New to Havenessence: Boronia absolute from Tasmania. One of the rarest, most expensive oils in the world. A complex floral base combines with citrus notes of melon, violet, raspberry and freesia, with a dry wood background. This exquisite, certified, oil is now available. Buy online or visit us in central London.
Coming soon to havenessence: Beeswax Absolute — Apis mellifera. Sweet, honey-like, faintly floral and musky. Solid at room temperature. Aids the anchoring of volatile notes.
havenessence absolutes are not cheap. They are scrupulously sourced and documented. Most are rare and not easily obtained in London. We are the first port of call for perfumiers and scent specialists who demand the rare, the unusual, the best, and a wide selection of precious natural oils.
Exquisite images kindly sent to us by a Piccadilly Market customer, Renate Eder, of Frangipani cuttings from Cuba which she has grown until they bloomed.
We stock Plumeria rubra absolute and use it extensively in soaps, creams and massage oils. But Plumeria alba is an unknown quantity. It’s available but wildly expensive….
One of the most exotic oils we sell is frangipani. We describe it as ‘rich, heady, exotic, deeply floral’ but that does not do it justice. Together with jasmine, gardenia, lotus, the roses, and a few other flower scents, frangipani is an aristocrat of the sweet, in-your-face, ‘feminine,’ essential oils/absolutes.
Some people baulk at the scent. It’s so sweet. Rose, for example, can be understated. But not frangipani. In its raw form, as an absolute, it grabs you by the throat and may make the eyes water. The variety we sell — plumeria rubra — is coloured blood red.
The frangipani tree enjoys a symbiotic relationship with the Frangipani Hawkmoth (pseudosphinx tetrio). The caterpillars are tremendous: six inches long, a poisonous yellow and black, a spike on abdominal segment eight, feeding on the frangipani leaves before pupating and emerging as a moth with a five inch wing-span.
The moth returns to the frangipani flowers, attracted by the perfume, in search of nectar, and a dirty trick is pulled on it: there is no nectar, only pollen, which the moth distributes unwittingly to other trees, causing fertilisation to occur.
There’s much more to be said about frangipani. It has a role in both religion and sex. It is the national tree of Laos (called dok jampa) and every Buddhist temple has one or more in their courtyard.
In Polynesian culture, the frangipani is worn by women to indicate their relationship status – over the right ear if seeking a relationship, over the left if taken.
A rare, expensive, and (in Chinese culture) historically important scent: Osmanthus (osmanthus fragrans).
The scent is described variously as a blend of jasmine, gardenia and ripe apricots and like new shoe leather with cherry-like overtones. This will be available once we source a good, reputable, supplier who doesn’t charge an arm and a leg!
Also known as Sweet Olive, Tea Olive and Fragrant Olive. It can be seen in the Temperate House at Kew.
Flags are going up all over London in preparation for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations (60 years on the throne). Events will centre round an extended weekend on 2, 3, 4 and 5 June 2012.
Piccadilly Market is about 750 yards from Buckingham Palace and havenessence will be open on Saturday 2 June.
It is unknown, precisely, which perfume the Queen prefers. Like all successful monarchs she has maintained an air of mystery… for 60 years.
But mention has been made of Joy, Fleurissimo and Penhaligons. Rose is the common factor in these scents and havenessence stocks high quality rose absolutes, steam distilled rose essential oils, rose soaps and rose perfume sprays.
Visit us as part of the celebrations and leave smelling like a queen!
The following specialist essential oils are normally available from us in central London:
- Chamomile Matricaria Absolute
- Frangipani Absolute
- Gardenia Absolute
- Honeysuckle Absolute
- Hyacinth Absolute
- Jasmine Absolute
- Marigold Absolute
- Neroli Absolute
- Rose Maroc Absolute
- Rose Otto Steam Distilled
- Sandalwood Indian Steam Distilled
- Vanilla Absolute
We keep a limited stock so best to phone before visiting. You can smell the oils before purchase. We open four days a week, Wed-Sat incl, 10am – 6pm at:
St James’s Church
London W1J 9LL
Tel: 07588 964 422