Viscosity: Slightly Thick Pourable Liquid Perfume Note: Base
Aroma: Rich, warm, sweet, resinous, woody, amber notesBlends well with: Balsam Peru, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Champaca Pink, Cinnamon Bark, Cocao, Cypriol, Fir Balsam, Geranium, Geranium Bourbon, Geranium Rose, Jasmine sambac, Jasmine grand, Lotus Pink, Myrhh, Opopanax, Patchouli, Rose Moroc, Sandalwood, Tuberose, Vanilla, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang Extra
Three aromatic oils are produced from the flowering shrub Cistus ladaniferus also known as Rock Rose; Cistus (Rock Rose) essential oil from steam distilled stems and leaves, Labdanum Absolute from solvent extracted resin, and this Cistus Absolute from solvent extracted flower tops and leaves. Think of Cistus essential oil with shared aromatic similarities to Labdanum and you have Cistus Absolute.
Cistus Absolute should not be confused with Labdanum Absolute because Cistus Absolute is derived from flower tops and leaves whereas true Labdanum Absolute is 'always' from resin. As a result of different plant parts being extracted Cistus Absolute is slightly sweeter than Labdanum and MUCH easier to work with.
Labdanum Absolute is prized for use in perfumery but because of it being difficult to work with we also offer Labdanum 20% in fractionated coconut oil. Because working with Labdanum can be challenging and the aromatic similarities Cistus Absolute has with it plus its ability to serve as a base note fixative we are happy to make this POURABLE alternative to Labdanum available. Cistus Absolute adds a spectacular depth to oriental, fougre, and chypre accords.
Cistus Absolute is best suited for meditation, yoga, and natural perfumery with its calming, centering and grounding aroma. For aromatherapy use please see Cistus essential oil.
General use: Diffusion, potpourri, natural perfume, soap and candle scenting, meditation, yoga
Contraindications: None known