You may have noticed on a few websites - and up until recently on ours as well - that essential oils are often described as "therapeutic grade" or "commercial grade", and for perfumery purposes, "fine perfumery grade". Originally, this grading system explained the differences in how essential oils were produced. Oils referred to as therapeutic grade or fine perfumery grade are in theory, those where more care is taken in the growing and harvesting of the plants, during the distillation or extraction process, and in the after-care of the oil. These oils are also usually made in smaller batches. All of these factors are important in producing an oil for fine perfumery, where the odor has to be of a certain quality to be used in high-end fragrance and doubly important for a oil that is intended for therapeutic purposes. So-called commercial grade oils, on the other hand, are those that are mass produced and used more for industrial purposes. Commercial grade oils are often a combination of natural and synthetic components and are much cheaper than their purely natural counterparts.Read More
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Aromatherapy diffusers do just what their name implies, they diffuse aromas throughout a room for fragrancing as well as for therapeutic purposes. The type you choose depends on the size of your space and the design that works best for you. We looked at quite a number of designs before we found exactly what we wanted, diffusers that combine great functionality with style that can complement the décor of any room. If you haven't visited our website in a while and are looking for what we think are the best diffusers available, take a look in our "Products" section under "Aromatic Diffusers".Read More
Aug 14, 2013 2:23:35 PM
We are so excited to be hosting our first class with the Grande Dame of aromatherapy, perfumery and medicinal herbs, Jeanne Rose. In this one-day intensive, Ms. Rose will cover an assortment of 20 essential oils, absolutes and CO2 extracts commonly used in natural perfumery. You'll learn how to blend your own natural perfume, and leave with an understanding of fragrance categories and the difference between top, middle and base notes, and why this is important in creating a balanced aroma.
To register, please email email@example.com, or call toll-free at 855-333-6645. Payment is due at time of registration to hold your seat in class.
WHAT: Natural Botanical Perfumery with Jeanne Rose
WHEN: Saturday, October 5, 2013, 10 am - 4 pm
WHERE: Eden Botanicals, 3820 Cypress Dr #12, Petaluma, CA 94954
COST: $225 per student*
*Course fee includes all materials needed to create one perfume to take home and class curriculum created by Ms. Rose. Her book, The Aromatherapy Book: Applications & Inhalations, will be available for purchase, as well as any additional oils students would like to buy after class.
SPECIAL STUDENT DISCOUNT: 15% off all Eden Botanicals oil and accessory purchases, the day of class.
*PLEASE NOTE: discount does not apply to purchase of The Aromatherapy Book: Applications & Inhalations.
Aug 14, 2013 1:39:28 PM
“Look after the root of the tree and the fragrant flowers and luscious fruits will grow by themselves. Look after the health of the body, and the fragrance of the mind and richness of spirit will flow.” B. K. S. Iyengar
If you consider that true essential oils from plants - hydrated and nourished by sun, water and soil, tended and distilled with human hands -- represent the “life force”, or prana, of plants, it is easy to understand why Aromatherapy is the extraordinary modality that it is for us. Life force indeed, for essential oils play many critical roles for plants. These volatile (evaporative) aromatic liquids, among many other biological functions, attract certain pollinators, repel insect infestation, protect against fungal infections in wood and leaves, clear surrounding areas of competitive species and perhaps, most importantly, store solar energy in a tremendously concentrated form. This energy is transmitted to you, for whether you inhale them or apply them to your skin, you are taking essential oils internally. Essential oils, being tiny volatile molecules, easily pass through the lungs and the skin directly into your bloodstream. A remarkable interface! Although essential oils exist naturally in aromatic plants, they would never have been available to use until humans recognized their existence and set up a collaborative partnership with the plants to extract them.Read More
Apr 29, 2013 11:41:04 AM
Aromatherapy is more than meets the nose. European research on essential oils attributes very specific effects to certain compounds found in aromatic plants. With practice, one can learn to detect these compounds by aroma alone. If these main compounds can be identified, one will also have a greater understanding of the chemistry and healing properties of an oil. A qualifier for these effects are that the compounds are only active in the presence of an array of sometimes hundreds of trace constituents which compose an essential oil. In other words, for maximum benefit a whole, complete and unadulterated essential oil is superior to an isolated compound.
Aldehydes are the aromatic compounds responsible for the tart, lemony fragrance we smell in Melissa (Melissa officinalis), Lemon Verbena (Lippia citriodora), Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus), Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), and Lemon Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora). Lemon oil does not contain aldehydes and therefore does not share therapeutic properties with these oils.
Studies have shown that “essential oils with a high Aldehyde content” tend to display a sedating action on muscular tissue and have been used in therapeutic blends for their strong “sedative and anti-inflammatory effects” (Schnaubelt , 1995). Those experiencing pain and discomfort from overexertion, injury, arthritis or tendonitis often feel relief of symptoms after only one application of a blend which includes one of these aldehyde-rich essences. Aldehyde containing oils with the highest “citronellal content “ (Eucalyptus citriodora and Citronella) are considered to be the most appropriate for this particular use (Schnaubelt 1999).Read More
Apr 29, 2013 11:22:43 AM
We are so lucky to have such amazing individuals choosing Eden Botanicals as their supplier that we've decided to showcase their talents via informational interviews which will appear in our newsletters. In this issue, we bring you Terry Bryant, Advanced Soapmaker and co-owner of MoonEssence, in Petaluma, CA:
My passion for natural soapmaking began in 1995 when I took a class on how to formulate natural products. I was taught the basics on how to make lip balm, soap and how to use essential oils - I was hooked. Fascinated by the chemistry aspect of it all, I volunteered at a local lab to learn more, and from there entered into the wonderful world of soapmaking.
For those who may not know, there are three levels of certification through the Soapmaker's Guild; Basic, Advanced and Master. I've worked through Basic and Advanced, and am currently in the process of getting my Master Soapmaker certification. Each step requires several tests of soapmaking ability whereby soap is created through cold, hot, and melt and pour processes at progressive levels of difficulty.
One of the most interesting things I have done to become certified includes making soap using the colonial method. This involves rendering tallow from beef fat and making lye from wood ash. This process definitely makes one appreciate what our ancestors went through to create basic necessities out of whatever materials they had on hand. I have used the colonial method to teach a group of volunteers working with the Osukuru village in Uganda, who in turn taught members of the community. The goal of this project was to spread the knowledge of soapmaking while simultaneously encouraging disease control and reducing the infant mortality rate. The tribe was able to learn every aspect of the soapmaking process, including creating their own tallow and lye. A chicken feather can actually be used as a natural pH strip to measure the alkalinity of homemade lye. If the feather dissolves upon insertion, the lye is deemed strong enough to complete the saponification process.
Our company, MoonEssence, is dedicated to providing premium, all natural/organic skin care. Our products are created using certified Organic, premium quality ingredients, including essential oils, and are FREE of Parabens, Mineral Oil, Petroleum derivatives, synthetics, and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.
One of the challenges of using all natural materials is stabilizing the longevity of the aroma in soap. I've found it's always good to combine multiple notes. The top notes are more volatile and dissipate faster, middle notes have more longevity, and base notes the longest. Some oils - such as Clove Bud and Laurel Leaf, which contain Eugenol, can speed up the saponification process. This means your soap can get too firm, too fast. You may need to raise the temperature of your oils and lye water to prevent this from happening.
I typically don't use absolutes in my soaps, because they are too cost prohibitive. Although for hobbyists who make smaller batches of milled soap - the process of grating and re-melting soap - more expensive oils could work. When milling soap, the saponification process has already occurred so there is less heat and thus less loss of aroma. In short, you don't need to use as much essential oil to get similar results.
I use anywhere from 3-6.5 oz of pure essential oil for every 36 bars of soap made, with each bar in a batch weighing roughly 5 oz. When using essential oils, the scent will become locked inside and may not be perceived from the exterior of a dry bar. Upon wetting and lathering, the essential oils will be released and the smell will become more apparent. The aroma strength and longevity of essential oils is less than that of synthetic fragrances. However, the benefits far outweigh this drawback. Not only will essential oils drastically increase the therapeutic value of your soap but you will not be using potentially harmful chemicals on your skin, the largest and most absorptive organ in your body.
Our company also offers custom formulations as well as private labeling. I've created custom soaps for wineries such as Ceago, using their wine, olive oil & essential oil; soap for Point Reyes Blue Cheese using the whey from their factory, and for an olive oil company using the Sansa (ground up olive pits still full of oleic acid) to make their gardener's soap. I've also been commissioned to create gentle baby soaps from 100% castile, and a castile pet shampoo with essential oils for repelling fleas and ticks. My soaps have a pretty strong presence in the Northern California Whole Foods Markets as well.
The best way to pass on the soapmaking tradition is to teach. I offer a two-hour class that teaches you everything you need to know about soapmaking, including handouts on how to build your own formula according to personal desires and needs.
You will learn how different vegetable oils can create various types of foam and have their own cleansing abilities. We talk about the use of essential oils and other natural materials to incorporate into your soap to make it unique.
The cost of the class is $50, with a $12 materials fee. You get to take home two bars of soaps that you helped make, or, if you don't want to wait for the 4-week curing process, you can choose two bars of soap from my studio.
- To contact Terry:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 707.763.5363
- Website: moonessence.com
- Address: 15 Western Ave., Petaluma, CA 94952
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