Fir, Balsam Absolute
Fir, Balsam Absolute

Fir, Balsam Absolute

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Festive and refreshingly fruity, Balsam Fir Absolute captures the balsamic aroma of fresh coniferous needles. Thoreau once described the aroma of the fresh shoots of the Balsam Fir tree as remarkably emitting “the fragrance of strawberries,” and it is this surprising strawberry-scent that the absolute attains, along with a scintilla of spice and a whisper of camphor.

Botanical Name: Abies balsamea
Botanical Family: Pinaceae

Extraction Method: Absolute
Part of Plant Distilled: Needles and branches.

Country of Origin: Canada
Cultivation Method: Wild harvested
Composition: 50:50 Abies balsamea + Organic Biodynamic Alcohol
Consistency: Thick, brownish-green extract.
Scent Description: Splendidly, surprisingly sweet and more jam-like than piney. Green and resinous. Fruity. Coumarinic undertones.
Blends well with: Bergamot, Black Currant, Clary Sage, Clove, Douglas Fir, Geranium, Hay, Immortelle, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Narcissus, Oakmoss, Orris, Patchouli, Pine, Rockrose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spruce, Thyme, Vanilla, Vetiver, and Yuzu. It is especially lovely with Violet Leaf, Opopanax, Hyacinth, and Carnation.
Uses: Long lasting in perfumes, colognes, soaps, and scented creations as a tenacious base.

Contraindication: Always dilute to use. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin. 

Embraced by the airy–green scent of evergreens sweeping you through the forest, let these piney-terpenes fill the air and restore your spirit. Balsam Fir Absolute is thick, tenacious, and used primarily in perfumery and for its forest fresh fruity fragrance that sweetens and strengthens. When diffused with other firs, it lends the house a festive, cozy cheer.

“I first observed about ten days ago that the fresh shoots of the fir balsam (Abies balsamifera), found under the tree wilted, or plucked and kept in the pocket or in the house a few days, emit the fragrance of strawberries, only it is somewhat more aromatic and spicy. It was to me a very remarkable fragrance to be emitted by a pine. A very rich, delicious, aromatic, spicy fragrance, which if the fresh and living shoots emitted, they would be still more to be sought after.”
~Henry David Thoreau, Journal entry June 30, 1851

Its odor power is easily underestimated, and the apparent suave sweetness has a tremendous penetration in most fragrances. Obviously, this material is particularly useful in pine and spruce fragrances, “Christmas tree” odours… but the real pleasure of such a material is primarily obtained when it is used in the more unusual places, in chypre, fougère, muguet, cologne bases, violet bases, opopanax, hyacinth, carnation…”
~Steffen Arctander, Perfumes and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin

An absolute is created by using a solvent to pull the precious plant aromatics from the plant matter. The solvent is then allowed to evaporate leaving behind a beautifully aromatic and highly concentrated absolute. The fragrant molecules are generally enjoyed through inhalation to transport emotions, mind, memories, creativity, concentration, imagination, and meditation across secular thresholds into the sea of cosmic waveforms. The scent story of absolutes unfolds in colognes and perfumes, inhalation mediations, and ambient diffusion infusions rather than as the focus of skin care.