Fragrance Notes Issue 2, 2019 | Page 16

SCENT HUNTER Les Cayes On the Hunt for Vetiver in Haiti ADVENTURES OF A SCENT HUNTER KAREN MANHEIMER Vice President, Kerry and Treasurer, Fragrance Creators’ Board of Directors 16 | FRAGRANCENOTES.ORG | Issue 2, 2019 This is a standing column that celebrates the beauty and wonder of scents and the creative individuals who promote and preserve these unique ingredients aroung the world. This month, we’re following the travels of Karen Manheimer, Vice President, Kerry, and Treasurer, Fragrance Creators’ Board, to the Les Cayes region of Haiti, the world’s largest supplier of vetiver. With a population of more than 71,000, Les Cayes is the wealthiest region because of the vetiver industry, which involves 27,000 farming families. Carrying a warm, dry, earthy, and woody scent, vetiver is a persistent, fast-growing grass with a complex root system from which essential oils of the plant are derived. Seen growing across hillsides in this beautiful coastal region, vetiver is an organic and fair trade essential oil often used in men’s and women’s fragrances. “I’m proud that our industry supports the wonderful people and culture of Haiti in the growth of this important ingredient,” says Karen. “Vetiver farming supplies countless jobs and opportunities for the region.” FN » The Les Cayes region of Haiti is the world‘s largest supplier of vetiver, exporting 250 tons annually. » Vetiver is fast-growing perennial grass that can survive more than 50 years. » Vetiver is known for its grounding, sensuous, and deeply calming scent. » 27,000 farming families are involved in growing vetiver in Haiti