Are your essential oils authentic?

The essential oils you buy might not be what you think. In order to keep demand for low prices, essential oils often are in some way adulterated to lower costs. Unscrupulous companies even sell altogether fakes as the real thing. Red flags to watch for when choosing essential oils The prices are much lower than the going rate. […]

Is it important to have natural essential oils?

When and why would it be important to have authentic, natural essential oils? If the only purpose of your essential oils is a nice scent, it may not make any difference to you whether or not your EO is really a pure natural EO. However for most uses, it’s important to know you are purchasing […]

Natural Materials: Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot is a small pear-shaped yellow or green citrus grown mainly in Italy. In perfumery, it is used extensively as a top note for its fresh, uplifting scent. Bergamot Essential Oil Source – Citrus aurantium ssp. bergamia or Citrus bergamia, cultivated in Italy Plant parts used – rind of the fruit Aromatic extract – expressed essential […]

A rose, by any other name?

A Grasse rose farm, run by fourth generation farmers, is having to sell off the precious rose fields. Natural Misconceptions by Haley Alexander van Oosten There’s no surprise that few are willing to pay for the luxury of real rose oil, especially when the synthetic alternatives are so much cheaper and the average consumer knows […]

Natural Materials: Sandalwood

Sandalwood… ahhh… my favorite oil. It’s not only a pleasure to sniff, but it is fantastic to work with in oil blends. It must be used consciously and in small amounts, and it is one oil I will always treasure. Sandalwood Source from India, santalum spicatum from Australia, santalum austrocaledonicum from Vanuatu and New Caledonia […]