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Haitian Vetiver: Uprooted?

By: Christian Thwaites, Northwest Aromatics
Posted: April 6, 2010, from the May 2010 issue of P&F magazine.

When it comes to naturals, some ingredients are fashionable, some are standard, and some are simply indispensable. To the latter category belong the cedars, the roses and, of course, the vetivers. Vetiver oil (Vetiveria zizanioides), with its heavy, woody and earthy character, is one of the perfumer’s most basic and traditional materials. However, like other traditional materials (sandalwood oil comes to mind), vetiver oil is an extremely expensive ingredient with a precarious supply situation subject to the forces of nature and politics.

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