Cypress Essential Oil

A sage was asked: ‘Of so many notable, high and fertile trees which God the most high has created, not one is called free, except the cypress, which bears no fruit. What is the reason of this?’ He replied: ‘Every tree has its appropriate season of fruit, so that it is sometimes flourishing therewith, and looks sometimes withered by its absence; with the cypress, however, neither is the case, it being fresh at all times, and this is the quality of those who are free.’
Sheikh Muslih-uddin Sa'di Shirazi
The Gulistan of Sa'di

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Olfactory evaluation of Cypress(Cupressus sempervirens) from Morocco


As soon as one places a few drops on the AromaStone the aromatic molecules begin to rapidly disperse into the surrounding atmosphere. The initial notes are delightfully fresh, green, resinous with a slight pungency. It is a gently invigorating aroma conveying to the heart the beauty of being in the vicinity of coniferous trees on a warm day when the are dispensing into the air their refreshing aromas and one is naturally inclined to drink in their aromatic elixir in gentle deep breaths. The atmosphere of the room continues to be charged with the soothing, comforting aroma of the oil and reaches its natural peak at around 30 minutes. At that point one also perceives a gentle sweet ethereal note arising out of the green, resinous bouquet.
After this peak which last for another 30 minutes the aroma begins to recede into the background quite noticeably although one may still detect traces of this fine aroma after 5 or 6 hours but one can certainly say it is not a dominant presence as one finds in a number of oils.
From this observation it can readily be seen that this oil could be used to great advantage as a top note/heart note in the compositions in which is incorporation would be suitable.

Blends well with armoise eo; bergamot eo; blood orange eo; camphor, white eo; cardamon eo, co2 and abs; cassia bark eo and co2; cedarwood eo's; citronella eo, clary sage eo and abs; coriander seed eo, co2 and abs; cypress abs; eucalyptus oils; fennel seed eo and co2; frankincense eo, co2 and abs; galbanum eo, co2 and abs; ginger root eo, co2 and abs; grapefruit eo; ho leaf and ho wood eo; juniper berry eo, co2 and abs; lavender eo, co2 and abs; lavindin eo and abs; lemon eo; lemon essence eo; lemongrass eo; lime eo; lime essence eo; litsea cubeba eo; orange, sweet eo; orange essence eo; orange bitter eo; pepper, black eo and co2; pepper, pink eo and co2, peppermint eo, co2 and abs; petitgrain eo; petitgrain, lemon eo; petitgrain, mandarin eo; petitgrain, bergamot eo; petitgrain, combava eo; pine needle eo and abs; spruce, black eo; spruce, white eo; tea tree eo, tea tree, lemon eo; verbena eo and abs

In perfumery would serve very well in forest bases, amber bases, colognes, fougeres, chypres, geographical perfumes, mythological or symbolic bouquets

Further perfume notes-
It is vitally important to realize that an essential oil from the same genus and species but from different origins(for example, cypress essential oil is distilled in France, Spain, Sicily, Portugal, Corsica, etc may have different aromatic characteristics. It will definitely share much of the general bouquet but will have some differences in aroma depending on the distilling technique, season of harvest, soil type in which the plant is growing, age of the oil, and many many other factors.
So that is why it proves beneficial to make some notes about the oil one is doing the olfactory exploration of. Aside from the difference that exist between the essential oil that is coming from different locations, etc. there are even greater differences between the essence of the same plant extracted by other means such as co2 or hexane/alcohol(for the concrete/absolute) There is no perfect method of distillation or extraction technique for any aromatic plant so one needs to gradually acquaint themselves with these differences and use each fine essence in a way that will bring forth its special qualities.

Cypress in Morocco-

Their interior disposition greatly resembles that of Spanish houses-the doors are of carved cypress wood, the rooms long and narrow, with scarcely any furniture except for a few mats, carpets and rugs.
A dictionary, geographical, statistical, and historical, of the various countries, places and principal natural objects in the world
By J. R. McCulloch

The road leading thereto was through lanes and spaces bounded by walls built of tabia, these enclosing gardens filled with trees of various kinds, such as the lemon, citron, olive, date-palm, walnut, mulberry, almond, pomegranate, apple, pear, peach and other fruits. Evergreens grew in great luxuriance, and included the cypress, cedar and myrtle...
Morocco and the Moors
By Arthur Leared

The Kutubiya Tower is the pride of Marakish. Its height must be considerable, and it stands in a large walled enclosure, its base surrounded with tapering cypress trees and olives.
A Ride in Morocco among Believers and Traders by Agnes Fraser

Their burial grounds are enclosed by cypress and other lofty dark trees, the lower parts of which are interwoven with odoriferous shrubs and creeping plants, forming an almost impenetrable hedge...
Travels through the empire of Morocco
By John Buffa

Between these avenues, as at the Agidal Palace, are groves of fruit trees, for the most part oranges and lemons, which at the time we were there were not only in fruit, but also in blossom. Here and there, above the heads of the oranges, rises a tall cypress, a pillar of stately dark green...
The Land of the African Sultan-Travels in Morocco by Walter Burton Harris

Links
Wikipedia article on the Cypress/Cupressus species
Images of Cypress trees
Description, history, etc of Cypress
Cypress monograph
Diaspora of the Cypress Tree and its uses
Nice monograph on Cypress

Cypress in Literature
The garden of Maumal was famous among the Moors for its rivulets, its fountains, its flowers, and above all, its cypresses. It had its name from a vizier of Abdallah, grandson of Aben Habuz, and Sultan of Granada. Under the administration of this vizier many of the noblest public works were executed. He constructed an aqueduct by which water was brought from the mountains of Alfacar to irrigate the hills and orchards north of the city. He planted a public walk with cypress-trees, and “made delicious gardens for the solace of the melancholy Moors.” “The name of Maumal,” says Alcantara, “ought to be preserved in Granada in letters of gold.” Perhaps it is as well preserved by being associated with the garden he planted; and by being mentioned in the verses of Hafsah. How often does a casual word from a poet confer immortality!
Washington Irving
The Alhambra

A sage was asked: ‘Of so many notable, high and fertile trees which God the most high has created, not one is called free, except the cypress, which bears no fruit. What is the reason of this?’ He replied: ‘Every tree has its appropriate season of fruit, so that it is sometimes flourishing therewith, and looks sometimes withered by its absence; with the cypress, however, neither is the case, it being fresh at all times, and this is the quality of those who are free.’

Place not thy heart on what passes away; for the Tigris
Will flow after the Khalifs have passed away in Baghdad.
If thou art able, be liberal like the date tree,
And if thy hand cannot afford it, be liberal like the cypress.
The motionless waves shone around Carthage, for the moon was spreading her light at once upon the mountain-circled gulf and upon the lake of Tunis, where flamingoes formed long rose-coloured lines amid the banks of sand, while further on beneath the catacombs the great salt lagoon shimmered like a piece of silver. The blue vault of heaven sank on the horizon in one direction into the dustiness of the plains, and in the other into the mists of the sea, and on the summit of the Acropolis, the pyramidal cypress trees, fringing the temple of Eschmoun, swayed murmuring like the regular waves that beat slowly along the mole beneath the ramparts.
Gustave Flaubert
Salammbo

The garden looked charming in the moonlight, with the black, dense cypress trees standing up against the sky, and the great fountain splashing cool and silvery. There was a heavily-foliaged oak by the gate, and she strolled down the path, and stood under it in the shadow, listening to the whisper and rustle of its multitudinous leaves. It is curious the unearthly glamour which moonlight seems to throw over everything, and though Madge knew every flower, tree, and shrub in the garden, yet they all looked weird and fantastical in the cold, white light.
Fergus Hume
The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

Nov. 3.—For the past week, the heat was very oppressive during the day, whilst, at night, it was often exceedingly cold; for two or three hours before dawn, and for an hour after sunset, it was generally delightful, particularly within the influence of a cheerful cypress–pine fire, which perfumes the air with the sweet scent of the burning resin.
Ludwig Leichhardt
Journal of an overland expedition in Australia, from Moreton Bay to Port Essington, a distance of upwards of 3000 miles, during the years 1844-1845