Opoponax/Sweet Myrrh(Commiphora erythraea) eo/Ethiopia(wild harvest)



Olfactory qualities of Opoponax/Sweet Myrrh(Commiphora erythraea)/Ethiopia(wild harvest)
The pale yellow oil oil displays an intensely sweet, rich balsamic, light, fresh aroma topnote with a spicy warm, powdery-resinous floral undertone. The tenacity is quickly filling the room with its complex resinous bouquet. It has a commanding presence and its aromatic aura remains distincly imprinted in the atmosphere for hours after it has established itself.

Blends well with agarwood eo; amberi attar; ambrette seed eo, co2 nd abs; anise eo; anise star eo and co2; artemisia oils; balsam peru eo and abs; basil eo's; boronia abs; bergamot eo; benzoin abs; birch sweet eo; birch tar eo; cade eo; calamus eo and co2; cananga eo; cassie abs; cedar leaf eo; champa abs; choya nakh; choya ral; choya loban; cistus eo and abs; clary sage eo and abs; coriander eo and co2; costus eo,co2 and abs; davana eo, co2 and abs; fennel eo and co2; fir oils; frankincense eo, co2 and abs; galbanum eo, co2 an abs; hyssop eo and co2; kewda ruh and attar; labdanum eo and abs; lime essential oil; lemon eo; lovage eo and co2; mimosa abs; myrrh eo, co2 and abs; neroli eo; orris root eo, co2 and abs; osmanthus abs; patchouli eo, co2 and abs; pne oils; sage eo and co2; shamama attar; tangerine eo; tangerine essence eo; vanilla co2 and abs; vetiver eo, co2 and abs; ylang eo and abs; yuzu eo and abs

In perfumery is used in leather bases, fougeres, incense bouquets, oriental accords, forest notes, heavy florals
It is one of the oils that when used in a composition must be done so sparingly because its power is easily underestimated(like galbanum eo, cinnamon bark eo, ambrette seed abs) One may not notice its impact immediately but after several days-if the amount added is to much, one may find that it has taken on a dominant role which one never intended


Links for Opoponax

Wikipedia article on opoponax
Perfume profile of Opoponax
OLIBANUM (FRANKINCENSE), MYRRH AND OPOPANAX RESINS AND OILS
Opoponax essential oil

Opoponax in literature

Music, surely, was the art nearest akin to odour. A superb and subtle chord floated about him; it was composed of vervain, opoponax, and frangipane. He could not conceive of a more unearthly triad. It was music from Parsifal. Through the mists that were gathering he savoured a fulminating bouquet of patchouli, musk, bergamot, and he recalled the music of Mascagni. Brahms strode stolidly on in company with new-mown hay, cologne, and sweet peas. Liszt was interpreted as ylang-ylang, myrrh, and maréchale; Richard Strauss, by wistaria, oil of cloves, chypre, poppy, and crab-apple.
VISIONARIES
BY
JAMES HUNEKER

The afternoon was as balmy as a day in June, and to complete the simile of the old song, he had put on a blue frock-coat, dispensing with an overcoat, after sending Adolf down three times to make sure that there was not the least suspicion of east in the wind; and the frock-coat was buttoned so tightly around his personable form, that, if the buttons did not shine, they might pardonably have done so. Majestic on the pavement he fitted on a pair of dog-skin gloves; with his large bell-shaped top hat, and his great stature and bulk he looked too primeval for a Forsyte. His thick white hair, on which Adolf had bestowed a touch of pomatum, exhaled the fragrance of opoponax and cigars—the celebrated Swithin brand, for which he paid one hundred and forty shillings the hundred, and of which old Jolyon had unkindly said, he wouldn't smoke them as a gift; they wanted the stomach of a horse!
The Forsyte Saga, Complete, by John Galsworthy

'These are the cannisters where I keep my raw stuff' he said, pointing to the tine canisters ranged on shelves. They stood hand in hand reading the names of the lables/
'Ambergris--that's the name of a scent I bottle,' she said with a little latugh/ 'I used lavender ribbon for that. And orris--that's the powder. Don't they have queer names? Opopona, that always makes me laugh.'
They laughed together over opoponax.
'And there's name out of Scripture,' she said, 'frankincense and myrrh.'
He took down the tine of benzoin, and made her smell it, shaking some of the brittle stuff into the palm of her hand; crumpling up her hand into a cup, and guiding it now to her nose and then own. They compared their tastes; 'I think this sort smells nicest.' she said to him, graveling holding out her cupped hand, but he would not agree, after bending over with the deliberation of a practiced critic, and added a little storax, which, he said, brought out the pungency of the storax.
The Dragon in Shallow Waters
By Victoria Sackville-West

"That is the politest gentleman I ever saw in all my life! said one of the girls.
"And what a curious perfume he had in pocket handkerchief, or something!" says another.
"Well, now I though," said the youngest of them all, "that it smelt like brimestone!"
Then the other girls made game of her, and told her she knew nothing of the scents in used in fashionable society; so she had to give in(in being the custom to give in when other people do not agree with you) and confess that it might have musk, or patchouli, or frangipanni, or millefluers, or sweet opoponax, or eau-de-cologne. But they all agreed that it could not have been lavender, because it was vulgar not very expensive.
Lilliput legends,
By William Brighty Rands

The air was hot and heavy with the smell of the dust of
ages which had gathered in the nooks and crannies of this
dull and drabby room. It mingled with irritating unpleas-
antness with the scent of opoponax or heliotrope that
emanated from lace handkerchiefs, and with the pungent
odours of smelling salts ostentatiously held to delicate
noses.
THE HEART OF A WOMAN
BY
BARONESS ORCZY

The conversation was here interrupted by the appearance of the priest, a
large fat man, whose new, thick-soled boots creaked as he ascended the
steps of the altar. He was preceded by two boys dressed in white and
black surplices, who rang little brass bells furiously; a great
trampling of feet was heard, and the peasants came into the church,
coughing and grunting with monotonous, animal-like voices; and the
sour odour of cabin-smoked frieze arose--it was almost visible in the
great beams of light that poured through the eastern windows; whiffs
of unclean leather, mingled with a smell of a sick child; and Olive
and May, exchanging looks of disgust, drew forth cambric
pocket-handkerchiefs, and in unison the perfumes of white rose and eau
d'opoponax evaporated softly.
MUSLIN
By
GEORGE MOORE


After a time my troubled spirit grew calmer, as I
sat th%re inhaling the insidious breath of Tonquin
musk, the fragrance of attar of roses, the sweetness
of Indian spikenard and the stinging pungency of
myrrh, opoponax ,and ihlang-ylang. Fainfly I could
detect the perfume which I have always comited
the most exquisite of all save one — ^that delightful
preparation of Jasmine peculiarly Egyptian. But
the mystic breath of frankincense and erotic fumes
of ambergris alike left me unmoved ; for amid these
odorsy through which it has always seemed to me that
that of cedar runs thematically, I sought in vain for
the hint of '^Breath of Allah.''
TALES OF
SECRET EGYPT
By sax ROHMER

She pressed her handkerchief to her eyes, and exhaled over his a cloud of the perfume she habitually used. The discreet delicacy of the iris was overpowered by the sharp sweetnes of the opoponax, so that, half suffocated by the pungent odour of the atmosphere around her, he made for the window.
The undying past
By Hermann Sudermann