Naturally dried vs chemically preserved flowers
When first looking into everlasting bouquets I went down a bit of a rabbit hole of information on the best methods to do this and I absolutely did not have all the information I have now on the dried floral industry.
For me personally, I'm a big advocate for all things natural and being most respectful of the environment, you can read more about our philosophy here.
What are preserved flowers?
Chemically preserved flowers can be a great option if you're looking for a brighter or more colourful bouquet. You can typically tell these apart from naturally dried flowers from their bold colours and softer texture.
The process to keep these looking this way however, is important to know about. It typically involves either heat treatment, synthetic dying, bleaching, anti-mould chemicals or water-soluble plastic coating - or a combination of them all. Meaning, the flowers no longer break down naturally overtime and can actually be toxic.
What are naturally dried flowers?
To start off: this is my personal preference and what you'll find in my store.
Naturally drying flowers is the oldest form of preserving flowers - even traced back to ancient Egypt! The flowers are typically hung up for several weeks to dry them out, it may take longer, the colours do change but this is the most environmentally conscious method of preserving flowers and includes no chemical additions.
So, what's best for you?
It all comes down to personal preference and style. The beauty of homewares and styling is that we're all unique and drawn to different looks for our home. If you're interested in the topic, I encourage you to do your own research and of course, you know I'm always happy to talk about all things flowers! My Instagram DMs are always open!