Star Anise have large, dark green leaves and star shaped woody fruits that are made up of 8 separate carpels. Inside each of these carpels is a light brown seed. When steam distilled, the seeds of the Star Anise have a strong, liquorice-like fragrance. As well as being used in perfumery, the Star Anise is used as a spice to flavour foods such as baked goods, chewing gum, liqueurs, brandies and meat products.
For over a thousand years, the versatile Star Anise has been employed for its healing benefits to ease indigestion, bloating, respiratory ailments, bronchitis, coughs and asthma. The essential oil of the Star Anise is also used in aromatherapy to improve relaxation, sleep patterns, fatigue and emotional balance.
When used in fragrances, Star Anise blends beautifully with cardamom, lavender and citrus notes. A women’s fragrance that features this nifty little seed is Yves Saint Laurent’s new take on an old favourite, Belle d’Opium. This bewitching and addictive fragrance is a Floral Oriental blend of Classical notes such as Pepper, Star Anise, Jasmine, Lily, Patchouli and Resins. Belle d’Opium is an intoxicating blend, perfect for a woman who loves the spotlight.
It’s not only women’s fragrances that include the Star Anise as a note. Ck Free for Men is a casual, relaxed and effortlessly cool fragrance that features notes such as Star Anise, Tobacco and Patchouli. It best suites a man who is comfortable in his own in his own skin and has an aura of attractive confidence.
The fragrance of the Star Anise is as unique as its appearance. When included in a perfume, the twinkling Star Anise adds a mysterious quality that is distinctive, exotic and classy.