Perfume in Clover

The always curious Guts, noticing the pending arrival of St. Patrick’s Day, asked me if there was much in the way of Irish perfume in general or clover perfume in particular.  I referred him to Le Trefle Incarnat (L.T. Piver) and to Yanky Clover (Richard Hudnut 1920-21), but it did make me wonder.  Two perfumes only? This was pretty slim pickings

I vaguely remembered stumbling on an article on perfumery written by Jean Carles. It was mostly a general lecture given to young perfumers (he inaugurated  the perfumery school at Roure in 1946), it was full of practical advice on how to cobble together new scents.  What struck me was his list of four perfume types to practice on and the basic components of each. He included fougere and chypre, but also foin (hay) and trefle (clover).

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