Palo Santo is oil from a tree (Bursera graveolens) which has very fragrant resin. It is traditionally used for pain relief, inflammation, stress relief, asthma, colds and flu. It is also burnt as smudge sticks to clear negative energy, to bring creative energy and good fortune. We have had several requests for this as a fragrance oil and decided that it was time to stock it. Our fragrance oil does contain some natural oils, see the SDS. Here are the fragrance notes:
Our fragrance oil has top notes of mandarin, lime, fresh incense accord and pine needle followed by mid notes of orris root and crushed pine needles, finishing with base notes of palo santo, sandalwood, patchouli, oakmoss, vanilla, amber and musk
We added 8g of oil to 100g of wax then melted a 7.5g piece of wax in a large open plan house. The fragrance notes don’t come off in distinct layers as they do with many of our fragrances. On melting this is a lovely fresh woody fragrance. We can’t pick out the fruity notes or pine needles, its just a lovely fresh woody fragrance.
Once it has been on the wax warmer a while the base notes give the fragrance more depth and body. The sandalwood notes can be picked out, they complement the Palo Santo woody notes nicely. There is just a touch of vanilla to round off and balance the other fragrance notes, this isn’t a vanilla fragrance. The patchouli, oakmoss, amber and musk add woody, slightly spicy, earthy notes but they don’t dominate, the woody notes are the star of the show in the fragrance. This fragrance filled all three floors of our house. The fragrance is strong but not overpowering. This is a great fragrance oil to add to our spiritual / wellness collection.
In addition to candles and wax melts this fragrance oil can be used in room sprays, incense sticks and joss sticks. See the IFRA 50 document for other uses and concentrations.
Our other spiritual / wellbeing / spa type fragrances can be found here
Our other woody, musky and spicy fragrances are here
You can buy a wax melt to test here
Palo Santo fragrance oil is here