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    Default Heliotrope?

    I've read this mentioned a few times in other threads and would love to know what it is, and what fragrances have it. It seems to provoke a strong reaction (in a positive way), and I guess it's possible it exists in some of the fragrances I already own, but as I don't know what it is, I wouldn't know!

    Would anyone care to enlighten me please?

    Thanks.
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    OK.

    Heliotrope is a creamy, almondy-smelling flower. It is purple in color. It provokes the same love-hate reaction that amaretto-type scents do, because it's really very similar. Here's a link to what wikipedia has on the subject:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heliotropium

    As far as scents that contain it...

    I know that Etro has a very nice Heliotrope-scented candle. You can find that at a lot of boutiques.

    For mainstream, you can also find Heliotrope in Gucci II EDP, Valentino V, Gucci EnvyMe2, and Miss Sixty.
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    I love heliotrope it has a cherry pie/almond smell.

    Many classic Guerlains have it.
    Shalimar
    L'Heure Bleu
    Apres L'Ondee.

    Sometimes people dislike the classic Guerlains because of a Play Doe note, which is actually the heliotrope.

    I own the Etro Heliotrope and love it!!!!!

    PT Liver do a very nice Heliotrope fragrance too.
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    Does Luctor et Emergo from People of the Labyrinths have heliotrope? It smells JUST like Play-Doh.

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    Of the Guerlains, it's strongest in l'Heure Bleue. I had a bottle of Crown Perfumery Heliotrope a few years ago - much less good rendition than the Etro.

    I've just planted out some baby heliotropes in a tub by the front door for the smell later in the year. It's a good way to get used to the note - you're in the UK, so Thompson and Morgan should be able to post you some seedlings if you're interested. They aren't frost hardy, and the slugs *love* them, so be careful!

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    This thread is informative. Now I know what heliotrope is and apparently I love it.
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    I always get myself a plat of Heliotrope for the summer, and have it in a pot close to where we sit in the garden, so we both can see and smell the plant. The colour of the plant flowers is a really beautiful blue/purple (there are different Heliotropes, with some difference in colour). It is one of the best smelling plants one can have. Only some roses are even better smelling, IMHO.
    Faves right now: Chanel No 19, Stella Rose Absolute, L´Heure Bleu, Elixir de Merveilles, Samsara.

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    Default Re: Heliotrope?

    POTL has oodles of heliotrope, that is the Play-Doh note. Ava-Luxe has a nice heliotrope soliflore, too, which is a bit less intense and lighter than POTL, but from the same family.

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    Thank you all for the information! There I was thinking it was some kind of chemical additive, rather than an actual flower! - we learn so much here!
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