This Madagascan Vetiver is a beautifully comforting oil that is full of smoky warmth and baked earth goodness. The scent wafts with deeply warm notes of wood-fuelled campfires intertwined with dusty rain, clay, roots, woods, nuts and spicy earthiness (the spicy earthiness, strangely enough, has a somewhat umami feel to it and reminds me, almost, of Far East Asia’s dried fish delicacies!).
Often regarded as one of the finest vetivers, Bourbon vetiver traditionally comes from the island of Reunion. This vetiver, however, has been grown in neighbouring Madagascar and then steam-distilled in Reunion from the roots of the plant. Its viscosity is thick and its colour is a golden, earthy brown.
Overall, this Madagascan vetiver is complex and unique, and markedly different from Ruh Khus – the wild North Indian variety. For vetiver collectors and enthusiasts, this is one for the collection.