Wednesday, September 19, 2007

L'annine® Mango Hand and Body Cream

When gourmand notes are used in functional products, two possible outcomes exist. The first is a balanced result, where the edible material’s aroma resonates with the function of the product and adds character to the base. The second and less desirable outcome is a product that is overly jammy or vegetal, with aromas that overpower the base or its perceived function. L’annine® manufactures a hand and body cream in three fragrances. Each is lovely in its own right, but L’annine®’s Mango formula is a great example of well-executed, functional perfumery—that’s right, perfumery.

Functional perfumery is highly underappreciated and oftentimes more difficult to execute than fine fragrance creation. Lotion, cream and detergent bases have unique characteristic odors that need to be reckoned with. If you have ever smelled unscented, tallow-based soaps then you have made acquaintance with such harsh, alkaline odors. (Even the scent of “unscented” products can be slightly unpleasant, something I personally notice every time I unwrap a bar of Dove “unscented” soap.) There is also the matter of chemical reactions that cause malodors and discoloration. Buying a product you like and seeing separation and discoloration occur after purchase is more than disappointing—it’s enough to turn you off a product for good.

L’annine® Mango Hand and Body Cream is a gentle rendition of ripe mango, the fragrance harmoniously situated within a silicone, allantoin and glycerin base. The olfactive unfolding of the cream’s perfume seems to follow the trail of aromas engendered by a cutting knife against the fruit. Notes of green mango skin and orange are the first aromas to be noticed, followed by a pulpy fresh aura one finds as the knife draws closer to the pit. The scent does not overstay its welcome—it curtsies and slowly exits as the light formula is absorbed into the skin.

You may never know the name of the person who developed the scent for your favorite fragranced product, but rest assured—the craft and skill of a professionally trained perfumer is there.


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