"Remember yourself and be remembered" – Sarah Horowitz-Thran
As memory serves, the above message has been inscribed on every box of Sarah Horowitz Parfums since I bought my first bottle of Perfect Gardenia, which was an oil in 1997. This simple phrase, bidding us to take care of ourselves, enjoy our lives and enrich the lives of others through scent, seems particularly relevant during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In October I am reminded to consider my own health and called to help and support those struggling with cancer of any kind, specifically breast cancer.
Gail Gross with her sister Diane (and best friend) at Gail's daughter's wedding 2007
There are very few people who have not been touched by the effects of cancer, either personally or through family and friends. On October 25, 2016, a few weeks before her 60th birthday, my dear younger sister Diane died of meta-static breast cancer, after fighting the disease for over 16 years. Advances in chemotherapy, radiation treatments and nutrition allowed her to live a rich and full, if at times difficult, life and to see her dreams and goals come to fruition, spending precious years with her husband, children and young grandchildren. Whenever I walk into my greenhouse, which is at least once every day, I am reminded of Diane and her love of growing things. As a successful dairy farmer, pond plant and water lily grower, koi breeder and orchid enthusiast Diane and her husband Tom created a very special world.
Single Gardenia by Gail Gross©
Their hothouses were always full of the fragrances of tropical plants. In my greenhouse too, there always seems to be something blooming. I feel that the perfume of my very large gardenia bush, in flower from April through October, is like a message from my sister, a reminder to be brave and enjoy life as much as she did. When my gardenia must rest for the winter, I find I can keep the beautiful scent of the flowers, and my sister's voice, alive in my mind with a touch of Sarah Horowitz Parfums Perfect Gardenia Eau de Parfum
Gardenias from Gail's Greenhouse © by Gail
The first breath of Sarah Horowitz Parfums Perfect Gardenia Eau de Parfum is a remembrance of the glossy, crisp dark green leaves of the gardenia plant. The wet, sweet, slightly bitter freshness of bergamot, colored with the warmth of honeysuckle and the clean, slightly soapy, spiced fruity notes of freesia unfolds like the gardenia flower itself. Suggestions of leaves and buds warm into an expertly crafted gardenia accord, designed by Sarah Horowitz-Thran to be nature-identical to the scent of newly opened gardenia blossoms. The dewy and delicate creaminess of white petals and the gentle, ethereal nature of the blossoms are supported by the continued presence of freesia. Nuances of woody, balsamic vanilla enhance the flower without becoming a prominent feature of the fragrance. The leaves, buds and blossoms of Sarah Horowitz Parfums Perfect Gardenia rest on impressions of rich, fertile earth, brought to life by a discrete use of patchouli and white musk. Perfect Gardenia is never blousy or bombastic, as many gardenias can be. Despite its shy, innocent nature this Perfect Gardenia lasts for hours – forever new and forever young. Notes: Bergamot, freesia, gardenia, vanilla, white musk and patchouli.
Photo by Gail© Freesias and Gardenias
During October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sarah Horowitz Parfums Perfect Gardenia Sarah Horowitz Parfums will be donating 20% of the proceeds of the sale of any Perfect Gardenia product to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. "The most critical thing for us to do is to love and support our mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts and cherished friends who face this struggle head on. After that, we can support them in other ways – by supporting those who dedicate their lives to finding a cure." – Sarah Horowitz-Thran
Disclaimer: I would like to thank Sarah Horowitz-Thran for my treasured new bottle of Perfect Gardenia EdP. My opinions are my own.
Gail Gross – Senior Editor
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Gail's Photo of Sarah Horowitz Thran Perfect gardenia edp©
Thanks to the generosity of Sarah Horowitz Parfums, we have one 1.7-ounce bottle of Sarah Horowitz Parfums Perfect Gardenia EdP for one registered reader in the US only. To be eligible, please leave a comment saying what appeals to you about Sarah Horowitz Parfums Perfect Gardenia, based on Gail’s review. Has your life been touched by breast cancer? You are welcome to share if you feel you can. Draw closes October 28, 2018
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