Lotus Absolute, White
- Botanical Name: Nelumbo nucifera
- Origin: India
- Process: Solvent Extracted Absolute
- Plant Part: Flowers
- Cultivation: Cultivated
- Use: Natural Perfumery
- Note: Middle Note
- Aroma: A honeyed, very intense floral, earthy and somewhat sweet, with ripe-fruit and coumarin-like undertones, a tenacious, deep richness, and a soft yet bold green top note.
- Contraindications: Dilute prior to use.
- Certificate of Analysis
White Lotus Absolute
Our superb White Lotus Absolute is a beautiful addition to fine natural perfumes and anointing oils. It is similar to our Pink Lotus Absolute, but bolder and not as sweet. Even when highly diluted, the fragrance of White Lotus Absolute holds its fragrance. Lotus, the flower on which the Buddha sits, soars to the heavens, untainted by the watery mud in which it is rooted, releasing its delightful fragrance to the air.
The White Lotus, Nelumbo nucifera (formally classified as N. speciosum) is revered as the sacred lotus of Indian, Tibetan, Chinese and Egyptian cultures and is native to India, Tibet and other warm parts of Asia to Australia. Specific parts of the plant are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.1,2
Used in Ayurvedic practice, the lotus is considered sacred by the Hindus for its exquisite perfume and its ability to beckon the mind into stillness, clarity, and devotion.3 And more significantly, Lotus is a symbol of enlightenment, its beauty considered a medicine for the soul.4 A mystical, magical ingredient indeed is Lotus in the creation of the finest anointing oils and sacred perfumes.
Aromatic Profile: A A honeyed, very intense floral, earthy and somewhat sweet, with ripe-fruit and coumarin-like undertones, a tenacious, deep richness, and a soft yet bold green top note. A beautiful addition to fine perfumes and anointing oils.
Appearance: Viscous, very dark, orange-red, transparent liquid with a molasses-like consistency that may require special use instructions to blend.
Use: Natural perfumery, meditative and devotional practices.
Blending Suggestions: Add drop by drop to your perfume blends until the desired effect is achieved.
Blends Well With: Ambrette, Amyris, Black Pepper, Cognac, Clove, Galbanum, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lime, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Vanilla. We also recommend blending this with our Pink Lotus Absolute to create a unique, complex lotus accord.
Safety Considerations: Dilute before using. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.
1 Brown, Deni, ed., Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses (The Herb Society of America), 1995, p. 164.
2 Brown, Deni, ed., Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses (The Herb Society of America), 1995, p. 316.
3 Miller, ND, Light and Bryan Miller, DC. Ayurveda & Aromatherapy: The Earth Essential Guide to Ancient Wisdom and Modern Healing, 1995, p. 318.
4 Patnaik, Naveen. The Garden of Life – An Introduction to the Healing Plants of India, 1993, p. 2
Customer Reviews for Lotus Absolute, White
- Surprising and complex. Review by Morgane
- My first encounter with white lotus, so I don't have a "natural" reference for this one. Complex, with surprising contrasts. I get a thin minty overlay that seems at odds with the sweet-floral, earthy notes. Not unpleasant by any means, just really hard to define. Later, a discreet damp earthy, slightly woody scent. (Posted on 7/7/14)
- Dilute with Fractionated Coconut or Bourbon Vanilla 30%, not Sunflower! Review by white_rabbit334
- I've started blending everything with f-coconut oil now, and the difference is incredible! This is a slightly aquatic, slightly muddy, super-heady floral scent. It's almost medicinal at first, but if you sweeten it with bourbon vanilla 30%, it is out of this world...! Of course, as it's essential and not diluted, it may be a bit difficult to use at first; if you hate vanilla, but love aquatic blends, use the f-coconut oil and blend away. With my chemistry this becomes entrancing and hypnotic, deeply sweet, maybe even---dare I say slightly minty? It certainly is very fresh and 'wet' smelling. I haven't tried the Pink Lotus yet, but to be honest, I'm not sure you could *pay* me to switch from the white to pink. The White Lotus Absolute has me absolute-ly (ha-ha!) hooked ^_~ (Posted on 2/15/13)
- Mmmmmmmmmmm! Review by White Rabbit
- Goodness gracious, what an absolute! I was worried at first because 3/4 of the sample was stuck in the cap, but a little sunflower oil worked that right out. The smell is floral and slightly sweet, incredibly aquatic; I can hardly begin to describe how wonderful it is. I added a few drops to a vanilla/amber/black pepper blend I've been working on, and it added this amazing, light, fruity-floral fragrance that enhances the depth already in the blend. Absolutely beautiful! (Posted on 10/1/12)