On any given day, a jar of osmanthus jam and osmanthus tea can be found in my kitchen cupboard. I’m a fanatic about floral foods and what I don’t make myself, be it violet syrup or lavender, wild rose if I’m lucky, I buy.
Osmanthus absolute, like the jam, does not disappoint. I can smell the history in this oil. Its elegance and 17th century travel to Japan, to Europe and eventually to North America. The absolute is thick and rich and after several hand washes, I can still smell the floral extract. Like Jonquil, the sillage of Osmanthus projects for several days. The absolute has that dried apricot scent to it and is a recommended addition to fruity floral botanical blends.
Suggested uses: Osmanthus excellent for a natural perfumer’s palette as it blends well with Citrus, Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Ylang ylang and Sandalwood.