Ingredient Spotlight: Galbanum
Posted on April 16 2019
Our beard goods are crafted from all-natural ingredients, with scent compositions inspired by the seasons and built upon the tenets of natural perfumery. In this series, we shine the spotlight on the ingredients that make Fjordmist beard oils, balms and waxes so ethereal.
Botanical Name: Ferula galbaniflua Boiss. & Buhse
Process: CO2 Select Extract
Plant Part: Gum
Note: Top Note, Excellent Fixative
Aroma: Very intense, diffusive, tenacious, bittersweet green, leafy-earthy, and bell pepper-like aroma, with a smooth woody/balsamic undertone
And we’re back to mummies and Romans again, this time with a splash of Hippocrates and the Old Testament. What is up with all the mummification history in Fjordmist ingredients? Indeed, traces of Galbanum have been found on the bandages of ancient mummies, and in a great many religious ceremonies and healing treatments for millennia.
Our interest in the oil for the purposes of Fjordmist is its complete embodiment of spring. The Romans considered Galbanum to be literally “the smell of green,” fresh and powdery but with a unique tenacity that anchors its scent and any others that are added to it. Fixative oils tend to do that, but Galbanum is the rare one that is also a top note - nearly all fixative oils are base notes.
Some of the scent oils of Fjordmist, like Lavender and Ylang Ylang are familiar to most noses, even if you don’t know them by name, like the latter. You have smelled Ylang Ylang before, we promise you. For our modern noses with such ingrown affinities for manufactured scents, natural scents like Violet Leaf and Galbanum may strike your senses as intense, perhaps a little weird (on their own, at least).
The closest scent we could compare to Galbanum is a garden of fresh English peas, peapods full to bursting and just as many flowers ready to turn into pods. Then you stick your hands in that garden and crush all that greenery straight into your face. It's just like that, but maybe a little stronger.
In Aromantics by Valerie Ann Worwood, the scent of Galbanum is described as “opulent", "mystical", "primitive", and "tasty.” Which, as mentioned above, and as you can see from our Fjordmist photo shoot, we get. You don’t want to eat IT, exactly, but it does make you a little hungry. That’s even funnier if you clicked on that link.
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