I have noticed folks talking about oils...Lotus and Violet and whatever, Lavender and Rosemary etc...Do you know how to recognize a Fragrance oil from an Essential oil?
When stirring up a brew to bring forth the energy of your long lost lover from another mother, sister with a twister or expose thee to the mystery of history, ...and you are using civet and ambergris... I would like to say ,foul !!!
Do you know what this is? If one is on the path of the earth and her creatures, those two aforementioned oils are ones that any ecological minded magical practitioner would never touch. Those two in particular used to be used a lot in perfumery, but since they are from a cat and a whale ,respectively, and generally killed to harvest, it should be used only
as an adulterated fragrance oil.
If you are interested in capturing the true
essence of a plant to add to you magical work, then essential oils are
Fragrance oils are synthetic and are fine if you are just mixing for perfume, but I personally find most of them harsh to the olfactory...If you want to be true to you nose,... then use oils that are true from the source. Essential oil means just that...essence,..it is the "essence" of the plant, and the most pure form of the plant next to having the plant there before you. Distillation is the most common way of obtaining the oil. You can usually tell a fragrance oil from an essential oil from the size of the bottle, the color of the bottle, and the price, oh!,.... and the smell. True essential oils are always stored in a dark bottle, if it is clear glass...buyer beware. If you have found many different oils and they are all the same price...buyer beware. If you have found a relatively large bottle of say,... sandalwood, and it is under 10.00 dollars...buyer beware. True essential oils come in a wide variety of prices from about 2.50 per ounce to 60.00 per ounce or more
, depending on the oil. Fragrance oils are usually all the same price, in clear bottles, and frequently larger than an ounce.
After smelling many different oils you will be able to tell true lavender oil from fragrance oil....for instance.
Learn the prices of oil,... I have heard it takes over a ton of rose petals to produce a dram of oil, thus it is very expensive, and you will probably only find 'attar of rose', or 'rose otto' mixed with jojoba or other oil,.... and even then it will be spendy.
Fragrance oils cannot be ingested
, if you are mixing blends that are intended to heal, again, the essential plant component is necessary. In some cases you may be taking the oils within your body...It is imperative that only
essential oils are used and NOT fragrance oils.
If you are using oils in aromatherapy, then essential oils must be used. Synthetic oils just don't have the properties present to heal, and will probably give you a headache instead.
I recommend using essential oils in magical workings.
Fragrance oils are used to perfume the body and the air.
Please use caution if you intend to use essential oils internally
, they are highly concentrated and need to be diluted. Even on you skin, certain oils will burn or cause an allergic reaction. Some shouldn't be taken internally at all. A handful of oils are contrary to women who are pregnant. Do you homework, and be safe.
This is just a brief overview of essential vs fragrance oils, the information on the subject is vast and very interesting.
Look up Robert Tisserand, I would have posted a link...but it had a copyright, ...he is an expert on aromatherapy, and essential oils.
Kassandra has made some excellent posts on oils...
http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum ... 24171.html
http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum ... 24174.html
http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum ... 24144.html
In some cases you will be hard pressed to find an actual essential oils as they just don't exist,
...here is a small list of the oils that will never be essential,..
lotus, lilac, sweet pea, violet...these oils are synthetic fragrance oils.
Here is a few links to more info and a places to obtain essential oil...
Aura Cacia is one of my favorites they are part of the Frontier corporation with whom we have an account for our "church" this way we have a buying club and can purchase for wholesale prices (if you are a member of a 501 c3 non-profit, or some other organization with a resale license...I highly recommend it) since they are a co-op we get a check at the end of the year , ...
Here is Frontiers link if you are interested...
here is another link,they are in Oregon...many thanks to Alura...
here is another distributor in Oregon
The Perfume Maker by Rudolph Ernest