Secret Wish; an Anna Sui perfume that embodies confidence and powerful. Smooth notes of tagete, white cedar, lemon, pineapple, musk, melon and amber are united to create a wonderful fragrance.
White cedar may refer to several different trees: In the Cupressaceae family; Atlantic white cypress, Mexican white cedar and the Eastern arborvitae. In the Meliaceae family: Chinaberry, commonly referred to as white cedar Australia. The Cupressaceae or cypress family is a conifer family with worldwide distribution. The family includes 27–30 genera (17 monotypic), which include the juniers and redwoods.
The bark of mature trees is commonly orange- to red- brown and of stringy texture, often flaking or peeling in vertical strips, but smooth, scaly or hard and square-cracked in some species. The Louisiana ("red stick") was named after the decay-resistant red wood of Juniperus virginiana, used by Native Americans in the region for way marking. Its heartwood is fragrant and used in clothes chests, drawers and closets to repel moths. It is a source of juniper oil used in Secret Wish perfume and medicines.
Tagete is a genus of 56 species of annual and perennial, mostly herbaceous plants in the sunflower family. The genus is native to North and South America, but some species have become naturalized around the world. One species, T. Minuta, is considered a noxious invasive plant in some areas. T. Minuta (khakibush or huacatay), originally from South America, has been used as a source of essential oil for Secret Wish perfume and women's cologne known as tagette or "marigold oil", and as a flavorant in the food and tobacco industries.
It is commonly cultivated in South Africa, where the species is also a useful pioneer plant in the reclamation of disturbed land.
A melon is any of various plants of the family Cucurbitaceae with edible, fleshy fruit (e.g. gourds or cucurbits). The word "melon" can refer to either the plant or specifically to the fruit. Many different cultivars have been produced, particularly of muskmelons. Although the melon is a botanical fruit (specifically, a berry), some varieties may be considered culinary vegetables rather than fruits. Melons originated in Africa and southwest Asia, but they gradually began to appear in Europe toward the end of the Roman Empire.
Melons were among the earliest plants to be domesticated in both the old and new worlds. Early European settlers in the new world are recorded as growing honeydew and casaba melons as early as the 1600s. A number of Native American tribes in New Mexico, including Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Navajo, Santo Domingo and San Felipe, maintain a tradition of growing their own characteristic melon cultivars, derived from melons originally introduced by the Spanish. Organizations like Native Seeds/SEARCH have made an effort to collect and preserve these and other heritage seeds.
Watermelon ketone is used to emulate the scent of melon, water melon, muskmelon and cantaloupe in Secret Wish perfume/ladies perfume.
The scent pineapple is a aroma compound known as methyl butyrate. Like most esters, it has a fruity odor, in this case resembling pineapples. At room temperature, it is a colorless liquid with low solubility in water, upon which it floats to form an oily layer. Methyl butyrate is present in small amounts in several plant products, especially pineapple oil.
It can be produced by distillation from
essential oils of vegetable origin, but is also manufactured on a
small scale for use in women's fragrance.
Musk is a class of aromatic substances commonly used as base notes in perfumery. They include glandular secretions from animals such as the musk deer, numerous plants emitting similar fragrances, and artificial substances with similar odors. Musk was a name originally given to a substance with a penetrating odor obtained from a gland of the male musk deer. The substance has been used as a popular perfume fixative since ancient times and is one of the more expensive animal products in the world.
The name originates from the Sanskrit word for "testicle", and has come to encompass a wide variety of aromatic substances with similar odors despite their often differing chemical structures. Until the late 19th century, natural musk was used extensively in perfumery until economic and ethical motives led to the adoption of synthetic musk, which is now used almost exclusively. The organic compound primarily responsible for the characteristic odor of musk is muscone.
The lemon is a small evergreen tree native to Asia, and the tree's ellipsoidal yellow fruit. The fruit is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world, primarily for its juice, though the pulp and rind (zest) are also used in cooking and baking. The juice of the lemon is about 5% to 6% citric acid, which gives lemons a sour taste. Citral, is either of, or a mixture of, a pair of terpenoids. 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 Secret Wish perfume 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.
Amber is fossilized tree resin (not sap), which has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. Much valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone, amber is made into a variety of decorative objects. Amber is used as an ingredient in perfumes, as a healing agent in folk medicine, and as jewelry.
"Amber" perfumes may be created using combinations of labdanum, benzoin resin, copal (itself a type of tree resin used in incense manufacture), vanilla, Dammara resin and/or synthetic materials. Labdanum is produced today mainly for the perfume industry. The raw resin is usually extracted by boiling the leaves and twigs. An absolute is also obtained by solvent extration. An essential oil is produced by steam distillation.
The raw gum is a black (sometimes dark brown), fragrant mass containing up to 20% or more of water. It is plastic but not pourable, and becomes brittle with age. The absolute is dark amber-green and very thick at room temperature. The fragrance is more refined than the raw resin. The odor is very rich, complex and tenacious. Labdanum is much valued in perfumery because of its resemblance to ambergris, which has been banned from use in many countries because its precursor originates from the sperm whale, which is an endangered species: although the best-quality ambergris is found free-floating or washed up onshore (long exposure to sunlight, air and water removes offensive-smelling components of the fresh substance), and thus raises no ethical objections, a lower-quality version can also be recovered from some fraction of freshly slaughtered whales, and so may encourage poaching of sperm whales.
Labdanum is the main ingredient used when making the scent of amber in Secret Wish perfume. Labdanum's odor is variously described as amber, animalic, sweet, woody, ambergris, dry musk, or leathery.