Seville Lavender Absolute

Seville Lavender Absolute/Lavandula luisieri

Habitat: Lavandula luisieri (Rozeira) Rivas-Martínez is an endemic plant from the Iberian Peninsula which belongs to the Lamiaceae family. L.luisieri, Genista falcata Brot. and Lavandula pedunculata (Miller) Cav. ssp. sampaiana (Rozeira) Franco can be found together in some regions of Central Eastern Portugal where old vegetation of meso-mediterranean communities occurs.

Today's essence of exploration will be the absolute extracted from the flowers of Lavandula luisieri, a unique type of Lavender found growing in Spain and Portugal.
This is a relatively new material it terms of availability as a natural essence. Little also has been published as to its role in the lives of the people that live in close proximity to the abundantly growing wild harvested plants so the main focus of this exploration will be simply on its aroma. Technically it is a subspecies of Lavandula stoechas and it in Spain is sometimes called Seville Lavender.
Harvest-In the vicinity of Almaden de Plata, Spain where Lavandula luisieri grows wild among other fragrant plants like cistus. Gathered in full bloom April-May and hand harvested in traditional way using only a sickle. Only that much is harvested which leaves the plant healthy and hearty for future generations.

Olfactory Properties of Seville Lavender Absolute

After placing a few drops on the AromaStone it takes about 60-120 seconds for the first aromatic molecules to be detectable in the air. The absolute is more viscous than the essential oil as it possesses, like all absolutes the alcohol soluble waxes and pigments, of the material extracted. These waxes, which naturally coat the plant parts protecting it from environmental fluctuations of temperature, etc also as as a natural fixative in the absolute which helps slow the rate of evaporation of the volatile parts of the essence.
Once the aroma begins to spread in the environment, one detects a soft-sweet, fruity(fig-like, dried fruit)/herbaceous bouquet which is distinctly different than any other lavender I have ever encountered. It takes about 20-30 minutes for this slowly emerging fruity/herbaceous bouquet to saturate the room. In the 30 minute range a new aroma begins to rise out of the aforementioned heart note. It has a distinctly ambery/leathery note to it. At around the 45 minute mark one feels that the personality of the essence has manifested itself and can be studied further at leisure without reference to the passing of time.
The atmospheric effect of the odor is quiet, warm, rich and mellow-portraying a sunny old warm charm and unassuming friendliness. It takes one into its confidence by slow degrees and leaves one filled with gladness of the acquaintance of a trusted companion.

Blends well with abies alba/silver fir eo; angelica root eo, co2 and abs; amyris eo; bay leaf eo and abs; bergamot eo; blood orange eo; bois de rose eo; calamus eo and co2; camphor, white eo; cananga eo; caraway seed eo and co2; cardamon seed eo, co2 and abs; carnation abs; cassie abs; all cedarwood eo's; chamomile, blue eo and co2; chamomile, english eo and co2; chamomile, wild eo and abs; cistus eo and abs; clary sage eo and abs; cognac, white eo; cognac, green eo; coriander eo and co2; costus root eo and co2; cypress eo and abs; estragon eo and abs; fir needle eo and abs; flouve abs; frankincense eo, co2 and abs; galabanum eo, co2 and abs; grapefruit eo; guaicwood eo; gurjun balsam eo; hay absolute; hyssop eo, co2 and abs; helichrysum eo and abs; juniperberry eo, co2 and abs; labdanum eo and abs; lavindin eo and abs; lavender eo, co2 and abs; lemon eo; lemon essence eo; lime eo; lime essence eo; mace eo and co2; marjoram eo and co2; melissa/lemon balm eo, co2 and abs; musk, black attar; myrrh eo, co2 and abs; myrtle eo; orange, sweet eo; orange, sweet essence eo; orange, bitter eo; orange flowers abs; patchouli eo, co2 and abs; petitgrain eo; petitgrain lemon eo; petitgrain mandarin eo; petitgrain combava eo; petitgrain bergamot eo; pimento berry/allspice eo, co2 and abs; pine needle eo and abs; rosa damascena eo and abs; rosa centifolia abs; rosa bourbonia abs; rosemary eo, co2 and abs; rosemary verbenone; tonka bean abs; vetiver eo, co2 and abs; violet leaf abs; ylang eo, co2 and abs

Useful in creating lavender cologne, citrus cologne, fougere, geographical perfume, herbal bouquets, amber bases; forest fragrances; new mown essences; oriental bouquets

Benefits of in-depth study of single note essences

I feel very sure that if a person takes up the study of even a select a few essences that are very dear to their heart that the lessons learned during that in-depth study will totally change the way in which they view the entire world of natural aromas. Each essence has many levels of beauty that are worth exploring and as we become aware of both the evident and subtle charms of each oil, then we begin to see how they relate to the many other botanical treasures with which we may come in contact.

Such a study need not be very expensive. A few drops of oil go a long way and lead to many hours of pleasure. If one adopts some similar method of exploration to the one I use, then a small 1/4 ounce bottle yields an abundance of smelling pleasure. If 1/4 ounce bottle contains almost 150 drops and one is using just 5-10 drops per exploration then one can easily see how many times one could repeat their studies. If one wishes to stretch their funds even further they could use a natural diluent like fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil or undenatured alcohol with the essence being studied. The fractionated coconut oil and jojoba will tend to slow down the rate of evaporation a bit and the perfumers alcohol will speed it up so that needs to be taken into account but the point is that a little goes a long way. If one considers using a 25% dilution which I would recommend for very expensive oils than a 1/4 ounce bottle would yield 1 ounce of beautiful essence.

One might even consider getting together a local study group of these precious essences and share the cost of procurement. There are many creative ways to make such studies affordable and most of all enjoyable and creative.

Links for Lavandula luisieri

Lavandula luisieri links-
New compounds from the Absolute and Essential Oil of Lavandula luisieri
Images of Lavandula luisieri

Since beginning to explore each essence in more depth, I have also been thinking about subjects related to this subject and I thought it might be helpful to include some links and video clips of the subject of the anatomy of the nose, the sense of smell, etc. The whole subject is profoundly interesting and since it is the nose that is utilized in exploring the subject I though to start there.

Anatomy of the Nose

The human nose with reference to nose types,culture, origin, famous noses,etc
The nose By Gabrielle Glaser
Quotations about the Nose
A wonderful childrens series of books about a dog named Nose