Dianthus caryophyllus (absolue d'oeillet)
Grown and solvent extracted in Egypt
This absolute is almost shocking in its strength and personality. Carnation might not be the flower we think of first, when it comes to sensual abundance but rest assured, carnation absolute is bigger than life.
Carnations in the Garden
in colours of ruby red,
pure white and blossom pink
and some pink with deep purple inside
and others purple-blue.
I smell the sweet fresh flowers
and look at colours
hue as if by magic
into each other.
Some grow in flowering pots,
some are planted in flowerbeds,
others even in the rock garden
and the flowers at places are mixed
to catch the eye
and everywhere there’s care
and a lot of love
that went into the tending of it.
Carnation absolute is an olive green to green or orange-brown, viscous liquid of very sweet, honey-like, herbaceous, heavy and tenacious fragrance reminiscent of the live flowers only in high dilutions of 5% or less. The yield of absolute from concrète is very small and the yield of concrète is also small. Blending suggestions include other giant floral absolutes like rose and narcissus, as well as essential oils of ylang ylang, lavender and clary sage.
Carnation is not really used too much in aromatherapy although I do think there's a place for it in blends for emotional, spiritual, sensual realms.
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