PLUM

PLUM

 

The European plum tree native to Europe and South Western Asia is the source of plum fruits whose kernels make plum kernel oil. Plum kernel oil reminds people of almonds and decadent marzipan. It is Ideal for cosmetic formulation ranging from lip balms to facial creams suitable for deep aromatherapy as well.

Brief History of Plum

One of the earliest fruits to be naturalized for human nourishment is said to be the humble plum. For centuries, plums have been culturally significant fruits credited to their nourishing qualities and rich sweet taste. The beauty of plum imagery can be traced back to as early as the first century when antique artwork featuring the fruit was unveiled in central Europe. Consequently, in the 1700s, the word 'plum' was believed to refer to something pleasing or decadent, much like a luxurious dessert. Plums have been eaten both fresh and dried throughout history and also blended into many beverages, jellies and jams.

The plum tree was commonly planted in gardens as ornamentals where their colorful leaves and tiny flowers made an exquisite addition to the natural scenery. The attitude associated with the plum tree is pleasant and positive.

Types of plums

Like many other popular flowering fruit crops like apples, cherries, peaches, and strawberries the European plum belongs to the rose family.

Historians believe that from deep in the dreamy Caucasus mountains of Eurasia are the origins of the modern European plum, which is thought to be the fusion of centuries-old Mediterranean and Asian varieties.

The cultivation of the European plum in the Mediterranean was thought to have been a ripple effect of the conquering of the region by Alexander the Great in the fourth century BC.

Eventually, the European plum was introduced to the United States by keen settlers. Commercial production of plums is believed to have begun in California in the 1800s.

Cultivation and processing

Plum trees are known to be quite adaptive to their surrounding climate and soil conditions and grow to be approximately 15-16 feet. 

In between the winter and the start of spring, the plum trees flower, richly colored fruits then rise from these pretty, floral-scented blossoms.

European plum trees are self-pollinating and grow well in cooler milder climates. On the other hand, Japanese plum trees require cross pollution.

European plum favors well-drained soils but can grow in sandy and clay soils, partial shade, and can be highly sensitive to levels of rain during summer. 

The plum consists of a woody pit or endocarp enveloped by fruity flesh. The plum seed, known as the Kernel, is in turn wrapped by the endocarp. After harvest, the pits are separated from the fruit, sometimes with the assistance of mechanical tools, and then dried. Alternatively, pits can be obtained sustainably as by-products of beverage and food production.

The plum raw material is compressed at pressures during the cold pressing process which causes its natural oils to expel.

Uses

Plum kernel carrier oil is characteristic of highly concentrated vitamin E, strong resistance to oxidation, antioxidant and high ratio of monounsaturated fatty acids relative to saturated fatty acids. Its' one of a kind, the classic luxurious scent is also a quality denoted by bringing up images of almonds and warm desserts.

Cosmetic uses: works as an emollient, antioxidant, anti-Aging, conditioner, revitalizer, anti-inflammatory, lightweight non-comedogenic, and for mild natural Scent.

Medical uses: it aids as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, it is also restorative, cardio protective, insulin-regulating. It's also useful in hypotensive control, weight reduction.

Because it is not commonly used in cosmetics like other oils, plum kernel oil, immediately adds label appeal and a novelty element to any beauty or personal care, making it easy for brands to set themselves apart from competitors. Plum Kernel Carrier Oil is made for cosmetic use only and never for ingestion.

Symbolic meaning

Plums symbolize hope and resilience as well as beauty thriving in hard times. Blossoming between two seasons, plum is also seen as a sign of spring bringing warmth, change, and the promise of fruitfulness.

Storage

When ripe, plums refrigeration is necessary to slow spoiling, though cold temperatures may affect the texture and taste of the plums.

Conclusions

Essential oils and their fragrance compounds are a very vital part of the cosmetic and perfume industry as they can serve as natural or natural-like chemical preservatives and, at the same time, offer various benefits for the skin and body. To add to that, these chemicals increase the value of cosmetic products due to their pleasant odor. The cosmetic and perfume industry consequently is unfathomable without these precious substances. However, it should be taken into caution that essential oils and their components can cause allergic reactions and symptoms. 

Apart from essential oils plum perfumes are also synthetically produced.  This makes for affordable blends that blend well with many fruity and floral notes. Plum fragrances that are synthetically produced have just as much of a delicious scent and are widely used in over 400 different scents. So there you have it for a delicious, sweet, luxurious scent that is suitable for both men and women, following the ascent of plum.





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