Yes, the same little annuals you have planted in your vegetable patch to discourage insect predation, those are the ones used in perfumery, or to correct myself, they were used in perfumes. Tagetes (which is their proper surname) seldom put in appearances in fragrance formulas anymore.
Once they were common enough. In the eighties when the first generation of fruity florals came out, tagetes were frequent top notes in scents. They had a strong but slightly fruity touch to their herbal tartness and so ended up in compositions like that of the original Lauren, Weil’s Bambou, and Calyx. Continue reading