Floral Essential Oils and Absolutes
Floral essential oils and absolutes are stunningly beautiful – just like the flower petals that they are extracted from! Understandably, they are the most popular group of essential oils. They are also wildly expensive which gives them that frustrating appeal of we always want what we can’t always have! Below please find a run down of the floral essential oils and absolutes that we use in our products. The function they play and the way their beautiful aromas bind with other aromatic elements to create a delicious result!
Arguably the most exquisite and luxurious of essential oils, Rose Abs. can be considered the ultimate women’s oil. It’s beautiful, floral, feminine aroma is used extensively in personal care products and its gentle, loving, nurturing properties are valued by natural perfumers the world over.
Rose oil invokes feelings of wellbeing, romance, and love and is useful for softening and opening the heart.
In natural perfumery a little goes a long way. It is a middle to base note, meaning that long after the aroma of other essential oils has disappeared you’ll still be able to detect notes of rose.
In natural perfume and body products rose geranium essential oil is used often. There are so many products available, the trick is to discover a rose geranium that really floats your boat. The rose geranium that we use is particularly rose and less sharp than some. It is the perfect companion to extend and enhance other floral oils, including rose.
In natural perfumery rose geranium provides a heart note that is softer and easier to work with than straight up geranium.
Jasmine absolute is a very expensive oil like some of the other oils that are extracted from the petals of flowers. It takes a huge amount of petals to produce a relatively small amount of essential oil so the production of jasmine essential oil is extremely labour intensive. The blooms of the best essential oil are harvested early in the morning whilst the dew is still on the blossoms. Jasmine has been called ‘The King of Flowers’ and in India ‘The Queen of the Night’ because the fragrance is more intense and magical than ever under the light of the moon.
It is a very sensual oil and its warm, heady aroma tantalises the senses, and makes it easier for feelings of love and trust to be exchanged. Jasmine has been a much sought after ingredient for natural perfume and body oils for centuries past and this remains true today.
Lavender is best known for its therapeutic properties where it is spashed around very liberally. But don’t rule it out as an ingredient for natural perfumery. A good quality high altitude french lavender makes a wonderful heartnote. Don’t use too much though or you’ll end up with a scent reminiscent of Granny’s cottage garden.
It’s extremely versatile and useful because it blends so well with so many other perfumery notes. Technically lavender is categorised as a floral although it doesn’t have that classic floral scent. Its aroma is quite herbaceous and little spicy.
Neroli has an exquisite fragrance and is one of the most expensive oils around. Blossoms must be hand picked and a huge amount of flowers yields a small amount of oil at the end of the process.
With its ethereal scent, neroli essential oil is one that touches the soul
In the realm of natural perfumery, it is loved. It is often pitched in competition against rose – which one do you prefer? It is easy to think of the flower oils as all feminine – but not so and neroli is one of those who has as wonderful yin/yang balance, making it a valuable ingredient in perfume oils or body oils for both men and women.
Some would say that neroli is a luxury oil, and others would argue that it is a necessity…
The distinct and unique aroma of Ylang Ylang essential oil, once it has been sampled once is easy to remember, even to those not accustomed to using essential oils. The fragrance of the oil is very strong although interestingly enough, the blossoms on the tree do not have much of an aroma at all.
Ylang Ylang is one of the ultimate ‘feel good’ oils. It is loud, exuberant, colourful bright, passionate, erotic making it perfect for any natural perfume composition that is full of life and love of living.
Natural perfumes that contain ylang ylang essential oil as a more dominant note are bright, friendly and sociable – the aroma suits the properties of the essential oil itself. However ylang ylang can be used cleverly in tiny amounts to extend or enhance other other floral oils such as jasmine or champaca. In this way it may not be particularly noticeable, but just adds a subtle layer to the floral dimension. Really invaluable as a note in rich, heady, decadent perfumes.
Nag Champa is the name sometimes given to this oil because the aroma is similar to the well known and well loved incense of that name. But nag champa incense is not a single aroma but a blend of different aromas including the champaca flower, sandalwood and a number of other rich resinous oils.
Michelia champaca oil comes from a species of the magnolia flower. It has a rich, reasonably heavy floral fragrance. Some will luxuriate in that, others will want to see it balanced and lightened with other elements. There is certainly an air of decadence to it that is wonderful for the creation of natural perfume