Angelica or Dong Quai (Angelica Sinensis of the genus Angelica) is a botanical ingredient used in perfumery for its unique scent and aromatic properties. Angelica is native to China, specifically to the high-altitude regions of the Chinese provinces of Gansu, Hubei, Shaanxi, and Sichuan. It is also found in some neighboring regions, such as Korea and Japan. The essential oil of Angelica is obtained through supercritical CO2 extraction, which is a method used to extract essential oils, flavors, and other compounds from plant material. It is a highly efficient and environmentally friendly extraction technique that utilizes carbon dioxide (CO2) in its supercritical state.
In its supercritical state, carbon dioxide has both gas-like and liquid-like properties. This state is achieved by subjecting CO2 to specific temperature and pressure conditions. In the supercritical state, CO2 can penetrate plant material like a gas and dissolve substances like a liquid, making it an effective solvent for extracting desired compounds.
Angelica has a distinct aroma that is often described as earthy, herbaceous, and slightly musky. It has a green and spicy character with hints of celery and peppery notes. The scent of angelica can be both uplifting and grounding.
Angelica is valued in perfumery for its versatility as a fragrance ingredient. It’s a base note and found in our Musk family. Angelica blends well with a wide range of other ingredients and is used in both feminine and masculine fragrances.
In perfumery, Angelica adds a unique and distinctive character to fragrances, contributing to their complexity and allure. Its aromatic profile and cultural associations make it a valuable ingredient in the world of perfumery.
In European folklore, angelica has been associated with protection and warding off evil spirits. It was believed to have the power to dispel negative energy and provide spiritual protection. Angelica was often used as a key ingredient in herbal remedies and charms to guard against witchcraft and other supernatural forces.
In Norse mythology, angelica was associated with the goddess Freya, who was the goddess of love, beauty, and fertility. Angelica was considered a sacred plant dedicated to Freya, and it was believed to possess magical and aphrodisiac properties.
Angelica has a long history of use in herbal medicine and culinary traditions. It was highly valued for its medicinal properties and was used to treat various ailments, including digestive issues, respiratory problems, and menstrual disorders. In culinary traditions, angelica was used to flavor liqueurs, candies, and baked goods.
Angelica is often associated with angelic or divine qualities, as its name suggests. It has been regarded as a symbol of purity, inspiration, and spiritual guidance. The tall and majestic appearance of the angelica plant also contributes to its symbolic significance.
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Please note this product format is a small vial that contains roughly 20 drops of scent concentrate. This can be purchased à la carte but is intended to be used with our Perfume Kit.
Latin Name: Angelica Sinensis
Extraction Method: Supercritical Co2 Extracted
Country of Origin: China
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