Pistachio Dream

By Jo Phillips

 This greeny-cream little nut has so much power and history. It is even mentioned in the Old Testament in Genesis, “Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift–a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds.” so it’s fair to say that the pistachio has been around for a long time. Not only is it used as a snack, it is also used in sweet treats as well as savoury dishes, but recently it has been explored in perfumery, find out about Mona Kattan, of Kayali Perfume’s newest delicious perfume treat here in Pistachio Dream

It may be an apocryphal story but for the Queen of Sheba, pistachios were only to be enjoyed by royalty, even decreeing that it was illegal for commoners to grow pistachio trees. Whilst in Iran The seeds have earned the nickname “Green Gold”.

It is also believed that The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were to have contained pistachio trees during the reign of King Marduk-apla-iddina II about 700 BCE

In some countries, like Israel and Russia, hearing the cracking of the pistachio nut is viewed as a good omen. And in the Middle East specifically, they regarded this particular sound as an omen for a happy relationship.

This may be why couples across the middle East meet under pistachio trees, hoping the tree and nuts would bring about successful love affairs.

Their delicious taste can vary widely as to whether they are pre-roasted or not. From intensely woody, piney fresh, and slightly ‘terpy’ all the way to resinous with a slightly minty, camphoraceous and spicy nuance.

Eaten whole, either fresh or roasted and salted, and are also used primarily in sweet foods such as ice cream, kulfi, spumoni,  baklava,  halva, and biscotti, but do appear in certain savoury foods.

This biblical nut (and we mean that in both its senses) is the latest sweet treat to be ‘perfumed’ by Mona Kattan for her scent brand Kayali

Yum Pistachio Gelato | 33 is as expected a gourmand fragrance inspired by Mona’s favourite dessert. An Intense fragrance crafted with a unique blend of 25% oils. This means it’s heaven-creamy and rich with long-lasting power. An added little insight is the number 33 stands for how many modifications it took to make the perfect version.

It opens with a rush of sweet nuttiness from Pistachio Gelato, Rum, Hazelnut, Bergamot, and Cardamon. The rum note as Mona is Muslim and does not drink is a modified rum with alcohol taken out.

A soft floral fruity middle develops via  Lily-of-the-Valley, Geranium, Jasmine, Pear, Peony, Raspberry and White Peach giving the scent a continuity with its sister scents; Floral fruity and creamy.

Finally, the perfume sits with the soft wood of Sandalwood and Cedar, alongside, mouthwatering Whipped Cream, Marshmallow, Cacao, Cotton Candy, Turkish Delight Accord, and Tonka Bean, meaning the lingering sweetness stays heady, rich sweet and creamy on the skin.

For those who love a gourmand scent this new elixir is heaven, maybe as a balance of sweetness and woodiness with the bottom notes that make this scent so luxurious and irresistible. 

The perfect addition to the Kayali collection this biblical nut; divinely bottled.

Yum Pistachio Gelato | 33 is available here

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