Scent Tales : Elemi 11 December 2019
In our latest series, we explore how exactly some of the more rare ingredients we work with smell. Today, we talk about the spicy yet sweet Elemi.
Clean and fresh yet deep and soothing, Elemi has mysterious powers to elevate any fragrance it’s a part of. It stands out with its complex notes and can be considered a “fix-it” ingredient, making it an integral part of our fragrances, especially 1020 and Calicut.
Named after the Arabic phrase “As Above, So Below”, Elemi is considered to be rooted in balance and spirituality. Its notes point toward being Terpenic in nature where one can almost think of woody and fresh pine needles, citrus and coriander – altogether, an incredibly sophisticated and crisp aroma.
Native to the Phillipines, Elemi is a resin from the tree of the same name. The pale yellow resin has a thin consistency and blends well with both spice and citrus olfactory families. The oil is obtained through steam distillation. Apart from perfumery, it is known to be medically effective as well.
In 1020, we paired Elemi with spicy Ginger and subtle Vetiver to create a balance while in Calicut, it adds a bit of freshness to the spicy and musky palette. The beauty of Elemi lies in its versatility and ability to elevate a fragrance, which is why it’s been preferred by perfumers down the ages.