Why do Christmas Trees smell good? Where does the smell actually come from?
I am sure that we are familiar with the woody, citrusy smell when it comes to Christmas.
But are you aware that the Christmas Trees smell is the result of the production of a chemical. And did you know there are people who despise the smell of pine?
Why Christmas Trees smell the way they do
Conifer Trees release a chemical called Pinene, a monoterpene – small terpenes composed of carbon (C) and hydrogen (H) atoms which comes in two forms (a-pinene and B-pinene). B-pinene is the one that is responsible for the woody, piney scent. Limonene, which has a citrusy odor, is also a monoterpene. These two molecules, among others, give conifer trees their distinctive scent. Many diverse types of organisms produce terpenes besides conifers, including insects, marine algae, and sea slugs.
Now, some might be wondering why their Christmas Trees smell isn’t as fragrant as they thought to be.
(Or maybe it doesn’t have a smell at all!)
The simple answer to that question is that the tree has been removed from its roots for too long. The lack of hydration will result in the lack of chemicals that are released from the tree. Temperature is also very important! Having the tree in room temperature would be the most ideal for the tree to have fragrance.
That is why at Prince, we want to make your Christmas as fulfilling as possible. We ensure high-quality real Christmas trees are selected with suitable tree stands that acts as a reservoir for the trees to stay cool and fresh.