Opoponax (Commiphora erythraea), also known as African myrrh or sweet myrrh, is native to the arid and semi-arid regions of East Africa. It is found in countries such as Somalia, where ours is sourced from, as well as Kenya, Ethiopia, and parts of neighboring countries in the Horn of Africa and the eastern coast of Africa.
Oppoponax has a warm, balsamic, and slightly sweet aroma with resinous and woody undertones. It is often described as having a rich and velvety scent. The fragrance of opoponax adds depth, complexity, and a touch of sweetness to perfumes.
Oppoponax is valued in perfumery for its fixative properties. It helps to anchor and prolong the scent of other ingredients in a perfume composition. By acting as a fixative, opoponax enhances the longevity and tenacity of a fragrance.
Opoponax is a Base note found in our Resinous family. Its warm and resinous character makes it suitable for adding depth and richness to fragrances.
Opoponax is often used as a blending component in various fragrance compositions. It blends well with other aromatic ingredients, such as citrus, floral, woody, and spicy notes. Its versatility allows perfumers to create a wide range of fragrance profiles, from oriental and woody to floral and gourmand.
Opoponax was used in ancient Egyptian rituals and ceremonies. It was highly valued for its aromatic properties and was believed to have protective and purifying qualities. It was often used in incense offerings to honor deities and as an ingredient in embalming rituals.
Opoponax has a long history of use in Middle Eastern and African cultures. It is often used in traditional incense blends and as a component in spiritual and religious ceremonies. It is believed to have grounding and uplifting properties, promoting a sense of tranquility and connection.
Opoponax has been associated with certain Western esoteric traditions, including ceremonial magic and occult practices. It is considered to have a potent and transformative energy, often used in rituals for spiritual purification, protection, and enhancing psychic abilities.
In traditional medicine systems, such as Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, opoponax has been used for its therapeutic properties. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and calming effects. It has been used in formulations to treat various ailments and promote overall well-being.
Opoponax is widely used in perfumery as a fragrance ingredient, adding depth, warmth, and complexity to perfumes. In aromatherapy, it is used for its grounding and centering properties, promoting relaxation and emotional balance.
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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: Commiphora Erythraea
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Country of Origin: Somalia
We are a natural perfumer; all of the scents in our library are derived from plants.
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