Hay Absolute 

Poaceae spp. / Foin coupé L.

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The aroma of our delightful Hay Absolute is powerful, suave, extremely sweet, diffusive, rich coumarin-like, faintly herbaceous, and reminiscent of freshly cut hay, with a sweet jam-like undertone like that of fig preserves. It is diffusive, very tenacious, and makes an excellent addition to the perfumer's palette.

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Selected size SKU:420-015 - Hay Absolute 15 grams

2 grams (1/14 oz)
$16.50
5 grams (3/17 oz)
$31.75
15 grams (1/2 oz.)
$75.50
50 grams (1 3/4 oz)
$203.00
100 grams (3 8/17 oz)
$362.25
200 grams (7.055 oz)
$651.00
$16.50
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The aroma of our delightful Hay Absolute is powerful, suave, extremely sweet, diffusive, rich coumarin-like, faintly herbaceous, and reminiscent of freshly cut hay, with a sweet jam-like undertone like that of fig preserves. It is diffusive, very tenacious, and makes an excellent addition to the perfumer's palette.

'New mown hay' or foin coupé perfume was popular at the turn of the 20th century, with coumarin comprising an important part of the hay-like aroma.[5] Foin coupé is actually French for ‘cut hay’ rather than the botanical name of the source plant for Hay absolute which, according to Rhind and Lawless, is an extraction of the alpine sweetgrass Hierochloe alpina[6],[7], or according to Poucher is the sweet-scented vernal grass Anthoxanthum odoratum.[8]

 

Chandler Burr, once a perfume critic for the New York Times, calls Hay Absolute "One of the most sublime of all perfume materials. Hay is, as literally as possible, the smell of liquid summer sunlight." Perfumers, knowing that this fragrance is not quite appealing on its own, suggest that Hay needs a ‘support group’ of mossy and green nuances to bring out its best features.

 

Coumarin, the aromatic lactone responsible for the sweet, hay-like aroma, is 'glycosidically bound' and not volatile when grasses are living and green, but is only liberated when the plant material is cut and dried. This is when enzymatic action occurs, breaking the chemical bonds and releasing the fragrance of a thousand blades of vernal grass.[9] Tonka Bean is another aromatic material that is noted for its coumarin content and shares scent nuances similar to some found in Hay. According to Rhind, it is noted that "Hay Absolute is often described as having a 'happy smell', and can be used for its uplifting, comforting aroma."[10]

1 Industry communication.

2 Williams, David G. Perfumes of Yesterday, 2004, p. 311.

3 Lawless, Alec. Artisan Perfumery or Being Led by the Nose, 2009, p. 81.

4 Tisserand, Robert and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed., 2014, p. 217.

5 Rhind, Jennifer Peace. Fragrance and Wellbeing, 2014, p. 282.

6 Ibid.

7 Lawless, Alec. Artisan Perfumery or Being Led by the Nose, 2009, p. 81.

8 Poucher, W.A. Perfumes Cosmetics and Soaps, Vol. II, 4th ed., 1932, p. 178.

9 Ibid, pp. 178-9.

10 Rhind, Jennifer Peace. Aromatherapeutic Blending  Essential Oils in Synergy, 2016, p. 261.

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Customer Reviews

Exactly like I imagined

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This is a fantastic absolute that smells exactly like those long summer days of bailing hay at the farm. I love it!

Review by Joshua 12/14/2014

Divine!

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Deep, rich, earthy and sweet. This is highly, highly concentrated and a tiny bit goes a very long way. It's all deep green grassy meadows warmed in the summer sun - I get rich notes of cured hay, like a freshly opened bale of hay, along with a deep sort of grassy honey note. I keep a dropper bottle of this in 10% dilution on my perfumer's organ and use it in many, many blends. This is one of my all-time favorite absolutes.

Review by Tina 7/28/2012

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