The First Flower (For my Mother)

Today,  I am very happy to announce the launch of a new fragrance from 1000 Flowers!   For the last year or so, I had been carefully developing a different perfume for a Spring launch this year.  Then I found myself here, in the mountains of western Canada watching the beauty of Spring emerge … and I realized that there was another perfume that must be materialized first.

For the last few weeks, the new season has been filling our senses more every day with the freshness of unfurling green leaves, of blooming hyacinths, wild violets, magnolias, and the scent of the cool wet forest waking up from its winter slumber.

This First Flower, the fragrance that has been inspired by this ambiance, is dedicated to my Mother.  Without her, I would not be who I am.  It was she who taught me about Nature, about plants and flowers, and about artistic expression.  It was she who passed on to me the First Nations (Chippewa) sensitivity and awareness that continues to shape and inspire my life.  We trace this blood matrilineally, from my Grandmother, Great Grandmother and beyond, and I wish to honour this line of all my Mothers, many of whom were accomplished artists.

This new fragrance is a reflection of the joy and love of Nature, of melting snow and the first flowers of Spring, of new beginnings, and of the wild forests of Canada.

Introducing Fleur No 1 eau de toilette…..

Notes of narcissus, magnolia, rose, mosses, the forest in Spring, new baby leaves, wild violets, melting snow, and wet earth.

Also, there is an important aspect to this day that I would like to acknowledge.  Ninety years ago today, on the 5th day of the 5th month- May 5th, 1921-was the launch of the iconic perfume- Chanel No 5.   I find Coco (Gabrielle) Chanel to be an inspiration.   Her fragrance, created by the master perfumer Earnest Beaux, is still the top selling fragrance in the world- consistently for 90 years!

This first floral fragrance of 1000 Flowers, will be a limited edition for now.  It is loaded with precious floral absolutes and is a perfume that must be formulated in small batches.  Fleur No 1 will be offered in a 15ml glass splash flacon, in an eau de toilette concentration.  The 1000 Flowers website will be updated in the next few days for purchase… but please send me a message sooner if you would like to reserve a bottle.  (nectar@1000flowers.ca)

Wishing you all a fragrant and bright Spring, filled with flowers and endless dreams coming true. (And remember,  a walk in the forest, breathing the fresh air, can bring a sense of calm and ease that makes all the stress of day to day melt away.)

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(All images and text are copyright by and exclusive to 1000 Flowers™ and Jessica September Buchanan ©2011… All right reserved.)

6 Replies to “The First Flower (For my Mother)”

  1. Fantastic news (again!)

    I’m sure this is a dream come true – very excited for you. I’d like to try a sample before I buy. But let me know if that option is available 🙂

    Well done again!

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, samples will be available soon… and yes, I am interested to take part in the project you told me about yesterday… although not for a bit, as there are no spare minutes these days… 🙂

      1. Great to hear on both yeses in that reply 😉

        As I said, take your time and get back to me when suits you.

    1. Hi Anya.. thank you ! It’s been such an amazing journey to work with my Mom as the inspiration. I’d love for you to share your impression of this perfume… samples will be available soon. xo

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