Absolute: Botanical Name, Description, and Uses

Title: Absolute: Botanical Name, Description, and Uses

What is an Absolute?

An absolute is a highly concentrated, entirely alcohol-soluble, and usually liquid perfume material. It is obtained through the alcohol extraction of concretes, hydrocarbon extracts, or fat extracts of plant material.

Botanical Name

The botanical name of the plant used to produce the absolute varies depending on the specific plant. Some common examples include:

- Jasminum grandiflorum (Jasmine Absolute)

- Rosa damascena (Rose Absolute)

- Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender Absolute)


Absolutes are known for their rich, intense fragrance and are a staple in natural perfumery. They are derived from plants and flowers through a multi-step extraction process that involves creating a concrete first and then extracting the absolute with alcohol.


- Perfumery: Absolutes are used as key ingredients in high-end perfumes for their complex and authentic aromas.

- Aromatherapy: Due to their concentrated nature, absolutes are used in aromatherapy to provide therapeutic benefits.

- Cosmetics: Absolutes are also incorporated into skincare and haircare products for their aromatic properties and potential benefits to the skin and hair.

 Goes Well With

Absolutes blend well with a variety of essential oils and other natural extracts. Some popular combinations include:

- Jasmine Absolute: Pairs well with sandalwood, ylang-ylang, and citrus oils.

- Rose Absolute: Blends beautifully with geranium, lavender, and frankincense.

- Lavender Absolute: Complements bergamot, clary sage, and patchouli.

The Extraction Process

1. Harvesting: The plant material is harvested at peak fragrance times.

2. Solvent Extraction: The plant material is processed to create a concrete using solvents.

3. Alcohol Extraction: The concrete is then treated with alcohol to separate the absolute.

4. Purification: The absolute is purified and filtered to remove any impurities.

 Why Choose Absolutes?

Absolutes are chosen for their unmatched aromatic complexity and strength, making them invaluable in creating luxurious and enduring perfumes.


Absolutes are an essential component in the world of natural perfumery, offering intense and multifaceted scents that enhance any fragrance blend. Their versatility and potency make them a favorite among perfumers and aromatherapists alike.

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