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Java Vetiver Oil

By: Frederic Badie and Anne Sophie Beyls, Payan Bertrand
Posted: September 23, 2011, from the October 2011 issue of P&F magazine.

Vetiver roots (Vetiveria zizanoides (L.) Nash, Poaceae.) are a major focus for the fragrance industry, as the essential oil they provide is a key ingredient for all perfumers. However, there is an important distinction to be made between the various origins and qualitites of vetiver oil, because Bourbon and Haitian oils have traditionally been the preferred grades, whilst the Indonesian product has always been characterized as second-rate, despite Indonesia being globally the largest volume producer.

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