Natural Beauty Products

vetiver

grass, native to asia. essential oil destilled from the root. has a wonderful, earthy, smokey, mineral like, sometimes flowery scent. quality and scent profile varies, depending on the source of the plant. mostly used in masculine fragrances.

labdanum

resin, from the stem and leaves of rock rose. has a leathery, smokey, animalic, herbaceous scent. earlier it was collected by comb from goat hair, today is it cultivated :)

cedarwood

wood. distilled form different parts of the cedar or juniper tree. scent profile can vary from fresh woody, reminiscent of evergreen woods to warm and resinous woody. 

geranium

flower. essential oil is distilled from the leaves and stems. scent profile is a bit similar to rose, but in a more mature way, with minty, earthy and spicy undertones.

violet

flower. scent profile is sweet, powdery, feminine, a bit similar to iris.

bergamot

fruit from the citrus family. earl grey used to drink his tea with a twist of bergamot, that is how earl grey tea was born and that is why many people associate the smell of bergamot with tea. scent profile is citrussy, bitter, fruity.

benzoin siam

resin from the tree styrax tonkinensis. scent profile is woody, smokey, balsamic, sweet.

nagarmotha

root, also called cypriol or nut grass. an ayurvedic herb with a woody, earthy, smokey scent profile. 

oakmoss

fungal linchen, lives mostly on oak trees. has a deep, rich woody, green, sweet, powdery scent. to avoid allergic reactions, only a tiny bit of it is used in perfumes.

sandalwood

wood, origin: southeast asia and south pacific. oil distilled from tree and root. scent profile: balsamic, sweet, woody, powdery. 

orris root

root of iris pallida. after 3 years in the ground, 3 years aging follows. scent profile is elegant, sweet, powdery, woody, bit similar to violet.

ambergris

ambergris is produced by the sperm whale, which mostly eats squid (similar to cuttlefish). To protect it´s own stomach from the sharp beak of the squid, the whale produces ambergris, a stone-like substance, which later on will be washed out of the ocean. 

Ambergris has a distinct, luxurious smell, and used as fixative element in perfumery. It is possible to replace it with a laboratory - produced substitute, in case a vegan perfume creation is desired. 

jasmine sambac

one of the most amazing ingredient in perfumery. night blooming flower - this is the type, used to scent tea leaves in jasmine tea blends. scent profile is deep, animalic, sweet and narcotic

tonka bean

seeds form the brazilian teak. scent profile is sweet, woody, vanilla and coumarin.

orange blossom

flower from the orange plant. scent profile is similar to orange, but more elegant, green, a bit dirty and rather bitter then sweet, flowery, fruity.

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agarwood

heartwood of the aquilaria tree, which is native to southeast asia. it gets very precious after infected by fungus. as a reaction to this attack a resin called aloe will be produced to protect the heartwood, which is being destilled for getting the agarwood oil or oud. this procedure is very expensive, difficult and time demanding, but the result definitely worth it. scent profile is more animalic, than woody, can have balsamic or spicy effects, depending on the place of source.

seeds of the cherry from mahaleb or st. lucia cherry tree. widely used in desserts and cakes in the middle east. scent profile is bitter cherry, marcipan, woody

yellow tea

yellow tea is the highest quality of all teas. it used to be the tea of the emperor in china. no-one else had acces to this rare product. harvest in this period happened by virgins, who wore silk glowes, while cutting the finest leaves with silver scissors. yellow tea is still the queen of the teas, but is availalble for non emperor tea lovers today :)

 scent profile is powdery, rose-tea like.