Absolutes

An absolute is obtained using the solvent extraction method. 

An apolar solvent is used to extract the aromatic molecules from the raw material. 

This process, often carried out cold, makes it possible to obtain an aromatic product which more closely resembles the aroma of the original plant and which has an odor often stronger than an extraction requiring the action of heat.

It also allows the aroma of certain plants to be extracted which are too delicate for steam distillation.