Describing Balsamic Aromas

by Andrea on July 6, 2009

I have often wondered how to best describe “balsamic aromas.”

I am sure you have also spent countless hours considering this deep question. Here is what I have come up with.

Balsamic aromas are unique–sweet, soft, earthy and rich all at once.

When you take long, deep breaths of these oils, you can settle in for a peaceful experience. Balsamic oils tend to be lower, deeper notes that take us to a forest—to an earthy, woodsy, grounding aroma that can also have rich vanilla undertones. Balsamic scents can also have spicy or floral undertones. You can get a sense of the classic balsamic aromas by smelling Opopanax essential oil. Try smelling good balsamic vinegar and then smelling Opopanax, Sandalwood and Vanilla (the Vanilla oleoresin if you have it). Can you perceive the balsamic aroma in these essential oils and oleoresin?

How would you describe balsamic? I would love to know!

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Andrea

Owner/Instructor at Aromahead Institute
Aromahead Institute, owned by Andrea Butje, is a premier resource for online aromatherapy classes. Andrea offers her inspired approach to online aromatherapy certification through essential oil videos and original education materials. Check out her book, Essential Living: Aromatherapy Recipes for Health and Home, on Amazon!

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