The tomato, its famous lycopene and its virtues in cosmetics
If the fruit, because the tomato is indeed a fruit, has been known for several centuries for its sweet and delicately tangy taste, the tomato contains many secrets with its seeds and leaves.
First of all, 19th century scientists discovered that the lycopene in the tomato, which gives it its beautiful red color, or orange depending on the variety, had spectacular properties for health, in particular in the prevention of certain cancers. In addition, tomato lycopene, from the carotene family, has antioxidant properties while giving the skin a healthy glow complexion. As a result, many products on the cosmetic market are adorned with lycopene or vegetable oil from tomato seeds to compose creams and skin care products.
As for tomato leaves, they have found their place in perfumery, although as a synthetic material. The very herbaceous note of tomato leaf is used mainly in base notes to offer powerful, elegantly scented and refreshing scents with scents that are often feminine or mixed.
Tomato leaf and floral or citrus scents
The tomato leaf is a fragrant raw material rich in freshness and green notes, moreover it has been able to reproduce with precision the so particular scents of its fruit.
One of the very first scents to have tried the note of tomato leaf is the legendary Sisley and its first fragrance Eau de Campagne in 1977. The tomato leaf is accompanied by jasmine and lily of the valley and offers thanks to its powerful fresh and mediterranean notes a new breath of fresh air still unheard of at the time.
It was not until Annick Goutal's “Passion” in 1983 to have the pleasure of once again smelling the tomato leaf as the top note of this pretty floral scent both fruity and green with light notes of chypre. The designer will again use the tomato leaf in a more recent fragrance, “Ninfeo Mio” a woody green, top note accompanied by lemon notes. Moreover, lemon and citrus scents will be powerful bottles for the note of tomato leaf which will blossom in fragrances such as A Garden on the Nile by Hermès or Une Mouse Green by Molinard.
The note of tomato leaf is therefore a nice guide to green, fruity, floral, citrus and even chypre fragrances. We are also surprised to see only one woody fragrance “Corsica Furiosa” from Parfum d'Empire accompanied by Annick Goutal's creation on chypre trails, where the tomato leaf seems to be a weighty ally. We are also surprised to know only one aromatic fragrance Basil by Marc Jacobs offering tomato leaf as a heart note, so obvious is the association. However, perfumery is opening up to some great new products, which, we hope, will put the pretty tomato leaf at the center of the scene.