Cistus (Cistus ladaniferus)


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Cistus, also known as Rock Rose, is a true essential oil distilled directly from the leaves rather than from the crude Labdanum gum. This powerful fixative has a deep, diffusive, musky, sweet balsamic aroma with a warm, earthy, herbaceous undertone reminiscent of true Labdanum; as with Labdanum, Cistus is also considered a substitute for Ambergris (from sperm whales) and, in combination with Ambrette, a substitute for true Musk (from musk deer).

Cistus ladanifer is a species of flowering plant in the family Cistaceae. It is native to the western Mediterranean region. Common names include gum rockrose, labdanum, common gum cistus, and brown-eyed rockrose.

Aromatic Families

Balsamic, Animalic


Deep, diffusive, musky, sweet balsamic aroma, with a dry, warm, earthy, herbaceous undertone reminiscent of true Labdanum.

Aromatic Note



Low risk of skin sensitisation.

Additional information

Bottle Size

5mL, 10mL, 50mL, 100mL

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