Honeybush CO2 (SELECT)

Adam Michael has this to say “As I write (10/06/2015) honeybush is probably best known for being an enjoyable tea beverage, but what many may not know, is that honeybush also makes a fantastic perfumery material. As the name implies the whole plant exudes a sweet honey fragrance. The plant grows wild throughout the East Cape and West Cape of South Africa. In this instance the material used is Cyclopia intermedia (Referred to by locals as BERGTEE). Bush shaped and producing glorious yellow honey scented flowers during springtime. The leaves of Cyclopia intermedia are collected and high pressure extracted with supercritical carbon dioxide under gentle conditions. This CO2 is clear in colour and of a pourable viscosity.

The aroma is just like drinking honeybush tea with real cleanliness and warmth. Describing the aroma in more detail I would say the opening notes ooze honey and tea sweetness and there is a clear wine like facet. The heart and base notes better resembling mild honey and hay aspects associated with beeswax absolute combined with very clean, mid-strength, strained black tea notes. The potency is utterly incredible, lasting one day and fifteen hours on my smelling strip.

Useful for building tea notes, boozy notes, candy accords, the perfect honey base and pairs beautifully with orange blossom, roses and jasmines.”

Botanical Name: Cyclopia intermedia

Origin: South Africa

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Safety Data: This product contains ethanol and water and has a flash point of 21c. This material will not dilute in carrier oil or in diluents such as IPM due to the water content. Therefore this material is solely of use to the perfumer. We advise in perfumery that this material is used at up to about 10% of the composition. If you work with pre-diluted materials at 10% in ethanol then this material should be used neat. For those who prefer to work with pure materials, honeybush CO2 should be added last because the mixture will go cloudy at that point – once the ethanol is added to dilute to EdT strength it will go clear again – but leaving it clouded for days on end risks bacterial growth starting so isn’t wise.

Always keep the cap securely fastened on the bottle when not in use. The bottle should have plenty of air space and we provide this material in larger bottles to allow sufficient air space. Store and handle in a well- ventilated place. Keep cool.