27 Fragrance Notes – Muguet… Lily of the Valley

By : Lola

Muguet – pronounced as ‘Mu-gay’ in French – is widely known to be the Lily of the Valley in the perfumery realm. Being a small lilaceous plant in Eurasia and North America, it is recognised by its delicate usually ploughed as a garden plant with two longeval leaves and spikes of drooped white bell-shaped flowers.

Green and a little earthy, people tend to miss its dark aura exuding because of its vivid, delicate white flowers. The subtle bloom rises in the midst of a poisonous and dark shadow, like hope rising out of darkness. 

For many years, Muguet displayed its hesitancy to reveal its uses in perfumery. Despite undergoing various conventional extraction methods such as purification and solvent, it is almost impossible to seclude practical amount of essential oils from the flower. Upon further analysis, it was proven that the Muguet flower does not exhibit the presence of a signature ingredient, as compared to the other important members of the floral family such as Jasmine, Rose or Violet. These flowers are all amalgamated to a specific chemical family of molecules. 

Chemists then decided to recreate an authentic Muguet note from synthetic ingredients since the early 20th century. As such, they discovered hydroxy citronellal – an odorant used in perfumery, one of the very first synthetic materials not produced by Mother Nature. Hydroxy citronellal is generally considered to have the scent closest in character to that of the natural Muguet flower. Exhibiting a citral-like and green facet in disposition, its odour is strongly suggestive of that of the Muguet flowers – embodying the foundation of Lily of the Valley accords and became an important ingredient today.