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    Default Woodruff fragrance

    As a child I always loved the smell of fresh Woodruff in the forest near our house. Until today I love to drink a Woodruff flavoured beer served in Germany. Is there any fragrance out there with a strong Woodruff note in it. I want the smell of fresh, sweet woodruff.
    Let me know if you can think of something!

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    Default Re: Woodruff fragrance

    Funny you should mention Woodruff, because I just recently found some potted specimens and couldn't wait to get them home and pot them - after snipping off a few sprouts so I can dry them.

    It's very hard to find here in Australia, so I was stoked when I got it.

    The sweet smell of Woodruff is because of the high levels of coumarin in it. Coumarin is also present in tonka beans, vanilla grass, cassia bark, and a few other plants. It's a beautiful smell, and in Woodruff it is mixed with the fresh grassy greenness that makes it a delicious-smelling herb.

    But beware, coumarin is a powerful anti-coagulant and is moderately toxic to the liver and kidneys, and as a result of the high levels of this substance in tonka beans the spice has been banned in the U.S. for quite a few years.

    Try finding something with a lot of tonka bean in the notes and you'll find a lot of that sweet almondy-vanilla Woodruff aroma in it.

    PS: coumarin is used quite a lot in perfumery, and you will find it listed as an ingredient on the back of many boxes of fragrances.
    Last edited by snifferdog; 21st October 2009 at 01:12 PM. Reason: extra info

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    Default Re: Woodruff fragrance

    You can read a little more about woodruff here (complimenting the good post of snifferdog):

    http://www.bojensen.net/EssentialOil...tialOils32.htm

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