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As with any promise of wealth, vetiver roots lead to passion and sometimes to unchecked exploitation. Faithful to its commitment as a supplier who respects both the local inhabitants and the environment, BeHave works with NRSC, an NGO which works towards the sustainability of the Haitian vetiver sector by improving the conditions of the producers and introducing technical, economic, social and environmental best practices. After promoting awareness among the stakeholders and bringing together the small producers and distillers into a cooperative, there is now a united network which produces high-quality vetiver which is bought at a fair price.
Vetiver is a plant that is recently used in perfumery, most of the time for fragrances with masculine notes. Vetiver roots were formerly used to weave curtains, folding screens and fans.
Origin : Vetiver is native to India and was quickly exported to tropical countries like Haiti, Reunion and Java.
Plant: there are about ten species of vetiver. It is an herbaceous plant between one and two meters high and is described as a species of tall green grass that is quite invasive. The root is mainly used in perfumery whereas the rest is used for fodder.
Production: Vetiver root is distilled in a tank filled with boiling water. The vapor of the plant rises towards a tube which allows the mixture to cool. It is however possible to use volatile solvents for extraction.
Olfactory family: woody.
Olfactory notes: woody, fresh, earthy, smoky, vegetal.