Is a genus of evergreen, flowering plants. The word is most commonly used to refer specifically to the “fragrant osmanthus”, which is a tree native to East and South-East Asia. So called the “city flower” because of its prevalence in major cities throughout the area it originates, the plant has been the subject of great admiration and adoration throughout human history. The fragrance it omits is strong; likened to sweet smelling and ripe apricots or peaches. It has many practical purposes, many of them relating to the exceptional fragrance it offers, from the scenting of teas, to the multiple uses in perfumery.
One common extract of the plant is osmanthus absolute, which is somewhat of a rare ingredient in the world of perfumery, being exclusive to ultra-luxury fragrances.