History of Perfume Oils

 Perfum -"Per Fumum" Latin meaning "through the smoke". In ancient times, fragrant resins were burned as incense offerings. That was the origin. Today, we understand perfume to be a solution containing 30 % to 15% perfume oil and 70% to 85% alcohol, respectively. What happened to perfumes between the origin and today? What is the secret? OIL. The answer is oil-based perfumes. If you’ll think back through history, some of the precious gifts of Kings, Queen and other nobility were perfume oils. Even Jesus was brought oils of frankincense and myrrah. Understand that oil penetrates any porous material (e.g. paper, wood, hair, skin, etc.); therefore, oil-based perfumes will penetrate the skin, causing the fragrance to stay. Alcohol is a drying agent. Alcohol dries (evaporates) from the most porous material within a short period of time.

The history of perfume oils dates back to ancient Egypt when these fine scented oils were presented to royalty as gifts. In modern times, however, when the word "perfume" is said, most people think of department store fragrances, which consist mainly of the concentrated oil and alcohol solution.

Nevertheless, as more and more people are finding out about them, perfume oils are experiencing great popularity.

Here are some interesting facts about perfume oils:

1) Strength of smell - Perfume oils are highly concentrated and up to ten times more concentrated than department store perfumes. This quality allows oils to last longer than their eau de perfume counterparts.

2) Alcohol - Perfumes have alcohol in them (2/3 of a perfume is alcohol and 90% of a cologne is alcohol), which creates different smell effects. Most body oils use carrier oils like jojoba or grapeseed oil in place of alcohol. In some fragrances, the smell can change as the alcohol evaporates different scent notes through time. With oils, the scent is more constant.

3) Price - A noticeable difference between perfumes and perfume oils is price. Perfumes have a very high markup and great profit margins, which is perhaps why many celebrities have embarked on the trend of creating their own perfumes and colognes. Perfume oils can be sold very cheaply, or even more expensively than the perfumes, depending on how they are positioned in the market.

4) Body chemistry - Just because a perfume or cologne smells good on you, doesn't mean that the oil version will. Perfumes only have a small percentage of oil, so they are quite different than pure body oils. This interaction between the fragrance and your body may produce a different scent perception altogether.

5) Packaging - Clearly, department store perfumes are very nicely packaged and thus make great gifts for friends and family. Many perfume oils are sold in less attractive containers, which is part of the reason for their lower price.

6) Uses - Perfumes are only intended for use on the body, but perfume oils can be used to create a variety of scented products, like soap, candles, bath oils, air fresheners, and many other types of scented products. Be aware that there are different types of fragrance oils and that pure uncut oils are not safe for use on the skin.

In summary, whether you choose to use perfume oils or not will depend on the factors above. Try out a small sample first and who knows, you might just discover a delightful new product to add to your personal inventory. 

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Oils, Oils, Oils

No Alcohol

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Colognes and perfumes have alcohol in them (90% of a cologne is alcohol and 2/3 of a perfume is alcohol), which creates different smell affects.

Price

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Colognes and perfumes have a very high markup and great profit margins, which is perhaps why many celebrities have embarked on the trend of creating their own colognes and perfumes.

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The history of perfume oils dates back to ancient Egypt when these fine scented oils were presented to royalty as gifts.

Essential Oils Uses

 

100% Pure Undiluted Oils, but should not be taken internally. Use for aromatherapy and topical application (as long as diluted with a carrier oil)

How Essential Oils Work Essential oils can help alter our physical, mental and emotional well-being by triggering and strengthening our bodies’ own natural processes. They are made up of tiny molecules that can deliver healing properties to the systems that control our physiological state.  The best way for the body to absorb the therapeutic components of essential oils is a combination of inhalation through the olfactory system of the nose and absorption through the surface of the skin.

1. Inhalation:When essential oils are inhaled through the nose, tiny nerves send an instant signal to the brain and go directly to work on the systems that regulates our minds and bodies.  Inhalation can be the most direct delivery process of these incredibly nurturing components in essential oils, since the chemical messengers in the nasal cavity have direct access to the brain.2. Topical Application:When essential oils are applied to the skin, their healing components are absorbed into the bloodstream by the pores and hair follicles. Once inside the bloodstream, they disperse to the specific organs and systems on which they work. Pulse points are the areas of the body where blood vessels are closest to the skin’s surface. Applying essential oils to these areas allows for quicker absorption and help them get to work faster. We suggest applying to the wrists, temples and back of the neck. Think about it like watering a plant: you hydrate the soil because that’s where the roots are to absorb the nutrients. You wouldn’t get the same effect if you just watered the leaves or flowers.   METHODS OF APPLICATION:

  • Massage - Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience in itself and it ensures that the oils are effectively absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. Twenty drops of essential oils is roughly equivalent to one milliliter (1/4 tsp), so to make a blend it is possible to use the following proportions: 

ESSENTIAL OIL            BASE OIL20-60 drops                    100ml (3 1/2 fl oz)7 to 25 drops                  25ml (1 fl oz)3 to 5 drops                    5ml (1 tsp)  

  • Skin Oils and Lotions - The emphasis is on treating the skin itself and dealing with particular problems. Rose and neroli are good for dry or mature complexions; geranium, bergamot and lemon can help combat acne and greasy skin. A few drops of essential oil can also be mixed into a bland cream or lotion. 
  • Hot and Cold Compress - This is a very effective way of using essential oils to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.  A hot compress can be made by filling a bowl with very hot water, then adding 4 or 5 drops of essential oil. Dip a folded piece of cotton cloth, cotton wool or a face cloth into the bowl, squeeze out the excess water and place the cloth on the affected area until it has cooled, then repeat. Hot compresses are useful for backache, abscesses, earache and toothache.  Cold compresses are made in a similar way, using ice cold rather than hot water.  This kind of compress is useful for headaches, sprains, strains, and other hot, swollen conditions.
  • Hair Care - The hair can also be enhanced by the use of a few drops of essential oils in the final hair rinse or added straight to a mild shampoo.
  • Flower Waters - It is possible to make toilet or flower water at home by adding about 20 to 30 drops of essential oil to a 100ml (3 1/2 fl oz) bottle of spring or de-ionized water, leaving if for a few days in the dark and then filtering it using a coffee filter paper.
  • Baths - Add 5 to 10 drops of oil to the bath water when the tub is full.  Chamomile or lavender can help to relieve stress-related complaints such as anxiety or insomnia; rosemary or pine can help soothe aching limbs.
  • Vaporization - A few drops of oil can be placed on a light bulb ring or added to a small bowl of water.  Specific oils can be chosen to create different atmospheres: frankincense and cedarwood have been used to create a peaceful and relaxed mood. Citronella or lemongrass also provide an excellent way of keeping insects at bay. A few drops may also be put on the pillow or onto a handkerchief for the use throughout the day.
  • Douche - In the case of candida or thrush, add between 5 and 10 drops of tea tree to a litre (1 3/4 pt) of warm water and shake well. this mixture can either be used in a sitz bath, or into a enema/douche pot. 
  • Neat Application - Generally speaking, essential oils are not applied to the skin in an undiluted form. Certain essential oils such as sandalwood, jasmine or rose make excellent perfumes, dabbed neat on the skin. *Beware of those oils that are known to be photo toxic (discolor the skin when exposed to direct sunlight) such as bergamot.  


Essential Oil Uses: 

THE SKIN

Antiseptics: for cuts, insect bites, spots, etc: for example, thyme, sage, eucalyptus, tea tree, clove, lavender and lemon.Anti-Inflammatory: for eczema, infected wounds, bumps, bruises, etc,: German and Roman chamomile, lavender and yarrow.Fungicidal: for athlete's foot, candida, ringworm, etc,: for example, lavender, tea tree, myrrh, patchouli and sweet marjoram.Granulation stimulating or cicatrizing (healing) agents: for burns, cuts, scars, stretch marks, etc,: for example, lavender, chamomile, rose, neroli, frankincense and geramium.Deodorants: for excessive perspiration, cleaning woulnds, etc,: for example, bergamot, lavender, thyme, juniper, cypress, spanish sage and lemongrass.Insect repellents and parasiticides: for lice, fleas, scabies, ticks, mosquitoes, ants, moths, etc,: for example, spike lavender, garlic, geranium, citronella, eucalyptus, clove, camphor and atlas cedarwood.

THE CIRCULATION, MUSCLES AND JOINTS

Hypotensives: for high blood pressure, palpitations, stress, etc,: for example, sweet marjoram, ylang ylang, lavender and lemon.Hypertensives: for poor circulation, chilblains, listlessness, etc,: for example, rosemary, spike lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint and thyme.Rubefacients: for rheumatism of the joints, muscular stiffness, sciatica, lumbago, etc,: for example, black pepper, juniper, rosemary, camphor and sweet marjoram.Depurative or Antitoxic Agents: for arthritis, gout, congestion, skin eruptions, etc,: for example, juniper, lemon, fennel and lovage.Lymphatic Stimulants: for cellulitis, obesity, water retention, etc,: for example, grapefruit, lime, fennel, lemon, mandarin and white birch.Circulatory Tonics and Astringents: for swellings, inflammations, varicose veins, etc,: for example, cypress, yarrow and lemon.

THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM

Expectorants: for catarrh, sinusitis, coughs, bronchitis, etc,: for example, eucalyptus, pine, thyme, myrrh, sandalwood and fennel.Antispasmodics: for colic, asthma, dry cough, whooping cough, etc,: for example, hyssop, cypress, Atlas cedarwood, bergamot, chamomile and cajeput.Balsamic Agents: for colds, chills, congestion, etc,: for example, benzoin, frankincense, Tolu balsam, Peru balsam and myrrh.Antiseptics: for flu, colds, sore throat, tonsillitis, gingivitis, etc,: for example, thyme, sage, eucalyptus, hyssop, pine, cajeput, tea tree and borneol.

THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

Antispasmodics: for spasm, pain, indigestion, etc,: for example, chomile, caraway, fennel, orange, peppermint, lemon balm, aniseed and cinnamon.Carminatives and Stomachics: for flatulent dyspepsia, aerophagia, nausea, etc,: for example, angelica, basil, fennel, chamomile, peppermint and mandarin.Cholagogues: for increasing the flow of bile and stimulating the gall bladder: for example, caraway, lavender, peppermint and borneol.Hepatics: for liver congestion, jaundice, etc,: for example, lemon, lime, rosemary and pepermint.Aperitifs: for loss of appetite, anorexia, etc,: for example, aniseed, angelica, orange, ginger and garlic.

GENITO-URINARY/ENDOCRINE SYSTEMS

Antispasmodics: for menstrual cramp, labour pains, etc,: for example, sweet marjoram, chamomile, clary sage, jasmine and lavender.Emmenagogues: for scanty periods, lack of periods, etc,: for example, chamomile, fennel, hyssop, juniper, sweet marjoram and peppermint.Uterine Tonics and Regulators: for pregnancy, excess menstruation, etc,: for example, clary sage, jasmine, rose, myrrh, frankincense and lemon balm.Antiseptic and Bactericidal Agents: for vaginal pruritis, thrush, etc,: for example, bergamot, chamomile, myrrh, rose and tea tree.Galactagogues: for increasing milk flow: for example, fennel, jasmine, anise, lemongrass (sage, mint and parsley reduce it).Aphrodisiacs: for impotence and frigidity, etc,: for example, black pepper, cardomon, clary sage, neroli, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, patchouli and ylang ylang.Anaphrodisiacs: for reducing sexual desire: for example, sweet marjoram and camphor.Adrenal Stimulants: for anxiety, stress-related conditions, etc,: for example, basil, geranium, rosemary, borneol, sage, and pine.Urinary Antiseptics: for cystitis, urethritis, etc,: for example, bergamot chamomile, tea tree and sandalwood.

THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

Bactericidal and Antiviral Agents: for protection against colds, flu, etc,: for example, tea tree, basil, lavender, eucalyptus, bergamot and rosemary.

  • For reducing fever and temperature, etc,: for example, basil, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus and tea tree.
  • For promoting sweating, eliminating toxins, etc,: for example, rosemary and chamomile.

THE NERVOUS SYSTEM

Sedatives: for nervous tensions, stress, insomnia, etc,: for example, chamomile, bergamot, sandalwood, lavender and lemon.Stimulants: for convalescence, lack of strength, nervous fatigue, etc,: for example, basil, peppermint, ylang ylang, neroli and rosemary.  Strengthening the nervous system as a whole: for example, chamomile, lavender and rosemary. 

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