Cassie Absolute (Acacia farnesiana)
Cassie is called sweet acacia or prickly Moses.
Cassie is a member of a fascinating acacia-genus of trees and shrubs from which ancient materials with modern uses originate. There are approximately 800 species in this group, which belongs to the pea (Fabaceae) family of plants.
In the south of France, Acacia farnesiana is cultivated for the perfume industry. The flowers are well known and highly esteemed for the perfume oil they yield. The flowers are globular and golden with a scent of violet and orange blossom. The odor is both spicy and floral.
The bark and pods yield a black dye; the seeds are pressed for cooking oil.
The trees usually start to flower after three years of growth and a mature tree produces about 1kg of flowers per season. Cassie absolute is processed from the flowers.
We use it our Karma fine fragrance and product perfumes.
Aromatherapists use it for treating depression, nervous exhaustion and stress-related conditions where its beautiful, sunny note uplifts the spirits. Cassie absolute is a popular aphrodisiac - undoubtedly due to its beautiful aroma.
The beautiful fragrance of cassie is a constituent of our Smitten hand cream.
Other types of Acacia:
Acacia catechu produces a dark brown, sticky substance known as ‘cutch,’ an important trade material between India and China in the 17th century.
Acacia senegal produces a resin which is known as gum arabic. Sudan produces 85% of the world's crop, which is uncultivated and collected in the wild. Gum arabic is used in chewing gum and confectionery. It is important in the food industry as a stabilizer, fixative, emulsifier and retardant for sugar crystallization. It is listed as E414.