As fresh as marigold
Best known for its fresh, floral and slightly fruity fragrance, tagetes oil is also traditionally used for its medicinal properties. Antimicrobial, antioxidant and a natural insect repellent, it keeps the skin clean and bright and insects at bay.
Tagetes minuta (or wild marigold) is a herb native to South America and naturalised across the globe. It can be identified by its vibrant orange flowers and its aromatic leaves that provide the distinct fragrance captured in perfumery. In India, locally grown Tagetes minuta is distilled, often alongside sandalwood oil, to create a popular perfume material known as ‘attar genda’.
Tagetes oil is extracted by steam distillation of the stems and leaves, creating a rich, golden liquid with a bold, herbaceous fragrance.