Absynthe (Artemisia absinthium)
Activated Vegetable Charcoal
Charcoal is known since ancient ages for its detoxifying and purifying properties, it provides an intense black color to cosmetics.
African Stone (Hyraceum)
A fossilized waste used to mark the territory of the Cape Hyrax, a close relative from the elephant living in large colonies in the wild in the South African plains and looking like an irresistibly cute giant rodent. This product is valorized, sustainably and ethically collected in the wild by communities providing an effective way to both generate income for the local population as well as preserve the animal and its environment. It is then extracted in a clean tincture that is rich in pheromones, which powerful effect on emotions is only recently being acknowledged by modern science and researched.
Agarwood/ Oud (Aquilaria agallocha and other varieties like crassna)
Reputed to be the most expensive wood in the world, Agarwood (Oudh in Arabic) is formed as a result of parasitic intervention on the tree. While the trees have become scarce, especially in India, thankfully replanting efforts have been successful. The Agarwood scent has been revered throughout the Orient since time immemorial, and used in Arabic perfumery as a signature scent. It is powerful and pervasive, with the tiniest amount being quite perceptible. Often reserved for male fragrances, NadiaZ ingeniously blends it to infuse women’s perfumes with mystery and character.
Also see: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agarwood
Aglaia (Aglaia odorata)
Often called Chinese Lemon Tree, Chinese Perfume Tree and Chinese Rice Flower, Aglaia is found in many parts of Asia and used in traditional Chinese medicine as a tonic, to reduce pain or to cure superficial infections. The tiny yellow flowers have such a powerful fruity, citrusy, floral, green scent that it can be noticed from a distance of several meters.
Ahibero (Cymbopogon giganteus)
This specie of Lemongrass growing in tropical savannah and notably found in Madagascar has a unique and different chemical profile than the Lemongrass commonly known (Cymbopogon Citratus) and does not bear its usual lemon scent. Its specific constituents have been studied for their potential use as anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and fungicide agent.
Ajowan (Tracyspermum ammi)
Allspice (Pimenta diosca)
Almond (Prunus amygdalus )
Aloe (Aloe vera and ferox)
Ambergris (ambra grisea)
Ambergris is one of the rarest find and its value surpasses the one of gold. It can be used in natural perfumes in an ethical perspective. Ambergris is an excreta from Sperm Whales that takes value by the long periods of time it would have been floating in the sea, which is why New Zealand’s being one of the finest. Thus no whales are harmed nowadays when collecting beach washed Ambergris. Ambergris scent is truly unique and a natural treasure, its aroma is too complex to describe properly but bears both sea elements and animalistic/leathery ones. With aging, ambergris develops sweet floral notes reminiscent of honey or Sauternes sweet white wine. Nadia only works with true ambergris, which she tinctures herself, you will never find any synthetic ambergris in NadiaZ products.
Ambrette (Hibiscus abelmoschus)
The seeds from the tropical Hibiscus flower are known for their musk-like aroma. This plant has been almost wiped out of perfumery by the rise of cheaper synthetic musks. Its enigmatic aroma, also used in cooking and Ayurveda, is nevertheless unchallenged and its presence in a perfume cannot be unnoticed.
Amyris (Amyris balsamifera)
Andiroba (Carapa Guianensis)
From the heart of the Amazon, Andiroba oil is processed from the Carapa Guianensis tree and is highly valued for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is an important resource for local communities, when exploited sustainably. NadiaZ promotes its use in perfumery, where it imbues very subtle, light, creamy and sweet notes.
Angelica (Angelica sinensis)
Anise Star (Illicum verum)
Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
Apple (Malus domestica ) (Malus sylvestris)
Argan (Argania spinosa)
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima )
In its unrefined form, avocado oil is very rich in unsaponifiables and phytosterols, plant-based sterols which mimic the beneficial effect of cholesterol in human skin, increasing elasticity while reducing wrinkles and transepidermal water loss.
Davana (Artemisia pallens)
Desert Date (Balanites aegyptiaca)
Growing in the semi-arid zones of Sahel, the desert date seeds are collected by the most remote communities as an income generating activity. The replanting of the trees help fight desertification. The oil confers elasticity to the hair while offering anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties to the scalp.
Dill (Anethum graveolens)
Galangal (Kaempferia galanga)
Galbanum (Ferula galbaniflua)
Garden Angelica (Angelica archangelica)
Gardenia (Gardenia grandiflora)
Originating from the Far East, in India and China, the Gardenia is a vector of love and romance, feminine, intensely floral, penetrating and slightly sweet. Its fruits are used in Chinese medicine and its blossoms exploited in Japan and Korea.
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) (Pelargonium roseum bourbon)
A deeply aromatic essential oils with rose and minty overtones is extracted from the leaves of this highly prized Geranium species. It is known since ancient times for its relaxing and calming properties, as well as for menstrual pain. Due to its high geraniol content, Geranium may cause allergic dermatitis with chronic inadequate exposure. As a fragrance, some exquisite and ultra-refined Arab pastries incorporate a few drops of the hydrosol.
Giant Sea Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera)
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Grape (Vitus vinifera)
Grape and particularly Cognac at different stage of maturation provide a distinctive bitter slightly pungent scent that add character in a perfume composition.
Grapefruit (citrus paradisi)
Grapefruit seeds naturally contain anti-microbial and anti-fungal components. This probiotic extract is one of the most used natural preservative for ecological cosmetics. The fruit peel is rich in essential oils appreciated for its uplifting, energyzing scent.
Guava (Psidium guajava)
Gurjun balsam (Dipercarpus turbinatus)
Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus)
Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum and other varieties such as sambac and grandiflorum)
The scent of Jasmine is possibly the most heavenly, penetrating and unmistakable aroma used throughout cultures for spirituality and seduction. It is composed of over 300 chemical compounds. NadiaZ therefore carefully selects different varieties to create the optimal essence of a true Jasmine scent.
Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba)
Juniperberry (Juniperus communis)
Macadamia (Macadamia ternifolia)
Macadamia is readily absorbed oil thanks to its palmitoleic acid normally found in human sebum, conferring it great affinity with the skin.
Mace/Nutmeg (Myristica frangrans)
Magnolia (Michelia alba)
The Magnolia flower distinctive poetic shape that predates the apparition of the bees has inspired numerous artists and is a symbol of feminine sweetness and beauty in China. Its potent fragrance is creamy, sweet with a touch of acidity, easily overpowering any perfume composition. Lesser known is the essential oil extracted from its leaves which resemble in scent to the flower but with richer woody and darker notes.
Mandarin (Citrus reticula)
Mango (Mangifera indica)
Marjoram (Origanum Majorana and Marjorana hortensis)
Madder (Rubia tinctorium)
Massoia (Cryptocaria massoia)
An indigenous tree from New Guinea, Massoia has been used for traditional ointments by Balinese women for centuries. The bark of the tree has a sweet creamy coconut-like aroma and is one of the very few natural sources of lactones, which are otherwise produced synthetically. The concentrated oil may be considered irritant for the skin, as is Cinnamon, and therefore legislation may vary between countries. NadiaZ Perfumes, however, uses it in very small concentrations. Its distinctive fragrance will reach in and awaken sweet emotions.
Mastic (Pistacia lentiscus)
This relative to Pistachio produces a beautiful resin that has been used as a mastic gum by Mediterranean civilizations to reduce stomach acid, freshen their breath and as antimicrobial to fight cold and flu. Its oil is mainly used to help relieve varicose veins pain and as a lymphatic decongestant thanks to its vasoconstrictive properties.
Mate (Ilex paraguariensis)
Mate leaves were first used by indigenous communities in Brazil, before European colonization. Although traditionally a drink for rituals in Latin America, as a scent it is complex and sophisticated, reminiscent of green tea.
Melissa (Melissa Officinalis)
Micas are safe natural minerals which are non-irradiated and exempt of harmful nanoparticules and provide glittering effects to cosmetics. While many mica groups of different colors exist, NadiaZ only selects the ones that the brand considers safe to use for all applications.
Mimosa (Acacia decurrens and other varieties like dealbata, farnesiana)
Mimosa puffy flowers from Acacia trees, found from Africa to India to Australia, are reminiscent of a mother’s soft embrace, yet enigmatic and elusive. Honey-like with hints of wood and grass, this aroma magically reveals itself once every other scent wears off.
Mitti attar (baked earth)
One of the most ancient and sacred tradition in India who developed a technique to capture the exquisite scent of the earth in the beginning of monsoon season. The sun baked earth is upturned and while dry and dormant, its soil blooms with microorganisms’ activity as soon as the tiniest drops of water reach it. The sublime aroma of the soil is distilled by artisans and settled on sandalwood oil to create this rich, soulful attar. Sandalwood in India is subject to government quotas due to the over-exploitation of the resource. Nevertheless, NadiaZ supports India’s cultural heritage preservation and collaborates actively in the search of greener production and alternative solutions for the fabrication of attars. For this reason, while it is a work in progress to improve the sustainability, NadiaZ chose to present this unique ingredient as a way to draw the attention and resources needed for its greening progresses and as an homage to mother’s earth reminding us to perceive and protect our soil rich life diversity.
Mopane (Colophospermum mopane)
Also called butterfly tree due to the shape of it leaves, Mopane only occurs in Southern Africa where it is prized by elephants. Its wood is extremely strong and termite resistant and its oil bearing antifungal and antiseptic properties reminiscent of turpentine with surprising grass and sweet notes. NadiaZ supports a community based small distillation factory in Nambia to extract Mopane oil.
Moringa (Moringa Oilefera)
Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris)
Muhuhu (Brachyleana hutchinsii)
The Muhuhu tree, also called African Sandalwood, mainly grows along the Eastern African Coast and produces a rare indigenous oil. Its balsamic, woody and sweet aroma stimulates the practice of meditation and reduces stress.
Murumuru (Astrocaryum murumuru)
Nadia Zuodar and her father personally collect edible wild swiss mushrooms, some highly prized for their gustative properties and others which are largely ignored. She also procures them from continental Europe, among other places, to prepare exclusive extracts through her bespoke production techniques. Mushroom availability varies immensely between the seasons by and year, thus the proportion used in perfumes can vary.
Examples of mushrooms are:
- Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)
- Truffle (Tuber melanosporum)
- Horn of Plenty (Craterellus cornucopioides) and Winter Chanterelle (Craterellus tubaeformis)
- Saffron milk cap (Lactarius deliciosus)
- Parasol Mushroom (Macrolepiota procera)
- Hedgehog (Hydnum repandum)
- Scaly Hedgehog (Sarcodon imbricatus)
Sarcodon imbricatus is an edible autumn mushrooms growing in pine forests in Switzerland and also present in the rest of Europe and North America. It has a powerful bitter, peppery and earthy flavor. Recent reseach show immunoenhancement and antitumor capabilities of the polysaccharides of this mushroom. More research is needed to explore its potential for the treatment of immunosuppressive disease.
Myrrh (Commiphora Myrrha)
Myrtle (Myrtus Communis)
Palmarosa (Cymbopogon Martini)
Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens)
A mystical wood popularly called Holy Wood; Palo Santo is native from South and Central America and belongs to the same family as Frankincense and Myrrh. First reports of its use date from the Inca era where it was reputated for its spiritual and relaxing properties. It is used till today by Shaman all over the continent. Its fragrance is anisic, powdery and slightly sweet, though fresh.
Palo Verde/Palo Brea/Incenso (Parkinsonia Praecox)
Palo Verde is a tree from tropical America, particularly the Sonora Desert. Yellow fragrant flowers appear in early spring. Its gum also called Goma Brea has seen recent research demonstrating the same usage as for Arabic gum (from the acacia). It is therefore accepted as a food additive in Argentina. The gum present a sticky texture with a yummy sweet and spicy aroma reminiscent to gingerbread.
Papaya Oil (Carica papaya)
Besides a range of Vitamins and minerals as well as Omega 6 and essential fatty acids, papaya oil contains a unique enzyme called papain which helps remove dead cells by speeding up cell renewal and dissolves skin impurities.
Papyrus (Cyperus esculentus)
An aquatic flowering plant known to Ancient Egypt more than 4000 years ago, Papyrus is now grown in Africa but also popular in Spain. It is unique for its capacity to confer elasticity, smoothness and shine to hair.
Passion Berry (Ruta chalepensis)
Passion Fruit Oil (Passiflora eduli)
From the seeds of the tropical passion fruit, this oil contains flavonoids, carotenoids, vitamins E, F and K and vegetal squalene, helping protect against skin degeneration. It is a fast-absorbing, sebum-regulating, anti-etching, anti-rosacea and calming oil with a high content of linoleic acid that helps retain skin hydration.
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
Patchouli is native to tropical regions in Asia, some of the finest productions of this herb are in Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Its quality differs greatly depending on the processing and maturing techniques used. NadiaZ uses patchouli for its fine, light, sweet yet earthy aroma, blending so masterfully into the perfume composition that it is almost imperceptible.
Peach (Prunus persica)
Pemou (Fokiena hodginsii)
Peppercorn Pink (Schinus molle)
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Peru balsam (Myroxylon pereirae)
Pinapple (Ananas sativa)
Pine Needle (Pinus Sylvestris)
Pinon Pine (Pinus edulis)
Plai (Zingiber cassumunar)
A ginger family plant native from Thailand, Indonesia and India, regarded in Thailand as a must-have massage oils for its analgesic, antinflammatory, and properties. More traditionally used to alleviate muscle and joint pain, NadiaZ innovatively introduces it in its deo for its antiseptic and vermifuge function.
Pomegranate Oil (Punica granatum)
Pomegranate oil, with its polyunsaturated and antioxidant punicic and ellagic acids, tocopherols (Vitamin E/free radical fighting antioxidant) and phytoestrogens (plant-based estrogens) – reduces free radical damage and acts as a rejuvenating agent. Research has shown that it stimulates the growth of epidermis (keratinocyte) and has anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties.
Poplar (Populus balsamifera)
Poppy (Papaver somniferum)
Pracaxi (Pentaclethra macroloba)
Protium copal (Protium copal)
Safran (Crocus sativus)
The stigmas of the delicate saffron flowers are harvested by hand and dried to make one of the world’s most expensive and aromatic spices. Its scent is so penetrating that the tiniest amount is needed to instill an oriental, earthy and powdery quality to a perfume.
Sage (Salvia sclarea)
Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum and other varieties such as austrocaledonicum and paniculatum)
Sandalwood is prized for its rich, sweet, spiritual and woody scent. Used in traditional medicine and religious rituals for millennia, it has been brought to the verge of extinction in India. NadiaZ sources Sandalwood from a variety of species around the globe, from Australia to New Caledonia, where it is protected and sustainably harvested.
Also see: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santalum_spicatum
Sapote (Pouteria sapota)
Sapote is an edible fruit indigenous to Central America and the Carribean with delicious oil bearing a distinctive aroma of bitter almonds with a tropical twist. It is mostly used as a costly ingredient in hair care and yet unknown in perfumery, therefore NadiaZ have developed ways to capture it subtle gourmand scent.
Sea fennel (Crithmum maritimum)
Nadia personally extracts some of the properties from a variety of green and red seaweed, such as focus (Fucus macrocystis) (Fucus vesiculosus), dulse (Palmaria palmata), kelp (Ascophyllum nodosum), (jania rubens) ,sourced from oceans and coasts. Seaweeds are naturally rich in minerals and trace elements and are a source of Iodine and Bromine. The preservation and sustainable exploitation of oceanic kelp forests is a priority as they are the most productive and dynamic ecosystems on Earth yet are under critical pressure from human activity, especially from overfishing and climate change.
Seje (Oenocarpus bataua)
Shea butter nilotica (Vitellaria paradoxa) (Vittelaria nilotica)
Shiso (Perilla frutescens)
Asian herbalists have used Shiso for centuries to treat flu and colds thanks to its antiviral and antibacterial properties. It is commonly used as well as a food preservative and aromatic culinary ingredient. Shiso scent is green in essence with sweet and minty notes and a water quality in it. It is a very soothing aroma inviting to relaxation and meditation.
Siam Benzoin (Styrax tonkinense)
Smoke Tree (Cotinus coggygria)
Soap Bark Tree (Quillaja saponaria)
Sonoran Palo Verde (Parkinsonia praecox)
Soy Lecithin (Glycine max)
Only certified organic lecithin from non GMO soy is being used. This ingredient brings wonderful benefits to the skin as it is a penetration enhancer, prevents moisture loss and bears a range of antioxidants.
Spanish Broom/ Genet (Spartium junceum)
A shrub with bright yellow flowers very tolerant to drought and often out-competing native plants. Genet is very common to the Mediterranean littoral where it fills the air with joyous fruit floral notes.
Spearmint (Mentha spirata)
Spinach (Spinacia oleracea)
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Strawberry (Fragaria ananassa and Fragaria vesca)
Strawberry is a sweet smelling oil containing vitamins, antioxidants, phytonutrients and minerals. Its tannic acid is slightly astringent and anti-bacterial and the oil is known to help even out complexions. True to its vocation to use only natural plants material, NadiaZ has been researching the best way to capture the complex scent of fresh fruit and is introducing innovative methods to use fruit distillates in perfume compositions. Fruit distillates (hydrosols) are the highly aromatic water that can be extracted from fresh fruits and juices. NadiaZ do not use natural isolates despite their natural origin because chemically they are not different from synthetics and are at a concentration that do not occur in nature. In very rare occasions like in Espiritu Pirata and Magnolia Night Ode to Gobi Perfumes, strawberry furanone has been added, a natural isolate from the fruit, that contributes to the aroma of strawberries and burnt sugar and can be found in many fruits such as strawberries, lychees, pineapple as well as a rare parent in the scarce omumgorwa resin. The reason of this choice is ecological to avoid the use of omumgorwa in large amounts accross too many products that would make it unsustainable, so a diversification of furanone sources is sought.
Strawberry Gum (Eucalyptus olida)
This Eucalyptus specie only found in Australia is endangered in the wild. The oil produced from its leaves unlike any other varieties actually smells like candy or a mix between Strawberry, Banana and Cinnamon. NadiaZ supports cultivation and reintroduction initiatives and the valorization of its rare essence in the perfume industry.
Styrax (Liquidambar styraciflua)
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
Sweet Clover (Melilotus officinalis)
Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia)
Vanilla is a world-famous orchid cultivated since Pre-Columbian times. NadiaZ selects only the finest Bourbon Vanilla from the Indian Ocean Islands for this complex aroma.
Vegetable Glycerin (Glycerin)
Only certified organic vegetable glycerin is being used. This ingredient used in small concentrations help maintain water balance and improve the suppleness and glow of the skin.
Verbena lemon-scented (Lippia citriodora)
Verbena (Verbena officinalis)
Vetiver (Vetivera zizanioides)
A tall perennial scented grass mainly cultivated in the tropics – in India, Tahiti, Java and Haiti – it bears a woody, sweet, oriental, almost tobacco-like aroma, depending from where it is sourced. Production in Haiti provides much needed income to its impoverished population.
Violet (Viola odorata)
This tiny heart-shaped flower has been the emblem of Athens in Ancient Greece and was already then a sign of good wishes, innocence and modesty. Persians and Greeks used Violet to bring emotional calm and Romans used the fresh blossoms as wine. Its deep penetrative scent is so fleeting that it can only be captured through delicate enfleurage technique, while most of the commercialized violet-scented products are synthetic. While enfleurage preserves all the heavenly subtlety of violet scent, it is a soft rather than sharp scent that one can appreciate in its full beauty through undivided attention.
Violet Leaf (Viola odorata)
Vitex Berry (Vitex agnus castus)
Yangu Oil (Calodendrum capense)
Yangu Oil, also called Cape Chestnut, originates from the Southern African region, and is rich in essential fatty acids. Its natural UV protection and plentiful antioxidants protect and replenish the skin. It bears a delicate rose aroma, with a hint of wood and is a good perfume fixative to retain the scent.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)
Ylang Ylang considered an aphrodisiac, is a precious flower from Madagascar and Comoros with an unmistakable, penetrating, sweet and sensual scent that helps alleviate tension and anxiety. Its sustainable cultivation is a major source of income for these island communities.
Yuzu (Citrus junos)
Yuzu is a special species of Japanese lemon, used traditionally for bathing since the 18th century, has a subtle sweet citrusy aroma that stimulates immunity, uplifts the emotions, and relaxes the nervous system.
Babassu (Orbignya oleifera)
Bacaba (Oenocarpus bacaba)
Bacaba is a very productive amazonian palm tree, with avocado flavored fruits, rich in antioxidants are very prized by indigenous populations.
Bacuri (Platonia insignis)
Native from the Amazonian forest in Brazil where the brown and pungent Bacuri Butter is used as traditional remedy and for its very high absorption rate due to its high levels of tripalmitin. NadiaZ is the first brand to valorize this indigenous resource for the making of perfumes, in which it provides an earthy note of great complexity.
Balsam Tolu (Myroxylon balsamum)
Banana (Musa sp)
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) and Clove Basil (Ocimum gratissimum)
Bee Balm or Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulos)
Beeswax (Apis mellifera)
Made from honeycomb, beeswax absolute has honey, pollen and skin-like notes that confer it a subtle, soft, cocooning scent.
Benzoin (Styrax benzoin)
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Birch (Betula alba )
Bitter Orange (Citrus bigardia amara)
Black Mustard (Brassica nigra)
Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
Blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum)
Blue Cypress (Callitris intratropica)
The Blue Cypress is an indigenous Australian tree. Used by the Tiwi people to alleviate muscle pain, skin irritations and breathing difficulties, it is seldom used in perfumery. Its scent, however, is very subtle and surprisingly fresh, sweet and fruity while woody, quite unlike any cypress variety anywhere.
Blue Lotus (Nymphaea caerulea)
Boronia (Boronia megastigma)
An Australian native from the citrus family where it grows in the wild, theBoronia shrubs produces small red and yellow flowers with an intense and attractive sweet, citrusy and exotic fruity scent used both in perfumes and as a food flavor enhancer.
Bran (Triticum turgidum)
Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis)
Buchu (Agathosma betulina and ovata)
This amazing bush only found in the wild in South Africa bears a powerful fresh blackcurrant scent. It is known for its medicinal and antiseptic properties and some of its constituents necessitate a restricted use. Only the tiniest amount suffices to provide an unmistakable scent.
Buddha Wood (Eremophila mitchelli)
Buriti (Mauritia flexuosa)
The Buriti Palm grows in Amazonia and is used by indigenous population to treat sunburns as well as animal bites. It is considered the richest natural source of beta-carotene, one of the most powerful antioxidants, which supports cell renewal and is an excellent natural peeling. It is a potent anti-aging agent thanks to its ability to absorb radiation in the visible and ultra-violet light spectrum.
Burweed (Arctium minus)
Nagarmotha (Cyperus scariosus)
Narcissus (Narcissus poeticus, tazeeta or jonquillus)
Known since times of the Ancient Greeks and revered in literature, Narcissus Absolute, a rare ingredient, is mainly produced in Europe and is highly prized for its enigmatic, crisp, green, oral scent.
Nasturtium/Indian Cress (Tropaeolum majus)
Niaouli (Melaleuca viridiflora and quinquinerva)
Nigelle (Nigella sativa)
Kaki (Diospyros kaki)
Kampot Long Pepper (Piper longum and other varieties like rectrofractum)
Kaolin is a safe, natural occurring clay substance mostly found in soils in hot and moist climates. Its external use has a very long history to clean and smooth skin. Its high silica content helps remove dead skin cells and thanks to its unique minerals and phyto-nutrients, kaolin acts as a detoxifier.
Kapok (Ceiba pentrandra)
Karo Karounde (Leptactinia senegambica)
Katrafray (Cedrelopsis grevei)
Kava Kava (Piper methysticum)
Kewra (Pandanus odoratissimus)
The Pandanus tree and flowers are of great cultural and economic importance in India and the Pacific Islands and highly valued for their health benefits. The penetrative and distinctive scent of the Kewra extract is very rare in Western perfumery.
Khella (Cedrelopsis grevei)
Kiwi (Actinidia sinensis)
Kokum (Garcinia indica)
Kokum butter is cold pressed from the seeds of the wild Mangoustan fruits. Its dry highly emollient texture makes it a superior butter for a non-greasy skin preparation.
Kombo (Pycnanthus angolensis)
Also called African nutmeg, the Kombo plant is found across West Africa and as an example traditionally used by the Ibo people in Nigeria as a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. It is a natural source of Cetyl Myristoleate which may, at high doses, have a preventive effect on arthritis.
Kukui (Aleurites Moluccana)
A native from Hawaii also grown in Indonesia, it is a fast drying oil that has the ability to reduce skin rashes and penetrate quickly in the hair fiber, naturally facilitating combing.
Kumquat (Citrus fortunella)
Hazelnut (Corylus avellana)
Heather (Erica arborea)
Henna (Lawsonia inermis)
Known since ancient times from North Africa to the Arabian Peninsula and India, the henna plant has a privileged role in bridal and cosmetic traditions and has been used to prevent skin infection. The essential oil extracted from its leaves is very fragrant, spiritual, with a complex light musk and sweet licorice aroma that appeals to both men and women.
Hiba (Tujopsis dolabrata)
Hinoki (Chamaecyparis obtusa)
NadiaZ selects several types of honeys produced from single varieties of flowers such as Linden, Lavender, Heather and Chestnut to extract their distinctive complex aromas.
Honeysuckle (Lonicera caprifolium)
Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis)
Only the most delicate enfleurage that can best capture the subtlety of this highly fragile scent is used. Its notes are of extreme depths, narcotic while surprisingly ethereal.
Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum)
Edlerflowers (Sambucus nigra)
Eggplant (Solanum melongena)
Elemi (Canarium commune)
Emerald Cypress (Callitris columellaris)
Ethiopian Pepper or Kili (Xylopia aethiopica)
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora) (Eucalyptus Radiata) (Eucalyptus Macarthurii) (Eucalyptus Globulus)
Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)
Quince (Cydonia vulgaris)
Zanthoxylum (Zanthoxylum armatum and piperitum)
Weeping cypress (Cupressus funebris)
White Cypress (Callitris glaucophylla)
White Nettle (Lamium album)
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
An evergreen shrub commonly found in America, Wintergreen contains Methyl Salicylate, a natural form of Aspirin. The substance diffuses topically into the tissues and in the capillaries and is therefore used as a folk remedy for inflammation and poor circulation, although the concentration in this product has been kept at cosmetic level. Asthmatic people may be sensitive to Wintergreen, which is also common as a fragrance in products such as toothpaste and chewing-gums.
Tagetes (Tagetes bipinata, erecta, minuta)
Tamanu (Calophyllum inophylum)
Tamanu,also known as Foraha, this oil is indigenous to tropical Southeast Asia and also found in Madagascar. Thorough researched has shown the oil has a great ability to heal damaged skin, small wounds, cracks, blisters and has antimicrobial and anti-neuralgic and possibly cancer protective properties.
Tamarillo (Cyphomandra betacea)
Tarragon (Artemesia dracunculus)
Tasmanian Pepper (Tasmannia lancelata)
Tea (Camellia sinensis)
Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris)
Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum)
Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)
Tonka Bean (Dipteryx odorata)
Native to Latin America, where they are mostly grown by rural households, Tonka beans have a magical vanilla-like, caramelized biscuit scent, prized in perfumery and gastronomy. They add an exquisite, unmistakable touch bringing new depths to a composition.
Tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa)
A night-blooming plant related to Agave and native from Mexico, Tuberose is being cultivated in India, France and other countries in the world since the 16th century for its fragrant waxy white flowers. Its scent is unmistakably carnal, powdery and creamy.
Tucuma (Astrocaryum tucuma)
A palm tree widely distributed in the amazon, tucuma butter is extracted from its fruit seeds and a great economic resource for the communities. It has great emollient capacity together with a slippery texture providing a highly sensual experience when applied and melt on the skin. Its pleasant faint scent is reminiscent of milky coffee, nuts and baby skin.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Turpentine (Pinus pinaster)
Cabreuva (Myrocarpus fastigiatus)
Cactus Pear (Opuntia ficus indica)
Cade Wood (Juniperus oxycedrus)
Cajeput (Melaleuca cajuputii)
Calamus (Acorus calamus)
Calendula or Pot Marigold (Calendula Officinalis)
Candelilla wax (Euphorbia cerifera)
Candelilla wax is a wax derived from the leaves of the small Candelilla shrub native to northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, Euphorbia cerifera. It is used to harden a cosmetic preparations as its boiling point is around 70°C. As a food additive, it has the E number E 902 and is used as a glazing agent. This was is extracted by boiling the leaves in water and skimming off the surface of the liquid.
Cape May (Coleonema album)
Cape Snowbush (Eriocephalus africanus)
Cape Vervena (Lippia javanica)
Also known as Cape Vervena, this indigenous plant is used as a local remedy thanks to its antimicrobial properties. Never before has this exhilarating acidulated scent been proposed in a luxury perfume.
Caper (Capparis spinosa)
Carambola (Averrhoa carambola)
Caraway (Carum carvi)
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus)
Carnauba wax (Copernicia cerifera)
Carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua)
Carrot (Daucus carota)
Castor Oil (Ricinus communis)
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Cedar Atlas (Cedrus atlantica)
Cedarwood Virginia (Juniperus virginiana )
Chamomile Roman (Anthemis nobilis)
Chamomille Blue (Matricaria recutica)
Champaca (Michelia/Magnolia champaca)
Known as a component of the most expensive perfume, the champaca tree, native from the Himalaya and belonging to the Magnolia family, it literally exudes what is perhaps the most sensual and pervasive of all scents. The species has become vulnerable in the wild; therefore NadiaZ only uses cultivated Champaca.
Chaulmoogra (Hydnocarpus kurzii)
Chestnut Tree (Castanea sativa)
Chili (Capsicum annuum)
Capsaicin is an active component of Chili Peppers which is used as an analgesic to temporary relieve muscle and joints pain as it reduces the pain signals to the brain. It is however a strong irritant and should never be used for long periods of time or with exposure to the sun, even at such a small concentration level.
Choya Nakh is a very rare indian traditional distillation of dry roasted seashells collected on the beach. The oil bears a unique smoky-oceanic aroma. In natural perfumery it is used in Russian leather and temple perfumes.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Zelanicum)
Clove (Eugenia caryophhyllata)
Cocoa (Theobroma cacao)
Highly emollient and rich in anti-aging polyphenols, Cocoa butter helps maintain the skin’s collagen levels.
Coconut (Cocos nucifera)
Coffee Flower (Coffee robusta/arabica)
Reminiscent to Jasmine in shape and fragrance, coffee flowers surprise by their floral yet spicy scent which makes a very rare absolute, seldom used in perfumery.
Coffee (Coffee arabica, robusta)
Combava Kaffir Lime (Citrus hystrix)
Copal (Protium hepytaphyllum)
Also called Breu Branco in Brazil, it is a resin the tree naturally exudes from its trunk as a mean to protect itself against parasites or scratches caused by animals. It is initially a shiny white substance with a rather mineral somewhat spicy scent that dries up and solidifies with time. The shamans from the Amazonian forest use it for religious ceremonies the same way incense is being used in churches, or they make a medicinal topical preparation by mixing in oil for skin cicatrization and respiratory diseases. Copal makes an excellent natural fixative in perfumes due to its natural stickiness.
Coriander (Coriandrum Sativum)
Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)
Crambe (Crambe abyssinica)
It is a fantastic lubricant conferring an almost silicon like smooth feel to hair and skin with a glossy shine, while helping detangling.
Cucumber Oil (Cucumis sativus)
Rich in Omega and essential fatty acids, minerals and phytosterols, cucumber oil stimulates cell regeneration, balances the skin and is a great detoxifier.
Cumin (Cuminum cyminum)
Cupuaçu (Theobroma grandiflorum)
Cupuaçu is a tropical tree from Amazonia relative to Cocoa and a primary food source for natives in the rainforest, its derived butter is rich in phytosterols and polyphenols which improve skins’moisture, elasticity and help fight free radicals caused by exposure to sunlight, pollution and smoke.
Curry (Murraya koeniggi)
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
Cypress, a coniferous tree, has been revered through ages and civilizations from Hippocrates, to Ayurveda and Chinese Traditional Medicine. Its oil is astringent, anti-spasmodic, diuretic and plays therefore a role in favoring capillaries vasoconstriction and reduce fluid retention.
Urucum (Bixa orellana)
Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)
True to its vocation to use only natural plants material, NadiaZ has been researching the best way to capture the complex scent of fresh fruit and is introducing innovative methods to use fruit distillates in perfume compositions. Fruit distillates (hydrosols) are the highly aromatic water that can be extracted from fresh fruits and juices. In very rare occasions, NadiaZ complements with a natural isolate from the fruit, a ketone that is the primary aroma compound of raspberries.
Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica)
Rhododendron (Rhododendron anthopogon)
Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum)
The incredible flavor of rhubarb vanilla marmalade is rendered through a natural extraction from different parts of the plant.
Rice (Oryza sativa)
Rock Tannin Bush (Osyris lanceolata)
Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis)
Rooibos is a popular indigenous bush plant, literally ‘Red Bush’, comes from the fragile Fynbos ecosystem, found in areas of South Africa. Its antioxidant properties are recently being explored and its scent, reminiscent of tea and rose, is very subtle, somewhat faint, yet nontheless present.
Rose (Rosa damascena and other varieties such as centifolia)
The scent of true Rose is possibly the most evocative and subtle, prized since time immemorial throughout cultures and composed of over 300 chemical compounds. NadiaZ selects different varieties to create the very best true Rose scent.
Rose Petals Powder (Rosa damascena)
This very light powder, as soft as a petal, is well known in Ayurveda. It soothes skin small irritations, decongests while cleaning in a manner that respect the skin balance.
Rose Myrtle (Leptospermum peterrsonii var B)
Rose Myrtle essential oil is from a very rare Australian plant with an uplifting aroma fresh, fruity with a gentle rose note.
Rosehip Seeds Powder (Rosa mosqueta)
A natural and ecological exfoliant, rosehip powder helps remove skin roughness without causing excessive micro abrasion.
Rosmary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Ruby Gromwell (Lithospermum erythrorhizon)
The gorgeous intense ruby red pigments called Shikonins are extracted from the root of the Chinese plant Ruby Gromwell. It has demonstrated antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic characteristics.
Rum from Sugar Cane (Rum succan from Saccharum officinarum )
NadiaZ has carefully selected an extract to bring to this perfume the quintessence of a pure sugar cane Martinican rum with woody-balsamic, fruity notes, aged to perfection. Even the faintest trace of this aroma provokes the mind to adventure to exotic destinations.
Oakmoss (Evernia prunasti)
This is a type of lichen harvested in European forests. A favourite in luxury ancient scents, it is incomparable to any other extract, embracing the essence of centuries-old oak forests and the smell of damp air. Its concentration is very limited to reduce sensitization and its atranol content is rectified.
Oakwood (Quercus robur)
Oat (Avena sativa)
Old Man’s Beard (Usnea barbata)
Old Wood (Leucosidea sericea)
Olive Tree (Olea europaea)
Omumbiri Resin (Commiphora wildii)
Traditionally used as a perfume by the Himba people, this resin, unique to Namibia, is sustainably harvested by women. Its scent is unlike other myrrh due to its freshness, earthiness and citrusy hint.
Omumbungu Resin (Commiphora krauselliana)
Also called Tree of the Hyena and native to the southern African region, it is considered as black magic by the Himba people in Namibia who fear to use it in their perfumes. It bears a watery, slightly animalistic and yet clean and almost mineral scent that can best be described by the poetical image of a moonlight ray of scent. It is an extremely scarce material which makes this perfume a very, very limited edition.
Omumgorwa Resin (Commiphora tenuipetiolata)
Traditionally used as a perfume called Omove and as a soap by the Himba people in Namibia known for their reverence to beauty and the incredible skin care living under harsh weather conditions, this resin only forms after after a tree has died naturally and is thus sustainably harvested. Its smell, between candied date and freshly made caramel, is just amazing.
Opoponax (Commiphora erythraea)
Also known as Sweet Myrrh, this sacred resin originates from the arid lands of Somalia and Ethiopia. Traded since ancient times and used in rituals dating back 4000 years, its scent is slightly green, sweet and sparkly, slightly acidic like Champagne, it boosts the immune system.
Orange Blossom/Neroli (Citrus aurantium amara)
Together with Jasmine, Orange Blossom is the most distinctive scent reminiscent of enchanting Mediterranean nights. Its pervasive aroma is an integral part of in North African culture, from perfumery, to cooking, and in daily life as a means of purification and appeasement.
Orange (Citrus sinensis)
Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Orris (Iris germanica & Iris pallida)
Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans)
Oukoume (Aucoumea klaineana)
Labdanum (cistus ladaniferus)
Lantana (Lantana camara)
Laurus (Laurus nobilis)
Lavander (Lavandula angustifolia and subgenus)
Lavender is highly prized worldwide for its unmistakable floral fresh and woody scent reminiscent of the fields in Tuscany or Provence. Its scent and therapeutic profile depends on subgenus and species as well as on the altitude, with Bulgarian High Altitude Lavender being arguably one of the finest. NadiaZ blends various lavenders in order to reach more complex and rounder scent profiles. In aromatherapy, Lavender is used an an anxiolytic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent. Lavender contains linalyl acetate that may cause contact dermatitis on predisposed people.
Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora)
Lemon, Black Iranian Lemon & Cedrat (Citrus limon)
Lemon Tea Tree & Tea Tree (Leptospermum scoparium and Leptospermum peterrsonii)
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Citratus)
Leucidal Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate
It is a probiotic-based ingredient created by the fermentation of radish root by bacterias producing lactic acid. Their synergy result in the production of novel antimicrobial peptides which makes Leucidal one of the best tolerated natural preservative.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
Fragile flowers, such as lilac, only render their delicate scent through low yield extraction techniques, something that has virtually disappeared in modern society, sacrificed for more profitable methods, notably the use of synthetic replacements. Nevertheless, lilac extraction is being revived by ecologically-minded individuals across the globe, from Bulgaria to USA, whose efforts are rewarded by the magical aura that emanates from its scent, penetrating right into the soul.
Lily (Lilium golden splendor and other varieties)
The delicate nature of the Lily flower means that only the gentlest enfleurage technique, where fresh flowers are soaked in oil to render their aromatic components, can capture the true natural perfume of this heavenly flower. Finding such an enfleurage is extremery rare in modern days where synthetics have replaced most of the traditional natural techniques. NadiaZ therefore sources its lily enfleurage from small eco-friendly growers in America.
Lime (Citrus Aurantifolia)
Linaloe Berry (Bursera delpechians)
Linden (tilia cordata and Tilia vulgaris)
Linden trees are deciduous pillar-like trees growing mostly in various parts of Europe. Its flowers are the source of delicious honey, infusions and essential oil and it bears a deeply appeasing scent.
Litsea Cubeba (Litsea cubeba)
Longoza (Hedychium coronarium)
Longoza, sometimes called White Ginger Lily, this plant emits a fresh, inviting, white flowery scent. Known as a remedy for headaches and inflammations in traditional medicine, this plant is an invasive species in Southern Africa, while being threatened by extinction in India.
Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)
Used in Ayurvedic practice, the Lotus is considered sacred by many cultures. The Lotus was used as far back as in Ancient Egypt and it is also a component in Hindu sacred perfumes. A symbol of enlightenment, this delicate flower, unspoilt by the muddy waters, is cultivated widely in India and Uganda.
Love in a Mist (Nigella damascena)
Lychee (Litchi chinensis)
The lychee has long been considered as a delicacy in the Chinese Imperial Court and is one of oldest cultivated fruit. Its texture and floral aroma and its highly seasonality contribute to give this sumptuous fruit a treasure character. It is now grown in various countries in Asia as well as in South Africa and Madagascar. To capture it scent is nevertheless one of a natural perfumer toughest challenge.
Iary (Psiadia altissima)
Iary is endemic to Madagascar where it grows freely and is wild harvested. Its chemical constituents, rich in terpens offer benefits for blood circulation. It is also traditionally used to deter parasitis and to relieve bronchitis symptoms.
Illipe (Shorea stenoptera)
Illipe is native to Borneo and very similar to cocoa butter for emolliating and bringing elasticity to the skin. It has a high melting point, useful in the making of lipsticks, which enables to add only extremely low concentrations of waxes.
Indigo (Indigofera tinctoria)
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare )
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum)
Fir Balsam (Abies balsamea)
Fir Needle (Abies sibirica)
Fire Tree (Xanthorrhoea preissii)
Also known as grasstrees, the form of the plant resembles a tree, with very long and bunched, grass-like, leaves that emerge from a central base. It is found throughout Southwest Australia and is of high economic importance to the Noongar people, who named it balga, using the gum it contains and the spike for fish spears. Its essential oil is ethereal in nature, slightly floral and mineral, very light and delicate. It is nevertheless very scarce due to the lack of visibility in the global market and because its extraction requires specific measures to protect from the dust the process creates.
Flouve (Anthoxanthum odoratum)
Fragonia (Agonis fragrans)
Frangipani (Plumeria alba)
The Frangipani tree is known as the ‘Tree of Life’ in India has been highly regarded for centuries for its healing powers. Its exotic buttery floral smell is romantic, sensual and truly captivating.
Frankincense (Boswellia serrata and other varieties such as neglecta, sacra, olibanum)
Boswellia trees are revered since ancient times, used in religious ceremonies as well as referred to in sacred books. The resin exudes from the trunk of the trees and varies in quality and scent profile depending on many factors including the origin, the age of the tree, weather conditions, asn. Despite conservation and cultivation efforts, the tree population is declining and aging. The Omani Green Hojari locally known as Luban Zakar is one of the rarest quality and bears a mystical powerful fresh citrus menthol scent with mineral hints.
The over-exploitation of the trees contributed to their decline but nowadays there is also a risk of neglect if the long established harvesting communities are left without resource due to lack of purchase. Pragmatically, it is thus important to support the frankincense economy and valorize this holy resin in order to save the trees from extinction.
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