This shrub is cultivated as an ornamental for the clusters of tiny flowers that heavily of ripe fruit. In Chinese cuisine the flowers are used in teas, sweets and liquors. Beyond that, this floral absolute is almost exclusively used in perfumery. It has a deeply fruity smell that lingers. There is an edge to the smell that is almost sour, mouth watering. A variety of Osmanthus does grow in the US, called Devilwood.
I put a smear of it in my hair the other day, the remains of what was left on the rim when I poured.
I smelled Osmanthus for the rest of the day, just as heavy and bright as when I first touched it.
  • Osmanthus Fragrans  
  • China 
  • Absolute