I thought it might be a good idea to create a green perfume as an ode to topiary. After some research I've discovered that some of the shrubs used to fashion topiary are easily available in essential oils. Unfortunately boxwood is not available (but the most used plant). However laurel, myrtle and thuja are easily obtained.
The fun part is always ordering new oils to work with. I found an absolutely gorgeous white champa leaf with green as well as beautiful floral notes of champaca. Alba michelia leaf is from the common magnolia, another lovely green/floral note. Rhododendron leaf was surprise, very fresh and somewhat citrusy. I found a myrtle and thyme, both high in linalool, an alcohol found in rosewood. Erigeron, thuja, tarragon absolute, wormwood, violet leaf and vetiver are some other choices.
I've decided on genet, otherwise known as broom, for the heart - which goes brilliantly with rhododendron leaf. I'm really just fleshing out the bones of the perfume but I'm off to a terrific start with agarwood and africa stone on the bottom and white champaca leaf and petitgrain sur fleurs on top. As I work I keep trying to imagine walking through one of these topiary gardens in Europe, marveling at the intense green and the whacky, comical shapes. I really must plan a topiary tour.