Labdanum Absolute, Clear - 10%
A dilution of 10% Labdanum Clear Absolute in Organic Sunflower Oil, premixed to make it affordable and easy to use as is. Try blending it with your favorite essential oils, absolutes, and CO2 extracts for a soft, warm, amber-like aroma.
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 Labdanum 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.
Labdanum Absolute - Clear comes from the rock rose plant, a beautiful shrub native to the Mediterranean region. It is one of our favorite Labdanum Absolutes because of its fine aroma and because it is easier to work with, lighter in color and blends with fixed oils better than other Labdanums.
Labdanum Absolute - Clear is an excellent fixative and has a profound and very tenacious aromas.
- Rich & Spicy aroma. Similar in depth & range to amber. Review by Sharon
- This lovely eo has an almost rich, spicy "middle note". It has such a full aroma it's almost a "perfume blend" in itself. Wonderful by itself, or in a blend with other eo's. Definitely has a depth similar to amber. Amazing how strong it is in a 10% dilution. (Posted on 2/14/13)