Botanical name Cyperus scariosus
Botanical synonym Cyperus scariosus R. Br.
Processing Method Steam Distilled
Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma Woody and deep with smoky notes of leather. Adds a distinctive and interesting note to masculine or unisex perfumes.
Blends With Bergamot, Black Pepper,Cassia, Cedarwood Atlantic, Cedarwood Himalayan, Cinnamon Leaf, Clary Sage, Geranium, Grapefruit Pink, Jasmine Grand, Jasmine Sambac, May Chang, Myrrh, Neroli, Orange Sweet, Osmanthus, Patchouli, Rose Morocco, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Vanilla, Ylang-Ylang.
Cypriol is an herbaceous plant with morphology similar to papyrus plants, as both plants are members of the Cyperus genus. The erect, angular stems bear short, slender, brilliant-green leaves. The aromatic rhizomes form a dense root system. The plants grow in riverbeds in India’s Madhya Pradesh state. To produce the essential oil, the roots and rhizomes are harvested from April to June by members of neighboring tribes. The raw material is collected in the villages and transported to the production plant. The roots are washed and dried in the same way as vetiver roots. Cypriol/Nagarmotha essential oil has a tenacious, woody-earthy smell with a spicy note.
Indian women use it to perfume their saris. Use of the oil is prevalent in the East, but not much in the West, with the notable exception of the famous perfume, Xeryus. This 1986 perfume developed by Givenchy used cypriol oil to give a floral, woody fragrance reminding those who smell it of the Orients.
Cypriol essential oil, or Nagarmotha, from steam distilled dried roots of Cyperus scariosus, exudes a tenacious aroma similar to Vetiver and Oud. Cypriol, known in India as Nagarmotha, works well in Oriental and Woody masculine or unisex perfumes.
Dilute well before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
Patchouli alcohol <3.5%
Isopatchouli -3,5-diene 0–2.0%
Hazards None known.
Contraindications None known
Organ-specific effects No information found for nagarmotha oil or most of its constituents.
Acute toxicity No information found for nagarmotha oil ormost of its constituents.
Carcinogenic/anticarcinogenic potential No information! found for nagarmotha oil, but it contains no known carcinogens.