What is Labdanum?
Labdanum is a resin obtained from the shrubs Cistus Ladanifer and Cistus Creticus, a species of Rockrose. It is native to the Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Middle East.
In ancient times, Labdanum was collected by combing the beards and thighs of goats and sheep that had grazed through the shrubs. Later, the shrubs were swept using wooden instruments similar to a rake. Today Labdanum is primarily harvested by cutting the entire bush and using the whole thing within the distillation process.
It is believed that Labdanum began being used in the 9th century in recipes for food and medicines, and used as incense. Today it is mainly produced for the fragrance industry.
Labdanum’s scent is similar to Amber or Leather and is often added to scents with both notes. It boosts the quality of Leather and spices, and is used as an alternative to Ambergris.
Amouage Jubilation 25 Woman opens with a freshness from Lemon, Tarragon, and Rose. Earthy Davana, Labdanum, and Frankincense add a subtly smokey, earthy quality that boosts the warm base of Amber.
Perris Monte Carlo Ambre Gris is velvety and warm. Rose and Iris add a creamy essence to the heart of this scent, while Labdanum, Benzoin, and Musk add a gentle depth that boosts the Amber note.
Mind Games Sissa is a warm and Ambery Gourmand style scent. Ambrette, Toasted Tonka Bean, and Sesame created a subtle smokey vibe. Labdanum and Vanilla add a sweet warmth that gives off an ultra comforting vibe.
Shalini Parfums Fleurs Japonais is a Cherry Blossom based scent with an earthy essence that comes from a blend of Labdanum and Frankincense.
You can find these Labdanum scents and more at Parfumerie Nasreen!