Saturday, February 4, 2012

Essential oils: What do you want to know?

I've been working so much on the Newbie Tuesday stuff (including a video I hope is ready for Tuesday!) that I kind of got off track with the essential oils. Do you want to see more about essential oils? (I ask because there hasn't been a lot of comments about the posts, and I'm getting the impression that you really aren't that interested...) If so, which ones? Do you want to see recipes including the essential oils - for instance, a lotion with 1% peppermint - or do you want links to those recipes so you can modify them yourself?

I look forward to your comments!

If you aren't sure which ones I've covered so far, click here for the permanent link to all the essential oil posts!

13 comments:

Diane said...

I'd just as soon add my own oils - I'm looking to the lotions etc to do the emollient thing and sometimes the same lotion can be used for different purposes - also, I'm not real sure how each oil affects the viscosity (ex: I put some rose geranium in a lotion that should have been very creamy but it was about the consistency of milk with less than .5% RG; nothing else different from last batch) and I'd like to get some other stuff nailed down before I open this bottle - so to speak...

also, there is so much adulteration going on that I doubt if most people have an authentic EO to use in the first place!

Bajan Lily said...

I'm an aromatherapist and while I did not comment on your series, I did follow your posts on rosemary, tea tree, peppermint and lavender with keen interest. There is a large body of common knowledge or 'folklore' about the therapeutic properties of each oil so I thoroughly enjoyed reading scientific evidence you dug up.

I for one would definitely be interested in more but can understand if there's no appetite.

I'm also curious about the emolliency of some oils eg sandalwood is purported to be emollient but does adding it to a lotion give as good/a better result to dry skin as adding allantoin or urea to the basic lotion recipe? Are ylang gland and geranium e.o genuinely good at regulating or balancing sebum production? I'm very curious indeed but haven't found 'scientific studies' that answer these questions yet.

Ellbie said...

I would love some basic tips on blending essential oils so that the end result doesn't smell yucky! I have had a few bad experiences :)

Anonymous said...

I would love to see something regarding Amber essential oil, how it is made and its properties..Thank You

Sciarretta Farms said...

I would like to know about which essential oils are safe to use in lotions and at what percentages.

Lesley said...

I would like to know more about what extract means. I see products labeled as extracts but not a lot of consistency of the base ingredient. Seems like they can be in water, alcohol or oil.

Merilyn said...

Hey Susan,
Thoroughly enjoying your essential oil posts - but would definitely like to see a recipe included with them...that way we have an introduction and a superb way to try one - or a blend of them, depending on what they're best for...thank you! I love all of your stuff!!

Anonymous said...

Love the essential oils posts. It is what I use for fragrance and get tired of the "tribal people from Algwonksmat have used oil of dufas since Moses was a child" nonsense.

Ben said...

Scent-wise, what are your personal favorite mixes?

p said...

This series has been fantastic, Susan! I'm sure I'm not alone in gratefully absorbing the info without commenting. :)

I would love to see you cover helichrysum, rose geranium, carrot seed, german chamomile (and other chamazulene-containing oils), and ylang ylang. I use these oils all the time in my skincare formulations, and I'd love to know the science behind their benefits.

Dana said...

This is a fantastic series.

I would love to see you cover sea buckthorn, geranium, carrot seed, chamomile (blue) & frankincense. I use these in face creams and regardless of how tiny the drop, the scent of carrot seed is there.

I buy my EOs from mountainroseherbs. I need to find a way to get the oils in the cream but cover up the carrot seed scent:) my nose is very sensitive.

m. said...

Dear Susan,
is there any list of HLB value for essential oils? I suppose it is important for using emulsifying system… Or I shouldn't worry?
Also, when we want to use a mixture of few EOs in our lotion, are we allowed to add 1% of each, or do they have to add up to 1% in total?
Thank you,
magdalena :)

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi m. If you're only using 1% or less, don't worry about it. You will want to check the usage rate on each oil to see how much to use. The suggestion to use 1% is generally safe for most of them, but always make sure. From a fragrance point of view, 1% is more than enough, so you'd want to add it all up to 1%.