Davana grows in Southern India were Sandalwood trees grows – Mysore, in fact but its green, penetrating, wild fern like scent couldn’t be more different. Davana essential oil is boozy like the Cognac we are prevented from selling on this platform. Top notes are fruity and when blended in Labdanum or Oakmoss, Davana brings out a tea like depth in a chypre or fougere composition. I was surprised to learn that Arctander considered Davana a new oil as it had only recently had its botanical identity established as of 1952. I had imagined that when sandalwood trees were being harvested for the oil so many of us cherish, someone would have had the notion to distill plants from the Artemesia family. Davana has been traditionally used in Ayurveda to assist with mild allergies although it is not used in modern aromatherapy.
Suggested uses: Add to Fougere or Chypre blend or where fruity, tea notes are desired.