Real or Preserved, Can you see the difference?
Either real or preserved, both kind of flowers have been used since the beginning of time. We have always been attracted to their designs, scents and varieties. But with today’s technology and methods, everlasting flowers came to life. So, real or preserved, Can you see the difference?
Preserved flowers were already used at the time of the pre-history and went on to ancient Egypt. They are in fact so old that researchers have found seven flowers perfectly preserved in amber, from 100 million years ago. In addition, in the Egyptian era, 4000 years old vivid flowers were found in tombs as tribute. Around the victorian era, woman started to use them more as decoration such as necklaces, lace or even hats. Here are some explanation on the how and why.
One of the earliest methods of preserving flowers is by drying. So you might have seen your grandma’s souvenir in a box, where a little dried flower was preciously kept. This is only one of the many ways to preserve flowers since a large number of plants retain their shape and color when air-dried naturally. The other old way was to use glycerine -widely used by the food industry as a sweetener and humectant- and mix it with water and then putting the flower in the solution. Today’s technics are similar, just a little bit more advanced.
Starting from the 19th century, professionals have found ways to enhance this savoir-faire and challenged them. Hot air drying, Silica gel drying, molecular sieve, freeze drying, Vermont process and pressed are all methods used nowadays. Here at Lisaura we use the Vermont process for our roses and the drying for our lavender bouquet.
The Vermont process involves a selection of the roses which are grown and hand-picked by flower farms then are sent for further sorting, grading and finally processing. Furthermore, to keep the flower as beautiful as it is when handpicked, colorant is used to keep the ‘eternal’ feeling we all love so much. As for the foliage that comes with it, glycerol is also added. The colorant and solution used are the same as those used in food and are all 100% eco-friendly. They are non-carcinogenic , non-toxic and non-chemical reactive. All great reasons to buy them.
Over the last years,
preserved flowers exploded in the flowering market and will continue for the coming years. You will always find a way to use these everlasting flowers. So be it for a wedding, a birthday or just a dinner; preserved flowers are always a winner . Here are some ideas of occasions for flower gifts!
That’s it for this issue. We hope you enjoyed it! We’ll see you in a few weeks for more history and new products. Stay updated for upcoming events on our instagram or Facebook. Thank you again to everyone that bought the preserved flowers and/or other lisaura products.
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