Night Queen(Cestrum nocturnum) Absolute/ South India




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Olfactory Properties of Night Queen/Rat ki Rani(Cestrum nocturnum) Absolute/South India

The very viscous light green liquid(can solidfy at cooler temperatures) of Night Queen Absolute extracted from the flowers of the Cestrum nocturnum shrub has an intensely rich sweet, fruity, honeyed spicy aroma with good tenacity and radiance. As the absolute passes through the different stages of its aromatic life the honeyed fruity note becomes less predominant with the sweet floral, spicy aroma coming to the forefront. This note remains present for more than 24 hours on a perfumer blotter.

Blends well with agleia odorata abs; ambrette seed eo, co2 and abs; arucaria eo; basil eo, co2 and abs; bay leaf eo; benzoin abs; boronia abs; broom abs; cabreuva eo cananga eo; cassie abs; cardamon eo, co2 and abs; carnation abs cascarilla eo; champa, gold abs and attar; chamomile, english/roman eo and abs; chamomile, blue/gernam; eo, co2 and abs: champa white co2, abs and eo; cinnamon bark eo, co2 and abs; clary sage eo and abs; clove budy eo, co2 and abs; copaiba balsam eo; coriander eo, co2 and abs; fir balsam abs; frangipani abs; galangal root eo; ginger eo, co2 and abs; gurjun balsam eo; hay abs; helichrysum eo and abs; henna leaf co2 and abs; jasmin absolutes(sambac, grandiflorum and auriculatum); jonquil abs; kadam attar; kewda ruh and attar; laurel leaf eo and abs; mace eo and co2; magnolia lily co2; mandarin petitgrain eo; mate abs; mimosa abs; narcissus abs; nutmeg eo and co2; orris root eo, co2 and abs; orange blossom abs; osmanthus abs; rose abs and eo's(damascena, centifolia bourbonia) sandalwood eo, co2 and abs; siamwood eo; tarragon eo and abs; tea black abs; tea green abs; tonka bean abs; tuberose abs; violet leaf abs; ylang eo, co2 and abs; lily, gardenia, rose, wall flower re-creations


In perfumery can be used in exotic oriental bouquets; tropical perfumes; high class florals; floral spicy notes; garland perfumes; sacred essences; warm-spicy florals, lily, gardenia, rose, wall flower re-creations

When I first went to live on a small farm in South India in 1971, I became acquainted with the delicious, heavy, sweet exotic scent of the Night Queen flowers as they perfumed the air as evening fell in the subtropical setting in which I lived. There is something enchanting about such incredible scents that one encounters when night begins to fall and one cannot see the source from which they originate. All of a sudden one steps into a magical fragrant world that surrounds and engulfs one in a mysterious way.

In subsequent years I encountered this woody shrub and the delicate greenish white flowers radiating its intoxicating perfume in different parts of India and when in 1998 White Lotus Aromatics was founded, it was a keen desire of mine to find some authentic source for the attar or if possible the absolute extracted from the flowers. I had been told that in Kannauj the ancient perfume center of India the attar of Night Queen was still occasionally produced, but even though I became intimately involved with the attar industry at that time I could not find anyone to produce the attar.

During a visit to Coimbatore at the base of the Nilgri Hills in South India I did come in contact with a family that were pioneers in the extraction of tuberose, jasmin sambac and jasmin grandiflorum and they had at one point established a 4 acre Night Queen flower garden that was also equiped with lights so the flowers could be harvested at night by the local villagers but they eventually had to abandon the project because the scent of the flowers was said to attract the cobras and in any case the villagers did not like work in the evening when the sun went down and when the flowers began to open(which is the point at which they need to be picked). All the extractor could do was give me a small amount of the concrete which w

Even then I maintained my interest in this flower and its fragrance although there seemed little hope that I might ever have a genuine attar or absolute of its scent.
Then early this year I established a new contact with an extractor in deep South India who had undertaken to produce the absolute an experimental basis. They were able to produce 4 kilos of concrete from the flowers out of which they were able to produce 1 kilo of absolute. They too have decided that the production of the Night Queen concrete/absolute is to labor intensive and is not cost effective but they were willing to sell the 1 kilo of absolute to me which I now have.

So now I have a limited amount of this lovely absolute to share with our customers but it is important to realize that at least from the sources currently available to me it is this small amount which I have to offer. Already 10 ounces of it is spoken for meaning that I have another 25 which are available.
Out of that I am going to take 3 ounces and divide it into 60 1/20th ounce sample sizes so the maximum number of our customers can explore this special gift of nature. The remaining 22 ounces will be sold on first come, first served basis with a maximum number of 4 ounces to any one person.
Prices for the Night Queen(Cestrum nocturnum absolute)
sample size(1/20th of an ounce)-$22.50
1/4 ounce=$100.50
1/2 ounce=$175.50
1 ounces=$300

Contemporary Night Queen/Ratrani Attar(Blend of 10% Night Queen Absolute with pure sandalwood oil)-* I have made a small amount of the Night Queen Contemporary Attar for those who wish to enjoy this essence but may not be able to afford the absolute.
Sample-$11.25
1/4 ounce-$50.25
1/2 ounce-$87.75
1 ounce-$150
4 ounces-$558