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Vetiver (Haitian) Essential Oil
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Olfactive Description: Woody, Earthy, Rooty, Smokey, Nutty, and Powdery

A sophisticated, earthy scent, Vetiver essential oil comes from Haiti. Steam distilled from the roots of chrysopogon zizanioides, commonly known as vetiver, this variety of bunchgrass is the source of a prominent note in the perfume industry. Vetiver is an excellent standalone essential oil and a strong base note in blends. A sensuous scent, many find it grounding and calming.

Approved for use in atmospheric candles, wax melts, and tarts, we also found that Vetiver has excellent performance in our reed diffuser base. Perfect your product line with bar and liquid soap, scrubs, lotion, and perfume.

Candle Maker’s Notes:
Vetiver (Haitian) essential oil rates two out of three leaves on our soy performance scale. The hot throw performance is a little light to be considered a top performer, but we’ve found that wicking up can help.

Blends Well WithBergamot, Clary Sage, Lavender (Bulgarian)

Fragrance Wheel Family: Woody

Vibe Check: Relaxing, Balancing, Uplifting

Suggested Colors: Ivory

See our complete list of candle making dyes and soap colorants.

Storage Tip: Best stored refrigerated away from food products or in a cool, dark place.

Returns: Essential oils can only be returned with an unbroken, original seal on the bottle.


Botanical Name
Chrysopogon Zizanioides
Certified Origin
Plant Part
Extraction Method
Steam Distillation
Soy Performance
2 of 3
> 212°F (> 100°C)
This product is not Prop 65 Warning Required

Recommended Applications

This product is Candle Safe usage: 3.0% - 6.0%
This product is Bar Soap Safe usage: 1.0% - 6.0%
This product is Liquid Soap Safe usage: 0.5% - 1.0%
This product is Lotion Safe usage: 0.5% - 2.0%
This product is Room Spray Safe usage: up to 5.0%
This product is Perfume Safe usage: 15.0% - 20.0%
This product is Diffuser Base Approved usage: up to 25.0%
Usage amounts are recommendations only. Individual usage amounts can vary based on your desired essential oil strength, wax type, soap base, or lotion base. See IFRA certificate for max usage levels. Bottles filled by weight, levels may vary.

Cold Process Soap Performance

Dark Yellow

Lye Water Temperature 108ºF (42.2°C)
Oil Temperature 110ºF (43.3°C)

We experienced moderate acceleration and slight separation. While using the stick blender to reach an emulsion, we noticed some thickening of parts of the batter but there were still loose oils floating on the surface. We alternated hand stirring with quick bursts of the stick blender. It took several attempts to reach a stable emulsion. The batter was at a medium trace before we felt confident we had reached a successful trace. The batter was very grainy throughout this process. As we poured the batter into the mold, the consistency varied throughout the bowl. There were no loose oils so we felt it was stable enough to mold. After 24 hours, the soap was very soft and a little weepy. We observed only a quarter size area in the center had gelled, and the bars discolored to a dark yellow. After 30 days, the discoloration remained dark yellow, and the scent was very intense. You may prefer a lower usage rate for this oil if you want a lighter scented soap bar.

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5 out of 5 Stars.

a very deep, smoky vetiver, just as it should be. recommend!

3 out of 5 Stars.

This is a completely new scent for me. I like it, but it is VERY unique. It's earthy and natural-smelling, lighter than patchouli. I'm just not sure what to do with it to make it more palatable to a wider audience. It will take some experimentation, and it is not going to be for everyone. I'll report back after I've experimented. At $40 an ounce, it's gotta be amazing!