From Claude Monet to Georgia O’Keeffe, water lilies have long been a muse for artists, and an everlasting symbol of purity and enlightenment. Formally known as Nymphaea, they are named after the beautiful female spirits of ancient Greek mythology – the nymphs said to nurture natural phenomena, from woods to mountains and waterfalls.
There are many stories about how water lilies have cast their romantic spell over rulers, poets, writers and painters throughout the centuries. One such tale involves the Korean royal family of the 15th century. Of the five grand palaces built by the kings of the Joseon dynasty, Changdeokgung in South Korea’s capital, Seoul, is said to have been the most beautiful. Its name means ‘palace of prospering virtue.’ It housed a secret garden, a place so special that no-one was allowed to enter without the king’s permission, one might have happened across one of the royal family reading and reflecting by the lily pond. The unfurling water lilies, white as glistening snow with their aquatic floral fragrance, would have brought a serenity and calm to preoccupied royal minds.
Water lilies are an eternal muse for artists, an everlasting
symbol of beauty, purity and enlightenment
One of the oldest aquatic plants in the world, water lilies also provide rest and shade for other water-dwelling creatures, which take shelter in the plant’s expansive leaves. The flowers open their starchy, white petals during the day, releasing their fresh, sweet scent before closing up at night, like modest maidens retreating into the darkness.
Our Blossom Collection evokes this royal romance between ancient Korean kings and their beloved water lilies with a new fragrance. Pristine, Blooming and crystal-clear the waterlily is paired with heady notes of jasmine sambac and sweet orange blossom to create a scent as pure as spring water tumbling from the rocks.