March 23, 2017

A Special Ingredient behind Ella by ARQUISTE


The secret for creating a superior perfume lies in the ingredients. At ARQUISTE, we use the finest, most exclusive and rarest ingredients. One of them is the Couroupita flower. Very few people have even heard of Couroupita guianensis, also known as Cannon Ball Tree, and even fewer people had the chance to smell its divine fragrant flowers. However, those who experienced its luscious scent will never forget it.


This wonderful exemplar of flora is native to South and Central America. It grows up to 35 meters in height and the length of its flower clusters can reach up to 80 meters! The bright and colorful flowers are large and can be up to 6 cm in diameter. The tree is often called “Cannon Ball Tree” because of its large fruits, which are woody and spherical in shape, and can reach up to 25 centimeters in diameter. The contradiction is that while the flowers smell divine, the large fruits on the other hand do not, in fact they have a particularly repellent odour after they split open. Some foraging animals like the taste of the blue-turning flesh and a select number of Amazonian shamans who use the fruit in rituals. The cannonball moniker refers to the audible explosive cracking sound the oversize fruit can make as it hits the ground.

The scent of the flower is sweet, green and  floral with touches of hyacinth, petunia and rose, with a characteristic green sage note. This is reflected in the peculiar lushness around the rose in the top notes, a slight verdancy and a daring opening. The introduction of cannonball tree flower is a fabulous intro into what becomes a sensual essay into skin and how textures and substances glaze over it.

It is added to ELLA because of it’s presence
in the luxurious gardens in Acapulco, and other tropical locations, because of the flowers beauty and scent.

Interesting facts:


  1. Each individual flower blooms for only one day


  1. Very often ‘CAUTION’ signs are posted on the trunks to warn people that standing in the close proximity to a tree and directly under the fruits can be dangerous, as falling fruits can injure or kill a person


  1. In India the tree is sacred to Hindus and it is grown at Shiva Temples



Photos by Andrew Zuckerman


Prance, G. T. & S. A. Mori. Couroupita guianensis Aubl. New York Botanical Garden. 2013.

Brown, S. H. Couroupita guianensis. University of Florida IFAS Extension