Costus Root-Whole Qust-Kosht-Saussurea Costus-For incense, perfume-traditional medicine-Biblical ingredient

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Whole Costus root-Saussurea Costus. Used extensively in incense, perfume and traditional medicine.

One of the few Botanical ingredients that come close to the aroma of an animalic ingredient, Costus root has a beautiful, musky, tenacious soft scent that is similar to that of warm animal fur.
I adore the fragrance of Costus. To me is reminiscent …

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Whole Costus root-Saussurea Costus. Used extensively in incense, perfume and traditional medicine.

One of the few Botanical ingredients that come close to the aroma of an animalic ingredient, Costus root has a beautiful, musky, tenacious soft scent that is similar to that of warm animal fur.
I adore the fragrance of Costus. To me is reminiscent of the smell of one’s lover in the morning.

Costus, called “Kosht” in the Old Testament, is another one of the ingredients used in the Sacred Jewish incense, “Ketoreth” used in the time of the First and Second Temples.

Aromatic artist Justine Crane from “The Scented Djinn” produces a wonderful incense she named “The Ram” based on Costus root. This has been my favourite incense to burn at home for a few years now. If I haven’t purchased all of it you will find it in her Etsy shop here-https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheScentedDjinn

I chose the whole root rather than pre-powdered material because if given the chance, I always prefer to powder my own ingredients. This is for two reasons-

1-Keeping the material whole usually helps preserve the aroma of herbs.
2-Sometimes, the powdered material is adulterated with less expensive or sub-standard material such as old or very small pieces and dust from the bottom of bags. Even though you may be buying from an honest and reliable retailer, materials often pass through the hands of numerous middlemen and brokers before they reach your supplier and they may have no idea of the material’s history.

Though it may seem a challenge, (It really isn’t!), these whole pieces of costus root can be easily powdered in a clean coffee grinder, (or mortar & Pestle), after breaking up into smaller pieces.
My trick is to put them in a ziplock bag and smash them with a hammer first. Costus is not a fibrous root and will shatter nicely into smaller pieces. Easy-Peasy.

Costus root not only adds an animalic musk note to perfume blends, it also acts as a fixative. The root can be used to prepare a perfume tincture once it is ground and macerated in 95% alcohol. I suggest leaving it in a warmish place for at least 4 weeks before straining through a paper coffee filter and storing it in an airtight container in a cool dark place.

Dan

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Costus, Sausurea Costus, Whole Costus Root

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  1. Camille Deckow

    Camille Deckow

    High quality products and exceptional service

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  2. Mollie DuBuque

    Mollie DuBuque

    Thank you! Great quality product.

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  3. Ernie Welch

    Ernie Welch

    Intensely fragrant! Such a strange and beautiful musky scent that I'm happy to experience in the raw format.

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  5. Benjamin Mitchell

    Benjamin Mitchell

    Great product and Fast shipping!
    Thanks Dan!

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  6. Fritz Corwin

    Fritz Corwin

    Wow! What a fragrance… Thank you

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  7. Kianna Schoen

    Kianna Schoen

    one of those type of materials that not many people know about it's amazing scent but yet it's so beautiful. it really has that leather jacket smell. legit

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  8. Telly Nienow

    Telly Nienow

    Woody, musky, violetty goodness! A new favorite for Saturnian workings. 🪐

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  9. Chaim Jacobs

    Chaim Jacobs

    Herbal remedy teas good blend.

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  12. Marisa Buckridge

    Marisa Buckridge

    This costus root has a wonderful spicy scent. Top quality

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    Audra Rowe

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  14. Letitia Mante

    Letitia Mante

    I am doing my own tincture right now, using perfumers alcohol. The smell of the costus root is similar to sniff your cat's neck 🙂
    Smooth, cozy, and a bit animalistic.

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  15. Marisa Buckridge

    Marisa Buckridge

    Wonderful cost us root. Perfect product.

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  16. Mertie Dicki

    Mertie Dicki

    I was excited about this item and I am satisfied with it. It is as described.

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  17. Mikayla Walker

    Mikayla Walker

    I wanted to try Costus for quite a while now. To me, it has a warm, slightly spicy sweet scent; the animalistic part of it reminds me of goat or sheep. I'm curious how it will add to blends.

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  18. Donnie Krajcik

    Donnie Krajcik

    Perfect for my presentation, great price and quality.

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  19. Jade Kassulke

    Jade Kassulke

    alles super, danke Dan.
    gute Premium-Qualität

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  22. Dawn Fadel

    Dawn Fadel

    Fast shipping and Good advice

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  24. Shanel Kuvalis

    Shanel Kuvalis

    this is a big root! spicy, unique smell.

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  25. Cecil Lueilwitz

    Cecil Lueilwitz

    bonne qualité, correspond à la description

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  26. Berry Becker

    Berry Becker

    Fascinating scent, and masterfully prepared as always. This smells of the hair of your loved one as you hug them tightly. It’s personal but comfortable. I’m curious to see how it works in perfumery blends.

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  27. Bianka Schultz

    Bianka Schultz

    Exactly what I wanted shipped very fast.

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    Wilbert Leffler

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  29. Kailey Luettgen

    Kailey Luettgen

    Extremely High Quality Whole Root

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  30. Norene Dickens

    Norene Dickens

    Oh, my! Deliciously animalic, musky, rooty, earthy, and deep (smelling). These are big chunks of root. Really great goat-y scent profile. One of my absolute favorites.

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  31. Barton Schneider

    Barton Schneider

    Such a smoky smelling root but deliciously and sweetly so, reminds me of hickory sticks. Got it is part of my attempt to make Ketoreth incense. Very fragrant and high quality.

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  32. Emery Ankunding

    Emery Ankunding

    Lovely quality and beautiful fragrance, thank you!

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  33. Nayeli Hill

    Nayeli Hill

    Amazing product. Really helps me feel healthy

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