Black Pepper Oil
Botanical Name: Piper Nigrum
The scent and taste of this berry is so well known, it inspired the name of the category “peppery.” The essential oil is steam distilled from dried berries. Pepper plants grow in the tropical regions of India, Southeast Asia, and Africa. It is an ancient spice, and the growth and production of pepper products accounts for 10% of the world’s spice trade.
Used for centuries to flavor food, pepper also is used to create a spicy note in perfumes. Peppercorns were used as currency in some places, it was demanded as part of the ransom for the city of Rome by the Visigoths, and peppercorns have been found in the bodies of the mummies of ancient Egypt.
Fragrance Family: Spicy
Perfumery Note: Middle
Fresh, dry, woody, spicy, peppery. This is a warming spice used in tiny amounts. It is a masculine scent.
Jen’s blending notes:
Black pepper adapts pretty well as a warming spice. It has a dry character, which leads it to be crisply identifiable in a blend. It joins frankincense and myrrh very well, and adds interest to the traditional woodsy earthy oils.
Jen’s soapmaking notes: Have not made soap with this oil yet.