Recommended Reading by Topic

Aromatherapy for Beginners | Aromatherapy / Essential Oils | Candlemaking | Carrier Oils | Hydrosols | Natural Perfumery for Beginners | Natural Perfumery | Soapmaking


375 Essential Oils & Hydrosols, Jeanne Rose, Frog Ltd., 1999.

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, Kathi Keville and Mindy Green, Crossing Press, 2008.

Aromatherapy – an A - Z, Patricia Davis, C W Daniel Company Ltd, 1995.

(The) Aromatherapy Book: Applications & Inhalations, Jeanne Rose, Random House Inc, 1992. (STAFF FAVORITE)

Aromatherapy Workbook (Revised), Marcel Lavabre, Healing Arts Press, 1997. (STAFF FAVORITE)

(The) Art of Aromatherapy – The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs, Robert Tisserand, Healing Arts Press, 1977. (STAFF FAVORITE)

Complete Aromatherapy Handbook – Essential Oils for Radiant Health, Susanne Fischer-Rizzi, Sterling Publishing Co, Inc, 1990.

(The) Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Valerie Ann Worwood, New World Library, 2016.

(The) Directory of Essential Oils, Wanda Sellar, Random House UK, 2005.

(The) Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health & Well-Being, Julia Lawless, Conari Press, 2013.

(The) Illustrated Guide to Aromatherapy: Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy and Herbalism, Julia Lawless, Element Books, 1995


Advanced Aromatherapy – The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Kurt Schnaubelt, Healing Arts Press, 1998. (STAFF FAVORITE)

Aromatherapeutic Blending – Essential Oils in Synergy, Jennifer Peace Rhind, Singing Dragon, 2016. (STAFF FAVORITE)

Aromathérapie Exactement (in French), Pierre Franchomme and Daniel Pénoël, Roger Jollois (publ.), 1990. (STAFF FAVORITE)

Aromatherapy – A Lifetime Guide to Healing with Essential Oils, Valerie Gennari Cooksley, Prentice Hall, 1996.

Aromatherapy and the Mind, Julia Lawless, Thorsons, 1994.

(The) Aromatherapy Companion, Victoria Edwards, Storey Books, 1999.

Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils, Gabriel Mojay, Healing Arts Press, 1998. (STAFF FAVORITE)

Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, 4th ed., Shirley and Len Price, Elsevier, 2012.

Aromatherapy – Scent and Psyche, Peter & Kate Damian, Healing Arts Press, 1995.

Aromatherapy to Heal and Tend the Body, Robert Tisserand, Lotus Press, 1988.

(The) Book of Massage & Aromatherapy, Nitya Lacroix and Sharon Seager, Crescent Books, 1994.

(The) Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils, 3rd ed., E. Joy Bowles, Allen & Unwin, 2003.

(The) Chemistry of Essential Oils, 2nd ed. – An Introduction for Aromatherapists, Beauticians, Retailers and Students, David G. Williams, Micelle Press, 2008.

Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Practice, 2nd ed., Jane Buckle, Churchill Livingstone, 2003.

CO2 Extracts in Aromatherapy – 50+ Extracts for Clinical Aromatherapy, Madeleine Kerkhof, Kicozo Publishing, 2018.

Creative Aromatherapy – Blending and Mixing Essential Oils and Flower Remedies for Health and Beauty, Christine Wildwood, Thorsons, 1993.

Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, 2nd ed., Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Churchill Livingstone, 2014. (STAFF FAVORITE)

Essential Oils – A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice, 2nd ed., Jennifer Peace Rhind, Singing Dragon, 2012. (STAFF FAVORITE) A revised, updated version (October 2019) is also available.

(The) Essential Oils, Vol. I – VI, Ernest Guenther, PhD, D. Van Nostrand Co, 1948. (STAFF FAVORITE)

Essential Oils for Animals, Nyana Morag, Off the Leash Press, 2011.

Fragrance and Wellbeing – Plant Aromatics and Their Influence on the Psyche , Jennifer Peace Rhind, Singing Dragon, 2014. (STAFF FAVORITE)

(The) Fragrant Heavens: The Spiritual Dimension of Fragrance and Aromatherapy, Valerie Ann Worwood, New World Library, 1999.

(The) Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for Personality, Mind, Mood and Emotion, Valerie Ann Worwood, New World Library, 1996.

Gattefossé' s Aromatherapy – The First Book on Aromatherapy, René-Maurice Gattefossé (Robert B. Tisserand, Editor), C W Daniel Company Ltd, 1993. (STAFF FAVORITE)

(The) Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, Kurt Schnaubelt, Healing Arts Press, 2011. (STAFF FAVORITE)

Herbs & Aromatherapy for the Reproductive System, Jeanne Rose, Frog Ltd., 1994.

Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of Essential Oils and Hydrosols with Animals, Kristen Leigh Bell, Findhorn Press, 2002.

Margarite Maury's Guide to Aromatherapy – The Secret of Life and Youth: A Modern Alchemy, Margarite Maury, C W Daniel Company Ltd, 1989.

Medical Aromatherapy – Healing with Essential Oils, Kurt Schnaubelt, Frog, Ltd, 1999. (STAFF FAVORITE)

Practical Aromatherapy – How to Use Essential Oils to Restore Health and Vitality, Shirley Price, Thorsons, 1999.

(The) Practice of Aromatherapy: A Classic Compendium of Plant Medicines & Their Healing Properties, Jean Valnet, Healing Arts Press, 1990.

Subtle Aromatherapy, Patricia Davis, C W Daniel Company Ltd, 1991.


The Candlemaker's Companion – A Complete Guide to Rolling, Pouring, Dipping, and Decorating Your Own Candles, Betty Oppenheimer, Storey Publishing, 2004.

The Scented Candle Workshop – Creating perfect home fragrance, from wax to wick, Niko Dafkos & Paul Firmin, Kyle Books, 2019.


Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage, Len Price, Riverhead, 2004.

Liquid Sunshine – Vegetable Oils for Aromatherapy, Jan Kusmirek, Floramicus, 2002.

Power of the Seed, Susan M. Parker, Process Media, 2014.


Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy, Suzanne Catty, Healing Arts Press, 2001. (STAFF FAVORITE)

Understanding Hydrolats: The Specific Hydrosols for Aromatherapy A Guide for Health Professionals, Len and Shirley Price, Elsevier, 2004.

Harvest to Hydrosol: Distill Your Own Exquisite Hydrosols At Home, Ann Harman, Perfect Paperback, 2015.


Natural Perfumes – Simple Aromatherapy Recipes, Mindy Green, Interweave Press, 1999. (STAFF FAVORITE)

Scents & Sensibilities – Creating Solid Perfumes for Well-Being, Mandy Aftel, Gibbs Smith (publ.), 2005.

Create Your Own Perfumes Using Essential Oils, Chrissie Wildwood, Judy Piatkus (publ.), 1994.


Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, Steffen Arctander (originally self-published in 1960), reprints available at online book outlets, or free access at Hathi Trust Digital Library,;view=1up;seq=443) (STAFF FAVORITE)

(The) Art of Perfumery, and the methods of obtaining the odours of plants, G. W. Septimus Piesse, Lindsay & Blakiston, 1857 (available as a reprint).

Artisan Perfumery, or Being Led by the Nose, Alec Lawless, Boronia Souk Ltd., 2009. (STAFF FAVORITE)

Essence and Alchemy – A Book of Perfume, Mandy Aftel, North Point Press, 2001.

Fragrance The Psychology and Biology of Perfume, S. Van Toller and G.H. Dodd, eds., Elsevier Applied Science, 1992.

Fragrance – The Story of Perfume from Cleopatra to Chanel, Edwin T. Morris, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1984.

Listening to Scent – An Olfactory Journey with Aromatic Plants and Their Extracts, Jennifer Peace Rhind, Singing Dragon, 2014.

(The) Mystery and Lure of Perfume, C.J.S. Thompson, Kessinger Legacy Reprints, 2014 (first published in 1927).

Natural Perfume Materials – A Study of Concretes, Resinoids, Floral Oils and Pomades, Y. R. Naves and G. Mazuyer, Reinhold Publishing, 1947.

Perfume, William I. Kaufman, E.P. Dutton & Co., 1974.

Perfumers’ Handbook and Catalog, Fritzsche Brothers, Inc., 1944.

Perfumes of Yesterday, David G. Williams, Micelle Press, 2004.

Perfumery – Practice and Principles, Robert Calkin and J. Stephan Jellinek, John Wiley & Sons, 1994.

Perfumery Technology – Art: Science: Industry, 2nd ed., F.V. Wells and Marcel Billot, John Wiley & Sons, 1981.

Scents of Time – Perfume from Ancient Egypt to the 21st Century, Edwin T. Morris/The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Little, Brown and Company, 1999.


Pure Soapmaking: How to Create Nourishing Natural Soaps, Anne-Marie Faiola, Storey Publishing, 2016.

The Soapmaker's Companion – A Comprehensive Guide with Recipes, Techniques & Know-How, Susan Miller Cavitch, Storey Publishing, 1997.