Marigold is a flowering plant that is widespread throughout the Mediterranean region. It is well-known for its vibrant orange-yellow blossoms and is often used in cooking and herbal medicine. Marigold is utilized as a perfume note to add a distinctive and natural floral aspect to a scent.


The marigold is now planted worldwide and graces many households’ gardens, balconies, and yards. All flower lovers will adore this annual flowering shrub. It is simple to cultivate and maintain, and its scent and beauty are relentlessly reminiscent of warm summer days. Despite being a flowering plant, the marigold has a very different smell note than its floral siblings, being greener and woodier. Perhaps this is why it is well-regarded in the perfume industry.

Marigold has been used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes for centuries, especially for its beneficial effect on the skin. The first traces of the marigold are found in Aztec records, where it was used as a magical relic to cross a river or water safely.

Indeed, the marigold can be found as an essential part of many of the world’s cultures, both ancient and modern. It is believed that the marigold was first brought to Spain from parts of South America and later spread to other countries and continents.

It is also interesting that in Shakespeare’s England, the marigold was often mentioned as an indispensable part of the English gardens and gardens of the great man.

Its symbolic meaning varies across cultures and locations around the world. It represents the birth of the sun for some, regret for lost love, and success for others, but also coldness, jealousy, and cruelty. In any way, the marigold’s gorgeous yellow-orange blossoms leave no one apathetic.

Its fragrance note is sharp and so reminiscent of nature that it is precisely why many famous perfumers use it to add an element of naturalness to their compositions.

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Marigold essential oil is complicated to produce, and the quantities obtained are insufficient for the perfume industry’s needs. As a result, this perfume ingredient is expensive and only found in high-end perfumes. Marigold absolute is made in France and is more common than oil, although it is also significantly more costly. It’s dark brown, very dense, and smells strongly of bitter herbs. Its sharpness and richness, along with that musky undertone, create a superb fragrance note that intrigues and is more unique and exciting than many other florals.

Marigold is used predominantly in men’s compositions and more modern ones, while to a lesser extent, it can also be found in women’s perfume compositions, just like that moment of adding naturalness to floral compositions so that they are as close as possible to the smell of freshly picked flowers. It is an exciting combination with oak moss, chrysanthemum, musk, and the essence of tea tree leaves in modern aldehyde-plant fragrance compositions, which gives a stable and intensive scent.

Fans of various fragrance notes adore marigold’s natural duality and unique character, which is unexpected and distinct from all other flowery scent notes that are more widely employed. As a result, if you come across a perfume with a floral note of marigold, give it a try and treat yourself to a new olfactory experience.

Perfumes with a note of marigold:

  • Anna Sui Secret Wish
  • Balmain Ivoire de Balmain
  • Cacharel LouLou
  • Calvin Klein Escape
  • Chloe Narcisse
  • Gabriela Sabatini Daylight
  • Loewe Aire
  • Luciano Pavarotii Donna
  • Montale Aoud Red Flowers
  • Ormonde Jayne Ambroise
  • Ralph Lauren Safari
  • Vivienne Westwood Boudoir