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Cardamom Absolute

Eleonora Scalseggi has this to say “A spice favourite of many, cardamom is commonly offered as an essential oil and much more rarely as an absolute material. Cardamom absolute is of course a cardamom material, warm spicy yet fresh with light eucalyptus nuances. The absolute offering however is much warmer, woodier and sweeter and has much more body and complexity than any essential oil material.

The absolute is also mellower -almost velvety- and definitely less loud than the essential oil (which is chiefly a top note). It makes a brilliant heart and base note obviously in oriental and spicy accords but also green floral compositions where its soft floral dry-out blends in perfectly. A very good modifier also perfect when you want a soft cardamom note right in the heart of your composition rather than in its top. Perfectly pourable yet slightly thicker than the water-like essential oil, warm brown in colour and effortlessly alcohol soluble too.”

Botanical Name: Elettaria cardamomum

Origin: Guatemala

2 reviews for Cardamom Absolute

  1. M (verified owner)

    This is not a very common material. Yet a very useful one for any blends – especially floral, oud, and resin oriented ones, and in oriental, gourmand, and chypre blends.

    Goes quite well with orris, rose, ylang ylang, tuberose, gardenia, oud (Malaysian, Indian, Thai – all wild), resins, and so on.

    Although cardamom is considered as a top note material, due to being an absolute, it imparts it’s beauty slowly and in a more nuanced way than its EO counterpart. It also modifies the top and heart note of various blends quite beautifully – providing a subtle spiciness (never strong) – subject to usage of course. Highly recommended!

  2. Michael Williams (verified owner)

    A divine absolute which embodies warm, sweet, woody nuances which are very long lasting but not loud & in your face.

    Goes very well with resins such as frankincense, olibanum & fruity floral notes such as ylang ylang, neroli & verbena.

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