Vetiver root – deep, sweet, earthy and complex

By : Lola


Vetiver is a bunchgrass , (ie grasses that usually grow as singular plants in clumps or bunches).
Vetiver is mainly cultivated for the fragrant essential oil distilled from its roots (via steam distillation).
Due to its excellent fixative properties, vetiver is used widely in perfumes.
The island of Réunion is considered to produce the highest quality vetiver oil called “bourbon vetiver” with the next favorable being Haiti and then Java.
Its odor (or odour) profile is very complex, described as deep, sweet, woody, smoky, earthy, musty amber, and balsam.

Image © 2005 David Monniaux