Botanical Essence™ No.15 Eau de Parfum
Naturally active ingredients
- Damask Rose (Rosa damascena)
- A key note in all of our Botanical Essence™ eau de parfums, rose exudes a refined floral facet into the fragrance heart that is both intense and sensual. For Botanical Essence™ No.9, we source our Rosa damascena from Bulgaria and Turkey – offering the very best of each. The rose essence is obtained through steam distillation of the freshly picked flowers. They are hand-picked in the morning and quickly processed to avoid fermentation, then the absolute is extracted. About 4-5 tonnes of roses makes just 1kg of essence.
- Cedarwood - Virginian Essential Oil (Juniperus virginiana)
- This essential oil has a woody odour reminiscent of pencil sharpenings. It is widely used in fine fragrances and aftershave lotions.
- Vetiver (Vetiveria)
- Vetiver such as ours, which comes from the islands of Haiti and Réunion, has a floral aspect and is considered to be of a higher quality than oil from other sources. This essential oil has a strong woody smell; deep, humid with green earthy accents, it adds a mysterious dimension to woody bases. Extensively used in perfumery, not only as a fixative but also as a fragrance ingredient in its own right, vetiver oil is a component in fougère, oriental and chypre bases as well as moss and woody notes.
- Bergamot (Citrus aurantium bergamia)
- The bergamot we use is grown in Calabria, Italy and the eastern coast of Sicily. This multifaceted essential oil lends a radiant, tangy citrus facet to a fragrance, with an extremely rich, sweet and fruity initial odour, followed by a characteristic herbaceous and balsamic body. Bergamot’s delicate and persistent scent has made it a popular ingredient for perfumery for centuries, and it was a component of the original eau de cologne blend.
- Tonka Bean Absolute (Dipteryx odorata)
- Tonka bean absolute is produced from the beans of a large tree, native to South America, which grows over 120 feet high. Tonka bean has a soft sweet odour reminiscent of hay and coconut and is often used as a natural fixative in perfumery; this means that it is used to help maintain the fragrance of a blend for a longer period.
- Clove bud oil (Eugenia caryophyllus)
- Native to the Maluku islands in Indonesia, Eugenia caryophyllus is a small evergreen tree with large leaves and abundant red flowers held in terminal clusters. It is for these flowers, or more specifically the buds, that these trees are renowned and grown: the spice clove is the dried flower bud of Eugenia. Clove bud essential oil has an unusual fresh, fruity top note with an acetic odour that makes it refreshing and different from clove oils derived from leaf and stem. This top note combines with a powerful sweet-spicy note for which the oil is principally used.
- Benzoin Gum (Styrax benzoin)
- The source of Siam benzoin is Styrax benzoin, a tropical tree reaching 20 metres with pale green citrus-like leaves with white undersides and nutmeg-sized, hard-shelled fruit. The trees are wounded to produce ‘teardrops’, or pebbles of resin, which harden on exposure to air. This resin, a pathological product made to protect the tree from disease and pests, is the fragrance ingredient Siam benzoin. Sweet, balsamic, vanilla, tasty, and powdery, benzoin brings powerful and suave accents to fragrance as well as having fixative properties.
- Elemi Gum (Canarium luzonicum)
- A tropical tree native to the Philippines, Canarium luzonicum can grow up to 30 meters (98 feet) high and is tapped for its resin. Elemi, as the resin is known, has millennia of use as a fragrance ingredient. Elemi is a resin with a crispy fresh spicy hook, like black pepper prolonged into resin notes, adding delicate facets to woods and balms. It combines a fresh, lemony, pepper top note with a greener, woody, balsamic dry-down that retains a sweet spiciness.
- Vanilla Extract (Vanilla planifolia)
- Responsibly sourced from Madagascar, the flowers have to be pollinated by hand and when harvested, the seedpods are carefully cured for around 6 months to produce the distinctive rich, warm scent. Our fragrance house’s goal in Madagascar is to secure supply, ensuring full traceability and high quality through an exclusive partnership with 14 villages. The programme also includes actions on education, with 4 schools built in 4 different villages, and food crop autonomy.
- Pink Pepper Berry Oil (Schinus terebinthifolius)
- Schinus terebinthifolius is a small, sprawling tree native to subtropical and tropical South America. Dense clusters of hundreds of small white flowers are followed by similar numbers of spherical berries, pink to red in colour, which are the source of the common name. Dried berries are sold as pink peppercorns, a spice used to add a peppery note to food. Pink pepper berry essential oil brings spicy, sparkling, rosy and feminine undertones to fragrance. It has a fresh, warm-spicy, woody-peppery note with a smoky-woody undertone that can be sharp or dry.
- Sandalwood Essential Oil (Santalum album)
- As one of the oldest incense materials, (it was in use at least 4,000 years ago), precious sandalwood oil was often referred to as "Liquid Gold". Its subtle, woody, balsamic odour helps instil a sense of calm and well-being and when used as part of an oil blend, it offers a tension-relieving pick-me-up. It is one of the most calming incenses and therefore one of the most popular for use in meditation for its ability to compose the mind and enhance mental clarity.
- Cinnamon Leaf Oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
- Cinnamomum zeylanicum is a medium-size tree native to the island of Sri Lanka, which remains the major producer. Cinnamon has been known and prized as a spice and fragrance ingredient for at least four millennia: there is evidence of cinnamon being shipped to Egypt as early as 2000BC. Cinnamon is among the handful of plants mentioned in the Bible several times as a fragrancing ingredient and cinnamon leaves are a by-product of the production of the bark quills for spice. Cinnamon leaf essential oil has spicy and warm, mouthwatery undertones with a crispy note.
- Guaiacwood oil (Bulnesia sarmientoi )
- Bulnesia sarmientoi is a South American tree native to the Gran Chaco region on the borders of Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia. Distilled from woodchip as a secondary product of timber production, the tea rose-like note of guaiacwood essential oil is most often described, but the rosy, woody odour is underpinned with a smoky note. Guaiacwood brings a nervous woody impact with a smoky character, reminiscent of black tea, to fragrances.
- Cypriol Root Oil (Cyperus scariosus)
- Cyperus scariosus, a sedge closely related to papyrus, from which the Egyptians made writing material, grows wild in the Madhya Pradesh region of India. The roots of this sedge are prized for the essential oil known as cypriol which is distilled from them. Cypriol brings woody, texturised, humid and mossy undertones to fragrance. It is used for its dry, woody-earthy, slightly spicy odour that is tenacious and consistent once the fresh top note dries down.
- Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
- A base note in many fragrances, patchouli essential oil has an extremely rich, sweet, herbaceous spiciness with a textured, warm woody note and earthy, slightly smoky undertones. We source ours from Indonesia, where leaves are dried for 3 days then gathered into bundles and stored before distillation. This storage allows a light fermentation process to release some key odour components of the plant.
Full ingredients list
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The ingredients in this product are:
Alcohol denat., Parfum (fragrance), Bulnesia sarmientoi (guaiacwood) oil, Citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, Juniperus virginiana (virginian cedarwood) oil, Pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil, Santalum album (sandalwood) oil, Canarium luzonicum (elemi) gum nonvolatiles, Cinnamomum zeylanicum (cinnamon) leaf oil, Cyperus scariosus (cypriol) root oil, Dipteryx odorata (tonka) bean absolute, Eugenia caryophyllus (clove) bud oil, Schinus terebinthifolia (pink pepper) fruit oil, Styrax benzoin (siam benzoin) gum, Vanilla planifolia (vanilla) fruit extract, Vetiveria zizanoides (vetiver) root oil, Rosa damascena (rose) flower absolute, Limonene, Citronellol, Linalool, Alpha-isomethyl ionone, Coumarin, Geraniol, Eugenol, Cinnamyl alcohol, Citral, Benzyl benzoate, Isoeugenol.
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