Many see mimosa as a symbol of the South of France, but it actually comes from the other side of the world – Australia. Of the more than 1,200 types of mimosa known, at least 900 grow in Australia.
French explorer Nicolas Baudin was the first to bring mimosa back from Australia at the very beginning of the 19th century. The seedlings were planted in the garden of Joséphine de Beauharnais in Château de Malmaison.
The climate in the French Riviera suited mimosa, and it thrived. Perfume makers in Grasse were inspired by its scent and began including it in their palette.
The essence of mimosa extracted from the plant is very close to the flower’s natural scent, with its rich, warm and powdery odor that calls to mind straw, honey and pollen.
Mimosa is used in several perfumes: Guerlain’s “Après l’Ondée” (introduced in 1906) and Chanel’s “Beige Extrait de parfum” (launched in 2013).