Vetiver Haiti

Essential oil

Vetiveria zizanioides


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Albert Vieille had been deeply involved with the Natural Resources Stewardship Circle for several years, actively supporting that association’s initiatives in the vetiver supply chain in Haiti. The NRSC project was created to foster development of a more structured and sustainable supply chain. This project has made it possible to train farmers in technical and administrative fields, improve agricultural and management practices, prevent soil erosion, and ensure local producers enjoy better living conditions. We still ensure raw material traceability to support the preservation of cooperative structures.

Found in many fragrances, often male ones, vetiver is at the heart of woody, cedar and amber notes. Its essential oil has often been used as a pure solinote with accentuating embellishment.

A grass that can grow up to two meters tall, Vetiveria zizanioides hides its delicate fragrance in its fine, fibrous roots. Anchored deeply in the ground, vetiver develops a dense network of slender, hairy roots that can also reach two meters in length. The word vetiver comes from the Tamil vettiveru, meaning “dug/unearthed roots.” Native Haitian vetiver differs from Javanese vetiver by virtue of its sparkling citrus notes that diffuse a fresh bitterness. They sweeten the earthy notes and the imposing, woody, slightly smoky warmth common to all vetivers. At harvest time, tufts of vetiver are cut back to ground level after being in the soil for 12 to 18 months, and are used to make handicrafts. Next, the farmers go over the ground using a pick to remove the clumps of fragrant roots, and the bare root slips are then replanted. The roots are washed and dried in the shade before distillation to collect the precious vetiver essential oil.

Native to India, vetiver has spread widely throughout tropical regions. Today, it is mainly cultivated in Indonesia and Haiti. The main vetiver growing region is Les Cayes in Haiti. We actively support the work of the Natural Resources Stewardship Circle (NRSC), conducted with a Haitian producer, designed to combat soil erosion and reduce processing costs and social impact by improving remuneration and paying collectors in advance.

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