Tonka Bean Absolute contains the highest amount of natural coumarin of any absolute or essential oil. Coumarin is responsible for its suave honeyed caramel, vanilla candy-like aroma that imparts sensuality and depth of character in perfume bouquets. Our Tonka Bean Absolute comes from beans grown in Brazil, extracted in Grasse, France, and has 87.57% coumarin content. Previous lots were in the 66% range.
Fragrantica says Tonka bean belongs to oriental category of perfumery notes. It shares some of the common characteristics with tobacco and amber, and goes well with patchouli, sandalwood, rose, lemon peel and lavender.
This premium quality pure Tonka Bean Absolute is a solid / semi-solid crystallized substance that requires warming to liquefy. To mix with a fixed oil we suggest warming the oil of your choice, we recommend odorless Fractionate Coconut oil
and blend with liquefied absolute. Tonka Bean Absolute will remain liquefied after blending.
How to liquefy and work with: This Tonka Bean Absolute is quite vicious (solid at room temperature) and one you will find needs to be gently warmed in order to liquefy and be easier to work with. I find a shot glass works well with small bottles. Place bottle in shot glass and add enough warm water (not hot/boiling) to almost reach the bottom rim of the cap. As water cools off refill with warm water until it reaches a more workable liquid state. Usually 10-15 minutes and a couple water changes is all it takes. You will need to work fast with this absolute as it will quickly re-solidify.
General use: Natural and fine perfume, base note fixative, fragrance ingredient: soap, lotions, diffusers, potpourri, air fresheners, bath oils, and more.
Contraindications: Avoid with small children, elders, epileptics, when pregnant or nursing.