Tobacco Absolute

Nicotiana tabacum L.


Tobacco Absolute is a very tenacious, aromatic material that adds warmth, depth and character to natural perfumes, especially masculine and Amber blends when used in very small amounts. It has a woody, mossy, sweet hay-like, warm herbaceous aroma


Selected size SKU:963-015 - Tobacco Absolute 15 ml (1/2 oz)

1 ml (1/30 oz)
2 ml (1/15 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

Tobacco Absolute is a very tenacious, aromatic material that adds warmth, depth and character to natural perfumes, especially masculine and Amber blends when used in very small amounts. It has a woody, mossy, sweet hay-like, warm herbaceous aroma reminiscent – when diluted – of fine pipe tobacco. PLEASE NOTE: While this product is considered 'Nicotine Free' by our manufacturer, it still may contain trace amounts.

Tobacco Absolute can also be a prominent note in a composition, such as the classic perfume Tabac Blond by Caron launched in 1919 that “paid homage to the scandalous bad girls who smoked cigarettes in the 1910s and 1920s”[1]; tobacco-themed fragrances too numerous to count have followed on since then.

Nicotiana tabacum has a history that goes back thousands of years in the cultures of the Native peoples of the Americas – the smoke from the dried leaves was and still is respectfully used, sometimes with other herbs, for spiritual and ceremonial purposes.[2] It appears that it was only after the dried herb became a processed commercial interest that deleterious effects became prevalent.

Although Tobacco Absolute is soluble in alcohol, it is only partially soluble in fixed (carrier) oils.[3] It does impart its aroma to fixed (carrier) oils by gently heating both absolute and carrier oil separately before combining. When cooled, insoluble material will precipitate to the bottom, however the portion remaining will be highly aromatic.

1 Herman, Barbara. Scent & Subversion Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume, 2013, p. 29.

2 Rhind, Jennifer Peace. Fragrance and Wellbeing, 2014, pp. 53, 56-7.

3 Industry communication.

4 Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, p. 619.

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17 Reviews


Customer Reviews

Lovely blonde tobacco leaf!


This absolute is quite on point, it doesnt smell like cigarretes, the smell could be close to something like honey. Smells like a blonde tobacco leaf, creamy and delicious!

Review by canas 5/11/2023

Nice enough, but not quite what I had hoped


This tobacco absolute does smell quite strong, straight, but I immediately made a 1/10th dilution of it with perfumer's alcohol, and it seems oddly much subdued at that dilution. It is also not nearly as tenacious as I would have expected, and I would definitely consider this more of a middle note than a base note. My biggest problem with this absolute, though, is its intense dark color, which even at the 1/10th dilution is a deep, dark, oily yellow. I fear that using enough of this to really notice its aroma in a personal fragrance would make a very colored solution that would easily stain clothing (note that the same is true of Eden's Ginger CO2).

Review by Alan 1/11/2019

Nice smell but doesn't seem to last long


It is a nice tobacco smell. It is not like cherry or maple syrup or any of the other things that pass for tobacco. It smells like wet tobacco which is lovely. But oddly, it doesn't last. I'd been warned that tobacco scent would permeate everything but this certainly doesn't seem to be the case. I'm new to this so any tips would be welcome.

Review by Linda 2/27/2018

Fine pipe tobacco and fresh opened pack of smokes


Sweet and tart like the real deal. I really love the waxy notes I think of when smelling this. Ahhhhhh, glorious and balmy syrup!! Goes with just about anything.

Review by MD 1/19/2017

Absolutely gorgeous tobacco


I use this tobacco absolute in several of my perfumes: I’ve paired it with woods, balsams, spices, florals, and coffee. Tobacco is a wonderful base note that adds incredible depth with the slightest lift of sweetness. If you are looking for a tobacco reminiscent of pipes or cigarettes, this absolute is a perfect building block in your accords.

Review by James E. 12/12/2016

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