Choya Nakh is a traditional destructive distillation of toasted seashells produced in India. Wild harvested seashells are slow roasted in a large earthenware vessel called a choya, producing a light brown oil with intense aromatic essence. The potent and pungent aroma of Choya Nakh is smokey, oceanic and mossy with mineral and amber undertones.
Choyas are produced in small batches in a special clay vessel (pictured above with toasted shells) using a process called destructive distillation. The heat from the long, slow, dry distillation process allows the oil from the organic matter to from condensed drops of choya on the vessel. These drops are collected by the distiller and bottled.
Choya Nakh is powerfully aromatic and a little goes a long way. Choya Nakh will add interesting depth to perfumes and fragrance. Use lightly in fragrance formulation to incorporate unique smokey, beachy, oceanic and ozonic notes. Choya Nakh blends well with Ambrette Seed, Buddhawood, Cedarwood, Coffee, Frankincense, Galbanum, Juniper, Muhuhu, Myrrh, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Pine, Vetiver, and more.
A note on absolutes: Absolutes are highly concentrated aromatic materials. Their aroma is best observed in alcohol or carrier oil. Try diluting into one of our premium carrier oils or into alcohol at 5%, 10% or 20% and see how the scent will subtley change.
- Aroma: smokey oceanic, woody mossy, mineral amber
- Country of Origin: India
- Plant Parts: Seashell
- Method of Extraction: Dry distilled
- Blends Well With: Vanilla, Cinnamon, Rose, Orange, Patchouli, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Frangipani, Tuberose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang