L'eau Par Kenzo for men; a Kenzo fragrance was introduced in 1988 with notes of ho leaf, yuzu, lotus flower, sweet lime, water pepper, white musk, green pepper and ozonic aroma notes.
Ho Leaf is from the Cinnamomum camphora (commonly known as Camphor tree, Camphor wood or camphor laurel) is a large evergreen tree that grows up to 20–30 metres tall. The leaves have a glossy, waxy appearance and smell of camphor when crushed. In spring it produces bright green foliage with small white flowers. It produces clusters of black berry-like fruit.
It has a pale bark that is very rough. Cinnamomum camphora is native to China south of the Yangtze River,Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, and has been introduced in many other countries. Camphor laurel contains volatile chemical compounds in all plant parts, and the wood and leaves are steam distilled for the essential oils. Camphor laurel has six different chemical variants called chemotypes, which are camphor, linalool, cineole, nerolidol, safrole, or borneol.
In China field workers avoid mixing chemotypes when harvesting by their odor. The cineole fraction of camphor laurel is used in China to manufacture "Eucalyptus oil ". The chemical variants or chemotypes seem dependent upon the country of origin of the tree. The tree is native to China, Japan, and Taiwan. It has been introduced to the other countries where it has been found, and the chemical variants are identifiable by country. e.g., Cinnamomum camphora grown in Taiwan and Japan, (often commonly called "Ho Wood") is normally very high in Linalool.
In India and Sri Lanka the high camphor variety/chemotype remains dominant. Cinnamomum camphora grown in Madagascar, on the other hand, is high in Cineole. The essential oil from the Madagascar trees is commercially known as ravintsara and used in Kenzo for men.
The yuzu is a citrus fruit and plant originating in East Asia. It is believed to be a hybrid of sour mandarin and Ichang papeda. The fruit looks somewhat like a very small grapefruit with an uneven skin, and can be either yellow or green depending on the degree of ripeness. Yuzu fruits, which are very aromatic, typically range between 5.5 and 7.5 cm in diameter, but can be as large as a grapefruit (up to 10 cm or larger) and used in Kenzo for men.
Yuzu is also known for its characteristically strong aroma, and the oil from its skin is marketed as a fragrance. In Japan, bathing with yuzu on Tōji, the winter solstice, is a custom that dates to at least the early 18th century. Whole yuzu fruits are floated in the hot water of the bath, sometimes enclosed in a cloth bag, releasing their aroma. The fruit may also be cut in half, allowing the citrus juice to mingle with the bathwater.
The yuzu bath, known commonly as yuzuyu, but also as yuzuburo, is said to guard against colds, treat the roughness of skin, warm the body, and relax the mind. The body of the taepyeongso, a Korean traditional oboe, close to the Chinese Suona or the Turkish Zurna, is often made from jujube, mulberry or yuzu wood.
The ancient Egyptians cultivated the white lotus in ponds and marshes.This flower often appears in ancient Egyptian decorations. They believed that the lotus flower gave them strength and power; remains of the flower have been found in the burial tomb of Ramesses II. Egyptian tomb paintings from around 1500 BC provide some of the earliest physical evidence of ornamental horticulture and landscape design; they depict lotus ponds surrounded by symmetrical rows of acacias and palms.
In Egyptian mythology Horus was occasionally shown in art as a naked boy with a finger in his mouth sitting on a lotus with his mother. The lotus was one of the two earliest Egyptian capitals motifs, the topmost members of a column. At that time, the motifs of importance are those based on the lotus and papyrus plants respectively, and these, with the palm tree capital, were the chief types employed by the Egyptians, until under the Ptolemies in the 3rd to 1st centuries BC, various other river plants were also employed, and the conventional lotus capital went through various modifications.
Women often wore amulets during childbirth, which depicted Heqet as a frog, sitting in a lotus. The ancient Egyptians also extracted perfume from this flower: today it is used in Kenzo for men/perfumery. They also used the white lotus in funerary garlands, temple offerings and female adornment.
Citrus limetta is a species of citrus, commonly known as sweet lime, sweet lemon, and sweet limetta. It is native to South and Southeast Asia and cultivated in the Mediterranean Basin and contain the compound Citral. Citral, or lemonal, is either of, or a mixture of, a pair of terpenoids with the molecular formula C10H160. The two compounds are double bond isomers. The E-isomer is known as geranial or citral A. The Z-isomer is known as neral or citral B.
Geranial has a strong lemon odor. Neral's lemon odor is less intense, but sweeter. Citral is therefore an aroma compound used in perfumery for its citrus effect. Citral is also used as a flavor and for fortifying lemon oil. It also has strong antimicrobial qualities, and pheromonal effects in insects.
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Water-pepper or water pepper is a plant of the family Polygonaceae. It grows in damp places and shallow water. It is a cosmopolitan plant, found in Australia, New Zealand, temperate Asia, Europe, and North America. It has some use as a spice because of its pungent flavor.
Water pepper is an annual herb with an erect stem growing to a height of 20 to 70 cm (8 to 28 in). The leaves are alternate and almost stalkless. The leaf blades are narrowly ovate and have entire margins fringed by very short hairs. They are tapering with a blunt apex.
Each leaf base has stipules which are fused into a stem-enclosing sheath that is loose and fringed at the upper end. The inflorescence is a nodding spike. The perianth of each tiny flower consists of four or five segments, united near its green base and white or pink at the edges. There are six stamens, three fused carpels and three styles.
The fruit is a dark brown oval, flattened nut. The plant contains an essential oil (0.5%) which consists of monoterpenoids and sesquiterpenoids: α-pinene, β-pinene, 1,4-cineol, fenchone, α-humulene, β-caryophyllene, trans-β-bergamotene. Carboxylic acids (cinnamic, valeric and caproic acid) and their esters were present in traces. The composition depends strongly on genetic factors.
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White Musk s in the perfume industry, are a class of synthetic aroma-chemicals to emulate the scent of deer musk or other natural musk. Synthetic musk s have a clean, smooth and sweet scent lacking the fecal/"animalistic" notes of natural musk s and are sometimes attributed as having notes of blackberry and ambergris. These compounds are essential in modern perfumery and form the base note foundations of most perfume formulas. Most, if not all musk fragrance used in Kenzo for men/perfumery today is synthetic.
Green pepper, like black, is made from the unripe drupes. Dried green peppercorns are treated in a way that retains the green color, such as treatment with sulfur dioxide, canning or freeze-drying. Pickled peppercorns, also green, are unripe drupes preserved in brine or vinegar. Fresh, unpreserved green pepper drupes, largely unknown in the West, are used in some Asian cuisines, particularly Thai cuisine.
Their flavor has been described as spicy and fresh, with a bright aroma. They decay quickly if not dried or preserved. Once dried, the spice is called green peppercorn. On some estates, the berries are separated from the stem by hand and then sun-dried without the boiling process.
Once the peppercorns are dried, pepper spirit & oil can be extracted from the berries by crushing them. Pepper spirit is used in many medicinal and beauty products. Pepper oil is also used as an ayurvedic massage oil and used in certain beauty and herbal treatments.
Aquatic, Oceanic, or Ozonic are the newest category in perfume, appearing first in Davidoff's Cool Water, Christian Dior's Dune, and is now used in cologne for men such as Kenzo for men. The clean smell is reminiscent of our oceans , leading to many modern androgynous perfume which generally contain calone, a synthetic scent discovered in 1966 which is used to accent floral, oriental, and woody fragrances. Calone has an unusual odor which is a intense "sea-breeze" note with slight floral overtones. It was used as a scent component since the 1980s for its watery, fresh, ozone accords, then as a more dominant note in marine perfumes, beginning in the 1990s.