My Fellow Conspirators… I mean Marketers, Part 1 of 3: Esscentual Alchemy

More on the God’s Gift natural perfume collaboration from the author of the book Release: My Fellow Conspirators… I mean Marketers, Part 1 of 3: Esscentual Alchemy.

Ambergris Tincture

Hermitage Oils USA Ambergris Tincture

Hermitage Oils USA Ambergris Tincture

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 Ambergris Tincture

Old Wood (Ouhout) Essential Oil

Hermitage Oils USA Old Wood (OUHOUT) ORGANIC Essential Oil

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.

Hermitage Oils USA Old Wood (OUHOUT) ORGANIC Essential Oil

Fire Tree Essential Oil

Hermitage Oils USA Fire Tree Essential Oil

Hermitage Oils USA Fire Tree Essential Oil

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.

Hermitage Oils USA Fire Tree Essential Oil

Release by Hope Russell Nunki

Hope says: “Release is a multi-faceted story, with Mandelyn and Henry’s loss of Theodore at its heartbreaking, yet ultimately life-affirming center.”

I’m in the process of finishing several fragrances for a book called, Release by Hope Nunki Russell. Fragrance is featured at several important points in the book, and Hope wondered if I’d be interested in creating those fragrances for her. The main theme centers around a fragrance called “God’s Gift,” which is a spicy, floral, incense scent. There are two others. God’s Gift: Seduction – spicy, floral, incense with cacao, hazelnut highlights. Finally, God’s Gift: Redemption – spicy, floral, incense, with aromatic, sacred woods.

Sometimes you read something that hits you deeply. And reminds you of the lessons hard won through life’s experiences.

Release is that book. Please go and check it out!

BUY.

Mint Light Leaf Absolute

Hermitage Oils USA Mint Leaf Absolute

Hermitage Oils USA Mint Leaf Absolute

Mint Absolute is olive green in colour, of a pourable viscosity and produced by solvent extracting the aerial parts of Mentha piperita. Production takes place largely across France although I have recently sampled American material which aromatically speaking is equally good. The aroma of this material is utterly mind blowing; far surpassing any steam distilled offering as the harsh notes are non-existent. This tenacious aromatic triumph exudes fresh, full bodied, ice cool mint notes from start to finish with a light playful herbaceous heart note surprise.
Botanical Name: Mentha piperita

Origin: France

This material lends itself well to the skilled artisan perfumer, used in trace amounts it adds a refreshing, vigorous, youthful and cheeky element to compositions that are heavy, soulless and overly complicated.

Goji Berry Absolute

Hermitage Oils USA Goji Berry Absolute

Hermitage Oils USA Goji Berry Absolute

The aroma of Goji Absolute is initially dry, followed by red plum jam and wild strawberry sweet notes infused with cinnamon sticks, honey and burnt toast notes and all of exceptional tenacity. Goji is one of the most individual, stand-out natural aromatics we offer and this material will add unique warmth, depth, intrigue and bite to perfumery compositions of a floral and wood nature.
Botanical Name: Lycium barbarum L Chinense

Origin: Concrete produced in China, solvent extracted in France

Goji Absolute is golden brown red in colour, of a waxy, solid paste consistency and produced by solvent extracting the goji berry concrete. This is a rather specialist material with very limited production.