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The Stunning Qualities of Vetiver

How much do you know about the woody, earthy, and sensual fragrance, Vetiver?


It’s often described as deep, sweet, and smoky. Vetiver grows a bit like a grass, and shares many characteristics with other grasses such as lemongrass and citronella.


It’s cultivated for the fragrance essential oil distilled from its roots. It’s mainly grown in India, and thrives in tropical climates. The major vetiver producers include also Haiti, Indonesia, and Réunion, and worldwide production is 250 tonnes per annum. The United States, Europe, India, and Japan are the main consumers. 


Vetiver as a health aid


Medicinally, Vetiver is used for its antiseptic properties to treat acne and sores.


Used in aromatherapy applications, Vetiver Essential Oil is beneficial for soothing anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, depression, and inability to focus. It is believed that Vetiver,  known for its woody, earthy, and balsamic notes – can encourage feelings of confidence, stillness, and tranquility.


The strengthening properties of Vetiver Oil have made it an ideal tonic that eases problems of the mind to promote restful sleep and stimulate or enhance libido. 


Vetiver in perfumes


You have probably smelled it a lot, because it’s a core component of most perfumes. In perfumery, the older French spelling, vetyver, is often used. The oil is amber brown. 


You’ll find that the best quality oil is obtained from 18- to 24-month-old roots, and the scent improves with age.


It’s sometimes known as ‘the oil of tranquillity’, especially in ayurvedic medicine, because it is inherently grounding and sensuous. The sedative properties of Vetiver can encourage calmness and tranquillity, and help you to feel more balanced as a result.


One example of this in perfumes is our Sesame Chan, as here at Anima Vinci we wanted to create a scent that was perfect to achieve this zen state of mind you sometimes need.


Like patchouli and sandalwood essential oils, vetiver's odour develops and improves with aging.



Vetiver characteristics


The oil's characteristics can vary significantly depending on where the grass is grown and the climate and soil conditions.


The oil made in Haiti and Réunion has a distinctive floral quality and is considered of higher quality than the smokier oil from Java.


In Sesame Chan we use a vetiver oil from Haiti, which is part of the sustainable program “For Life” that aims to help the local community to make the most of their local treasure and maintain a healthy future for the next generations. We truly believe in sourcing sustainably where possible and so we are delighted we have made this happen with Vetiver.


Vetiver is ideal for massage therapy, and is used in many oils and perfumes. By taking a warm bath with Vetiver, it can promote a restful night’s sleep and a thoroughly relaxed mindset. 


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