Aromatic Plants · Bottled Scent

If the Earth Were Cake Crumbs

Vetivert is truly one of the most gorgeous essential essences. Known as the ‘oil of tranquillity’ in tropical Asia where it grows, it is as rich and mysterious as the deep, sacred earth itself. In fact, if the soft, nurturing brown earth were actually the crumbs of a luxurious chocolate cake, its divine aroma would whisper, ‘vetivert’.

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Source: Waitrose Recipes

For the scent is wholesome to the point of being dangerously indulgent, its brownness comforting to the point of pushing you into a heart of pure pleasure. The delicious enchantment of vetivert seems to come from a magical mix of dark cocoa and addictive coffee, plus a fluid, dreamy touch of amber brandy. The bewitching trio creates something curiously accurate to a smooth, romantic tiramisu.

The whole experience is intimately kissed with a warm, smoky character like sparks on raw stones or the bonfire’s perfume lingering in a starlit dream. This special scent can really take us ‘down the rabbit hole’ and make us feel as though Earth were a mesmerising galaxy, and the cosmos a cosy cup of mocha.

Indeed, vetivert really sinks into the earth like a submarine, its roots reaching up to 10ft. The grounding yet uplifting essential oil offers us stability and vigour, as it soothes anxiety, strengthens the nerves, and stimulates red blood cells. The earthy and aphrodisiac aroma is also reflective of the oil’s benefits to digestion, appetite, and love.

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