Flowers were some of the first sources of fragrances for women and men as far back as recorded history allows us to follow. In the late 1600's flowers were being cultivated exclusively for the purpose of growing flowers and in Montpellier over 100,000 acres were dedicated to this pursuit. Aristocratic women of those days like many others in history utilized everything at their disposal to make themselves more attractive in the opposite sex and the flower growers and perfume makers were more than happy to assist. It was said that Marie Antoinette ordered extracts from both roses and violets to always adorn her bedside. Today that tradition continues and many master perfumers use flowers as their base for all of their products. Some also use only flowers and floral bouquets to create their designer products. One example of the floral approach is Spring Flower from the House of Creed. It is definitely feminine is both color and texture and even though it was created by a man, it speaks clearly from his female side. One interesting footnote to this fragrance is that it was created by Mr. Creed as a special fragrance for Audrey Hepburn. Another very interesting flower perfume story is told by the creators of Asia, a blending of flowers from the East which features sampaguita, the national flower of the Philippines. It also contains flowers from China, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and Malaysia. Sampaguita Flowers who make and distribute this perfume claim that the potion is a magical one that is guaranteed to bring love and romance. To help that along they include a romantic message in every order they send out around the world. Other famous flower perfumes include Lotus Flower by L'Occatine which debuted in 1996 and is described as a fresh morning clean, ocean fragrance for women. It is available in Body Milk, Bath and Shower Gel, and Eau de Toilette Spray. Another popular flower perfume are KENZO FLOWER perfumes for women by Kenzo which were first introduced in 2000. Like many of the flower perfumes this series of perfumes is also heavily influenced by oriental flowers, especially from Japan.