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    Default Looking for Madonna Lily (Lilium candidum) essential oil/absolute/fragrance

    This may not be an overly familiar plant to many people, but it's the classic old-fashioned european white lily that's a staple in just about every garden in europe.

    I lived in Serbia as a kid with my grandmother and apart from the many fond memories, one thing that has always stayed with me is the legendary perfume of this flower.

    I have looked at a million and one websites that might offer an extract/essential oil of this outstandingly perfumed flower. Not one, apart from the Good Scents Company, even mention it.

    What's sort of amazed me is that it is such a sweet/fresh floral scent that lends itself perfectly to perfumery (namely women's) and yet it does not appear anywhere that I know of as a main accord, and none of the ones I have smelt even remotely resemble the astonishing fragrance of this flower. It is right up there with the rose, jasmine and ylang-ylang in terms of opulence.

    I have seen a few fragrances that mention "lily" but it really does not mean much. There are numerous lilies out there and all of them have quite different fragrances.

    Does anyone know of any place/site that I could refer this to?

    I would looooove to find it and make up a little batch of a perfume oil for my mother, because I know she'd jump sky-high out of joy if she got something like this.

    PS: After many years of searching in Australia I did actually find the bulbs of this plant and have even thought of processing some kind of extract out of the flowers.
    Last edited by snifferdog; 26th August 2008 at 12:17 PM.

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