Birch, Anise and Clove are the first three Target odors as in NACSW.
AKC chose Peppermint for their 4th Target Odor. There have been enough complains and concerns that they are looking for suggestions and open to changing to a different Target Oil. They are sympathetic to our concerns with Peppermint. Here are the criteria.
In choosing a fourth scent, we sought to find one that: 1) Was not too expensive; 2) Was not sticky and difficult to work with, thus increasing the risk of contamination (such as Myrrh and Vetiver that the UKC uses); and 3) Was not malodorous to the handler.
The following is a portion of the letter k9nwsource submitted to the AKC:
Usually sells for the same amount as Clove.
Botanical Name: Canarium Luzonicum
Country of Origin: Philippines and France
Cultivation Method: Standard Cultivation
Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled Gum/Resin
Scent: Elemi Essential Oil is a middle note with a medium scent that can be most accurately described by comparing it to a dill pickle coupled with citrus notes. It is known though as being surprisingly fresh and clean.
Cautions: None Known.
Aromatic Description: Fresh, citrusy, peppery, spicy. Elemi is surprisingly fresh and clean. This resin oil is more light, fresh and lemon-like than the other balsamic aromas. It is a bit incense-like, spicy, and slightly camphoraceous, yet softer and balsamic
Perfumery Note: Middle
Aromatherapy Properties: (Uses) Elemi is a gum produced by a tree of the Canarium family, Canarium luzonicum, that is grown in a specific region of the Philippines, south of Manila.
Mainly between July and November, the tree is tapped by making incisions in its bark and removing a thin strip every day. Trees in their seventh year or older produce abundant quantities of the gum, which is harvested weekly. Fresh Elemi gum is bright white in color. It retains a pasty consistency that enables it to be molded into the wooden boxes in which it is traditionally exported.