Scent Story: Osmanthus
According to Chinese legend, the gates to the Moon Palace are decorated by a giant immortal osmanthus tree. The palace is inhabited by the Goddess Ch'ang-O, who swallowed a magic pill that gave her immortality, but at a price. She immediately floated off to the moon, and reigns in the Moon Castle as the Moon Goddess. There she met Jade Rabbit, and they became great friends. He is still working on a new magic pill that will give her the ability to fly home.
The Osmanthus, or tree olive, is an evergreen shrub native to Asia. The scent comes from its flowers, which emit a sweet fragrance evoking jasmine, violet, peach, and apricots.
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