Mastic (Pistacia lentiscus) essential oil/Morocco

Mastic (Pistacia lentiscus) essential oil/Morocco

At the falling of dusk we passed a thickly-wooded tract large enough to be called a forest; the great trees looked hoary with age, and amid a jungle of undergrowth, myrtle and lentisk, arbutus and oleander, lay green marshes, dull deep pools, sluggish streams. A spell which was half fear fell upon the imagination; never till now had I known an enchanted wood. Nothing human could wander in those pathless shades, by those dead waters. It was the very approach to the world of spirits; over this woodland, seen on the verge of twilight, brooded a silent awe, such as Dante knew in his selva oscura.
By the Ionian Sea, by George Gissing



Images of Pistacia lentiscus

Mastic essential is a colorless to pale yellow liquid displaying a fresh, green, somewhat bitter, resinous(galbanum-like) aroma with a sweet balsamic undertone

In natural perfumery it is used in citrus colognes, incense perfumes, fougere, sacred essences, culinary perfumes

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