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Woody Notes in Perfumery — Vetiver and Derivatives. Part I

By: Danute Pajaujis Anonis, Chemist Perfumer
Posted: February 24, 2010

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Vetiver is an important woody note in perfumery. The word vetiver, vetyver in French, originated in Tamil: vettiveru = vetti, worthless + veru, useless. The Indian term for vetiver is Khus, and in Indonesia is known as Akar Wangi.

Botanical origin: Vetiver, Vetiveria zizanioides Staph., is a grass growing wild, semi-wild or cultivated in many parts of the world, including India, Haiti, Java, Réunion Islands, China and Indonesia.
Mode of production, yield, type of oil: Vetiver oil is obtained by distillation of Vetiveria zizanioides roots. Steam distillation is a more recent method used, and it gives a better yield of the oil.

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