Siam Wood/Pemou(Fokiena hodgsii)/Vietnam organic



Olfactory Properties of Siam Wood/Pemou(Fokiena hodginsii) Essential oil/Vietnam-organic

This is a rare essential oil that at one time was valued greatly by perfumers for its fixative effect in perfumes. Like sandalwood, its odor is one of quiet beauty into which a host of other absolutes, essential oils and co2 extracts can be blended with the added benefit that it is many times less costly than sandalwood,

After placing a few drops of the oil on the AromaStone it takes a couple of minutes before the aroma begins to spread in the room. The oil displays a soft, creamy, warm, sweet balsamic, slightly nutty, precious woods bouquet. It takes at least 15 minutes for the aroma to reach all parts of the room and a full 45 minutes for its quiet redolence to saturate the air.
As the aroma matures its creamy sweet balsamic-precious woods notes continue to manifest themselves with a rich cedarwood under-note. If one leaves the room and re-enters it periodically over a period of several hours one gets a better sense of its rich, aromatic beauty-reminding one of ancient temples or palaces whose walls radiate a delicate, refined precioius woods bouquet.
As I continue to investigate the different natural essences, I am finding a lot of satisfaction in exploring these quiet notes that lie hidden within the heart of the base note oils. These notes are very rich and deep but one would not detect them in a blend as they would be subdued by any other aromatics added to them. For this reason, alone, I find these investigations of single oils a true joy.

Blends well with a wide spectrum of essences including agarwood eo and co2; ambrette seed co2 and abs; aruacaria eo; cabreuva eo; calamus eo and co2; cedarwood oils; choya nakh; choya ral; choya loban; cinnamon bark co2 and eo; elemi eo and abs; fir balsam eo; fir grand eo; fir, silver eo; frankincense eo, co2 and abs; guaicwood eo; muhuhum eo; myrrh eo, co2 and abs; pine, forest(scotch) eo and abs; pine maritime eo; saffron co2; sandalwood eo, co2 and abs; spruce, black eo; spruce, hemlock abs;

In perfumery could be effectively use in oriental compositions, incense perfumes, forest blends, precious woods note. It main function is that of a fixative where it acts as a perfect crucible in which other oils could meld together harmoniusly

Interesting facts about Siam Wood/Fokienia hodginsii

1. The dark fine-grained, durable fragrant-resinous wood is used for coffins in China
2. Laotian and Dao tribesmen use Fujian cypress timber for wall partitioning or roofing.
3. In Vietnam, it is considered a precious timber because of its characteristic aroma and its exceptional weight; therefore it is used to make art works, pieces of furniture, and charcoal of high heat value
4. The generic name is an archaic Romanization of Fujian, the Chinese province from which the first specimens were introduced to the West. The discoverer (in 1908) was a Captain Hodgins, whence the specific epithet.
5. On older trees, the bark presents longitudinal fissures and becomes aromatic.
6. Major Biochemical Compounds Nerolidol, Fokeniol, Elemol, Eudesmol
7."Fokienia" is a genus in the family Cupressaceae. In its characteristics, "Fokienia" is intermediate between the genera of "Chamaecyparis" and "Calocedrus", though genetically much closer to the former. The genus comprises only one living species, "Fokienia hodginsii" or Fujian Cypress, and one fossil species ("Fokienia ravenscragensis").
7. Siam wood trees are very long lived and can have a life-spam of 600 years

Images of Siam Wood/Fokienia hodginsii

Forever Young-Bob Dylan