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The quintessential smell of amber…rich, balsamic, resinous, and reminiscent of Ambergris.


Travel through aroma back in time to the rustic patches of Rock Rose bushes, so sticky with sweet resin that grazing goats would become perfumed as they brushed by. The rich, sweet fragrance was so alluring that regal men of the day would affix the resin clad beards of goats under their chins to treat their senses as well as those closest to them. The first goatees were a tribute to this otherworldly scent. Today the fragrant gum of the Rock Rose is captured through boiling its resin in water, and the absolute is then obtained through solvent extraction, yielding a color and consistency that looks and smells like rich, dark, honey with a characteristic amber aroma.


  • Botanical Name: Cistus ladaniferus
  • Plant Part: Oleoresin
  • Quality: Wild Harvested
  • Method of Extraction: Solvent Extracted
  • Origin: Spain
  • Source: Ethically Procured
  • Aroma Note: Base
  • Aroma Nuances: Resinous, amber, rich balsamic; a botanical reminiscent of Ambergris
  • Functional Wellness Benefit: Comforting


Integrity and quality are at the heart of our mission at Nomad Botanicals. We source our single origin essential oils and absolutes directly from trusted ethical sources and directly from the producer as often as possible. We also distill essential oils ourselves, from time to time. With more than 25 years of experience in the aromatherapy field, we feel honored and humbled to share our life's work with you, so you can enjoy the awe-inspiring benefits of botanicals.


  • For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. Keep out of reach of children.
  • If essential oils come into unwanted contact with skin or mucous membranes, a traditional method for mitigating this is to douse the area in a fatty/carrier oil. Common kitchen oils like olive oil are effective. Essential oils are lipophilic, meaning they love oils and fats. This is why they are drawn to the fatty/carrier oil. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they hate water. For this reason, putting water on the skin will push the essential oil further into the skin.
  • The FDA has not evaluated information on our website. The information is based on traditional uses and does not come with any claims on diagnosing, treating, healing, curing, or preventing any diseases or conditions.
  • Extra precautions or avoidance of essential oils are recommended for people who are: children, elderly, pregnant or nursing, or have medical conditions.