Elemi is a pale yellow fragrant resin, tapped from a tree – Manila Elemi, or Canarium luzonicum –  which grows in the Philippines.  With a sharp balsamic-spicy, almost lemony scent, elemi’s invaluable as an incense ingredient and also for ‘fixing’ perfumes, tethering ingredients which otherwise would fade fast.  Outside perfumery, the resin’s a handy herbal remedy – good for everything from bronchitis and coughs to healing wounds and scars.

Smell elemi in:

Diptyque Eau Duelle
Francis Kurkdjian Oud Maison

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