Tonka beans Brazil


Dipteryx odorata


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We collaborate with a company that coordinates nearly 500 bean collectors and is committed to ensuring fair remuneration for their activity. This makes it possible to maintain the harvesting activity and, as a result, to fight against deforestation.
We process tonka beans ourselves at our production plant in Seville. There are two processing phases that must be respected in handling this richly aromatic product: solvent extraction of the beans, and washing the concrete several times with alcohol.

Tonka bean absolute is an essential component of amber and oriental accords. Its facets make it a perfect fit for tobacco accords, or more traditionally fougère accords.

The Dipteryx odorata – which goes by many other names around the world, including coumarou or cumara – is a majestic South American tree with fruit containing a kernel known as the tonka bean. This kernel, which local people call sarrapia, was not always a sought-after ingredient in perfumemaking.
Its first uses date back to the early 19th century, when cigarette manufacturers added its warm, gourmand aroma to enhance their tobacco products.

The fruits are gathered after they have fallen to the ground between August and September, then cracked open with a hammer to collect the beans. The beans are then sorted and dried locally for a few days before being sold.

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