Star Anise EO

Illicium verum Hook.f.


Our Star Anise essential oil has an intensely spicy-sweet, pungent, warm, licorice-like aroma, with a deep balsamic-woody undertone.


Selected size SKU:939-016 - Star Anise 15 ml (1/2 oz) (w/ orifice reducer)

Sample 1 ml (1/30 oz)
15 ml (1/2 oz)
30 ml (1 oz)
59.14 ml (2 oz)
118.29 ml (4 oz)
236.58 ml (8 oz)
473.17 ml (16 oz)
1 kg (2 1/5 lb)
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Product Overview

Our Star Anise essential oil has an intensely spicy-sweet, pungent, warm, licorice-like aroma, with a deep balsamic-woody undertone.

Illicium verum - native to southeast China, Vietnam, India and Japan - is an evergreen tree that bears star-shaped fruits.[1] Aniseed or Anise Seed (Pimpinella anisum) is native to Greece and Egypt[2] and despite a similar spelling, is a completely different oil with different aromatherapy applications. This is one of the reasons why it is always a good idea to verify identity using the botanical name.

Trans-anethole is the predominant chemical constituent in Star Anise (approximately 70-95%[3]) and accounts for its licorice-like scent. This constituent is also present in high percentages in Sweet Fennel, another anisic essential oil that shares many of the same aromatherapy benefits as Star Anise, but has safety considerations due to the presence of fenchone, a monoterpene ketone.[4] The aroma of Star Anise refreshes the senses in diffuser blends and is suitable for chest rubs, belly rubs and muscle and joint massage blends.

1 Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, 2013, p. 38.

2 Ibid, p. 39.

3 Tisserand, Robert and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety, 2014, p. 197.

4 Ibid.

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$13.50 / 15 ml
$224.25 / 15 g


2 Reviews


Customer Reviews

Not the real scent of anise (I'm partial to Anise Seed!)


It's not unpleasant at all, but it doesn't come close to the true Anise Seed. I have a very old bottle that, I was nicely surprised, smells as sweet, delicious and strong as it did some 22 years ago. This is bright and vibrant, so it has its qualities, but I was searching for the true scent of anise to replicate the scent I'd created with anise seed, and this is not it. I hope that EB will be able to source Pimpinella Anisum from Europe. (I tried it from another company, that one was sourced in Egypt, and it was even worse: it arrived with zero odor whatsoever!) And that's why I decided to try "star" anise, because no one else seems to carry the original Anise Seed. (Mine was sadly discontinued!) Also, no: this does not smell like the confection licorice in the least, not even close. Licorice is a deep, dark flavor, to which they add anise because the true taste of licorice isn't palatable to children. Therein lies the confusion. Licorice and anise often go hand in hand. (If you've tried non flavored licorice candy, it's not all that great tasting.) At any rate, this EO is a disappointment to me for the strong anise-based project I was trying to recreate, as it doesn't come close to true anise. Star anise isn't even the same plant, and I wish they'd have given this botanical a different name to better differentiate from Pimpinella Anisum, the "real thing", aka Star Anise. However, if you need a bright, cool, "minty-fresh" yet not overpowering scent, this would work just fine. There is no unpleasant residue of anything to this one.

Review by Black Pepper 8/11/2020

Black licorice


This is the best star anise I’ve smelled. Period. I have 8 different versions from 6 different companies, and this one is by FAR superior. Not only does it last longer on my test strip, but it has a depth not commonly found with top notes. At first sniff I smell a ton of anethole, a familiar licorice smell, but this one is darker and deeper. Imagine the blackest of licorices paired with a creamy woody backdrop. The smell of absinthe in a bottle. Perfect for perfumery, but also works great for aromatherapy. The smell is invigorating but not overly stimulating. It would work marvelously as a midday pick-me-up. Definitely a centering sort of oil that doesn’t take much to be effective. I wouldn’t recommend ingesting essential oils (at least not without supervision), but I happened to spill a little and couldn’t resist trying it. It’s delicious! ;) I’m very pleased with this new addition to Eden Botanicals, it is a delight for the senses!

Review by J 12/19/2017

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