What is cinnamon?
Cinnamon has been a very popular spice since the 16th century. The ingredient is known worldwide in mulled wine and baked goods. In ancient times, cinnamon was a treasured gift for kings and guests because of its high value.
Where does cinnamon grow?
The cinnamon tree grows in tropical areas, mainly in India and Sri Lanka. It is an evergreen tree whose bark is harvested every two years. The bark is scraped out into small pieces and left to dry for 24 hours. The scent is extracted from these (cinnamon) sticks by steam distillation. The perfume oil that is released is most often used in perfumes.
You can actually use anything from the cinnamon tree for the scent. In addition to the bark, one can obtain oil from the leaves by means of steam distillation. This oil is cheaper than the oil from the bark and is also used in perfumes, but you can find it more often in soap and food. The kernels of the fruits contain cinnamon wax, which is used in scented candles.
What does cinnamon smell like?
Cinnamon sticks smell warm, full, slightly fruity, peppery and vanilla-like. The cinnamon leaves smell spicy, woody and a little metallic.
How is cinnamon used?
Cinnamon is used as a seasoning in food, candy and has been used in perfumes since the Egyptians.
Below a selection with perfumes where cinnamon is the star ingredient.