The Frangipani flower, also known as Plumeria, is extremely symbolic across many parts of the world. I first discovered the sweet-smelling beauty whilst exploring the island of Bali in Indonesia. In Balinese culture the flowers are used as devotional gifts to the gods both in the streets, on a personal alter at home and in temples. They grow on trees and can be found in white, orange, yellow and pink.
Naturopathic doctor and botanical artist Margaret Elizabeth Johnston painted the Frangipani in honour of her one-year trip to Laos in south east Asia. In Laos the flower is called Dok Champa and is the country’s national flower. Dok Champa represents sincerity and joy and is therefore given as an offering to Buddha, as seen in Margaret’s painting “Reflective Dawn”.
When I discovered the scent – it’s like a soft jasmine and an earthy gardenia combined - I knew it would be the perfect essential oil to fragrance my artisan face and body cream. The result is a beautiful rich cream which leaves you smelling divine and feeling centred all day long. Healing your skin never felt so good with Frangipani by your side.
You may also recognise the Plumeria as being one of the main flowers used in Hawaiian leis used to welcome people to the islands or for celebrational gatherings!