With credit to Fragrantica: a brilliant resource for information about fragrance notes and perfumery ingredients.
We absolutely love the scent of Geranium: it's a floral that echoes the rose, but with a more herbaceous character, which somehow seems to be calming and yet reviving all at once - and it can be experienced with our 'Geranium' Cologne.
Geranium is a genus of more than 400 flowering plants that are commonly known as cranesbills. These lovely flowers grow across most temperate regions of the world and the colour of their flowers can vary from red to pink, magenta, violet, purple and salmon - but not all of them smell particularly strongly. In fact, it's the leaves of the plant - not the flowers - that are steam distilled to create Geranium Oil, which has a long-lasting minty, herbaceous scent with more than a hint of rose. Geraniums grown in France produce oil that has a much more dominant floral, rosy facet, than those grown elsewhere (this can often be the case with materials sourced from flowers and plants as the climate and growing conditions influence the scent of the oils that they produce - fascinating!).
The color of the bloom of geranium determines the symbolical and even magical attributes of these plants. People of New England believed that snakes would not go near those places where wild geraniums grew. Similarly, if the blossom is pointing downward, the flower is apparently warning that you are stuck in the past and that constant reminiscing is stealing your future. Pink flowers of geranium have been used in love spells for millennia, while red geraniums usually grow (allegedly!) in a pot near a witch’s cottage.
...Clare, here at the office, had red geraniums planted throughout her front garden, last summer... but we think she's a good witch, so we're not that concerned.