Customers visiting our flower bar at 1i2 Katong to look at our preserved and dried flower designs often ask the same question: “how long does the scent last?”
It’s a puzzling question: few dried flowers release any scent at all.
Lavender, of course, gives a strong smell and continues to give up a nice scent for years if you pack the buds tightly into a cotton cloth, and, from time to time squeeze this “scent-bomb.” Well, that’s what makes lavender so special. I still remember the perfumed air of the countryside in the South of France.
(There is also a slight hint of cow dung, but, really, just a hint. I know other places in central Europe where just the stink of dung heaps is hitting you, and the local peasants have the audacity to praise it as “gesunde luft” – healthy air). Do peasants have functioning noses? Really? Keep your hanky ready. Ammonia is NOT a healthy ingredient to breathe in; in higher concentrations, it is even lethal, although it has its uses as a fertilizer.
Another candidate for pleasant smells in a dried state is much more restrained in its performance: the eucalyptus. The leafy branches do exude a faint scent if held to your nose close enough. But it fades quickly over time.
So what are you to do if you would like to have stronger scents to accompany the design and colors of your preserved arrangement or bouquet?
The only answer to this I could think of would be essential oils, preferably from the kind of plants and blooms you are holding in your hand in their preserved state. A few drops now and then and you are all set.