Aromatic molecules: Vétivene, vétivenol, vétivenone
Distilled organ: Root
From a vitalistic perspective, the roots of Vetiver are innately nourishing, strengthening and grounding. For the overactive mind, Vetiver is relaxing and is well suited for one who constantly strives for perfection. Vetiver helps bring about a sense of ease, letting the mind just be.
Like Sandalwood, Patchouli and Frankincense, the earthy tones of Vetiver’s fragrance improve with age. Vetiver is considered to be a strong base note. Base notes take more than 12 hours to evaporate, where top notes evaporate in less than 2 hours. When mixed with other essential oils, Vetiver helps the other oils to “stick around” (literally) keeping the other, more volatile essential oils (top notes), “fixed” to the skin. This unpretentious oil serves as a trusted base note for the world’s perfumery market. Veriditas uses Vetiver in our Men’s Deodorant to fix the Lavender, Tea Tree and Thyme essential oils to the skin, so they don’t absorb as quickly and can continue to work over longer periods of time.
Authentic Vetiver is dark amber in color, and pours slowly from the bottle. This is a good metaphor for how Vetiver works on the body. It is slow, and grounding. Good Vetiver oil is sold with a glass applicator wand because the oil’s viscosity inhibits its flow from a “dropper” bottle. Vetiver roots grow so tightly together and they are so strong, that they are used for Erosion control in soil that drains too easily. This is also a great metaphor for how Vetiver keeps moisture in the skin.
Vetiver is grown for 3 years before it can be harvested and distilled for its oil. One must harvest the roots of the Vetiver grass, pulling them out of the ground, shaking and cutting the roots off with a machete. This is hard labor done by hand with no tractors or machines for help.