Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Boronia Low Down

Since putting the Boronia EdC up on the Etsy site, I've been fielding questions about boronia ~ what does it smell like? Where does it come from? Does it really cost a fortune?

Boronia megastigma, the variety used to make boronia absolute, is a plant which grows wild in parts of Australia. It is part of the citrus family. The flower's two main aroma compounds are beta ionone and dodecyl acetate. Boronia is used as flavoring in fruit compounds. (Source: Boronia Megastigma, Wikipedia). According to Arctander, boronia is one of the only (if not the only) flowers which contain ionones; mostly beta ionones with just a little alpha ionone. Alpha ionones are characterized by a raspberry- and violet-like essence. Beta ionones are characterized by a dry, woody, violet-like essence. (Source: Arctander, IFF, Leffingwell). According the The Good Scents Company, dodecyl acetate smells like clean laundry.

So basically what you're going to smell with boronia are raspberries, violets, some dry woodiness, and the wash.

To me, boronia has a fresh, open, wild scent (I'm attributing this description to the 'clean wash' essence). It smells like this wonderful bottle of merlot that was gifted me one year for Christmas ~ it was chock full of berry richness and this lovely violet/orris undertone. Unfortunately, I don't remember the vintner of that merlot. I do remember that while I was diluting the boronia absolute, my mouth was watering and I was thinking about that bottle of merlot!

Boronia runs over $400 an ounce. When you can find it.


  1. Thanks for the info on boronia! I quite liked the little whiff I got in the EdC and I'd love to smell it all by itself, although the cost kind of prohibits that. $400 an ounce? Ouch!

    My review is here:

  2. No problem. I'll send you a small 10% dilution of boronia absolute so you can smell what you're missing :D

    Thanks for the review. It was one of the reasons I posted the information about boronia.

    Thanks again!

  3. Hello - you have an interesting blog, I've been reading it for a while.
    I love boronia - I have an Aftelier solid perfume which uses it, and it's gorgeous. Too expensive to refill though!
    Boronia is also in Miller Harris's Jasmin Vert, which I didn't know until long after I bought it. Explains why I like it so much!

  4. *blinks* Wow, really? I'd love to smell it!

  5. Telesilla,

    Already done. Remember, it's a 10% dilution, but even at that ratio, it's still pretty intense. Let me know what you think about it ~ write me off the blog at

  6. Hi Tania,

    Boronia is pricey. Fortunately, a little goes a long way. It's great for using in fruity/floral formulations as its attributes, the raspberry/violet note, really ring out.

    Thanks for dropping in :D

  7. Just wanted to let you know that I got the sample and I really do like the way it smells. I can see why you wanted to use it in the EdC.

    Thank you so much! :)



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