Attar of Amyris
Amyris essential is a rich, complex, and yet light odor, in perfumery acts as a base but its airy spirit makes it to fade out to a woody balsamic scent. This beautiful evergreen tree, Amyris balsamifera is indigenous to La Hispaniola Island, it grows wild in the forest, its one of Nature’s little jokes, this tree is a member of the citrus (Rutaceae) family, but bears no fruit.
In perfumery is referred as West Indian Sandalwood, due to its similar aroma, but Amyris and Sandal are not related botanically. The scent of Amyris is sweet, earthy, and balsamic, the first impression when you sniff it out of the bottle is carrot seeds with a green faded background opening the air to a sun kissed sweet flair.
Extract from the Book of Caribbean Lost stories:
…” the sea moistens my skin, it was very hot, the sun made the weather had an inclemency that I did not know before, and yet, I had never felt so much pleasure to be outdoors.
We saw the sea from the hill top, down the waves crashed against the stones, moved inwards and left a trail of corals.
The plantation was behind us, and we could also see the salt fields. The Amyris bushes created silhouettes and its tingle aroma could be felt as far as we were”…