J.Hannah Co. Botanical Friday: Vetiver

My Vetiver oil supply has been running low and I couldn't bare to be without it. Vetiver (vetiveria zizaniodes) smells of fresh turned earth, slightly wood, and totally grounding. In India they refer to it as the "oil of tranquility". I really appreciate how it deepens a perfume when a few drops are added to the base note. The plant is a grass, but this oil is harvested from the rootlet. I tested many various oils and what a divergent collection! Some were smoky, while others felt weak in comparison. It was such a good reminder that natural materials are constantly shifting and the aroma depends on the source. Here are a few from my hunt:

Vetiver oils from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Haiti.

Vetiver oils from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Haiti.

That's the rub with natural essences: they change with every season and crop. How the plant was watered, the weather, the harvest, the soil, and the extraction process all impact the final outcome. What a gift to smell different oils from all over the world! After months of testing and sampling I finally sourced an amazing oil and I made sure to get enough to last for awhile! Come smell it at an upcoming workshop!