Fragrance Notes

Labdanum Scent in Perfumery

What is Labdanum?

Labdanum, a resin from the rockrose plant (Cistus ladanifer), is a popular aromatic ingredient in perfumery due to its warm, musky, and slightly sweet aroma. It is often described as leathery, animalic, or amber-like, and can provide a rich and long-lasting scent to fragrance blends. In addition to perfumes, labdanum is also used in various personal care and cosmetic products, such as soaps and skincare items, to provide a warm and musky aroma.


Labdanum has been used in perfumery since ancient times, with evidence of its use dating back to the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. In the Middle Ages, labdanum was used as a fixative in perfumes, as well as an ingredient in pomanders, a mixture of fragrances believed to ward off illnesses while also giving off a pleasant scent. It continues to be a popular ingredient in perfumery today, appreciated for its warm, musky, and slightly sweet aroma. Today the gum, branches, twigs and leaves from the plant are all utilized for use in fragrance development.


Labdanum is considered a base or fixative note in perfumery. Base notes are the foundation of a fragrance and provide depth, longevity, and structure. They are typically long-lasting, slow to evaporate, and serve to balance and ground the fragrance.

In addition to its main role as a base note, labdanum can also occasionally be used as a middle note to add warmth and a slightly sweet presence to a fragrance.

Ingredient Type:

Labdanum is a natural ingredient in perfumery. It is a resin obtained from the rockrose plant, Cistus ladanifer, and is used as a fragrance ingredient in its natural form.

Scent Profile:

Labdanum has a warm, earthy, and slightly sweet aroma, boasting appealing notes of amber and musk accords. It is often described as having a woody or leathery scent, with hints of resin and spice.

The scent of labdanum can be intense and impressively long-lasting, making it a popular ingredient in perfumery as a base or fixative note. It is often used to add depth and longevity to fragrances, as well as in combination with other ingredients to create complex and long-lasting fragrances.

Variations of Labdanum in Perfumery:

There are several variations of labdanum used in perfumery, including:

  • Absolute: A concentrated, highly fragrant form of labdanum that is obtained through a solvent extraction process, used as a fragrance ingredient in perfumes and other personal care products.

  • Concrete: A waxy substance made by mixing labdanum resin with alcohol, used as a fragrance ingredient due to its strong and long-lasting aroma.

  • Essential oil: An essential oil derived from labdanum resin through steam distillation, chosen for its warm, earthy, and slightly sweet scent.

  • Resinoid: A resin obtained from labdanum that has been dissolved in a solvent, introducing an intense aroma to fragrance products.

These variations of labdanum may be used in different forms and combinations in perfumery to create a range of fragrances with different scent profiles, intensities, and longevity.

What Fragrance Family is Labdanum in?

Labdanum is typically categorized in the Amber fragrance family with a leather subcategory classification. It is utilized to create fragrances with warm, earthy, and slightly sweet aromas, and it can be an excellent substitute for animal musk or ambergris in some fragrances.

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