The fragrance of labdanum is rich, full, balsamic and warm. It is reminiscent of the scent of wood, leather and is slightly incensy, animalic, and intimate. Labdanum is a dark, sticky, waxy substance which comes from the cystus bush.
Labdanum is frequently used in perfumes together with vanilla, to create a warm, sensual amber accord. This rich ingredient can also often be found in the classic chypres.