Karo Karounde–Rare African Aromatic


Karo karounde is extracted from the white flowers of a shrub that grows in West Africa.  It is very rare and expensive, and has been a prized perfume ingredient since the time of ancient Rome.  It carries a fascinating olfactory complexity that lends itself to oriental perfumes, gardenia and jasmine florals, and modern perfumes.

What are absolutes, and how do I use them?

It is  a rich aromatic that carries an exaggerated sensuality.  It is useful for aphrodisiac bouquets and deep florals to be worn “in the night”.

Karo karounde  should be used in micro amounts, just a tiny bit in a blend, in order to receive the energetic benefits.  It supports the integration of the Light Body into the physical body–energy into form.

It is best to further dilute this absolute for energetic use.  It can be diluted as much as 50 parts carrier to 1 part of 20% absolute dilution.  (That would be about 15 ml or 1/2 ounce of carrier with 1 drop of karo karounde absolute dilution).  It may be best to start with this dilution and add to it until you find your favorite “sweet spot” for blending.

Coconut oil is a good candidate for further dilution.

As an energy medicine, using a similar dilution makes a wonderful treatment for relieving trauma and negative emotional energy around sexuality.  It restores a sense of self esteem in the emotional body without losing the understanding of life lessons that may have come through trauma.  For this purpose, apply the dilution to throat, heart,  solar plexus, and abdominal energy centers.  Also apply a tiny drop or two under the nose and inhale deeply.

Aromatic Profile

Top note:  Rich, spicy, fruity notes

Heart note:  Rich, floral, almond-like, with a true musk undertone

Base note:  Rich, complex floral and balsamic notes  

Classification:    Heart or base note

Tenacity:  Medium high

Karo karounde is so potent that it can be greatly diluted for blending.  It is used in creating floral spice notes, sacred perfumes, incense notes, oriental perfumes, and high end perfumes.

It blends well with select oils, including  black pepper, balsam copaiba, ginger,  jasmine.


More About Our Karo Karounde Absolute

Size:  1.5 ml amber glass vial  OR  5 ml violet glass bottle

Source:  Guinea, West Africa

Production method:  Karo karounde absolute is a solvent extraction of the flowers, prepared with alcohol and diluted to 20% with filtered coconut oil.

Botanical name:  Leptactina senegambica

Note:  The work to produce this rare absolute is very labor-intensive and yields only a small amount of absolute, making it one of the highest priced natural aromatic substances.

Homeopathic Properties of Karo Karounde


Internal–Absolutes can retain traces of solvent, and should not be used internally.

External–topical application, aromatic pulse points & energy centers

Observations and Anecdotal Information

Some of the healing properties attributed to karo karounde are discussed here.  Though the absolute technically is made of the same substance, it is alcohol extracted and should not be used for any internal purposes.

Karo karounde’s healing properties include use as a narcotic to induce sleep or states of deep relaxation.  It is often used for insomnia and difficulty sleeping.

It is a well known aphrodisiac that can help heal sexuality issues and disfunction.

It reduces the symptoms of PMS, and can assist in the balance of hormones through inhalation.

It may help during withdrawal from opiate addiction, and may be helpful for withdrawal from other addictive substances.


  • Absolutes should not be used internally
  • Keep all essential oils away from eyes.
  • Store in a safe place, out of the reach of children.

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.

More about our disclaimer

Weight 0.0025 kg

1.5 ml amber vial, 5 ml violet glass bottle

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