16 November 2012

Science Fridays! Frangipani


Ok, so I'm not going to talk about a chemical compound.  I am going to talk about a flower, which is a plant, and because it is part of the natural world, falls into the science category.  The intersection with beauty in this case is that Frangipani, or Plumeria, as it's commonly known, is used A LOT in fragrance  manufacturing.

Oh look! So pretty!
Indigenous to Central America, Plumeria is more commonly associated with tropical locations.  More specifically Hawaii.  Of note, Plumeria plants have sap that irritates the skin and produce more fragrance at night to seduce moths to pollinate them.  If you're wearing Plumeria on your person, you can advertise your availability to all of the sexy islanders depending upon which ear you place the flower over.  Right ear - You're looking.  Left ear - You're taken.  Kinda like Polynesian Claddagh Rings.

FUN LITERARY REFERENCES

- In The Picture of Dorian Grey, by the ever dapper Oscar Wilde, the wife of Lord Henry is referenced to smelling like frangipani.  Using it as a posthumous reminder because she "lingers" about the house.
FUN CULTURAL REFERENCES

- In the South Pacific, Plumeria's are associated with funerals, death and ghosts.

- Plumeria's are the national flowers of Laos and Nicaragua (random, right?)

WHY IS IT CALLED FRANGIPANI?

Apparently, in the 1500s, an Italian marquess made the first perfume from plumeria and called it Frangipani.  Which was the family name, Frangipanni.  And is the reason Frangipani = Plumeria.
WHAT DOES IT SMELL LIKE?

It is a sweet, heady floral.  When you smell beachy perfumes, it is generally a top note, lending a lightness and femininity to the scent.  It compliments other tropical scents and flowers well, and is often used in combination.

COMMON FRAGRANCES PLUMERIA IS FOUND IN

- Pink Frangipani by Lucy B.
- Frangipanni Gloves by Ayala Sender
- Frangipani by Ormonde Jayne
- Hawaiian Plumeria by Aloha Beauty
- Frangipane by Chantecaille
- Kenzo Amour Florale by Kenzo


THERE ARE PLUMERIA ENTHUSIASTS

Please reference Plumerias.com for more Plumeria facts and fandom.

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