Botanical Name: Pinus pinaster
Botanical Family: Pinaceae
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Part of Plant Distilled: Pine tar
Country of Origin: France
Cultivation Method: Wild
Composition: 100% Pinus pinaster
Subtly sweet, smoky notes rounded with a rootsy tobacco dry down.
Blends well with
Vetiver, Sandalwood, Pine, Spikenard, Patchouli, Rose, Jasmine, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Frankincense, Tobacco, Lilac, Palo Santo, Douglas Fir, Black Spruce, Oregano, Mastic, Cypress, and Juniper.
This tenacious base-note is essential for earthy perfumes, captivating colognes, dapper deodorants, and soothing skin salves.
This Pine Tar essence completes the perfumer’s palette of smoky, leathery notes.
Pine trees are abundant and abundantly beneficial. From needles to roots, every inch of a pine tree has been used historically to human benefit. Pine tar is made by heating pine wood and gentle temperatures so that the pine tar (and water), drip out, leaving behind charcoal. Historically, pine tar has been used as a sealant, a skin salve, and an ingredient in soap. (Pine sap is the thick, sticky resinous fluid that drips from a cut pine trees and pine cones. Pine tar becomes pine pitch when excess moisture is removed.)
To make our Pine Tar Essential Oil, pine tar is collected and steam distilled, and the distillate is separated into hydrosol and the essential oil. The essential oil is a dapper deodorant and an earthy, foresty cologne. It is also a soothing skin salve that is exceptionally lovely when combined with rosemary and/or eucalyptus essential oils mixed with a dash of jojoba oil.
“To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.”
∼ Helen Keller