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Tonka Bean

Tonka beans are the black, wrinkled seeds of the Dipteryx odorata (or kumaru) plant, cultivated and grown as a tropical tree with beautiful purple flowers, in which the bean lies. 

Coumarin crystals are found inside tonka beans, and these crystals are responsible for their almond and vanillia flavour. Tonka bean absolute is obtained by soaking the beans in rum and letting them sit anywhere between 12 to 24 hours. The beans are then dried to let the white coumarin crystals rise to the surface. 

Tonka bean is a sought after ingredient in modern perfumery. Apart from the incredible aroma, the ingredient accounts for the slightly sweet yet fresh facet that arises from the heart of a fragrance, lingering on the skin for hours. 

Scent Profile: Can smell like vanilla, almonds, hay, wheat, cinnamon and cloves. 

Found In: Giorgio Armana, Armani Code Profumo EDP (2016). 

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