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

subtle and peaceful


This scent reminds me of stepping into an empty tearoom in Japan next to a flowing stream. It also smells just like a hinoki wooden soap holder I have, which you're supposed to renew every year or so. It's sad when the smell from fresh wood dissipates, but with this oil, I can just continually keep the room smelling fresh and clean!

Review by jqln 7/7/2018

A wood with character


When I smell this, it evokes images of extravagantly carved, wooden furniture crafted for kings and queens in days long past. Or large, sturdy, noble trees that have stood silently for ages, looking out over the lands. It is one of the warmest woody scents I've smelled and it's strong without being sharp. That terpenic note isn't overwhelming.

Review by Amy 6/18/2018

A healing scent


I've always known hinoki to be a subtle note. It sneaks up on you in a blend, tips its hat ever so slightly, and quickly fades into the background. EB's hinoki wood is far more confident! Smelling it side by side to my other hinoki oils made me wish I'd bought a gallon of it! It has a charming lemony tone to it that is unusually prominent. The smell alone is healing, but it thankfully lacks the offensive medicinal note commonly associated with therapeutic essential oils. EB's hinoki wood smells like air, paper, dry woods, fresh linens, pine needles, and a cup of lemon tea. With one sniff, it whisks you away to a Japanese forest and invites you to bathe in the healing waters. A beautiful and imaginative ingredient that blends well with almost everything. It acts wonderfully as a "bridge" between difficult notes in a perfume, making way for scents you never dreamed possible. I will always love hinoki and always be grateful to EB for sourcing it!

Review by J 6/16/2017

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