We had a group “sniff and blend” party in the production kitchen, and I think we all agreed that we had died and gone to heaven. This richly Coumarin scented infusion is so complex and multilayered… at first we thought we smelled Vanilla…but so much more than Vanilla… there were dark, woody notes, sweetly floral highlights, I am reminded of the mountain hay absolute we once offered, or of the smell of my uncle’s hay barn. Others detected tobacco like notes. There was almost unanimous agreement that this wonderful infusion really doesn’t need blending with anything, its sweet complexity can stand alone.
But there were some surprising winners in our personal favorite blends. For example, I thought it would be stunning with the sweeter citruses, blood orange or sweet orange. But with lemon? Delightful! Kabrina gave that a 50 on a scale of 1 to 10. Tobacco absolute was another winner, everyone loved it. We tried this Tonka infusion with Atlas Cedarwood and the immediate reaction was “Beard oil!!”
Our talented producer sent me a tiny sample of Tonka/Oud perfume, using our Agarwood, which I am currently wearing. I think it is a marvelous unisex blend…and I think I will layer it with some of my beloved Rose CO2. Yes… that made it mine!
We want a soap with the Tonka, distilled Ginger and Coriander… a glorious autumnal aroma.
Also… this is a VERY strong infusion… if you plan to use it as an after bath or body oil, definitely dilute in your favorite carrier
Tonka is known to perfumers to anchor aromas, making the blends extremely long lasting on the skin.
We tried a blend with Opoponax. Alone it seemed to disappear into the Tonka, but when used as a middle note in a blend, for example with rose geranium, it just elevated the additions and made the blend extra special.
Other oils recommended by others: Lavender, Lavandin, Rose, Clary Sage, Coconut, Cinnamon, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla
No known contraindications.
The staff had put together their opinions of the tonka bean infused oil and all of their comments were the reason I wanted to give this oil a try. I absolutely agree that it is packed with so many distinct aromas. I’m using it infused with jojoba oil as a body spray and I also give my naturally curly hair a quick spray too 😊