4 reviews for Vetiver E.O (SOUTH INDIA)
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€18.00 – €146.40
Adam Michael has this to say “The top notes of this vetiver essential oil are sun-baked, dry-earthy and pond-wet-grassy. The heart and base notes are rich-vegetative, rich-woody and sweet-rooty throughout. Amber red brown in colour, of a pourable, fine treacle consistency and produced by steam distilling the cleaned and dried South Indian rootlets. Vetiver essential oil is phenomenally tenacious, exuding such a beautiful aroma and is an absolute essential purchase for all vetiver connoisseurs.”
Mark Evans has this to say “This excellent quality vetiver oil from Southern India is robust, tenacious and comparable to the very best Indonesian oils. The fragrance has all the rich and complex, dry baked earthiness, sweet, woody, cumin seed rootiness and smoky depth that vetivers are prized for. After a long time on the blotter the earthiness dissipates to be replaced with delightfully swampy, green and grassy, exotic aromatics which remain present for days.
The incredible complexity of vetiver oil is due to the fact that the long roots that are steam distilled not only have many hundreds of fine rootlets that are in direct contact with the soil in which it grows, but also delve deep into the earth, up to 2m down. All of the earth’s subtle and rare molecules are absorbed into its vascular system which in turn transforms them into a galaxy of molecules within the plant. This also explains why vetiver oil can differ so greatly between growing regions. Differences in soil and climate are reflected in the composition of this robust plant which seems able to grow successfully anywhere, regardless of the terroir.
Did you know that vetiver is also used as a refrigerant throughout Southern Asia? Its dried roots are woven into mats and linen to provide a cooling effect. Vetiver reeds are also woven into screens which are hung over windows to cool the air during the hot summer months. The roots are even used in cooling tisanes and candy!
In perfumery, vetiver oil’s complexity and heavy notes make it a fixative and blender par excellence. When used with a light hand, it unites every part of a composition from the top notes to the base. When used at higher levels, it can also provide unique, strong effects in fougere, chypre and oriental type compositions.”
We have now created our own vetiver collection page.
Botanical Name: Vetiveria zizanioides
Origin: South India
Wholesale weights (all prices excluding vat): 50G = 120 Euros.
joseph1 (verified owner) –
Vetiver is probably my favourite essential oil. This Vetiver exemplifies the classic rooty, well-rounded Vetiver note that I love so so much. When you smell this, you become the ground from which Vetiver grows – the depth is intoxicatingly beautiful, but not at all overwhelming. It has such width and range, along with such grounding and embracing qualities that I feel it to be an extraordinary foundation for all types of creations.
Thomas (verified owner) –
Adam, you said : “sun-baked, dry-earthy and pond-wet-grassy”, well, I agree. This one is definitely more earthy and rooty than your vetiver hydro. Even more difficult to mix in a perfume accord, especially because of its earthy facet. Or, maybe in a tiny amount within a woody accord, in order to bring a “forest” or “fougère” note to it. However, I cannot help from sniffing the bottle. “Call me a Philistine !”
Esta Bån (verified owner) –
Like all other reviews – which are spot on. I would add a petrichor smell unique to Kerala (South Indian) in the first monsoon rains (August). In Kerala vetiver root is added to boiling water for a sweet medicinal water which is the most thirst quenching substance on the planet! – very reminiscent of that too.
enachison (verified owner) –
This is a beautiful vetiver. I agree with Adam – it has a sun baked dry earthy quality while also possessing the wet grassy undertones of “classic” vetiver. I have been using this South Indian Vetiver absolute as both a foundation and accessory aspect when making desert inspired scents. For me, the dry, warm aspects of this absolute conjure the heat of the desert.