Floral Symbolism: What Your Favorite Floral Notes Say About You4 min read
“Flowers are the music of the ground… From earth’s lips spoken without sound.” ~Edwin Curran
Devising a symbolic language of flowers and plants was man’s obsession for many centuries, reaching its peak during the Victorian era.
In the Victorian era, people were engaged in so-called florography or “writing with flowers.” Back then communication with flowers was a very popular mean of expressing intentions and emotions. Victorians liked sending messages containing flowers, grass and other plants, and they were not even the first in history to add meanings to each flower.
Although it is rare nowadays to send someone a flower or a bouquet, we send signals to people from the immediate surroundings daily with our words, behavior, appearance, attitude, and smell.
For instance, if you try to describe your favorite perfume to someone, you will really give away at least a fraction of your personality.
Find out which floral notes are contained in your favorite perfume and to what extent, and I will tell you what this flower traditionally signifies and what it says about your personality. I promise you, it’s very entertaining and maybe even true.
Queen Victoria was wearing a wreath of orange blossoms at her wedding with Prince Albert, because it was thought that this flower symbolizes purity, innocence and eternal love. In ancient China they were emblems of purity, chastity and innocence. It is believed that lovers of orange blossom have warm and delightful personalities. If you are one of them, try wearing Moss by Commodity or Bahamas by Nateeva for a full-on pleasure.
Lavender primarily symbolizes loyalty, but it can also indicate distrust. Lavender’s scent is acknowledged as one of the best relaxers in aromatherapy, prompting floral semioticians to classify lavender lovers as people who are always running on high octane and in a need of time-off. If in fact this is true but you cannot afford vacation, try Velvet Lavender by EB Florals by Eric Buterbaugh or Mon Guerlain by Guerlain. Provence is just a whiff away.
In 18th century Italy sweet pea flowers were traditionally given to people who were embarking on long journeys. They believed that this flower possessed magical properties and that it ensured the passenger will have happy journey and a blissful departure. If you have someone going away, give them Pleats Please by Issey Miyake or Brit Sheer by Burberry in the convenient Scentbird travel-friendly case.
Violets are known to symbolize sophistication, loyalty and modesty with their delicate, powdery scent. Enjoy their velvety intoxicating scent in Fragile Violet by EB Florals by Eric Buterbaugh or Florence by Tocca.
Jasmine is a flower of happiness, meaning that the person who wears jasmine-based perfume desires joy, cheerfulness and kindness. So, people who love jasmine are most often cordial, cheerful and benevolent, enjoying life to the fullest. If you want Fortuna on your side, wear Glam Jasmine by Michael Kors or Roses Musk by Montale.
If you are in the mood for a passionate affair and a love adventure, perfumes with the smell of tuberose are basically just the right thing for this opportunity. Tuberose traditionally symbolizes wild pleasures and primordial passion. According to the Victorians, tuberose is the fragrance for seduction. With the summer in full swing, Flora by Gucci Gracious Tuberose by Gucci or Norell Elixir by Norell may warrant for the best summer love affair ever.
Even the birds on the branches know that roses symbolize love and passion, so if your favorite perfume has notes of rose in the basis, you are a dreamer, romantic soul and open to love. According to Victorians, of course. If you fit this description perfectly, I suggest trying out Eau de Rose by Tadashi Shoji or Viva La Juicy Rose by Juicy Couture.
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