Candeia Bisabolol has a light sweet floral aroma and is used in various fragrances It has also been used for hundreds of years in cosmetics because of its perceived skin healing properties.
For the natural perfumer this oil has a soft floral aroma and would be a good bridge or binder note that has a slow dry down.
Tree of distant lands: Vanillomopsis erythropappa
Bisabolol is the active molecule extracted from the Candeia tree.
Bisabolol wood essential oil, a chemical compound also known as levomenol, is a naturally-occurring element in the essential oil extracted from the German chamomile flower. The oily liquid is also found in the bark of the Candeia tree, which is native to the southeast regions of Brazil. Bisobolol has a sweet yet subtle floral scent, which has been used as a fragrance, botanical perfumery in cosmetics creams and skin serums for hundreds of years.
Although bisabolol wood essential oil generally is associated with the chamomile plant, which can contain up to 50 percent bisabolol, the oil is steam distilled from the wood of the Candeia tree. Still one of the most common methods for extracting essential oils, steam distillation has been in use for hundreds of years. During the process, steam releases the essential oil from the plant and then carries the vapor to a condenser where it then reliquifies. When distillation is complete, the water and oil in the distilling equipment are separated.
Since the highest grade of oil comes from older Candeia trees, there is a global shortage of bisabolol wood oil produced naturally. The mining industry, coffee plantations, and illegal logging activities in Brazil currently threaten the remaining Candeia trees. Even when new trees are planted, it takes at least 12 years of growth before the oil can be extracted.