Vetiver, India EO

Vetiveria zizanioides [synonym of Chrysopogon zizanioides (L.) Roberty]


Our Indian Vetiver has an initial clean, clear earthy aroma that becomes deeper as it dries with very light smoky notes; the intensity and complexity of aroma makes this an outstanding base note possessing a very lush drydown.


Selected size SKU:1005-015 - Vetiver, India 15 ml (1/2 oz)

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 Indian Vetiver has an initial clean, clear earthy aroma that becomes deeper as it dries with very light smoky notes; the intensity and complexity of aroma makes this an outstanding base note possessing a very lush drydown. More than just a simple grass, its chemical complexity is why Vetiver is often thought of as a perfume in itself. It is an outstanding base note with excellent fixative qualities.

Vetiveria zizanioides is composed of more than 100 mostly sesquiterpene constituents; three in particular – khusimol, α-vetivone and β-vetivone – are thought of as the 'fingerprint' of the oil and are responsible, in large part, for the characteristic odor and properties of Vetiver.

Also known as vetivert, khus, or khus khus, Vetiver has a long history of use and is very well known as the Oil of Tranquility.[1] It is obtained from the roots of a tropical grass originally from India and Sri Lanka, but the roots are also now cultivated in many tropical countries for household purposes and as an effective strategy to prevent soil erosion. From time immemorial, one of the oldest aromatic uses of Vetiver roots is to weave them into mats which, when dampened with water and hung in windows like curtains, cool and scent the air with a pleasant aroma.[2]

Vetiver essential oil varies dramatically in aroma depending on where it is grown (terrain, climate, cultivation) and how it is distilled. Guenther stresses that the distillation of heavy, sesquiterpene-rich oils like Vetiver must continue for hours despite the apparent lack of increase in volume, "otherwise valuable, high-boiling constituents will be lacking in the oil."[3] Dense and syrupy, Vetiver essential oils, much like Patchouli and Sandalwood oils, undergo chemical transformation and improve with age, making them very good base notes and fixatives in natural perfume and incense formulations.[4],[5] The centering aroma of Vetiver is sublime in calming baths, massage, and meditation blends and in skincare preparations for dry, mature or congested skin. 

1 Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z, 1988, p. 330.

2 Guenther, Ernest. The Essential Oils, Vol. IV, 1950, p. 156.

3 _____________. The Essential Oils, Vol. I, 1947, p. 153.

4 Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, p. 651.

5 Hughes (MSc), Kerry. The Incense Bible, 2007, pp. 137-8.

6 Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, pp. 651-2.

7 Tisserand, Robert and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed., 2014, pp. 466-7.

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6 Reviews


Customer Reviews



Cleanest, most wonderfully clean vetiver. the green smell isnt there at all, and its nearly like a Malaysian oudh. i smelled this last year and it caused me to start farming vetiver and buy a distillation rig. highly recommend!

Review by Asthmos 2/20/2024

Cleaner Than The Cleanest Haitian?


Vetiver can comes in all shapes and sizes, from region to region, and depending on distillation methods. If we're viewing this on a spectrum, with Eden's Javanese vetiver being all the way on the deep, dark, smoky side of things, this Indian oil is at the complete opposite end. I expected this to be a big bold monster like the Java, but I was (pleasantly) surprised to be proven wrong. Where the Javanese oil is bold, dirty, earthy, smoky, and even a bit savoury-salty with some smoked meaty gourmand characteristics, this Indian oil is remarkable clear, transparent, and clean, retaining a surprising degree of greenery and vegetal nuance. It differs substantially from Hatian, in that the Haitian oil has this bright, almost acidic-sharp lemony/green-citric facet, with a lot of bright salinity. This one retains the cleanliness of the Haitian, with the transparent green element, but lacks the lemony citrus and overt salty tones, replaced instead with the deeper earthy-rooty-dark tonalities of, say, the Javanese oil. In a way, you could say this combines the clean crispness of the Haitian with the rooty earthiness of the Javanese, minus the lemon, salt, and smoke of either. It's also quite tame and nuanced. It doesn't scream off skin like either the Haitian or the Javanese, and while it isn't nearly as diffusive, it's about as tenacious as each of them. The Haitian and Javanese can blow out a formula with as little as 1%. The Indian can be comfortably pushed to 2% without becoming a vetiver bomb, and as such, has greater fixative value, in my opinion. It's also remarkably thick - thicker than either of the other vetivers, with a texture similar to raw honey. As it gets into the deep drydown, you're left with a sheer, clean, transparent vetiver silhouette, with minimal salinity, zero smoke, and a lovely footy, mineralic damp earthiness. Like damp fallen leaves sitting atop the dying grass in autumn. I'm not a huge vetiver fan. This could easily slot into my top 3, being remarkably high quality, but not an unusable monster. If you value a more subtle, nuanced, clearer and cleaner oil over bombastic power, smoke and scorched earth, this could be a winner for you.

Review by HHP 11/13/2023

"transparent - soft"


It is the vetiver oil with softer initial notes but beautiful drying. It is more "transparent" compared to the blunt force of Haiti and the gourmand power of Java. I imagine useful in compositions where a more subtle vetiver accompanied by citrus, less invasive and green is sought ... The drying is extraordinary, after a day the base notes smell of an elegant masculine perfume by itself, DIVINE !! It is much thicker than other vetiver like syrup, which makes it an excellent fixative.

Review by Juan 5/13/2021



I thought I didn't care for vetiver until I found this one through a sample. This oil is less sharp with fewer offensive notes (to me) than other Vetivers I've tried. I'm back to place my order. (I love being able to sample oils. Please don't ever stop offering this wonderful service.)

Review by Leann 2/10/2020

A warm, deep leathery-scented Vetiver


Eden's Vetiver India, is paler in color and less smoky than their Vetiver Java but not as sweetly smooth (initially) as Eden's Vetiver Haiti. I prefer the smokier, robustness of Java, but understand many might prefer a more subtle base note. This would serve the purpose admirably if you're making blends and want a smoother background base note.

Review by Michele L. 1/17/2019

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