Herbal Perfumes

Niaouli Essential Oil

Melaleuca quinquenervia

PARTS USED

Leaves and twigs

EXTRACTION METHOD

Steam distilled

NOTE CLASSIFICATION

Middle

AROMA

Sweet, fresh, camphoraceous

OVERVIEW

Most often utilized in the perfume and fragrance industry.

BLENDS WELL WITH

Bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, orange, tea tree

HERBAL MISCELLANY

Niaouli was once shipped from Gomen in the French East Indies. This is where the name gomenol originates from.

Oakwood Oil

PARTS USED

Wood

EXTRACTION METHOD

Solvent

NOTE CLASSIFICATION

Base

AROMA

Rich smoky wood, reminiscent of whiskey, with oaky vanilla undertones

OVERVIEW

Oak is the quintessential wood that vintners utilize to bring flavor and color into a bottle of wine through the use of oak barrels or chips. It was once thought that these barrels were used to extract oakwood absolute. This may have been true at some point, but today this exquisite oil comes from virgin wood that is usually a byproduct from the local lumber industry.

This viscous oil is mostly used in perfumery, and can be blended into diffuser blends. The rich base note properties will round out a blend and weigh it down for a longer lasting aroma.

BLENDS WELL WITH

Bay, benzoin, bergamot, cedarwood, citrus oils, clary sage, eucalyptus, frankincense, ginger, juniper berry, lavender, oakmoss, rose, sandalwood, thuja, vanilla, ylang ylang.

HERBAL MISCELLANY

Quercus robur is native to Europe, and has been properly nickname the “English Oak.” The Bowthorpe Oak in England is considered one of the oldest oak trees on the planet, and has an estimated age of over 1,000 years.

Pennyroyal Essential Oil

Mentha pulegium

PARTS USED

Flowering plant

EXTRACTION METHOD

Steam distilled

NOTE CLASSIFICATION

Middle

AROMA

Fresh, minty-herbaceous

OVERVIEW

Used in the fragrance industry and considered a natural source of pulegone.

BLENDS WELL WITH

Citronella, geranium, lavender, rosemary, sage

HERBAL MISCELLANY

The Roman cookbook Apicius calls for pennyroyal in many of its recipes. Pennyroyal is not used to cook with in modern times.

Tarragon Essential Oil

Artemisia dracunculus

PARTS USED

Leaf

EXTRACTION METHOD

Steam distilled

NOTE CLASSIFICATION

Middle

AROMA

Sweet-anisic, spicy-green

OVERVIEW

Used throughout the culinary industry.

BLENDS WELL WITH

Basil, cistus, galbanum, lavender, oakmoss, pine, vanilla

HERBAL MISCELLANY

The plant is considered a good companion plant, since it reduces the annoyance of bugs and insects with its aroma and taste.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Melaleuca alternifolia

PARTS USED

Leaves and twigs

EXTRACTION METHOD

Steam distilled

NOTE CLASSIFICATION

Middle

AROMA

Warm, Fresh, spicy-camphoraceous

OVERVIEW

Widely known for its beneficial properties for the skin.

BLENDS WELL WITH

Basil, bergamot, black pepper, chamomile german, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, nutmeg, oakmoss, oregano, peppermint, pine, rosemary, thyme, ylang ylang

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Cananga odorata

PARTS USED

Flower

DISTILLATION TYPE

Complete

EXTRACTION METHOD

Steam distilled

NOTE CLASSIFICATION

Base

AROMA

Rich, sweet floral

OVERVIEW

Used throughout the fragrance industry.

BLENDS WELL WITH

Bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, clove, eucalyptus lemon, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lemon, litsea cubeba, mandarin, neroli, opopanax, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, peru balsam, petitgrain, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, tuberose, vetiver

Western Red Cedar Essential Oil

Thuja plicata 

PARTS USED

Leaves

EXTRACTION METHOD

Steam distilled

NOTE CLASSIFICATION

Top

AROMA

Sharp, fresh, camphoraceous

OVERVIEW

Western red cedar has a long history of traditional use in the Pacific Northwest.

BLENDS WELL WITH

Black pepper, cedarwood, citrus oils, ginger, sandalwood

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