Tiaré (Gardenia tahitensis) & Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) - two green salicylate-driven white flowers

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Tiaré (Gardenia tahitensis) & Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) - two green salicylate-driven white flowers

Tiaré (Gardenia tahitensis) abs. is scarce. Firmenich produced two absolutes (one decolorized) a few years ago. Sadly, it’s currently out of production there. Nevertheless, there’s some of it still available. And hopefully there are other producers also.

To me, the scent of Tiaré abs. is an intoxicating white floral with rough resemblance of Ylang Ylang and Jasmine. To be more precise, I’d say it’s creamy-lactonic, moderate indolic, sweet, green, a bit spicy. I think, the green part of the profile is what is worth to be more explained, because it’s about the uniqueness of this flower (to me).

When I smelled some Salicylates (especially Cis-3-Hexenyl Salicylate) for the first time, immediately 2 flowers came to my mind: Tiaré and Moonflower (Ipomoea alba). These two flower scents have (to my nose) quite a bit in common, although Ipomoea alba is fresher, brighter, non-indolic, barely lactonic and even a bit dry-aldehydic. Both share this maritime vibe of beach and paradise. I mention Moonflower (aka Moonvine, night-flowering morning glory etc.), because this plant is probably better-known as Tiaré and I think it’s a good reference (or orientation at least) for the more exotic Tiaré.

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