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Elemi Hydrosol Wild Pili Philippines


Wild Elemi hydrosol from artisan distillers in the Philippines.

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I discovered Wild Elemi a few years ago as the incredibly delicious and versatile pili nut which is a creamy and fatty nut with pine nut like taste. I went in deep, as I do and made pili nut milk, pesto, roasted pili nuts and tried to run them though our small commercial oil press to extract the oil. I don’t know how to go half way with things. Both nuts and fruit from the trees are economically import to people in the region and while Pili essential oil and hydrosol are not widely known, I hope to change that with its launch in our Pinoy collection to hopefully enhance further economic viability for this region.

Wild Elemi and Elemi was a little confusing to me at first and I reckon others as well as they appear to be the same. On occasion, I’ve seen a listing online for Wild Elemi oil but when I inspect the latin binomial, I see it listed as Luzonicum which is not Wild Elemi. Wild Elemi is distilled from the resin of the Canarium ovatum or Pili tree. The profile is different as well; Luzonicum possesses forward front lemony pepper notes where as Ovatum smells similar to Frankincense sacra with a deep muskiness back end, surprisingly so. It was the first profile notes I arrived at when I first smelled it on a blotter and after a few days into my evaluation. My bottle of this hydrosol has been in my left hand for accessible misting since arrival for both the fresh scent it imparts as a lightly scented perfume and also for the reduction of redness that likes to show up during these cooler winter months.

Suggested use: mist on skin as a skin toner to soften lines and freshen skin. Calms redness particularly in winter months when the weather can be harsh. Adds a gentle natural perfume scent when misted on the body.

Shelf life: 12 months. Refrigerate to prolong freshness.

Packaged in 3.3oz/100 ml tamper proof refillable glass bottles.

Our hydrosols are kept in dedicated refrigeration until shipped.


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