Noted in the Bible for its highly aromatic wood, Cedar has been a popular ingredient in medicine and cosmetics since the ancient times. One of the most popular varieties of this tree is the Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica), native to the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean. The Atlas Cedar is a tall, coniferous evergreen tree with rigid, needle-like leaves that branch out in long shoots and cluster around shorter ones. Large green or purple cones covered by overlapping wooden scales grow on short stalks of the tree. The wood itself is a valuable material for building and storage due to its insect-repellent and decay-resistant properties. The highly aromatic essential oil is extracted from the heartwood through distillation.
Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil
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A wonderful base note
Date: January 11, 2011
Written by: DreamMachine from Toronto
This cedarwood is a wonderful base note in my formula. I mix it with chamomile, petitgrain, lavender, rosewood and ylang-ylang to create my own perfume. The fragrance is so "deep" that it makes the perfume last for a whole day. The oil doesn’t seem freshly distilled. Probably at least two years old, which is an asset for a wood oil since the base note will become more woody as it ages.