Douglas Fir Oil
Botanical Name:Pseudotsuga Menziesii (Pseudotsuga Douglasi)
Steam distilled from the needles of this staple of the North American woods, Douglas Fir oil is the essence of the woods. The trees grow to upwards of 300 feet and have a life span of 500-1000 years, but also grow very quickly.
Used for furniture, boats, buildings, firewood, and pretty much everything else. The wood is pliable yet does not warp. The trees are the main ingredient of the North American forests.
Fragrance Family: Herbaceous
Perfumery Note: Top
Fresh, pine-y, herbaceous, generously woodsy and earthy with notes of almost floral light sweetness. This oil is the scent most people associate with winter holidays.
Jen’s blending notes:
Douglas fir has a richness and softness that make it susceptible to blending smoothly with citrus, frankincense, and other herbaceous oils. If I had only to choose only one pine to use ever again, it would be Douglas Fir. It blends especially nicely with Cedar Virginiana to get a true “tree” scent.
Jen’s soapmaking notes:
Douglas Fir is one of the few pine oils I have found to retain most of its sophistication and character through the soapmaking process. It is my go-to for adding woodsy notes to soap.
Acceleration: Like other pines, slows trace a bit.