By the time I was fifteen, I had read “The Herb Book” by John Lust cover to cover twice with all of the aromatic descriptions committed to memory and imagination. Khus was an aromatic root I daydreamed about and it frustrated me that the oil was not available in rural 1980’s Canada. It was published as Khus -Khus, which is actually an oil seed from the Poppy plant and not Vetiver which added to a little confusion when I was finally able to buy the rich, heavy scented essential oil.
Our emerald colored Vetiver is distilled in Northern India where it is considered superior due to a twenty four hour distillation and lower yield. As a distiller myself, I have a lot of respect and gratitude for those who distill that length of time as I’m all in at five to six hours tops. Separating the oil from hydrosol is also very challenging so I feel rather fortunate to have it in our hydro collection as well. Wild Green Vetiver is a rare essential oil with some very unique scent notes to it. I pick up green cucumber which may sound odd, but I like the chypre note it offers. This vetiver also offers less of a heavy base note to compositions which can really allow for the addition of more essential oils when building an accord. I also smell a little floralness I expect are from the vetiver flowers. Wild, green and a little floral sounds like the makings of my soul.
Suggested use: Wild green Vetiver is a beautiful rare addition to any natural perfumery compositions.