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Vetiver: The Heart of Perfume

Vetiver has classically been a base note used in many famous perfumes such as Vetiver by Guerlain, Vetiver Fatal by Atelier, or Gray Vetiver by Tom Ford. The complete oil is used as a fixative for classic perfumes bases such as fougère, chypre and also amber-aldehydic bases. It makes the fragrance last by its extraordinary sesquiterpenes expressing themselves in the dry down of the perfume providing richness and enduring character. Native to India and known as khus, it often strikes a very unique note with different individuals. Some find it exquisitely masculine while others perceive it to be calming, or even erogenous. A large part of Vetiver's appeal is its perfumistic value. 


The Site: Haiti

Vetiver from Haiti differs in many aspects from its Asian counterpart in that the roots appear as threads of different shades of blond, whereas Asian Vetiver is thick and dark with a rough earthy scent.


With deep roots Vetiver stabilizes the soil and is commonly used to prevent erosion. The bunchgrass is also resistant to frost and wildfires. Haiti is one of the largest producers of Vetiver today. 150 kg of harvested roots yield 1 kg of essence. Because of its high content of sesquiterpenoid molecules, distillation can require a full 24 hours to complete.


In 1999 a Dutch plant taxonomist named J. F. Veldkamp confirmed that there were no significant morphological differences between the genus Chrysopogon and the genus Vetiveria, derived from the Tamil word Veṭṭivēr (வெட்டிவேர்). Since the name Chrysopogon had been used first, and based on the principle of botanical priority, Veldkamp reluctantly renamed all the grasses in the Vetiveria genus as Chrysopogon.

Therapeutic Properties

Vetiver oil is utilized as an effective immunostimulant in French Style Aromatherapy. As a powerful circulatory and endocrine stimulant, it is often used to calm inflammation of the veins (phlebitis) or to treat varicose veins. This oil is also used for prostate hyperplasia and congestion of the prostate.


In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is used to alleviate stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, trauma, and panic attacks. To balance Qi, massage with a downward motion along the lumbar spine to ground defensive energy and contain excessive immune response. 

#259 Vetiver from Haiti

The effects of Vetiver oil are mediated by a unique combination of sesquiterpene alcohols such as vetiverol which is also responsible for the faint, tenacious sweet odor. Other active main components are sesquiterpene ketones, termed vetiverone, giving rise to its bitter earthiness and tenacity. 

Special Discount on Latest Harvest

We are pleased to offer a special discount of 15% on our latest harvest of Vetiver from Haiti. Discount available March 17th through March 21st, 2022.

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Original Swiss Aromatics
PO Box 6842, San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 479-9120

Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy
PO Box 6723, San Rafael, CA 94903

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