Mate (Ilex Paraguayensis)
Tobacco, herbaceous, hay, tea.
Maté is a variety of holly that grows in South America. The maté tree is native to Brazil and Paraguay. It is found in forests in Latin America as far south as Argentina. Maté absolute is mostly produced in France.
Maté absolute is obtained through extraction from dried leaves using volatile solvents. The trees are regularly pruned in order to facilitate the gathering of the leaves. Dried maté leaves are used to prepare a stimulating tea-like beverage known as Paraguay tea or yerba maté, with invigorating and energizing properties. Despite the South Americans' fondness for this beverage, it is little known in the rest of the world. The absolute is of a dark color, and is often bleached before use in perfumery.
Used primarily in men's perfumery to create fougere and chypre tonalities, acting also as a skin softener.
In South America, maté was the name given by the Incas to the small hollowed-out gourds used as recipients to drink the beverage with the aid of a special perforated metal straw. Medicinal properties Maté is a tonic, it sharpens the wit and boosts logical reasoning and good judgment.