Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Helichrysum italicum/Immortelle eo/Corsica organic

Helichrysum italicum

Olfactory properties of Helichrysum italicum/Imortelle essential oil/Corsica organic

In recent years a considerable amount of information has been published about Helichrysum italicum's therapeutic virtues but little has been said about its excellent olfactory properties and uses in natural perfumery. No doubt it is an expensive essential oil but its wonderful full bodied bouquet could be used to great effect in a wide range of perfume creations.
As with every essential oil, co2 extract and absolute-its qualities are dependent on the place where it is grown, the skill of the distiller in obtaining the oil, the exact season of distillation etc. Helichrysum grows in Italy, France, Yugoslavia, Croatia and other Mediterannian countries but the finest oil is generally obtained from the island of Corsica. It is also the most costly of the Helichrysum italicum oils.
The Corsican Helichrysum italicum essential oil displays an emmensely rich, sweet, deep honeyed, floral, slightly spicy topnote with a long lasting, radiant and tenacious heart and base note in which the fresh golden fruity, floral, balsamic, coumarinic bouquet comes to the forefront. It is very complex essence revealing many intriguing aromatic facets as one goes on following its perfumed trail from top note to dry out.

It blends well with aglaia absolute; ambrette seed eo, co2 and abs; bakul attar; beeswax absolute; boronia absolute; broom absolute; cassie absolute; chamomile eo's and abs (english/roman, blue/german, moroccan, wild); champa, golden attar and abs; champa white eo and co2; champa, white leaf eo; cistus eo and abs; citrus eo's; davana eo, co2 and abs; fir balsam abs; frangipani abs; frankincense eo, co2 and abs; geranium eo and abs; hay absolute; henna leaf co2 and abs; labandum eo and abs; lavindin eo and abs; lavender eo, co2 and abs; magnolia, lily co2; melissa, lemonbalm eo, co2 and abs; night queen abs; oakmoss abs; orris root eo, co2 and abs; rose eo's and abs(centifolia, damascena, bourbonia) saffron attar and co2; tea, black abs; tea green abs; tonka bean absolute; tuberose abs and attar; verbena, lemon eo and abs; white ginger lily abs

In natural perfumery could be used to great effect in rose bases, lily bases, lily of the valley bases, chypres, high class florals, geographical bouqetes, apothecary creations, new mown bases, amber accords

Links for Helichrysum italicum

Aromatherapy for Massage Practitioners
By Ingrid Martin

The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils
By Gill Farrer-Halls

Aromatherapy: scent and psyche :
By Kate Damian

Monograph on Helichrysum italicum
Recipes in which Helichyrsum italicum are used

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