Botanical Name: Chrysopogon Zizanioides
A syrupy oil that is team distilled from the roots of a tropical grass. Vetiver is a sophisticated, dry, earthy oil that is notably masculine. The oil improves with age, as the earthy, medicinal, and herbaceous notes blend together.
The grass is used to make mats and floor coverings that have the added feature of a pleasant aroma. Vetiver oil is used as perfume on its own in some places.
Fragrance Family: Earthy
Perfumery Note: Base
Grassy, herbaceous, earthy, spicy and medicinal, Vetiver oil is rich and complex. Vetiver is a distinctive oil that is prized by skillful perfumers for its many faceted character and strong fixative features.
Jen’s blending notes:
Vetiver is a great anchor for an herbaceous or medicinal blend. Use in very small amounts to start. Add it to the blend last so the thickness can be dissolved in the other oils.
Jen’s soapmaking notes:
I have used Vetiver as a single note in soap, and it is surprisingly pleasant. A spicy masculine scent is the result. The heat of soapmaking mellows some of the sharper qualities.