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Schisandra Berries CO2 (TOTAL)
Adam Michael has this to say “Apparently in the Eastern world Schisandra has been used for thousands of years, is a phenomenal adaptogen which in plain English means it helps the mind, body and soul counteract any stressful situation we may encounter and makes us less prone to disease as well. Also it features heavily in health and beauty products, supposedly reducing ageing and helping to maintain a youthful glow and is widely used for its sedative actions, something I can believe. If this was not enough It is also an effective anti-depressant, useful for people suffering with fatigue and good for increasing brain efficiency.”
Mark Evans has this to say “There are two similar species of Schisandra – Schisandra chinensis and Schisandra sphenanthera. Both have been used interchangeably in Chinese medicine for centuries where they are known as wu-wei-zi which translates as ” five taste fruit” – sour, sweet, bitter, warm, and salty. All of these five elements come across deliciously in the aroma of this CO2 extract of the dried sphenanthera berries.
The fragrance is warm, subtle, sweet and fruity with a gourmand aspect that reminds me of goji berries and dried plums. It’s fun to pick out the five Chinese aspects on the blotter, the plummy sourness, berry sweetness, an over-all comforting warm spiciness, and the goji berry-like bitter saltiness. This is not a strong material to work with, but its complexity makes it useful as a blender and to add depth and character to the top notes of gourmand, chypre, aromatic and culinary creations. I suggest it would also provide a great fruity spicy shade for rose as well.”
Botanical Name: Schisandra sphenanthera