This Vetivert material of Haiti origin is produced by “Fractionation” which means in this instance that the essential oil (steam distilled from the roots) is rectified by running it through a fractionating column.
Botanical Name: Vetivera zizanoides
The fractions are collected and then it would seem the heavier wood aspects I associate and expect in some capacity with Vetivert materials are largely omitted. Instead the woody element is present and of which I describe as a much lighter, fresher, brighter, crisper version of cedarwood atlas with a richness, warmth and weight I associate with materials such as Cambodian oud and maybe Chinese cedarwood – which we sell under the name of “Weeping Cypress”.
The main idea of this material is to allow the grassy and rooty nuances found in the heart to play the dominant role in the aroma and they really do. For me I also detect a delicate apple, rhubarb, stewed fruit nuance in the top notes; however I maybe on my own with this finding. Overall this is sensational material and I highly recommend it to everyone.
Damiana essential oil is extracted from the leaves of this small shrub during the flowering season. Scientific studies all point to the Damiana essential oils having a wealth of aphrodisiac properties. E. F. Steinmetz states Damiana as being renowned for its sexual-enhancing qualities and its positive effects on the reproductive organs. Mayan Indians also claim it boosts sexual potency.
Botanical Name: Turnera diffusa
The two types of species commonly used are turnera diffusa and turnera aphrodisiaca. Both are regarded as the same plant in the herbal world. turnera ulmifolia, a closely related species is similar in appearance, but it has different traditional medicinal uses.
Bran Absolute is rich amber in colour and of a solid waxy consistency that with gentle warmth becomes pourable very quickly. This material is produced by solvent extracting bran that has been removed from the wheat grain and the aroma is most charming, displaying earthy and delicate vegetative notes reminiscent of fresh hay entwined with sweet honey and pecan nuts.
Botanical Name: Triticum turgidum
Bran absolute oil is best suited to the perfumer, especially those wishing to create culinary perfumes or to give lift to floral creations.
Ambergris is a unique ingredient for the natural perfumer, being by far the most effective exalting fixative available. It will enhance almost every blend, the difference being like moving from a two dimensional picture to a three dimensional image. Very special.
Tinctured in ethanol at 2% strength this is made from fine quality white ambergris, collected by hand from beaches in New Zealand and tinctured in England for at least 5 months before filtering and making it available for sale. The tincture is made by grinding down the ambergris, mixing with the alcohol and, with the aid of an automatic stirrer, agitating it constantly for about a week at roughly 25 degrees centigrade. It is then matured at about 28 degrees for 5 months with daily agitation by hand.
Hermitage Oils USA Old Wood (OUHOUT) ORGANIC Essential Oil
Adam Michael’s aromatic description: The top note consists of a plethora of turpentine pine notes, quite a harsh opening that fades in strength and intensity very quickly. This leaves us with gentler, refreshing pine notes comparable to the yummy heart of black pine. The middle notes onwards are far more impressive, initially opening with a Melalauca concoction of tea tree, niaouli and cajaput with trace amounts of something herbal, sweet flag perhaps. This concoction fades and from this point through to dry out the aroma is outstanding with red dry clay, earthy, warm-floral notes that have striking similarity to cistus essential oil (not absolute) and Helichrysum gymnocephalum.
Botanical Name: Leucosidea sericea
Origin: South Africa (direct from source CERTIFIED ORGANIC)
Leucosidea sericea is an evergreen tree that is commonly found in the Afromontane parts of Southern Africa and which can quickly reach heights of about 7 meters. This material is produced by steam distillation of the dagger shaped leaves (see the photo), is clear in colour and of a pourable viscosity. This species is the only one within the Leucosidea genus.
The aroma of Fire Tree essential oil is floral, sweet boozy, super fruity with medicinal, leather and fresh woody undertones. To me it has similarities in aroma profile to Davana. From top note to base note the aroma is consistent throughout and of good tenacity.
Botanical Name: Xanthorrhoea preissii
Origin: South West Australia
Xanthorrhoea preissii is commonly referred to as a grass-tree which is due to their tree-like appearance, with stout trunks and grass-like leaves fanning out from the crown. The plants are resistant to fire, which can stimulate prolific flowering and the blackened trunks, can re-sprout within a few months of a fire passing. Amber in colour of a pourable viscosity and produced in this instance by steam distilling the grass-looking leaves. This material is 100% pure and not cut with dipropylene glycol.