching on the sweet blossoms. The Provençal name is caprifuelh.
The same principle of appellation applies to the Italian name caprifoglio, itself deriving from the Latin caprifolium; the Latin folium means "leaf" and capri comes from "caper" (billy-goat). But surely the funniest and at the same time intriguing version happens in the Greek language: Originally αιγόκλημα (the vine of the goat, from the ancient derived word αίγα, "goat") through centuries of common use lapsed into the similarly spelled—but quite different in meaning—αγιόκλημα... "the vine of the Saints..." (from άγιος, "saint").  Which partly explains why monasteries in Greece use the flower to make soaps and scented toiletries even today.
 


SCENT PROFILE & NOTE RECONSTITUTION

Honeysuckle is a heady, intoxicating, sweet blend of yellow floral and nectarous, honeyed, almost fruity tonality. The scent intensifies with the fall of the night, aided by its complimenting sweet nuance of jasmine vines which throughout the Mediterranean are planted side by side, inviting strollers of the night into their sensual, narcotic embrace.
And yet amidst all this there is a markedly light-hearted and peaceful, serene quality about honeysuckle. Honeysuckle lends itself naturally to la vita bella, the good life; the joy of grasping immediate pleasure and not denying yourself what is there to touch, to feel, to savor....



It's not easy to get a good honeysuckle note into a fragrance; making the scent last is a task for the most experienced. Even though an essence technincally can be rendered, the yield and cost do not justify the effort. Therefore the vast majority of honeysuckle notes in perfumes are lab reconstituted or a mix of other naturals if we're talking about natural perfumers.
 

Even though honeysuckle isn't miles removed from white florals in its intoxicating languor, its inclusion of aniseed properties (like with other yellow flowers such as mimosa) directs its classification into anise florals. Therefore the inclusion of anisic aldehyde in the aroma-bouquet by the perfumer is a common practice (especially since it also gives a fruity and long-lasting nuance), much like they do with reconstituting lilac and hawthorn. Geranyl anthranilate (with shades of geranium and neroli), jasmine cyclopentanol and orange blossom combine into giving a fresh, green, sweet aroma of living honeysuckle vine. Phenyl acetic acid on the other hand gives the honeyed, somewhat naughty tone we get in some perfumes with a richer facet of honeysuckle.

AROMATHERAPEUTICAL PROPERTIES
 
Honeysuckle is thought of as an aid in sore throats, coughs and insomnia. The bark of the plant has diuretic properties. However, honeysuckle is among the plants to be used with some discretion, as the berries can highly toxic. The flowers can be used against fevers, especially those affecting people in the summer. They're considered cleansing and are helpful in some types of gastro-intestinal problems. The aerobic parts of the plant contains a wealth of plant gum, salicylic acid, glycosides and imvertin. The latest research even shows that treating light woolen cloth with a honeysuckle coating can augment the anti-UV properties of the item!
 

FRAGRANCES WITH PERCEPTIBLE HONEYSUCKLE NOTES

Annick Goutal Eau de Camille
Annick Goutal Le Chevrefeuille (lemony with tomato leaf nuances)
Bath & Body Works Wild Honeysuckle
Borghese Il Bacio
Britney Spears Believe
Burberry London for Women (fresh mix with prominent honeysuckle)
Cacharel Scarlett (very soapy and sharp)
Demeter Honeysuckle (single note, photorealistic but fleeting)
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea
Jardin de France Eau de Cologne 1920: Chevrefeuille
Jo Malone Honeysuckle and Jasmine (very fresh and life-like, with its usual ally, jasmine)

 

L'Erbolario Caprifoglio (very credible rendition, rich)
Lucy B Royal Egyptian Amber & Honeysuckle (with a honeyed note)

Marc Jacobs Blush (coupled with fresh jasmine)

Penhaligon's Ellenisia (mixed with soft gardenia)

Providence Perfume Co. Hindu Honeysuckle (all natural resting on jasmine sambac, vetiver, rose and botanical musk)

Salvatore Ferragamo Incanto Charms

Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Girl Summer

SMN Caprifoglio

Vera Wang Bouquet

Yves Rocher Fraicheur Vegetale de Cheuvrefeuille (green honeysuckle)

 
 

Author: Elena Vosnaki is a historian & perfume writer from Greece and a Writer to Fragrantica. She is the founder and editor of Perfume Shrine, one of the most respected independent online publications on perfume containing fragrance reviews, industry interviews, essays on raw materials and perfume history, a winner in Fragrantica Blog Awards and a finalist in numerous blog awards contests. Her writing was recognised at the Fifi Awards for Editorial Excellence in 2009 and she has been contributing to publications around the world.
 

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L`Air Nina Ricci
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