Wormwood essential oil is produced by steam distillation of leaves and the flowers of plant Artemisia Absinthium. This plant mostly grows in central and southern part of Europe: former Yugoslavia, France, Holland, Belgium, Hungary, North Africa and Brasil. The wormwood or absinthe can be used in multiple ways – from medicine to the liqueurs. With angelica, anise, marjoram, it is one of the main ingredients of Italian aperitif Vermouth.
Wormwood oil is dark green color and has a sharp herbal-green opening. The scent gradually becomes warm, a bit dry and woody. It lasts for a long time and enriches the perfume composition.
Because of wormwood, France prohibited the production and sales of absinthe in 1915. The reason for this is that one of the elements of wormwood – thujone if consumed in large quantities has a narcotic effect and can cause addiction. Thujone is the main ingredient of wormwood aromatic oil and is similar to other aromatic oils from the same family, like Dalmatian sage.
Wormwood fragrance note goes well with oakmoss, jasmine, orange, hyacinth. It enriches chypre compositions, as well as compositions with large quantities of lavender.
Perfumes with wormwood fragrance note are: Nasomatto Absinth, Amouage Memoir Men, Burberry Body, Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin, Ralph Lauren Black Polo, Davidoff Hot Water, L’Artisan Fou d’Absinthe, Penhaligon’s Levanthium, Kenzo Homme Night, Calvin Klein Free for Men, Calvin Klein Dark Obsession, Calvin Klein Secret Obsession, Roberto Cavalli Man, Paco Rabanne Black XS for Him, L’Erbolario Absinthium, John Varvatos Vintage.
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