There is no mistaking the fragrance of Atlas Cedarwood. If you have smelled the essential oil even once, you will recognize its unique aroma immediately.
For many applications, cedarwood shavings and chips are a more practical, sustainable and conscientious choice than the essential oil of Atlas Cedarwood.
Our Atlas Cedarwood trees are being felled for the essential oil market faster than they can grow. Finding alternatives to Atlas Cedarwood essential oil is more important now than ever before.
One of the biggest drawbacks to using Atlas Cedar essential oil is that Vast quantities of cedar wood are required to distill a small amount of essential oil. In some cases, a small amount of fresh cedar chips can replace the essential oil, making this an excellent material for incense, potpourri, sachets, steam inhalations and perfume tinctures.
The fragrance profile of the wood chips is more complex than the distilled essential oil which is often processed under high pressure and high temperature, losing some of its more volatile and delicate aromatic components in the process.
For this reason, the chips could make a valuable perfume tincture that is richer and more distinguished than the commercial essential oil of Atlas Cedar.
The ability of the wood of this tree to retain its fragrance for years is well-known. Thus we find cedar chests and cabinets, often decades old, still retain their aroma. The chips will keep for a long period of time in the resealable pouches they came in. Just make sure to keep them out of direct sunlight in a relatively dark, dry and cool place.
When preparing loose or formed incense, the chips can easily be powdered in an electric coffee or herb grinder.
Another reason to use the chips instead of the essential oil of Atlas Cedar is that these chips are produced from cutoffs of the lumber industry. They would otherwise go to waste.
The situation is dire around the world and many of our medicinal and aromatic plants are fast disappearing.
If you have a few minutes please read this article about alternatives to using Atlas Cedarwood essential oil published by the Airmid Institute, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to education about conservation.
Please Note–Our Ounces are not the 25 grams that most sellers offer, but 30 grams and all helpers in the shop have standing orders to ALWAYS put a little extra in each and every bag and NEVER less. Our regular customers have come to rely on this. So if your formula calls for an accurate amount of an aromatic material, please weigh our products before using them. You will find there is always a bit more.