- Botanical Name: Cistus ladaniferus
- Origin: Spain
- Process: Solvent Extracted Absolute
- Plant Part: Oleoresin
- Cultivation: Wild Grown
- Use: Natural Perfumery
- Note: Base Note
- Aroma: Full-bodied, warm, amber-like aroma with sweet, slightly smoky undertones. Adds richness and depth to natural perfumes.
- Certificate of Analysis
Labdanum is also known as the Rose of Sharon and is mentioned in the Bible. An essential oil of this plant is also produced. It is typically called Cistus essential oil. Its aroma is very different from Labdanum and has less of the amber-like aroma. If you want to use Cistus for aromatherapy purposes be sure to purchase steam distilled Cistus essential oil and not Labdanum.
The first step in making Labdanum Absolute is the collection of Labdanum Gum from the wild growing cistus (rock rose) plants. From the Labdanum Gum a variety of other Labdanum products are made. The most important for use in natural perfumery is Labdanum Absolute. Labdanum Absolute is refined from Labdanum Gum in a process that requires two or more steps. First an extraction is made using a solvent such as hexane or heptane. Next the Labdanam Absolute is extracted from the concrete using alcohol. Labdanum Absolutes can vary dramatically depending on how they are extracted and which solvents are used during the refinement process.
Physical Appearance: Very thick and sticky resinous substance that is solid at room temperature and requires special use instructions to blend. For a pre-blended and easy to use dilution of this oil, see our Labdanum Absolute, Clear - 10%
Safety Considerations: Avoid use with small children, elders, epileptics, pregnant and/or nursing women.
- Luscious Amber Review by Gingervamp
This is the smell I was looking for! Over the last year I have worked my way through the resin family, and this is luscious delicious sweet and sexy resin! This makes everything I own smell sexy and mysterious.
I was surprised how easy Eden's amber is to work with compared to some others that smell just as good. It was easier to blend with. The clear one from Eden also smells great and is the easiest Labdanum I've even run into to work with. If you are looking for absolute ease of use go with the clear, but I love the color and slight stickyness of this oil. It reminds me of those amber resins from New Age stores I used to huff as a child. (Posted on 4/30/13)