Turkiye White Lilies

Definitely among the most beautiful and uniquely scented flowers in the world and It is popularly known as Akzambak in Türkiye.

مادونا زنبق

Lilies, which have a important and special value in Turkish culture. Lily colognes, which have become the symbol of ancient religious eids, still retain their nostalgic influences today. Memories clean bringing from the past in minds are pristine-spirited lily scents






Lily fragrance oil was available in traditional peddler miskçilik until the last century





Archives about the scent culture were kept in the Ottoman Empire

The fact that cleanliness and purity were associated with the white lily in the Ottoman Empire and afterwards. First meeting ceremony of the groom and the girl to be married in the Ottoman Empire started with the fragrance of lily oil or flowers.




In the Ottoman Empire, apart from roses and lilies; Musk and ambergris were also very popular scents. Smell curiosity; It is not limited to beauty, health and cleanliness only. It is noticed even today in manuscripts that the ink used by calligraphers 'Hattat' when copying the Quran is mixed with musk and ambergris,


In the 1640s, it is seen in the Es-ar book and the travel book of Evliya Çelebi that frankincense water was sold to the public, including musk sellers and rosewater artisans in Istanbul.

A portrait of Mehmed II by Nakkaş Sinan Bey. (Wikimedia)

Traditional Ottoman perfumes technically consist of scented waters, scented oils and special scented pastes such as galiye. Alcohol-containing scents such as cologne, on the other hand, did not take place in Ottoman perfumery until the last quarter of the 19th century.




White lily grown as an ornamental plant in gardens. There are also wild species that grow naturally in Western and Northern Anatolia. Lily likes moist and sandy soils. Lily likes stony and rocky places. White lily, red lily, Zigana lily and Trabzon lily are the leading lilies grown in our country.




Lily in Türkiye Cultural History

This motif, especially Scythian, Hun, Avar, Göktürk, Pechenegs, was used in daily life from clothes to jewelry. Ancient artifacts unearthed in Eastern Europe or Turkistan geography bear evidence of this. It has been meticulously processed not only in ancient works but also in architectural structures such as inns, baths, hospitals, caravanserais, palaces and castles.



When we go on a journey through the lands of India and Turkistan in the Turkish geography, we can find our way to Bosnia by following the "lily" motifs. Like many of the Turkish motifs and stamps, the "lily" is one of the leading "compass badges" and motifs in the field of Turkish culture. From the Far East to the Caucasus, the Middle East, Anatolia and the Balkans, we can see this flower motif that goes back to ancient times. Lily (Zanbak) is also called lotus / water lily (water lilies) in this geography. In fact, the tulip, which is one of the lilies, was even given the name of a period in the Ottoman period. These cosmogonic flowers have not only remained in the gardens, but have gained in sublime and mysterious meanings. The Turks, who knew various religions from the religion of the Sky God to the religion of Islam, tried to enrich the various motifs and lilies they used with the meanings of death, afterlife, eternity, healing, goodness, and beauty.



Türkiye White lily flower is a type used for medicinal purposes. Its juice is effective in removing stains on the face, used in the treatment of acne . It also gives shine to the face. The lily oil obtained from the lily is used for skin care, especially for removing wrinkles. Lily oil tightens the skin, making it look younger and fresher. Due to this feature, it is used as a raw material in many skin and eye creams. Lily water is obtained by steam distillation from lily flowers also lily essential oil is also used in perfumery. Turkısh Lily flowers are harvested early in the morning for distillation and During the collection of flowers, the crowned yellow pollen parts in the middle are cut with scissors. Because this region gives undesirable taste and bitterness to the oil obtained after distillation. Türkiye lilys it is traditionally distilled with very old antique copper retorts.





There are more than 100 species of lilies in the world. Especially; There are many different types of lily, from white lilies to martagons, from easter lily to Japanese golden rayed lily.



Lilies have been used in perfumery since ancient times: they were very well-loved in Egypt, as part of a perfumed ointment ‘based on the flowers of 2000 lilies’, while the ancient Greeks used Madonna lilies to make a perfume called Susinon.



Mythology

Holy Scripture, the lily is referred as a symbol of the most luxurious beauty, infallibility and chosenness.



Lilies have been cultivated since antiquity, for at least 3,000 years, and has great symbolic value since then for many cultures. In ancient Greece, the bride would wear a crown of lilies during their wedding ceremony symbolizing purity and opulence. The Bible describes King Solomon's Temple as adorned with designs of Madonna Lilies on the columns, and on the brazen Sea (Laver).


It is believed that in ancient Greece was dedicated to Hera, queen of heaven, guardians of marriage and offspring. It's believed that, after a few drops of her milk spilled on the universe, they formed a Milky Way, and the drops that fall on the Earth make a white lilies .


Botanical perfumery


Lilly oil has an intoxicating holistic aroma with sweet, spicy, waxy, salty and even oriental nuances.


Blends well with: Olive, Kadam flowers, Kewra flowers, Cinnamon Leaf, Citrus, Clove Bud, Jasmine, Neroli, Rose Otto, Ylang-ylang, Seaweed, Musk, Ambergris




Lily perfumes:


Sheer Love Eau de Toilette Victoria's Secret

Portrait of New York - White Lily Ralph Lauren

The One Dolce&Gabbana for women

Simply Her Avon for women

Zara Lily Pad Eau de Toilette


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