Nothing is more evocative of time and place than scent. And you need to carefully consider the right one for your skin.

Scent is a very personal thing and I think we don’t always give enough attention to the business of choosing and buying one. 

The smell of pure, undiluted Davana oil comes as an initial shock. 

It’s unexpectedly strong, packing a powerful punch of fermenting medicinal fruitiness, along with an industrial oiliness. The specific medicinal notes and fruits seem to vary from one nose to another, but are pretty much a constant across all who smell the stuff. What follows seems to be less predictable, although it seems that at least one other tester smelled the same sweet, “aromatic-woody-balsamic” drydown.

Think of this as a ‘chameleon’ note: even more than most notes, Davana is said to smell differently on each of us – which is why it’s prized by some perfumers.  The Davana herb (a member of the silver-leafed Artemisia family) is native to India, and once it’s steam-distilled has a sweet, tea-like smell, reminiscent of dried fruit. 

Get familiar with this oil, watch the video here: