Hinoki Wood EO

Chamaecyparis obtusa (Siebold & Zucc.) Endl.


Our sustainably harvested Hinoki Wood (aka Japanese Cypress) essential oil is made from the wood, not the leaves of this highly revered tree. The aroma is dry, fine woody, and has light terpenic nuances with soft herbal/lemony overtones and a peculiar warm, sweet, somewhat spicy undertone.


Selected size SKU:428-016 - Hinoki Wood 15 ml (1/2 oz) (w/ orifice reducer)

Sample 1 ml (1/30 oz)
5 ml (1/6 oz)
15 ml (1/2 oz)
30 ml (1 oz)
59.14 ml (2 oz)
118.29 ml (4 oz)
236.58 ml (8 oz)
473.17 ml (16 oz)
1 kg (2 1/5 lb)
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Product Overview

Our sustainably harvested Hinoki Wood (aka Japanese Cypress) essential oil is made from the wood, not the leaves of this highly revered tree. The aroma is dry, fine woody, and has light terpenic nuances with soft herbal/lemony overtones and a peculiar warm, sweet, somewhat spicy undertone.

One word that springs to mind when describing this arboreal aroma is 'clean' – and perhaps it is this quality that makes it an important part of bathing rituals. Many components of Hinoki Wood essential oil have been shown to be the same as those found in fresh forest air [1], suggesting the aroma is an excellent choice in a diffuser, sauna, or aromatic blend to create your own version of a refreshing forest-bathing experience.

Hinoki is grown for its very high-quality timber in Japan where it is used as a material for building temples, shrines, traditional Noh theatres, ritual baths and even table tennis paddles. It is also used in traditional Japanese stick incense for its light, earthy aroma.[2] However, it should be mentioned that Hinoki is categorized as a near endangered species, but this is in reference specifically to old growth Hinoki, of which very little is left.[3] During Japan’s military era, many of the country’s mountainous areas were clear-cut and then reforested with fast-growing evergreens such as Hinoki and Sugi, greatly diminishing biodiversity and a wide variety of deciduous trees. In an effort to reforest with native trees, the Japanese government promotes the culling of this new growth Hinoki. The culled logs are milled into boards and the unusable off-cuttings are collected by our producer to distill our Hinoki Wood essential oil.[4] The sawmill supplying the Hinoki off-cuttings has been certified by the Kochi Prefectural Forestry Association as engaging in legal and sustainable forestry practices.

Hinoki has been embraced by perfumers and is a central ingredient in several noteworthy perfumes. Perfume House Comme des Garçons' perfumer, Antoine Maisondieu, describes his 'Scent One: Hinoki' as a "…scent inspired by Japanese hot-spring baths and Scandinavian forests."[5] The comforting and clarifying aroma of Hinoki is suitable for use in the bath, diffusers, massage and meditation blends, outdoor sprays, chest rubs, and clarifying skincare preparations.

1 Industry Communication.

2  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamaecyparis_obtusa

3 Farjon, Aljos. A Natural History of Conifers, 2008, p. 209.

4 Industry Communication.

5  https://olfactoryobsessed.wordpress.com/2011/12/16/the-smell-of-zen-comme-des-garcons-monocle-scent-one-hinoki/

6 Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, pp. 153-4.

7 Tisserand, Robert and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed., 2014, p. 302

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8 Reviews


Customer Reviews

Green, Wet Cypress


Hinoki wood tends to be overlooked due to its unfamiliar name (I would recommend calling it "Japanese Cypress" so more people find it in the search), but as the reviews show, it's an incredible find. It brings to mind the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest, cold raindrops glistening on conifer needles, cool breezes carrying the scent of sap and decaying wood. It's got all the woody, resinous character you want from a tree oil without any of the sharp, terpenic odors you sometimes find in cypress and pine. I'm almost hesitant to use it in a blend as I don't want to overwhelm its delicate character, but I'm going to try it with Eucalyptus and Vetiver to create a "wet forest" scent.

Review by Daniel 3/10/2021

spectacular oil


my first time smelling this oil. Absolutely love it. Defies description

Review by christi 1/15/2021

light - clean Wood


This smells great, it is a light, clean, dry, diffusive wood. this is a forest in japan after the rain

Review by Juan 10/3/2020

Improves our immune system


I good way to enhance body's natural killer cells, which is fitting in this time of Covid 19. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4687359/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20074458

Review by Jocelyn 5/17/2020

Exactly the Wood Scent I've Been Looking For


I've purchased all version of a wood scent Eden's has available. I've loved all of them, but many of them have a sweet, balsamic-like note that, while lovely, was not what I was looking for. This has sharp, bright, green, notes along side that deep wood smell that is just perfect. Like being inside a forest.

Review by Casey 7/25/2019

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