Botanical Name: Tilia cordata Mill.
Process: CO2 Select Extract (Co-solvent: Organic Ethanol)
Plant Part: Flowers
Cultivation: Certified Organic (USDA, NOP)
Use: Aromatherapy / Natural Perfumery. Always dilute.
Note: Top to Middle Note
Aroma Families: Floral, Green, Herbal
Aroma: Fresh, warm floral aroma with delicate, sweet, honey-fruity top notes and a fine, green, hay-like undertone reminiscent of the scent of sweetened herbal tea.
Contraindications: None known.
Organic Linden Blossom CO2
Our certified organic, wild harvested Linden Blossom CO2 successfully captures the scent of flowering Linden trees with its fresh, warm, floral aroma, delicate, sweet, honey-fruity top notes and fine, green, hay-like undertone reminiscent of the scent of sweetened herbal tea. There is a balanced and delicate complexity of aroma throughout the drydown when smelling it directly from a scent strip, but after leaving the area for a time, upon returning, one finds “the entire atmosphere is charged with its radiation.”1 In the past, Linden was not often used in perfumery, perhaps partly owing to the absolute being difficult to work with, however, recent years have seen an increase of scent creations recognized for their Linden Blossom content.2,3 The CO2 version’s ease of use and true-to-nature scent may help position this material as an essential part of the perfumer’s floral repertoire.
An unusual offering, this Linden Blossom CO2 is more than a supercritical fluid extract – organic ethanol is used as a co-solvent to remove every last aromatic molecule from the raw material, resulting in a mobile liquid extract that is both water and ethanol soluble, making it easy to use. With its medium odor intensity and unique water solubility, Linden Blossom CO2 works well in the bath to help calm inflamed moods and irritable emotional states; for trouble falling asleep, Valerie Worwood suggests putting a couple of drops onto linens or on a cotton ball inserted between the pillow and the pillowcase.4 Linden Blossom CO2 is a premium ingredient in formulations for sensitive skin prone to redness5 as well as a rare aromatic jewel natural perfumers will embrace. We predict it will also be a cherished favorite among children of all ages.
Tilia cordata, also known as the ‘little leaved lime’ (unrelated to citrus) or ‘common Linden’, grows wild in many parts of Europe, eventually exchanging DNA with Tilia platyphyllos (‘large leaved lime’) to create several other hardy hybrids. Linden’s tea-like flowers are a frequent stop for bees who turn its sweet nectar into a delicious, aromatic and medicinal honey.6 Also known as Basswood, various indigenous peoples of North America used the soft, light wood to carve small items and face masks while, among other uses, bark fibers were used for making baskets, fishnets, ropes and to suture wounds. The Linden tree is so versatile, some locals even claim that a paste of the leaves and flowers can substitute for chocolate!7 The dried blossoms, harvested in early summer, make a popular bedtime infusion – both the gentle, honeyed aroma and the soothing nervine constituents combine to ease worrisome sleep.8
For information regarding the aromatherapeutic attributes of Linden Blossom, please see:
Fragrance and Wellbeing – Plant Aromatics and Their Influence on the Psyche, Jennifer Peace Rhind, 2014, pp. 315-6.
Aromatherapeutic Blending – Essential Oils in Synergy, Jennifer Peace Rhind, 2016, p. 264.
The Complete Floral Healer, Anne McIntyre, 2002, p. 220
For information regarding the use of Linden Blossom in natural perfumery, please see:
Artisan Perfumery or Being Led by the Nose, Alec Lawless, 2009, p. 73.
“Linden Blossom in Perfumery,” Elena Prokofeva at Fragrantica, June 2019, https://www.fragrantica.com/news/Linden-Blossom-in-Perfumery-12412.html
“Lime vs. Linden,” Ayala Moriel in Smellyblog, July 2012, https://ayalamoriel.com/blogs/smellyblog/16967251-lime-vs-linden
“What is drifting in the breeze? – The charm of linden blossoms,” Max Millies in The Maxiamo Blog, June 2019, https://maxiamoperfumes.com/2019/06/15/what-is-drifting-in-the-breeze-the-charm-of-linden-blossoms/
“What’s That Smell? Linden Blossom,” lgbtqbbq at Crazy Perfume Lady, January 2016, http://lgbtqbbq.blogspot.com/2016/01/whats-that-smell-linden-blossom.html
Aromatic Profile: Fresh, warm floral aroma with delicate, sweet, honey-fruity top notes and a fine, green, hay-like undertone reminiscent of the scent of sweetened herbal tea.
Appearance: Colorless, transparent, very mobile liquid.
Use: Aromatherapy, Natural Perfumery.
Blending Suggestions: Dilute and add drop by drop to your perfume blends until the desired effect is achieved. PLEASE NOTE: this material is soluble in alcohol and water – not soluble in fixed (carrier) oils.
Blends Well With: Balsam of Peru, Basil, Beeswax, Benzoin, Bergamot and other Citrus oils, Black Pepper, Boronia, Cassie, Champaca, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Coriander, Geranium, Grapefruit, Hay, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Liquidambar (Styrax), Litsea Cubeba, Mandarin, Melissa, Mimosa, Neroli, Orange, Orange Blossom, Orris, Osmanthus, Petitgrain, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Tuberose, Vanilla, Violet Leaf, Ylang Ylang, Yuzu. “Works well to impart green notes to floral blends and adds subtlety and warmth to citrus and chypre fragrances.”9
Safety Considerations: None known. Has GRAS status (Generally Recognized as Safe).10 Dilute before using. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.
1 Industry communication.
4 Worwood, Valerie Ann. Aromantics, 1987, p. 164.
5 Rhind, Jennifer Peace. Aromatherapeutic Blending – Essential Oils in Synergy, 2016, p. 264.
9 Lawless, Alec. Artisan Perfumery or Being Led by the Nose, 2009, p. 73.
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