Vetiver Essential Oil

Vetiver Essential Oil
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Product Rating: 4.5/5 (As per 32 Customer Reviews)

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Botanical Name: Vetiveria Zizanoides

Plant Part: Root

Origin: Indonesia

Processing Method: Steam distilled

Description / Color / Consistency: Has a medium consistency, and is a brown to reddish brown liquid.

Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma: A base note with a strong aroma, has an earthy, woody scent characteristic of oils derived from roots, with a rich note that is popular in products designed for men.

Blends With: Cedarwood, Chamomile, Frankincense, Ginger, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Vanilla, and Ylang-ylang.

Product Abstract: Vetiver Essential Oil is distilled from the roots of a grass used in India and Sri Lanka for the creation of woven matting. It is used in and aromatherapy and massage therapy, in skin-care products, and as a base note in perfumery. The word vetiver comes from the Tamil word that means 'hatcheted up', a description of the way in which the roots are collected.

Note: This oil can be very thick. If so, we would recommend placing the bottle in a very hot water bath, and changing the water frequently until it is back to its liquid state, then gently agitating it before use.

Cautions: Dilute before use; May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.

Storage: It is recommended that oils packaged in metal containers (for safe shipping), be transferred into dark glass containers to maintain freshness and attain maximum shelf life.

IMPORTANT: All New Directions Aromatics (NDA) products are for external use only unless otherwise indicated. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and it should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or under the care of a medical practitioner. Please refer to our policies for further details, and our disclaimer below.

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Rating: Star
I agree with others that this scent grew on me. I had took whiff and wasn't impressed but the scent stayed with me and I found myself taking another whiff, every time I would go by the bottle. It is intoxicating, and I love blending with with Frankincense for a very calming blend.

By: Ruben, Westmount, Quebec
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Loyal Customer Since: 09-Mar-2016


Rating: Star
I love this oil. You only need a few drops. It grounds the citrus oils and makes for an incredible blend. Definately one of my favorites.

By: Jennifer, Viking, Alberta
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Loyal Customer Since: 30-Apr-2016


Rating: Star
I continue to use this EO in many blends I diffuse because of its powerful benefits but it definitely is not a favourite of my family. They say it smells like smelly socks.

By: Natalie, St. Carharines, Ontario
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Loyal Customer Since: 15-Jul-2016


Rating: Star
I love this oil! It is earthy and blends well with other oils when making a "manly" or earthy scent for perfumes and soaps. Love it and will purchase again.

By: Zachary, Chalk River, Ontario
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Loyal Customer Since: 05-Jul-2014


Rating: Star
If birch is the effete interior designer in the family, vetiver is the straightforward farmer. Grounding. One day in India I must get a vetiver fan to add this oil to, to intensify its cooling sludge or a smell reminiscent of a.. wait for it, an ashtray. There must be some chemical affinity with tobacco. I just came back from Cuba where I bought some cigars -- I love the smell even though I don't smoke. Smokey is the important word for vetiver. Like a cigar, it is pure male. An olfactory man cave. Inhale pure earthy indulgence with no pretensions.

By: Christopher, Coquitlam, British Columbia
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 07-May-2015


Rating: Star
Excellent Essential oil will need to buy more

By: Danielle, Montreal, Quebec
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Loyal Customer Since: 04-Jan-2013


Rating: Star
Wonderful in a blend for the woodsier scented soaps, anchors other EO's beautifully.

By: Jan, Smiths Falls, Ontario
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 08-Dec-2013


Rating: Star
I love this Vetivert. I blended with lemongrass and a bit of bergamot. I loved the result. This is definitely one of my favourites. Also nice that ND are able to offer at some very competitive prices.

By: Elizabeth, Toronto, Ontario
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Loyal Customer Since: 18-Dec-2005


Rating: Star
this is like a kinder, gentler version of patchouli--and nowhere near as woody/dusty/musty if that is what makes you not a fan of patchouli. when this oil is blended/diluted/mixed, it smells like hay, wood, and according to aromatherapists it works for depression. it is cheering and earthy and warm. i do not know if you believe in this kind of lore, but it is meant to draw money as well. :-) lovely oil!!!

By: Gordon, Montreal, Quebec
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 12-Mar-2013


Rating: Star
It reminds me of a campfire. It keeps growing on me, and it's great for perfumes, let alone the other applications. I regret not getting a larger bottle.

By: Tamarah, Montreal, Quebec
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 10-Dec-2012


Rating: Star
I love vetiver eo...my son suffers from depression and I am forever using vetiver in blends and in diffuser etc. to help lift his spirits.

By: Jacqueline, Cambridge, Ontario
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Loyal Customer Since: 24-Oct-2013


Rating: Star
This vetiver EO fresh from the package still has a complex and smoky earth aroma. I look forward to how this EO will age. Thanks for this great find.

By: Stephanie, Coquitlam, British Columbia
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Loyal Customer Since: 13-Nov-2013


Rating: Star
I wasn't impressed with the scent of this oil, but from the other reviews it seems it would help to let it sit for awhile before making a final judgement. The earthy scent is indeed strange, and can't bring myself to use it right now. I tried using it with Jasmine to make a body powder and the scent turned out kind of gross. I will experiment with the suggested blends and hope for better creations.

By: Nancy, St.catharines, Ontario
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Loyal Customer Since: 26-Mar-2007


Rating: Star
The first batch of vetiver I bought from New Directions was in 2007. I decided to park it awhile to see how it would age. I've opened it now in 2012 and let me tell you - it's instant meditation in a bottle. The other curious thing is every where I go, men, women and children sniff (and loudly too) when they get by me. I own over 260 essential oils and I assure you that no other e.o. does that across the board. Not even my aged sandalwoods (Hawaiian, Mysore, Australian, etc) evokes such a positive response. It's a must have in your collection.

By: Cheri, Victoria, British Columbia
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 15-Aug-2010


Rating: Star
This oil has a strange earthy, smoky aroma out of the bottle but when used with other EO's this is very calming and relaxing. The scent grows on you and blends well with vanilla, lavender and even tea tree oil! I use this in my scent diffuser mixed with vanilla, great mix!

By: Carolyn, Renfrew, Ontario
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 22-Sep-2011


Rating: Star
Great for inducing deep sleep. I prefer Vetiver as a blending Essential Oil (EO) versus solo when in a carrier oil unless you really do love its characteristic strong smokey / earthy aroma. A little goes a long way. Great for grounding synergy blends. Adds a beautiful complexity to final product. Also, great in wrinkle -smoothing blends in products. Love it! Thank-you NDA for your amazing therapeutic grade EO's such as this amazing Vetiver. I am a Vetiver fan now. I bought this one on a whim because I needed a base note to add to my collection of EO's. Will repurchase!

By: Susan, Whitby, Ontario
  Top Reviewer
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 17-Feb-2010


Rating: Star
This scent reminds me of Asian incense! though the scent is powerful, it really does have a calming affect too.

By: Flora, Miramichi, New Brunswick
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 25-Dec-2010


Rating: Star
The smells just grew on me after a few minutes. I find it very grounding, calming.

By: Manon, Rawdon, Quebec
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 07-Jun-2011


Rating: Star
Well, it has been mentioned that people either love it or hate it. Unfortunately, i hate it! Its a little too smoky for me, to me, it smells exactly like smoke flavour from the grocery store. I won't give it a bad rating, because i have nothing to compare it too, this is the first time i bought Vetiver, and the description seems to fit, it's just me. The name is lovely to say though =)

By: Becky, Toronto, Ontario
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Loyal Customer Since: 09-Sep-2008


Rating: Star
I love this vetiver. It is truly deeply relaxing. I diffuse it and it is lovely! If you are new to vetiver, give it a chance. It's earthy green fragrance may be a bit off-putting at first but there is a reason it is so loved by perfumers and aromatherapists alike NDA brings us such quality at unbeatable prices!

By: Diane, Toronto, Ontario
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 10-Jul-2009


Rating: Star
This is a scent that I love. I agree with other commenters that people either love or hate it. I add just a drop in combination with Sweet Orange oil, in a cream and the result is much more full, balanced and complex than using the Sweet Orange on it's own.

By: Kathy, Haliburton, Ontario
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 10-Nov-2009


Rating: Star
NDA vetiver is the most balancing and grounding I have tried to date and I have tried several. I use it as a fixative in my fragrances...it only takes a drop ...oh but what a difference it makes. It creates truly harmonious blends. I diffuse it at the end of the day and it helps my whole family relax and regain a peaceful dispositon. I find it brings a joyous calm and centering to us all. I use it in my creams, lotions, serums etc. A little goes a long way so it never overpowers if used in proper proportions. Finally when feeling out of sorts and stressed it is always vetiver I reach for . A couple of sniffs seems to calm the mind and spirit. Isn't nature beautiful?

By: Angela, Kirkland, Quebec
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Loyal Customer Since: 21-Nov-2006


Rating: Star
Vetiver is a excellent, wrinkle-calming ingredient for eye-creams. Very powerful, only a very minute amount is needed.

By: Stacey, Toronto, Ontario
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 08-Dec-2007


Rating: Star
I love this eo, never used vetiver before until now. its so deep and yummy. i dont usually gaga over scents but i cant stop myself from sniffing a soap made with a vetiver blend.

By: Kay, Vancouver, British Columbia
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 20-Jul-2006


Rating: Star
I have no previous experience with vetiver, and frankly I find the smell overpowering, and I'm not sure I like it ... however, i can imagine this as a good base for masculine perfumes, and some unisex woodsy smells.

By: Lucie, Calgary, Alberta
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2008


Rating: Star
I could not make my soap collections without using vetiver. It mixes very well with fir tree, pine etc. Its earthy (or moss) smell is loved or hated. Some vetiver smell is more earthy, some has a smokey smell (Java). Here, at New Directions, the vetiver I found is more earthy : the kind I prefer.

By: Louise, Montreal, Quebec
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 25-Feb-2006


Rating: Star
vetiver remains one of my favourite essential oils to promote sleep. It is a bit overpowering for some clients, but blended with lavender, can be a beautiful experience!

By: Heather, Ottawa, Ontario
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 11-Dec-2005


Rating: Star
I've just recently purchased this oil for the first time... I can no longer live without this oil, now that I've experienced it - it's that wonderful! My favourite blend, is to combine it with Sandalwood, Neroli and Jasmine - it's intoxicating!

By: Monica, Bolton, Ontario
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 25-Feb-2007


Rating: Star
One of my new favourites! Love the earthy smell and blends well with other scents I like.

By: Yvonne, Brampton, Ontario
  Top Reviewer
Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 08-Feb-2006


Rating: Star
AWESOME!! A little goes a long way, but it adds a beautiful 'ground' to any blend. (especially useful for meditiation) Very misunderstood oil.

By: Stephanie, Burlington, Ontario
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 21-Nov-2006


Rating: Star
I bought this based on its supposed relaxing effect, but it\'s actually very unpleasant. Alright, to be more blunt it stinks. I don\'t agree that vetiver \"has a Rich, sweetly satisfying note.\" But I do agree that the scent is STRONG. I tried mixing this with lavender oil and jasmine absolute, but the vetiver very overpowering.

New Directions Aromatics Response:

Vetiver remains one of our best selling Essential Oils. The scent is consistent with the standards for this product, and we continue to sell heavily to aromatherapy schools throughout North America.

Those without experience with Vetiver may find the oil stronger than many other Essential Oils. Nonetheless, this sweetly rich and exotic Essential Oil is a fantastic addition to synergy blends; as with most fixatives, small amounts are required.


By: Debra, Scarborough, Ontario
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Date:
Loyal Customer Since: 25-Oct-2006


Rating: Star
I think one of the most under-rated essential oils out there, this beautifully grounding and earthy scent is perfect base/balance for so many blends/snergies and a definite must have for any aromatherapist. This one is perfect!

By: Candice, Sarasota, Florida
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