Essential Oil Blends Explained

Posted by andrew sanderson on

You will have seen our recent additions of essential oil blends which we added to complement our fragrance oils but to also add something a bit different as we are aware that many of our customers like to work with essential oils.

We thought that we should explain a little about our essential oil blends and the reasons why we chose blends in preference to supply single fragrance note essential oils. The blends are not a mixture of, say, lavender essential oil and rosemary essential oil but are mixtures of components of various essential oils. The component parts are obtained by further splitting down of essential oils into their component parts.

Take Sleep as a example. Below is a list of the components listed on the SDS (safety data sheet) and the origin of these components:

Linalyl Acetate - this is a phytochemical found in many plants including bergamot and lavender. Linalyl acetate is sweet, floral, citrus with minty notes and is used to aid sleep.

Patchouli Oil - this is a bit of an exception as it is obtained from the distillation of  pogotstemon cablin and provides the woody notes to many fragrances, including our 'Sleep' essential oil 

Ocimene - this is found in many plants and is used by the plant as an anti fungal defence. Ocimene is used in fragrances for its sweet, herbal notes

Beta-Caryophyllene - Beta Caryophyllene is found in many plants, including cloves, cannabis, hops and rosemary. This is a sweet, peppery, clove/cinnamon fragrance with has anti bacterial anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It creates a euphoric, relaxed state.

Limonene - as its name suggests, limonene is extracted from citrus fruit peel and provides a citrus / lemon note to the oil

Pinenes - another that speaks for itself. Pinine gives a pine fragrance to the mix and is used a lot in Christmas fragrance oils. It is extracted from many plants including rosemary, parsley, basil, and orange peel

Camphor - this is extracted from the bark of the Camphor Laurel and some other laurels as well as rosemary and camphor basil. Camphor is a fragrance all of its own and isn't an easy one to describe but I'm sure you've all smelt it.

Benzyl Benzoate - this has a sweet, balsamic type aroma and is obtained from the flowers of many plants including hyacinth and tuberose

Phytol - or florasol is found in plants including green tea and cannabis. It provides a grassy note to the fragrance oil

As you can see from above, the essential oil mix is created from some components of different essential oils but is not a mix of the whole essential oil from one plant. Also worth noting is that the components for the essential oil mix can be obtained from many plants, rather than from one species.



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