2. Fir Balsam: Pine & Fruit Jam
Fir Balsam is the perfect ingredient to talk about as we approach Christmas. It is extracted from Abies balsamea, a large coniferous tree of the pine family native to North America that looks similar to a Christmas tree. Fir Balsam absolute is a deep blue-green solid that needs to be heated before use. The smell of Fir Balsam is more balsamic and ambery than it is fresh piney. It also has a sweet and fruity facet reminiscent of apricot and strawberry. It is a great ingredient for masculine, woody, oriental and aromatic compositions.