Cistus Essential Oil

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About Cistus Essential Oil

Cistus (Labdanum) has a long history of medicinal and ritual use. Also known as Rockrose, it is a resinous and extremely fragrant bush that grows wild throughout the Mediterranean region. Cistus contributes greatly to the luscious aroma of the Corsican countryside and is an integral part of the island’s aromatic biome, called the maqui.

The essential oil of cistus offers a stunning, resinous-herbaceous, uniquely sweet perfume. This aromatic gem is interwoven into Corsican tradition, primarily for meditation, respiratory assistance, and skincare.

The Rockrose bush exudes a resinous dark brown mass that has been used for centuries as a temple incense, perfume, and skin fortifier. Thought to be magical and therapeutic, it was an ingredient in Kyphi, the ancient Egyptian incense famous for stimulating altered and euphoric moods.

Cistus is often recommended for meditation in conjunction with sandalwood or frankincense and rose. Its aroma evokes deep emotions, and eases meditation and ceremony.

Due to its ability to tone and tighten the complexion, Cistus oil is a star ingredient in Immortelle Cleansing Dew and Nectar of Immortelle.

How to Use Cistus Essential Oil

  • Use in 1% dilution with body or massage oils.
  • Inhale, using direct palm inhalation, to inspire and clear the breath.
  • Diffuse for its purifying and meditative qualities.
  • Use a few drops in your face cream, cleanser, or toner for beautiful skin.

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Interesting Cistus Essential Oil Information

Cistus is a distinct essential oil derived from labdanum, which is extracted from the resin or gum exudate of the same plant. Cistus grows in Spain, Portugal, France, Sicily, Greece, Algeria, and Morocco.

Product Details

  • Botanical Name:Cistus ladaniferus
  • Family: Cistaceae
  • Composition: 100% Pure Cistus Essential Oil
  • Origin: Spain
  • Method of Extraction: Distillation
  • Cultivation/Harvesting: Organic
  • Plant Part: Leaves and stems
  • Color: Orange to Yellow
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Yield: 0.2% - 0.3%
  • Bottle Size: 1 Dram (3.75 mL)

Aromatic Profile and Blending Information of Cistus Essential Oil

  • Perfumery Note: Base
  • Odor: Strongly herbaceous and balsam/resinous with sweet, honey-like undertones
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong

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