5th June: Lots to discuss today. First by Friday of this week I am releasing – with introductory pricing - Costus Root E.O Signature Gold, Persian Royal Rose Otto, Wild Borneo Oud Kinabalu E.O and 4 year aged Buddha Wood E.O. If I get time I will also get the Tea-plantation Kenyan Rose scented Geranium E.O released as well. Also, I am waiting on delivery now of Cis 3 Hexanol N.I and as soon as it arrives it will be put back into stock.
Another priority job now is addressing the new SDS process and from Wednesday, I am going to spend an hour every evening on this task. Thanks btw to those who have volunteered to help with the testing phase. I will be in touch with you all nearer the time. Again, once set up properly, SDS will only be available to those who have purchased the product. Exceptions again will be wild oud, extraits, tinctures and resins. America is now switched on until 14th June at 3pm Italy time for this month. If the workload situation gets out of hand, all other countries will be put on pause. Written as the USA is a unique client – accounting for nearly half of our workload. Normally not an issue but due to circumstances I am without Eleonora and admit that I struggle running Hermitage alone. Lead-time currently stands at 8-10 working days. Thank you, Adam : )
Adam Michael has this to say “Santolina is a low shrubby perennial from the Mediterranean with tiny yellow, button like flowers, grown for its distinctive aromatic foliage and used as edging in knot gardens. Flowers aside the plant has a striking coral-like appearance and is visually a rather beautiful plant.
Although this plant is commonly known as cotton lavender the aroma has little aromatic similarities to lavender. The top note is similar to smelling chamomile and yarrow with a fleeting red berry nuance. The heart notes through to dry down are more of a green herbal bouquet, with bitter and boozy character.
The major constituent is artemisia ketone accounting for a third of the oil and of which in isolated form exudes herbaceous, berry, honey and light mint qualities. Produced by steam distilling all aerial parts, sunshine yellow in colour and of a pourable viscosity. Useful material for pine accords, herbal bouquets, imparts warmth to lavender colognes, pairs well with rosemary, lavander, lavandin, clary sage and can also be useful for building forest notes.”
ingvild (verified owner) –
This is so beautiful. A real surprise. I had never heard of the plant before, but the photo of it here on the page reminded me a little of a plant I had in my Tuscan garden that I really, really liked. And then the name Cotton Lavender intrigued me.
So here I am sitting with almost twenty new oils from Hermitage in front of me, noting them all down in my book for ‘good manufacturing practices’ and I’ve gotten to the letter S, for Santolina after the R and Roses, and I’m stuck, cause I can’t stop smelling the bottle!
It really touches something deep within me. Soothing. Healing. Refreshing and sunny at the same time.
As Adam says, chamomile and yarrow, but to my nose there is also a little bit like a cousin of Helichrysum hiding in there somewhere, although more medicinal and lighter.
Haven’t had the chance to play with it yet, but in my mind I can imagine it will go nicely with lavender, perhaps even Seville lavender, and Hay…. But for now it is enough just by itself. 🙂 Me and my new friend Santolina.
Thank you for this little treasure Adam.