Botanical Name: coriandrum sativum (coriander) oil
Derived from the seeds of the ripe fruit and leaves of the plant. Coriander leaves are known as cilantro. It is native to the Mediterranean region. This herb has been in used for thousands of years, since about 5000 BC. The oil was listed in the US Pharmacopia until as recently as 1980.
Flavoring for candy, used in beer (notably Belgian wheat beers), baked goods, and chocolate. Also used in perfumes.
Fragrance Family: herbaceous
Perfumery Note: middle
Coriander oil is mildly herbaceous and earthy but also has some more refreshing citrus-type character. The combination seems close to fennel (licorice). In aromatherapy, the fragrance revives, is energizing, and promotes mental clarity. It eases the mind and fights fatigue
Jen’s blending notes:
A little goes a long way. This is a great middle note for an earthy or herbaceous blend and can provide a bridge to citrusy top notes. It also complements the spicier florals like ylang-ylang.
Jen’s soapmaking notes:
Slight acceleration noticed. The resulting soap can have a soft texture. Use in small amounts.