Product Abstract: A small to medium evergreen tree of the magnolia family, reaching up to 8m (26ft). The fruits are harvested before they ripen, then sun dried. Tough-skinned and rust colored, the seed pods measure up to 3 cm long. The Japanese plant this tree in their temples and on tombs, and use the pounded bark as incense. This essential oil may solidify, and if so, must be heated to be brought back to a liquid state. This attests to the purity of the oil.
Cautions: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
NOTE: This oil may form crystals during transit or storage. Gentle warming in a hot water bath and stirring may be required.
Storage: It is recommended that oils packaged in metal containers (for safe shipping) be transferred into dark glass containers to maintain freshness and attain maximum shelf life.
WARNING Prop 65: This product contains a component which is listed under California Proposition 65. California residents will receive this product labeled accordingly.
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Rating: If you love black licorice. Buy this! It holds very well in cp soap when blended (I have not tried it solo in soap). My customers love it blended with lavender and cedarwood. I personally dislike eating black licorice but really enjoy washing with it. It is dreamy. Does not discolor or accelerate in cp soap. As always, ND is the best!
By:Alisa, Billings, Montana Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 04-Jan-2017
Rating: Black licorice scent. Nice and full bodied.
By:Juanita, East Burke, Vermont Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 08-Sep-2008
Rating: A great addition to my cp soap scents to help round out florals, citrus, or spices. Not too overpowering. Just the right amount of pow.
By:Ange, Woodland Park, Colorado Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 08-Jan-2015
Rating: I tried this in soap. It holds up well and makes a nice licorice soap! Not a big seller but for those that like, it's a winner. Very nice scent!
By:Camille, Orchard Park, New York
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 19-May-2013
Rating: Strong licorice aroma to this oil. I use a tiny amount of this in a chai blend and will continue it buy this EO from New Directions. Behaved well in my Cold Process soap.
By:Aaron, La Grande, Oregon Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 19-Feb-2014
Rating: I quickly fell in love with this essential oil. It has that sweet licorice scent on its own but it works well in blends, giving a sweet but earthy vibe that is intriguing. I can't stop smelling this oil.
By:Kelly, North Babylon, New York Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 21-Jan-2012
Rating: EXTREMELY POWERFUL. I dilute this w/ Apricot Kernel to the tune of 12x and it's still wham-bang to the nose. Just as everyone else says, it smells a great deal like Licorice, or strong Uzo. I typically stay away from anything more than 4 or 5 drops (out of a mixture of 100), and it still resolves as an unmistakable top note. Very sweet, very light, and can offer a perfect contrast to an earthy base note - or it can overpower an entire blend. Only due to its difficulty in finding the right balance, I give it 4 stars.
By:Michael, Los Angeles, California Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 13-Jan-2015
Rating: This smells exactly like it is supposed to. Black Licorice. Yucky to me, but others like it, so there you have it. Wonderful quality as always, NDA!
Rating: Anise is one of my favorite essential oils- and New Direction's Anise is excellent! It has a strong licorice scent and very good staying power in cold process soap. It blends beautifully with citrus oils, like orange. I highly recommend this Anise Star.
By:Frank, Bayside,Ny, New York
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 30-Jun-2013
Rating: In all honesty, I don't even like the smell of anise or licorice much. I purchased this to make salves for the winter to combat feelings of chill, sore throats and for immune boosting. This is a very powerful, effective oil. This is sweet and VERY licorice-y, true to form. I can see why people enjoy it, even if I don't! 5 stars for star anise!
By:Mikaila, Port Ludlow, Washington Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 14-Aug-2013
Rating: I've been using this oil for a year and a half in lip balms, and I can't tell you how pleased I am with it. It smells like licorice, and you don't have to use a lot to get a good scent. It's not at all irritating to me and it seems to leave my lips feeling warm - not tingly like they do with peppermint, or burning like they sometimes do with citrus oils. Anise lip balm has been a favorite with my customers, too.
By:Andrea, Katy, Texas Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 14-Mar-2011
Rating: This is a nice anise scent that's true to the spice. I can imagine using this in a diffuser in the kitchen.
By:Breanne, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 15-Jan-2013
Rating: Believe it or not, this is a best seller for me. Very affordable, I just love the smell and apparently so do a lot of other people. It soaps perfectly without any problem, the scent is strong and remains strong in HP and CP soap. I also use this mixed with sweet orange in my lip balms, the flavor is amazing even without sweetener.
By:Lisa, Pellston, Michigan Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 03-May-2008
Rating: A great anise. I must admit I was expecting star anise, not anise.
It is the fennel like anise albeit a very nice one
By:Harry, Oreland, Pennsylvania Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 20-Sep-2012
Rating: My 16.6 oz size cam in an aluminum bottle with a white plastic lid. Though well packed, it was indented on one side, but wasn't leaking. Smell is true, sweet, and strong. Plan to use in cold-process soap. I expect it to hold up well.
By:Stephanie, Little Rock, Arkansas Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 23-Jul-2012
Rating: This is absolutely wonderful. A top seller for me in CP soap.
By:Ann, Westville, Nova Scotia Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Reminds me of why I love Sambuca! Strong but not overpowering and well priced. Will be great with an citrusy oil like Orange or Manadarin.
By:Brenda, Brantford, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: This EO smells incredible, and I love to use it in perfume, especially with vanilla and black pepper. the only problem is that a lot of men don't seem to like the licorice smell, and that can be a problem if you want to attract a man. Otherwise, I'd be using this one all the time!
By:Lauretta, San Diego, California Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 19-Jun-2010
Rating: WOW!!!! I love this scent. My living room smells just like licorice. YUM!! YUM!! I will always have this on hand.
By:Margie, Brockville, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Very Lovely. I used it in my cp soap and the soap sold before i even had a chance to display it. Very strong licorice sweet smell. One of my favs. Thank You!
By:Phyllis, Halifax County, Nova Scotia Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I really love the strength of this! Lasts a long time in everything!
By:Stephanie, Toronto, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: You can use very little of this oil for a good long lasting scent. I use it in an orange-anise household cleanser that realy deodorizes (even stinky old RVs!) I also use it in my black playdough, I love the reaction it causes, people either love it or hate it! Everyone agrees it smells like black jelly beans.
By:Krissandra, Moses Lake, Washington
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 13-Apr-2008
Rating: This stuff is AWESOME!! Smells like REAL natural black licorice and was an instant hit in my HP soaps. Potent scent lasts all the way through the soap. Better quality and smell then other brands I've tried!
By:Garrett, Cedar City, Utah Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 14-Apr-2010
Rating: This oil is wonderful.....I use it mostly to make soap...reminds me so much of ouzo.....super.
By:Rick, Westville, Nova Scotia Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Very potent scent. Used in a body cream with lavendar, rosewood and a touch of ylang. Beautiful warm relaxing scent. A little goes a long long way with this oil.
By:Evelyn, North Olmsted, Ohio Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 18-Aug-2008
Rating: This is a great scent alone or mixed with another. It holds strong in CP soap, I've also used it in lotions, sugar scrubs, and lip balms! Perfect around the holidays!
By:Heather, Colorado Springs, Colorado Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 26-Aug-2009
Rating: Love this oil. Find it makes me feel good & clears my head everytime I smell it. Made both soap & lip balm. Great unisex scent.
By:Terry, Toronto, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: smells sweet and yummy. Im satisfied.
By:Chassidy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 15-Apr-2009
Rating: great licorice scent! sticks forever in cold processed soap.
By:Kat, Tottenham, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I had a very fical customer who wanted Licorice, I special ordered this product which was a first for me and I was impressed. she only wanted one ounce bottle so i made some pure essential anise star candles and in two days I sold every one. I titled them Black Gold, I live in the coal region of Pennsylvania and it was perfectly named.!! Thanks alot
Rating: I order from a variety of essential oil suppliers, and this is my favorite anise. It is not overly sweet and smells true and persistent right through the dry-down.
By:Catherine, Los Angeles, California
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 09-May-2009
Rating: I just received my first order from NDA. Included in a very nicely packaged box were the 6 essential oils that I purchased. One of them was Anise Star. This scent is absolutely wonderful. The black liquorice scent immediately filled my nostrils. It is a truly wonderful, high quality oil that is just amazing!
By:Wendy, Regina, Saskatchewan Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Heavenly scent! Just like old-fashioned black licorice.
By:Sonya, Hubley, Nova Scotia Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: NDA's Star Anise EO is a deep, luscious and intoxicating scent of black licorice YUM! I have not used this EO in my bath and beauty products yet, so I am basing this review from what I smell out of the bottle. The quality of this Star Anise is superb and since the strength of this scent is powerful, you will only need a drop or 2 so as to not overpower other scents you may use in your blend. I plan to use this dark licorice smelling EO with a couple of citrus EOs (Tangerine and Bergamot) to balance the heaviness of Star Anise.
By:Christine, Burnaby, British Columbia Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I use this in my p.m.s cream and it is very successful, probably due in part to it's diuretic qualities. Love the scent blended with chamomile and orange.
By:Vanice, Cambridge, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I picked this up on the recommendation from another reviewer to blend for a Chai-scented soap...she was right! I will have to experiment to see what else I can use it with, based on what others below have suggested.
By:Karina, Richmond Hill, New York Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 14-Sep-2007
Rating: Wow, this oil is very potent. A must have for making cold process Fishermens soap. I'm making a batch for my husband this weekend!
Rating: This is a gorgeous EO! I use it alone to make a licorice soap, and also occasionally blend it with jasmine FO to create a unisex floral. Wonderful quality, packaged well, I'm very happy.
By:Carolyn, Montreal, Quebec Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Another QUALITY oil from NDA!! Great prices thanks so much!
By:Joely, Topeka, Kansas Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 15-Nov-2006
Rating: A fantasic anise EO. I use it exclusively is CP soap. It smells fabulously like rich, black liquorice.
Solidifies at cooler temps.
By:Kelli, Point Du Chene, New Brunswick Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Fantastic EO my back porch where my black licorice soap is curing the whole room reminds me of a just opened bag of black licorice.
By:Cathy, Kingsville, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: This anise star is perfect. Black licourice is a hot scent in perfumery, and it has been for a very long time. You can even use this as a top note with tarragon for a long lasting black licourice scent. I highly recommend this oil. Top quality, quite volatile though.
By:Sherif, Scarborough, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I love the 1/6 ounce sizes so you can confirm the quality before buying a larger volume. What a great price. This is a lovely licorice type sweet scent. Lovely.
By:Jessica, Plano, Texas Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 14-Jun-2006
Rating: Very good value, as quality is excellent and price too. Anise Star is similar to Aniseed essential oil (Pimpinella anisum) in properties but it is considered to be much safer for use in Aromatherapy. Narcotic in large doses. Use in moderation. Aromatherapists use it for aphrodisiac, asthma, bronchitis, colds, colic, coughs, cramp, flatulence, increasing breast milk, calming, circulation, emotional balance, heartache, indigestion, relaxation, muscle spasm, muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, stress from overwork. (Also known as Chinese Anise, Chinese Star Anise, Illicium.)
By:Candice, Sarasota, Florida Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 29-Jan-2006
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