le stage -or- if I didn’t know how to say ‘fenouil’ before, I do now!

la mini in the lavenderToday was Monday of the second week of my internship in the Grasse based company Robertet. www.robertet.com  I am working in both cometics/application, and the perfumery departments.   So far, the days are long, French-speaking, but facinationg and I am gaining insights into the industry that being in school has not able to provide.  I am working on a detailed chapter about this, but of course, time is a bit limited,  so thought I’d give you all a little note now just so you know that I haven’t disappeared into the desert on the back of a camel…

wild lavender in the sub-AlpsAnd on another note, I went into the mountains yesterday to see the Wild Lavender!  Yes the Lavandre Sauvage is in full bloom, and I was amazed by the quantity spread over the whole mountainside and glorious beauty of all that purple in its natural setting.  I cut quite a lot which is now spread out around my apartment drying on newspapers. I also found abundant clumps of a low tough little herb that smells and tastes like hot wild oregano oil many of us are familiar with.  I still need to get hold of a field guide for the wild plants here to identify it, but nonetheless, have a bundle of this drying as well.  From the smell there is a carvacrol and likely a thymol component and I think I’ll make a tincture with the high percentage grape.spirits that can be found in Italy. la mini in the lavender

I was informed that the annual commercial harvest of this fantastic wild and purple product will begin on July 10.  It looks like it might be a good year….

3 Replies to “le stage -or- if I didn’t know how to say ‘fenouil’ before, I do now!”

  1. Lavender and the mountains – my favourites – think of me often…..
    Where is Varennes? We do go back to the Duke of Normandy, so la francais is in the blood.

  2. Hope you will have a lovely time at Robertet, you lucky gal:-D
    I know I’m repeating myself to boredom, but once again I’m a wee bit envious LOL.
    Hugs!

  3. Hello Jessica!

    I wanted to let you know that the email on your card bounced back for some reason? In any case, I’m glad to find you and look forward to reading more about your perfuming adventures.

    BlessT

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