Labdanum Absolute (Cistus ladaniferus)




Labdanum is a great scent for any sort of meditative work.

Labdanum is a species of rock rose and has a long history of use in herbal medicine and also as a perfume ingredient. In earlier times, labdanum was collected from the beards and thighs of the goats and sheep which had grazed on this shrub. This resin was used as an ingredient for incense and also for medicinal purposes like cold, cough, menstrual problems and rheumatism.

  • Labdanum aka Rock Rose is a dark brown viscous liquid with a warm, sweet resinous, woody ambery odour, with strong notes of ambergris.
  • It is extracted from the glandular hairs which cover the leaves of the shrub. It is one of perfumerys classic ingredients, and is a key ingredient of the Chypretheme, widely employed in modern perfumery.

Ingredients: Cistus Ladaniferus Oil

Botanical name: Cistus ladaniferus L.

Common name: Labdanum absolute

Plant part: Gum

Extraction method: Solvent extraction

Caution: Avoid during pregnancy.

** It is important to note that all absolutes are extremely concentrated by nature. They should not be evaluated in this state unless you are accustomed to the undiluted fragrance. For those trying Absolutes for the first time, we strongly recommend they be evaluated in dilution. Otherwise, the complexity of the fragrance – particularly the rare and exotic notes – become lost.

Absolutes can be very viscous or even solid and can be difficult to extract from the bottle. Gently warming the absolute in a water bath will melt the product and make it easier to use.

Blends Well With

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
Cedarwood Himalayan (Cedrus deodara)
Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum)
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
Frankincense (Boswellia serrata)
Jasmine Absolute (Jasminium sambac)
Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lemon (Citrus limon)
Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
Liquidambar (Liquidambar styraciflua)
Oakmoss Absolute (Evernia prunastri)
Opoponax – Sweet Myrrh (Commiphora erythraea) – 5mL
Orange – Sweet (Citrus sinensis)
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Rose Damask Absolute (Rosa x damascena)
Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia)
Vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides)

Aromatic Families

Balsamic, Animalic


Deep, rich, sweet balsamic aroma with a faint herbaceous back note and a persistent ambergris-like undertone; extremely tenacious.

Aromatic Note


Certificate of Analysis


Not Known.

Additional information

Bottle Choices

1mL Pure, 2mL Pure, 5mL Pure, 5mL 5% in Jojoba, 10mL 5% in Jojoba, 50mL 5% in Jojoba, 100mL 5% in Jojoba

Important Note: Information on the traditional uses and properties of herbs and essential oils are provided on this site for historical and educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. If you have any serious health concerns, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs or essential oils.

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