Stopover in perfumes #3: Indonesian archipelago

Heading for the south, where the deep blue ocean is interspersed with small plots of land: the Indonesian archipelago tells one’s beads with its thousands of islands as an infinite pearl necklace floating over the sea.

Diptyque invites us to anchor to the edge of the atypical Java island. Volcanic land with fertile soils, this is where the androgynous Vetyverio comes from, dipped with mugginess and exoticism. The woody and smoky notes of Javanese vetiver mingle with the solar sensuality of ylang ylang flowers. His intoxicating heaviness is cut by a dazzling freshness of citrus fruits bursting with sunshine, enhanced by a spicy accord of clove and nutmeg. An exotic perfume that promises nothing more than a stroll through the Javanese plantations acclaimed by the call to prayer of the surrounding mosques.

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Meet with Denanda Satria

Denanda Satria was born and raised in Jakarta. After studying finance and accounting and working for a few years in England, he came back to his native Indonesia and realized that the highest quality essential oils came from his archipelago.

Amazed by their roles in local traditions, some of which are more than 200 years old, he decided to create Blue Stone Botanicals, the first 100 percent natural brand inspired by the old botanical arts of Bali and Java.

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At the heart of the rice fields

A few months ago, I was telling you about the fragrance of rice, this ubiquitous ingredient found in Asian cultures and traditions, but I was not talking about the rice fields themselves… No one can imagine the soft plains of Asia without viewing the unique sight of the green gradient of rice fields, a symbol of nature that is shaped by man and representative of the landscape of an entire continent.

The rice terraces in southern China; at the center of Bali; or in the northern Philippines, are impressive such examples. Some were created over 2000 years ago and thus reflect a landscape art that is part of the most beautiful cultural performances from farming peoples worldwide. The rice terraces also showcase brilliant inventions that man is capable of creating when it comes to meeting his basic needs.

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The fragrance of rice

Although there are many different fragrances throughout a continent, there are also similar odors that drift through areas with the same indescribable but immediately recognizable scent. In Asia, there is that fragrance that hits you within the first seconds of entering the region and I am sure evokes memories to all of you who have visited the continent. Containing an accord of flowers, spices and incense (with a tropical clammy bottom!), this Asian perfume is also undoubtedly composed of rice steam.

Rice is a ubiquitous ingredient in Asian culture, which is cooked in every house and on every street corner from morning until evening. From Japan to Indonesia, from India to Vietnam, that sweet scent, light and fluffy like a cloud, travels across the continent and across borders.

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