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Ginger Grass Essential Oil
Adam Michael has this to say “This ginger grass essential oil, a close relative of palmarosa, grown and produced in this instance in Pakistan and not India, thus quite a rarity regarding what is more readily sold by re-sellers. Yellow in colour, of a pourable viscosity and possessing a warm, ginger spiced, grassy aroma with lovely rosy geranium nuances which are detectable in the dry down. Works very nicely with edgy rose accords and generally with florals as a blender and floraliser.”
Mark Evans has this to say “Ginger grass essential oil does not actually come from the top shoots of the ginger plant, as I initially thought when I first heard the name! Instead, it’s a member of an important group of materials within perfumery known as the grass oils – palmarosa, ginger grass, lemongrass, vetiver and citronella. Although it’s very closely related and often confused with palmarosa, ginger grass definitely has its own distinct and unique fragrance. It has a sharp and fresh, spicy ginger-like top note which is also grassy, warm and quite spicy with a little cumin seed, pepper and lemon in there as well. Very fresh and uplifting, verging on harsh.
After a few minutes, the scent becomes pleasantly rosy, reminding me of geranium leaf and rosewood but there’s still some sharp spiciness there. Still later and we have more woodiness and a lemongrass-like note. The fresh limonene brightness remains throughout the life of the oil. Ginger grass essential oil is used a lot in soaps and detergents in India, where the plant is mainly cultivated, to provide a lemony rose fragrance cheaply and indeed, when I smell the blotter, it does remind me of Indian products I’ve smelled in the past. In natural perfumery ginger grass oil is useful to add fresh spiciness to rose or spicy blends, and is great for use in soaps, incense or candle making.”
Botanical Name: Cymbopogon martini Stapf var sofia