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The monks of Ganagobie
A commentary on a fragrance that apparently contains only one ingredient, purist lavender, loved by some and strictly rejected by others, cannot be too long. My research in the realm of lavender, however, brought me the knowledge that not only the lavender scents, which contain further, rounding ingredients, differ clearly from each other. The solid lavender scents can also have a distinctly different character. Of course, it cannot be ruled out that further accents have been added to the fragrances, which are said to contain only the blue flower, but in addition, the production method and the regional or local cultivation area also seem to me to have an influence on the end product. For example, compare "Monastère Notre-Dame Ganagobie Eau de Toilette Lavande" with "Cotswold Lavandula": While the English scent (also in England there is a special tradition of lavender processing, famous is the Norfolk Lavender) is very cool, somewhat austere and very pure, the French scent is softer, but also a little more herbaceous - and more charming. You might find that appropriate.
What I like about the French fragrance presented here is the monastic tradition and Benedictine philosophy (or theology) behind the Eau de Toilette Lavande. The Prieuré (priory) de Ganagobie is located in south-east France and is known for its exceptional soil mosaics. The first monastery already existed here in the 10th century, and so the community in this place can look back on a thousand-year tradition. Whatever traditional fragrance manufacturer has this to offer. This is not to say that this fragrance has been around for centuries, presumably and certainly not, but that the production of cosmetic articles (the monks have a lot to offer) is based on an ancient monastic tradition. Who has no Sensus for such questions, has probably tormented himself by the above lines and now wonders how the fragrance smells. Well then!
I have already hinted that it is soft, almost a bit floral and sweet, which lavender scents are more likely to do. Nevertheless, there is never the suspicion that there could be more in this lavender water than Lavandulae aetheroleum, the essential oil of the lavender blossom, which is obtained by steam distillation (at most in the very late drydown...). And I have enough imagination to imagine with which venerable devices this happens in the monastery Ganagobie. If you think that I have a too romantic idea of monastic craftsmanship, you should have a look at the homepage (see above): professional craftsmanship, yes, but also traditional craftsmanship.
While the fragrance initially appears rather conciliatorily mild and not as sharp as some lavender fragrances, it now acquires a somewhat bitter herbaceous note, which is only unpleasant if you smell the fragrance directly on the fragrance strip or the skin with your nose. This accent is softened at a distance of a few centimetres that it does not interfere with any phase of fragrance development. After some time (15 - 30 minutes) the fragrance turns into mildness and calmness again and remains so until it says goodbye on the skin. Ganagobie lavender reminds me very strongly of the lavender fragrance of the aromatherapy brand Primavera, which I greatly appreciate and whose development is very similar to that of the organic markets. It might be a little softer. Both also serve wonderfully for evening or morning calming, help you to fall asleep and generally act as mood brighteners. Even the potential benefit of Real Lavender against anxiety disorders could be demonstrated in a double-blind study published in 2014. Already in the year 2008 the real lavender was chosen as the medicinal plant of the year. If these are not all arguments to test this or a similar lavender soloflor! At least one of them belongs in a well-assorted fragrance collection. With a little patience, everyone will surely find their own desired lavender. For searchers I would like to recommend my blog and my collection of lavender scents again:
It's hard to believe it, but the order on the somewhat dusty homepage of Ganagobie Monastery worked perfectly and the shipping took less than a week.
Now the comment has become even longer. I was afraid of it.