Hawthorn, also known as Crataegus, is a genus of shrubs and small trees belonging to the Rosaceae family. The genus Crataegus is widespread and diverse, with many species found in different regions of the Northern Hemisphere.
The native range of Crataegus spans across North America, Europe, and Asia. Different species of Crataegus are native to specific regions within these continents. In North America, hawthorns are native to various parts of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In Europe, they are native to many countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and others. In Asia, hawthorns are native to countries such as China, Japan, and Korea. Ours is sourced from various countries.
Hawthorn possesses a subtle and ethereal scent, characterized by a combination of floral, green, and slightly sweet notes. The aroma is often described as fresh, airy, and reminiscent of blooming flowers and springtime.
In perfumery, hawthorn is a Middle note in our Floral family. It is often employed to add a touch of freshness, lightness, and naturalness to perfume compositions. Hawthorn blends well with various floral and green accords, contributing to the overall complexity and balance of a fragrance.
Hawthorn's fragrance is reminiscent of the flowers that bloom on the hawthorn tree. It brings a delicate floral quality to perfumes, with hints of rose, jasmine, and lily of the valley. Additionally, hawthorn has green undertones, adding a fresh and crisp aspect to fragrance compositions.
Hawthorn has rich symbolism in folklore and mythology. It is associated with love, purity, and fertility in many cultures. The flowers and branches of the hawthorn tree have been used in various rituals, celebrations, and traditions, often connected to springtime and rebirth.
Hawthorn as a fragrance ingredient is not as widely used as some other floral notes. The extraction of hawthorn fragrance can be challenging, and the natural essence is not as readily available as other flowers commonly used in perfumery.
While hawthorn may not be a prominent or frequently used ingredient in commercial perfumery, its delicate scent and symbolic associations make it a fascinating addition to certain fragrance compositions. Its inclusion can evoke feelings of freshness, romanticism, and the beauty of nature.
In Celtic traditions, hawthorn is associated with Beltane, a festival celebrated on May 1st. During Beltane, hawthorn branches and flowers are used to decorate maypoles and homes as symbols of fertility, protection, and the arrival of spring.
Hawthorn is often used in wedding ceremonies and handfasting rituals, particularly in European folklore and pagan traditions. It is believed to bring blessings to the couple, symbolizing love, commitment, and the hope of a fruitful union.
In some cultures, hawthorn branches or sprigs are used in cleansing and purification rituals. They are believed to ward off evil spirits, negative energy, and illness. The branches may be burned or waved around the space or individual being cleansed.
Hawthorn is associated with love and matters of the heart in certain folk magical practices. It is believed to have the power to enhance love, attraction, and emotional connections. Hawthorn flowers or twigs may be used in spells, charms, or love potions to inspire romance and strengthen relationships.
Hawthorn has been used for centuries in herbal medicine for its potential health benefits, particularly for the cardiovascular system. In some healing rituals, hawthorn is employed to promote physical and emotional well-being, as well as to symbolize healing and protection.
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Please note this product format is a small vial that contains roughly 20 drops of scent concentrate. This can be purchased à la carte but is intended to be used with our Perfume Kit.
Latin Name: Crataegus Monogyna
Extraction Method: Isolate
Country of Origin: Varies
We are a natural perfumer; all of the scents in our library are derived from plants.
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