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Mesopotamian notes

The compositions of Nabucco Parfum Fin products of the Révélation range contain mainly essences native to Mesopotamia that existed 2,500 years ago. We will present some of these to you.


Notes : balsam, flowers, tobacco, beeswax, wood
In the depths of their hive, bees produce a veritable alchemical transformation, turning water and sugar into golden honey. As flavourful as it is packed with energy, honey has been a golden remedy and a palate pleaser since the dawn of time. It is also a noble perfumery essence with more or less floral or woody aromas, depending on whether it comes from flowers or trees.


Notes : mellowness, balsam, dried fruit, vanilla
The mellow green fruit of the almond tree hides a shell, within which is an edible nut: the almond. Delicately sweet in contrast to 'bitter almond', which is another variety with more pronounced traits, the almond is an infinite source of inspiration for perfumers, who regenerate its harmonious attributes. Almond provides perfumes with a pleasant note of rich, delightful balsam.


Notes : freshness, herbs, pungency, camphor and wood
Precious rosemary essence is obtained by steam distilling flowering branches from rosemary shrubs. Widely used in savoury and sweet cooking, rosemary is also excellent when used in vinegars and oils. From the Latin word rosamarinus, which means dew of the sea, rosemary was placed under pillows during the Middle Ages because it was reputed to repel bad spirits, fight witches and even prevent the plague. In Ancient Greece, students wore rosemary garlands to improve their memory. Today, it is associated with happy memories, loyalty and love.  Its fragrance is rumoured to purify the body and mind.


Notes : fresh flowers, lavender, orange, Earl Grey tea, pepper
The essence of this fruit, which is likely to be the result of crossing bitter orange with lime, is obtained by cold pressing the peel. This distinctive fruit provides a sweet, pronounced freshness to all types of perfumed products. Its fragrance is reported to increase mental abilities and concentration and to enable people to withstand increased physical strain.


Notes : spice, wood, lemon, resin, balsam
Of all perfumery notes, frankincense has the most prestigious history. In Antiquity, it was considered more precious than gold. This resin, which comes from trees of the genus Boswellia carterii, is obtained by cutting into the tree's bark on very hot days.  It has been used medicinally and in some religious rituals since Classic Antiquity by many peoples and cultures, and particularly those of the Middle East. Frankincense is a type of incense that has always been considered as having spiritual properties. When used in fine perfumery, frankincense has spice, lemon and balsam undertones that may evoke myrrh and elemi.


Notes : fruit, pepper, vanilla
Cinnamon comes from cinnamon trees. Its bark, which is removed every two years, yields small fragments that, once scraped, are air-dried for 24 hours.  The fragments are then steam distilled to extract the essence. Cinnamon is mostly used in spiced perfumes, but it can be used as a modifier in oriental perfumes. This spice is used to aromatize wines and sweet or savoury dishes.  It is also the oldest spice known to humans: indications of its use date back to China 5,000 years before our era. Two thousand years BCE, cinnamon was highly prized in trade in the Mediterranean Basin and the Bible even repeatedly mentions it (calling it "Kinamom"). It boosts physical courage and boldness.

vetiver (wild afghan vetiver)

Notes : wood, earth, roots, smoke, resistance
Vetiver is a hardy, bushy, wild-growing plant that has long, rigid stems bearing long, narrow leaves. Its short roots are what contain its odoriferous substances. Vetiver produces an essential oil that is obtained through the steam distillation of its washed, cut and sun-dried rhizomes. Its essence has a complex yet delicate fragrance: aromatic, green, and sometimes slightly smoky. Vetiver essential oil has a deeply relaxing effect. Its perfume is said to endow people with wisdom, willpower and strength.


Notes : warmth, amber, aromatic, moss, resin
The history of myrrh dates back as far as that of frankincense: the Egyptians have known about it for four millennia and used it mainly in mummification and perfumes. It is also known for being one of the gifts that the Three Wise Men gave to the baby Jesus. The Greeks used it to flavour their beverages. Myrrh is obtained through exudation, i.e., natural or man-made incisions in the bark of the myrrh tree. The liquid is thick and whitish when collected, but soon turns brown from oxidation. It is then steam-distilled in order to provide the essence. Myrrh’s warm, balsamy note is frequently used as a base note in oriental scents. Its distinctive aroma can evoke benzoin and frankincense, as well as moss. In addition to perfumery, the essential oil of myrrh has long been used in medicinal preparations.


Notes : flowers, fruit, animal, powder
The Persians used the first jasmine extracts to perfume the air of their homes. Jasmine blooms from June to October.  Its flowers should be gathered in July and August to get the best quality essence. Today, the combination of jasmine and rose forms the heart of many prestigious perfumes. It can be said that Jasmine's olfactory properties have been known for centuries. Jasmine is also highly symbolic: for the Chinese it represents feminine softness while in medieval art it was associated with the Virgin Mary. The Hindus still call it the "moonlight of the groves".


Notes : turpentine, zest, pepper, lavender
Coriander dates back to Antiquity, when it flourished in black soil and arid regions. It even seems to have been cultivated in Ancient Greece, at least since the second millennium BCE.  Tablets from the Mycenaean civilization mention coriander as a ritual offering incorporated into unguents and aromatic products to be used in temples and palaces. A tablet found in Pylos refers to coriander as being cultivated to make perfumes. This plant, which is nicknamed Arab parsley or Chinese parsley, is presently grown in several places across the globe. Its dried fruit, which is often mistaken for seeds, are reduced to powder through steam distillation and used as a spice. Its essential oil is well known in aromatherapy and, of course, in luxury perfumes. Its scents of fougère, chypre and citrus, bewitch the senses with exquisite pleasure.


Note : rose
Revered since Antiquity by poets and authors for its legendary beauty and glorious colours, ranging from snow white to deep purple, the rose is one of the most symbolically rich and valued flowers in the world. Cultivated in Persia for over 5,000 years and in Greece since the Bronze Age, this plant, which originated in Asia Minor, is mainly cultivated today in France, Turkey, Bulgaria and Morocco, in the magnificent Dadès Valley. Rose essence, which is extracted by distilling fresh, delicate, hand picked flowers, requires deftness and swiftness. It also requires patience and humility: nearly five tonnes of roses are needed to produce a single kilogram of essence. Damask rose, which is widely used in perfumes, is glorious in all existing olfactory families.


Notes : green, powder, honey
Even though the shrub flowers year round, the neat little yellow mimosa flowers open mainly in springtime, much to the delight of the birds that take refuge in them. The attractive, round, downy mimosa flowers are highly fragrant. About 1,500 species of this plant are cultivated in France, India, Egypt and Morocco, and it is used in perfumes with mainly floral notes. The properties of this medicinal plant have been known since Antiquity: the ancient Egyptians used them mainly for skin problems.

  • Opera
  • honey
  • almond
  • rosemary
  • bergamot
  • frankincense
  • cinnamon
  • vetiver
  • myrrh
  • jasmine
  • coriander
  • rose
  • acacia