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Fennel Oil

Item#: 500154  CAS: Mixture

Odor Strength: Medium
Odor Description: Terpenic, woody, spicy, green, fresh, fruity, incense

Fennel is a unique vegetable with a bright and crunchy root bulb and feathery greens.  The root and seeds of fennel are crisp and bright and is often used in fresh salads and dishes.  The seeds of fennel can also be used in the kitchen and are of special interest in the F&F world since they are used to create fennel essential oil. Fennel oil is used to add nuanced herbaceous notes and licorice-like scents to fragrances.  It can be found in creations such as Jo Malone’s Vanilla & Anise, Commes des Garcons’ Standard, and the classic Elizabeth Arden Green Tea.

Fennel is native to southern Europe, but is now grown widely across North America, Europe, and Australia. Fennel thrives in sunny environments, with well drained soil.  After harvest, the seeds are prepared for steam distillation to extract the fragrant oil.  Fennel oil is high in volatile compounds such as trans anethole, fenchone, limonene, and alpha pinene.

In the world of fragrance, fennel is used as a light top note.  The extract smells fresh, vegetal, and distinctly licorice-like; similar in this aspect to anise.  For this reason, perfumers often formulate it with anise.  Fennel also complements light florals like neroli and tuberose, citrus, and then warmer notes of vanilla, amber, and musk.

Fennel oil is also used in the flavor industry.  It is used to flavor meat products, such as sausages and cured meats. Fennel is also used in various spice blends and flavorings for premade marinades, meals, and sauces. Fennel oil also has a slightly sweet flavor, which lends it well to sweet applications and an alternative to sugar.

Fennel oil can be used in aromatherapy to reduce stress and aid in digestion.

Vigon’s Fennel Oil 

If you are interested in seeing a sample or placing an order, please email Nicholas Bourne at or call 570-422-6026.