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Tuberose Absolute

Polianthes tuberosa

Tuberose Absolute


Tuberose Absolute is an exquisite, highly fragrant floral oil that is most often used for perfumery and natural fragrancing work. It blends beautifully with other floral absolutes and essential oils, and it also blends well with essential oils within the wood, citrus, spice, resinous and earthy essential oils.

Bottle Depicting the Typical Color of Tuberose Absolute

Emotionally, it is said that Tuberose Absolute is an aphrodisiacs and may help with impotence or frigidity. Its aroma is sensual and can be a beautiful addition to blends intended for relaxation, sensuality and/or romance. Valerie Ann Worwood indicates that Tuberose Absolute can be useful in promoting assertiveness, confidence, performance, self-esteem and self-image. She also mentions that it may be helpful when trying to combat addiction to drugs, in soothing aggression and calming anger. [Valerie Ann Worwood, The Fragrant Mind (Novato, CA: New World Library, 1996, 229, 236.]

Tuberose Absolute Benefits and Uses

Tuberose Absolute is used primarily in perfumery and natural fragrancing.

  • Muscular Spasm
  • Stress-induced Conditions
  • Physical Tension
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Source: Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016, 627.

Botanical Name

Polianthes tuberosa

Plant Family


Common Method of Extraction

Solvent Extracted
What is an Absolute?

Plant Part Typically Used



Deep Orange/Golden Brown



Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma


Aromatic Description

Tuberose Absolute smells complex, exotic, sweet and floral.

Major Constituents

  • (E)-Methyl Isoeugenol
  • Methyl Salicylate
  • Benzyl Benzoate
  • Methyl Benzoate
  • Hexadecanoic Acid
  • Oleic Acid
  • 1,8-Cineole
  • Methyleugenol

See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of typical constituents.

Source: IFRA. Standards, Including Amendments as of October 14th, 2009. (Brussels: International Fragrance Association, 2009). Private Communication: Jones, 2002. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 457.

Tuberose Absolute Safety Information

Tisserand and Young indicate that Tuberose Absolute may pose a moderate risk of skin sensitization and recommend dermal maximum of 1.2%. They caution to avoid use for those with hypersensitive/diseased/damaged skin and in children younger than 2. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 456-457.]

General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Shelf Life

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Important Information About the Profiles

The essential oil information provided on AromaWeb is intended for basic educational purposes only. The references to safety information, test results, constituents and percentages is generalized information. Essential oils can vary greatly in composition. The data is not necessary complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. The essential oil photos are intended to represent the typical and approximate color of each essential oil. However, essential oil composition and color can vary based on harvesting, distillation, age of the essential oil and other factors. Profiles for several CO2 Extracts and absolutes are included within the directory, and are denoted as such.

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