What is Vetiver and what to do with it

Vetiver otherwise known as Chrysopogon zizanioides  is a fragrant tropical grass which gives an aromatic oil from the root, the top part is fed to animals or in India used to make blinds and roof thatch.

Native to India the common name is derived from Tamil. 80% of the Vetiver oil now comes from Haiti where it was introduced in the 1940’s  by Frenchman Lucien Ganot.

Popularly used to fragrance luxury perfumes and candles, favoured by Creed, Christian Dior and Miller Harris. The older French spelling Vetyver is mainly used in the perfumery industry. It is contained in 90% of western fragrances.

The scent has a woody, grassy earthiness which makes it very masculine.

Its relevant at the moment for me as it is an ingredient in my candle of the month ‘Hudson’ alongside Thyme and Cedar. Hudson has been named after the Hudson Hotel in New York, second candle in my travel inspired destination range of six set in a cool white glass.

It is also known as the ‘oil of tranquility’ for peace and quietness.

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