Everlasting Flower Absolute (Gnaphalium uliginosum)
The word Helichrysum comes from the Greek words ‘helios’ for sun, and ‘chrysos’ for golden, referring to the flower’s golden color. It is also known as St John’s herb, eternal flower and Imortelle.
It is part of the sunflower (Asteracaea) family and is native throughout the Mediterranean. It is mainly cultivated in France and Spain.
This herb can grow up to two feet tall. It is covered in bright flowers, which are used to distil the oil.
The mature plants look dehydrated, but the flowers keep their beautiful colour, leading to its name ‘everlasting.’
Helichrysums dry well for floral arrangements and pot pourri.
Everlasting absolute is used in perfumery for its deep, sweet, honey and tobacco-like notes. This material has the ability to round off and ‘bouquet’ a fragrance that requires life and naturalness.
Aromatherapists use it as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and fungicidal oil.
We use everlasting flower absolute in our Ultralight hand and body lotion as part of its perfume and for its antiseptic quality.