Another common scent in many gardens, lilac has been utilized in every type of commercial product from perfume to shampoo to chewing gum. In the 1960s or 1970s there was even a candy produced that used the petals of this fragrant blossom.
An almost universal appeal has been generated for this common scent. Its clean, fresh fragrance lends itself to teas and cleaning products as well as air fresheners and room deodorizers. The essential oil is normally procured from the peel of the fruit. It is interesting that, as aromatic as the fruit is, it takes an incredible amount of raw product to manufacture a small amount of essential oil. For this reason, much of the available lemon oil is actually made up of only a small portion of natural essential added to a synthetic base oil.
The jeweled flower of the east has been preserved as a sacred religious symbol in Egyptian and Hindu art and literature. It is, in fact, a member of the family of water lilies. Its scent as well as its blossom have long been revered in the sacred temples of the Asian peoples.
A cousin to the lemon, this green fruit yields oil in much the same way as its citrus kin—from the pressed rind. It is also complementary to its relative fruit in use, and the essentials of lemon and lime blend quite well with each other.
Lily of the valley is native to Eurasian soil but has made its way to the gardens and countrysides throughout North America. Its soft scent makes it a favorite base oil in the perfumery as it tends to enhance rather than overpower other fragrances.