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Today I'm simmering some davana EO in the living room, on my little tealight oil burner. I float a few drops of the EO or absolute in water, then light the tea light underneath, and wait for the magic.
Davana is a hard one for me to use in perfumes, it's so very pungent and sour. Yet on its own, like this, the fruity, jammy aspects emerge. It's very pleasant. Reminds me quite a lot of tamarindo, one of my favorite beverages. Hard to find tamarindo here in Germany!
Davana's most famous perfume is Kenzo's Jungle the Tiger, now discontinued. I have a bottle, and the davana is most definitely a heart note, but sweetened up considerably. It's a lovely perfume, Kenzo wouldn't make such a strong, distinctive scent with such sillage these days.
This davana is from India, where garlands are made of the flowers, and an attar, (steam distilled with sandalwood) is made as well.
Beautiful stuff!


  1. blupest's Avatar
    Nice article! I've used Davana with cocoa and orange and its wonderful in that combination. I used more things than that but those are the main notes.

    I will have to look for a sample of this Kenzo you speak of.

    Look forward to reading more of your blog.
  2. Elf's Avatar
    Oh, that sounds delicious! I must try that one. I'd tried davana with members of the orange family and it works well, but adding cocoa, yum!


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