Tonka Bean Absolute–Aromatic Fixative


Known as the “Oil of Initiation”, Tonka bean absolute strengthens the mind and helps to focus intention.   It opens human consciousness to new levels and dimensions.

Its pleasant aroma lifts the heart, and nurtures kindness.

Tonka bean absolute has been used as a magical or ceremonial substance, to draw things (such as love or money) to the inquirer.  In the case of using the tonka beans themselves, they are to be used in odd numbers, such as 3, 5, or 7.

Aromatic Profile

Top note:  Rich, intensely sweet, carmelic, warm, balsamic notes

Heart note:  Dried fruity, cherry like, warm, balsamic

Base note:  Vanilla-like, sweet, newly mown hay note with a powdery, herbaceous undertone

Classification:  Base note and fixative

Tenacity:  Very high

Our supplier states that tonka bean is a delightful material which reveals more of its complex nature because it is “decompressed” from its solid form through dilution.  This has the effect of expanding its aromatic properties for easier  assimilation.

Tonka bean absolute is truly a natural perfumer’s delight, and a great fixative for fougere, chypre, new mown hay, oriental,  and incense perfumes.

It is also used in high class florals, precious woods bases, herbal perfumes, and amber based perfumes.  It blends well with herbal oils, florals, and exotic woods oils, among others.

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More About Our Tonka Bean Absolute

Size:  5 ml violet glass bottle

Source:  Brazil

Distillation:  Alcohol distilled absolute diluted to 20% in filtered coconut oil.  May be further diluted for blending.

Botanical name:  Dipteryx odorata

What are absolutes, and how do I use them?

Homeopathic Properties of Tonka Bean Absolute


External–inhalation, topical

Observations and Anecdotal Information

Tonka bean is one of the most amazing gifts from the South and Centro-American rain forests.  It has been a foundational staple and fixative for high quality natural perfumes, for nearly a century.

It’s extract was often used medicinally and to flavor foods and drinks, in Mexico and throughout South America and the USA.   It is no longer used for consumption in the USA, as it contains naturally occurring coumarin, which can accelerate liver conditions or lead to liver toxicity if over used.  It is still used around the world as a flavoring for desserts, ice cream, meat dishes, tobacco products, and alcoholic drinks, and other foods, outside of the USA.


  • Absolutes should not be used internally

None of our products are recognized or approved by the FDA.  They are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.  This information is anecdotal, and is provided for educational purposes only.  It is not meant to be taken as medical advice.  See a health care professional for medical advice.

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Weight 0.025 kg

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