Essential Oil Vetiver (15ml)
Essential Oil Vetiver
Aroma: Heavy, earthy, woody fragrance similar to patchouli with a touch of lemon. Vetiver oil is psychologically grounding, calming, and stabilizing.
Traditional Use: Vetiver root has been utilized for its fragrance for many years. It has been used to scent fabric, and woven into baskets, mats, and window coverings.
Properties: Antispasmodic, Anti-septic, Calming, Warming.
How to Use: Diffusion, Inhalation, Topically.
Blends well with: Bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, clary sage, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, litsea cubeba, mandarin, oakmoss, opopanax, orange, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang
Safety: Non-irritating and non-toxic. Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.
HISTORY OF USE
VETIVER – A COOL FRAGRANCE
The best features of vetiver, the aromatic verdancy, the fragrant rootiness, the subtle, refreshing citrusiness, the enjoyable earthiness, a wonderful hint of woodiness, and a certain Guerlainesque leathery-ambery darkness in the drydown. Vetiver oil is obtained by steam distillation of the roots of vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides). The oil is one of the finest oriental perfumes with a persistent fragrance. In blended perfumes oil of vetiver acts as an excellent fixative for volatile compounds. It is known for its cooling properties.
MAIN INGREDIENT IN FAMOUS PERFUMES
In the global market the demand for vetiver oil is increasing day by day due to its unique odour, for which it is used in both flavour and fragrance industries. Moreover, this oil cannot be substituted with reconstituted oil and cannot be synthetically. Vetiver perfumes give pleasing aroma and have a slow evaporation rate. Pure vetiver (Khus) root oil known in trade as “Ruh – Khus” and has been used in scents since ancient times. Vetiver oil is the basis of the Indian perfume ‘Majmua’ and is the major ingredient in some 36% of all western perfumes (e.g. Caleche, Chanel No. 5, Dioressence, Parure, Opium ) and 20% of all men’s fragrances.
Its complex chemical composition and oil odour, and high solubility in alcohol that improves its miscibility with other perfumery material, makes it a unique perfumery resource for which no synthetic substitute is yet available.
Both vetiverols and acetates have softer odours and fixative qualities, and are used as blender with high-class perfumery products. They blend well with ionone, linalool, cinnamic alcohol, oakmoss, vanila, sandalwood, patchouli and rose bases, and are frequently used in western type of fragrances having chypre, fougere, rose, violet and amber aldehyde base, and oriental fragrances and floral compounds.
In addition to its direct perfumery applications, vetiver oil in its diluted form is extensively used in after-shave lotions, air freshners and bathing purposes, as well as flavoring syrups, ice cream, cosmetic and food preservation. Khus essence is used in cool drinks, and for reducing pungency of chewing tobacco preparations, providing sweet note to other masticatories and incense sticks.
Vetiver oil is used in perfumery, cosmetics and soaps and for flavouring sherbets. Dried roots are also used to perfume the linen cloths. Vetiver has a long and rich history. In India it has been used to make blinds necessary to keep out the intense heat. When the blinds are sprinkled with water they emit the vetiver scent. In Java the root has been used for centuries in weaving mats and thatching huts.
The roots have been used for making screens, mats, hand fans and baskets. The screens are hung like curtains in the houses and when sprinkled water, impart a fragrant coolness to the air; they are in great demand during the summer. For desert coolers in summer in North India. Roots for preparing Sherbet or soft drink during summer, especially in North India.
Vetiver is also used for erosion control. The roots of most grasses grow horizontally, but the vetiver root grows downward making it a good stabilizing plant for wet areas.
- Not recommended for pregnant women and infants.
Individuals with serious and chronic health issues should consult an expert prior to using oils.
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