Gourmand Essential Oils
Gourmand essential oils are a more contemporary group and are just what the name suggests. They are distilled from rather delicious and highly prized gourmet food items. These very yummy aromas are not ususally used in aromatherapy but definitely gaining popularity with natural perfumers. With good reason…Here are the gourmand essential oils that we use in our products, their functionality and the how their aroma sits with other aromatic elements.
So yum! Coconut oil as carrier oil has a mild-medium coconut aroma that is detectable in some products, but where a definite coconut note is required its not enough. We use a delicious coconut pulp CO2 extraction which has a beautiful strong creamy buttery aroma – just like true coconut! It is amazing for conjuring up tantalising visuals of warm tropical beaches. Coconut pulp oil is a middle note that clings beautifully. Can be overpowering so take it slow – kinda like you would if you were languishing on a white sand beach surrounded by palm trees gently rustling in the ocean breeze…
In natural perfumery coconut pulp essential oil blends well with:
lime, grapefruit, rose, vanilla, guaiacwood, ginger, ylang ylang, cacao, coffee bean, jasmine, cedarwood, patchouli, sandalwood.
Vanilla essential oil is highly prized and very commonly used in natural perfumery and personal care products where it’s sweet, smooth aroma effortlessly rounds out any sharp corners of a composition. Beware though…Too much makes for an overly sweet, somewhat cloying perfume so even if you LOVE vanilla, don’t be tempted to go over board. Balance is the key….
If you are looking for an amber base in your natural perfume, vanilla is an important part of that.
The emotional value of vanilla lies in its ability to soothe and relax and sedate. With its warm aroma, vanilla gently massages away any kinks in the emotions, sweetening and softening even the most prickly of moods. Its exotic, relaxing, and sensual, aroma makes it a well known and well loved aphrodisiac.
In natural perfumery vanilla essential oil blends well with:
lavender, sweet orange, mandarin, bergamot, jasmine, frankincense, sandalwood, clove, cinnamon, cedarwood, neroli, rose otto