August 12, 2021
By Taira Anderson
Sparkling, fresh, cooling – the scent of Lime Twist is utterly delightful. One of the most beguiling and uplifting elements of this citrus, aromatic fragrance is the dash of mint that mingles with the zesty lime and snappy ginger. Mint is a mighty little herb that has been cultivated for centuries for its refreshing and soothing properties. In ancient Greece, according to The Perfume Society, fresh mint leaves were scattered on floors to freshen rooms – it was known as “the herb of hospitality.”
The art of scenting spaces has come a long way since ancient Greece (ahem, may we point to the elegant Aera Diffuser), but mint is still celebrated the world over for its invigorating coolness. What makes the mint in Aera’s Lime Twist worth talking about? Well, its story of course.
Picture soft, golden hills framing acres upon acres of verdant, emerald fields of mint. A soft breeze passes over you, the scent of mint and earth weaves through the warm air. This is where the story of our mint begins, just on the other side of the mountains from Aera’s Seattle headquarters, in the sprawling mint fields of Chehalis, Washington.
Our mint, Cascade Mint to be precise, is cultivated by local farmers in collaboration with Essex Labs in this small, Washington town. These farmers are committed to sustainable practices, just like we are. The ground they work is their livelihood, and they’re dedicated to taking care of it. Practices such as water conservation, composting, and returning natural nutrients to the soil all go into the growing of Cascade Mint before it finds its way into our cheerful, sunny scent, Lime Twist.
Once the mint is ready for harvest, Firmenich, our elite fragrance house partner, sends Master Flavorists and Scent Experts to evaluate the mint plants and their aromatic properties. Cascade Mint has been described as “full-bodied,” “fresh,” possessing “aromatic herbal notes of hay, gently supported… by floral notes” by Firmenich’s professional noses. It’s a dynamic, lively scent specific to the plant itself, and the precious pocket of Eastern Washington where it’s harvested from. Once the mint plants pass the sniff test of expert noses, Essex Labs gets to work, processing freshly picked mint leaves into the finest essential oil.
Cascade Mint makes its way from the field to your nose thoughtfully, conscientiously, and beautifully. A splash of this refreshingly fragrant, 100% natural Cascade Mint essential oil can be experienced alongside notes of fizzy lime and radiant ginger in Lime Twist, the newest addition to the Aera Home Fragrance Collection. Etienne Bouckaert, Principal Perfumer at Firmenich crafted Lime Twist using Cascade Mint to capture sunny freshness:
Inspired by one of my favorite places, this fragrance evokes the feeling of sipping a refreshing cocktail in the warm sunshine of an exotic beach. Sparkling lime and fresh mint bubble and fizz around enticing juniper and hints of ginger. Bask in the sand and enjoy warm cedar and guaiac wood as they dance around the sun’s rays.
Lime Twist with a dash of Cascade Mint – truly a feel-good farm-to-fragrance scent.
Taira Anderson is a fragrance storyteller for Aera with a master’s degree in writing and a passion for olfaction. She knows the power of fragrance and the power of language woven together can transport us to our fondest memories, most mesmerizing places, and even to imaginary worlds.