Celebrate Black Currant Diffuser Oiil

Celebrating The Rich Fruity Woody Scent of Black Currant

Join us in celebrating the rich history of black currant and its captivating aroma with our Santal Black Currant diffuser oil blend – a symphony of fragrant notes that combines black currant’s tart juiciness and sandalwood’s timeless elegance. Fill your soul with the fresh, floral, woody notes of cassis and the luxuriously balanced, earthy sandalwood tones of Santal!

Also known as cassis, black currant is a bushy shrub that is specifically grown for its edible berries, which are the primary ingredients in the iconic, dark and rich liqueur known as Creme de Cassis.

It is a magnificent addition to fine fragrances as well.

The black currant bud grows on a tree by the same name and it is known to grow as high as 6 feet in length.

Black Currant Perfume Diffuser Oil

It is indigenous to Northern Europe as far north as Lapland and Siberia and is also found in sunny locations with damp fertile soil in the temperate regions of central Europe. 

Its usage dates back to the ancient world and the civilizations of both Greece and Rome where written records indicate that this fruit was used as a treatment for gout.

In Europe, black currants were believed to posses magical properties far beyond their medicinal uses.

Even today, it is believed that those who practice witchcraft and magic use these berries in powdered form and sprinkle them in doorways to prevent the ingress of negative energy.

In the distant past, they were often transported on long journeys to shield travelers from the fear of being alone. 

Black currant’s true fame, however, lies in the liqueur mentioned above, which was first developed by French monks in the monasteries of the 17th century who pounded the berries into liquid and then blended them with spirits and sugar, rendering a unique fruity and fermented taste. 

Today, Russia is the world’s largest producer of black currants, with an estimated output of 300,000 tons per year that are mainly utilized for self consumption.

France is fourth in place, particularly the region of Burgundy in the Loire Valley and in the Rhone Valley, followed by Poland and the United Kingdom.

Harvested from the end of November to the end of February, some 70% of black currant buds are set aside for the perfume industry.

Celebrate Santal Black Currant fragrance

Black Currant Cultivation And Harvest

Black currants are similar in size and shape to blueberries and they are nutritious, delicious and attractive.

They grows in clusters on the canes of the black currant bush, they ripen in June and are ready to harvest in early July.

Harvesting Black Currant

Most often, cultivation occurs inside specially made fruit cages in order to prevent birds from reaching the tasty, coveted fruit. 

These berries thrive in fertile wet soils and cool winters and easily tolerate partial shade.

An established black currant plant is known to yield as much as 10 pounds of fruit and can remain productive for up to 15 years.

The Diverse Uses of Black Currant

Black currants can be found in a multitude of products including: jams; jellies; juices; preserves; marinades; wines; dyes and as a perfume ingredient for the many fine fragrances we produce.

Several varieties are higher in antioxidants than others, but those are very tart in taste.

Generally speaking, these berries contain more antioxidants than blueberries, more vitamin C than oranges and the most amount of zinc found in any other fruit or vegetable.

Some studies have indicated that black currants help to boost the immune system and cognitive function, reduce gut inflammation, improve vascular health and potentially fight cancer.

More in depth research, however, is needed to discover the full scope of black current properties and how they bolster human health. 

A Few More Interesting Facts

1. It is believed that black currants may have been cultivated in Russia in the 11th century but were not grown in Europe until the 1600s. 

2. In the United Kingdom, 95% of all cultivated black currants are used to produce Ribena, a popular drink that was developed in 1938.During World War II, this drink was doled out to children for free as a substitute for vitamin C, as citrus was scarce. The government at that time encouraged home gardeners to grow black currants in their private gardens. 

3. Scientists at the University of Leeds have recently developed a non-toxic, sustainable hair dye using discarded berry skins from the Ribena factory that has been on the market since 2018.

4. During the early 1900s. black currants were banned in America because they helped spread a fungus that killed many white pine trees, which severely threatened the US timber industry. Beginning in 2003, the ban was lifted in some states, although they are still considered taboo in New Hampshire and Ohio.

5. Black currant is also known as quinsy berry because of its association as a treatment for an inflammatory condition of the tonsils known as quinsy.

6. There are many varieties of British black currant and they are all named after Scottish mountains. These include: Ben Gairn; Ben Lomond, Ben Conan and Ben Hope, which is the most popular in the United Kingdom. 

7. The magnesium found in black currants is believed to help reduce insomnia and improve the quality and duration of sleep.

The Uses of Black Currant In Perfumery

Our master perfumers understand the the unique, light, fruity and woody notes of cassis with rich, balanced and earthy tones that lie somewhere between green and red fruit scents

They use black currant mostly in the head notes of citrus, floral and ambery fragrances, where it serves to heighten the effect of various blends, and when combined with woody elements, evoke passion and sensuality.

In combination with musky red rose and tropical, sweet pineapple, the resulting amalgam is sweet and very romantic.

Santal Black Currant 30ml Diffuser Oil

Black Currant Absolute

Our perfumers use both the black currant blossom and the fruit itself, both of which derive from the Ribes nigrum plant. Bourgeons de cassis is the distilled absolute of the buds and leaves, and its thick, rich essence is deep, dark green in color.

It produces a light, fruity, woody note known for its slightly “catty” edge. When combined with other elements in a formulation, this animal odor never appears in the final scent.

Perfumes with a dominant fragrant note of black currant were wildly popular in the 1970s and 1980.

Black currant absolute is most famous for its inclusion in Guerlain’s iconic 1969 perfume, Chamade, Poems by Lancome and Tiffany by Tiffany. 

This one-of-a-kind substance requires great care and attention, as it must be properly diluted down to the nth degree before the fruity floral sweetness and mystical elements of the forest, green tea and wine can be expressed.

Its classic symbolism of luxury and nobility that has persisted for centuries makes its presence known in this this refined complex and extravagant blend.

Introducing Our Santal Black Currant – A Timeless Blend

A dive into our Santal Black Currant diffuser oil fragrance isn’t complete without an understanding of the fragrance that started it all – Santal.

In the heady days of the 1960s, amidst the vibrant tapestry of cultural revolution, Santal emerged into popularity and started to captivate the hearts and minds of many.

Like a whispered secret of sophistication, its rich woody notes and exotic allure transcended traditional perfumery.

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According to one perfumer: “There are many things going on in Santal apart from sandalwood. A lot of strong, powerful, impactful notes in there are sort of fighting and smoothing each other out. It’s complex and simple at the same time…Its success lies in its bitterness, which is likely the result of the tart and sour edge that defines the scent’s top notes with their facets of dry earthy and leathery papyrus, and woody violet.”

Embraced by free spirits and trendsetters, Santal became the emblem of a generation’s desire for something bold, unique, and utterly entrancing.

Its popularity wasn’t just a trend; it was a movement that celebrated individuality and carved a fragrant path through history.

We paid homage to Santal with our original Santal diffuser oil blend, and now we celebrate its timeless allure along with the wondrous fragrance of black currant with our newly-composed Santal Black Currant fragrance.

Santal Black Currant Warm Fragrances

Our Santal Black Currant diffuser oil is part of our collection of Santal blends (pictured below) and has become one of many transformative cornerstone fragrances developed under the masterful eye of our expert perfumer and chemist, Roger Howell.

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Its elusive essence is laden with ancient ingredients that graced the tombs of the glorious pharaohs and perfumed the marble halls and villas of Roman emperors.

Key Fragrant Notes:

This robust, intriguing scent streams with head notes of slightly sugary banana, spicy, woody cardamom, dusty violet, raspberry-nuanced iris and fresh leafy green.

These aspects soon fade into a fruity heart note featuring facets of biting black currant, warm, cozy cinnamon and crisp apple.

A dry down of somber, dry cedar wood, sensual, potent patchouli and smooth, buttery sandalwood complete this popular scent.

Embrace The Woody Floral Warmth of Black Currant!

Our Santal Black Currant diffuser oil is available here and via Amazon, and comes in 4 sizes, including 10ml, 30ml, 120ml and 500ml. Try it today and revel in its luxurious warmth!

Santal Black Currant 10ml With Flowers

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