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Defining the quality of essential oils

Whether for professional or home aromatherapy use, essential oils of the highest quality should be used.

How do we define the quality of essential oils? The main challenge is that essential oils are not just used for aromatherapy purposes. Essential oils are extensively used in:

  • food flavouring
  • perfumery and fragrances
  • pharmaceutical preparations
  • chemical manufacturing

Each of these industries has developed its own set of criteria for defining the quality of an essential oil. It has been suggested that the quality of an essential oil should be based on knowing whether an essential oil is going to work in a therapeutic way. This makes a lot of sense but it does open the door to a new set of challenges. What defines the therapeutic activity of an essential oil? If we strictly follow this guideline, we may be required to adopt the standards adopted by some of the pharmacopoeias such as the British Pharmacopoeia, which means that many of the essential oils may need to be blended or rectified in order to comply with the pharmacopoeia standards.

Therefore, it is not surprising that some essential oil companies have decided to establish their own internal standards such as ‘therapeutic grade’. Some in the industry suggest that this term is misleading, but claim it is a failure of the aromatherapy essential oil trading associations to issue guidelines for essential oils that has led to this situation.

I agree with Harris who suggests that the ideal definition of quality for essential oils in aromatherapy should be: (1) preferably but not necessarily organically cultivated, and (2) that is supplied with the full chemical analysis of its constituents1.

Holmes also suggests that essential oil users often ignore the documented evidence provided in certificates of analysis such as the results of simple analytical tests (e.g. specific gravity, refractive index and optical rotation).2 Even the most important sensory-based method of organoleptic examination is often overlooked.

I have always been passionate about sourcing the highest quality essential oils. Thirty years of experience as an aromatherapist, educator and supplier of essential oils has helped establish Perfect Potion as the leading specialist in its field. It is, therefore, very exciting for us to launch a new platform to help you understand our essential oils.

By simply going to the link below and typing in the batch number of the essential oil you have purchased from Perfect Potion, you can access the Certificate of Analysis (C of A) of that batch of essential oil.

http://www.perfectpotion.com.au/news/certificates/

The C of A gives you vital information regarding the correct identification of the oil – the botanical name, the country of origin, clearly identifying if it is certified organic and the method of extraction.

It also describes the appearance and organoleptic qualities of the oil as well as the specific gravity and refractive index. These analytical tests can be very useful to identify if the oil has been adulterated.

We also include a detailed chemical composition of the essential oil. For those who have studied essential oil chemistry, this will give you a good indication of the potential therapeutic qualities of the oil. In future blogs, I will provide more information on how to interpret the chemical composition of the essential oils.

 

 

Perfect Potion limited-edition essential oils

Occasionally, I come across essential oils that leave you breathless because they epitomise the flawless beauty of nature. Our most recent batches of certified organic Roman chamomile, clary sage, Bourbon geranium, neroli, vetiver and ylang ylang complete are such oils. While all of our essential oils are certified organic and of such discerning quality, these oils are so unique that I have decided to make them part of a limited-edition range.

It is no wonder that Fischer-Rizzi once described essential oils as heavenly scents that touch your heart, making you keenly aware of the beauty that surrounds you and opening the door to your soul.

Roman chamomile

This batch of Roman chamomile is so rich in esters. Esters provide the essential oil with a delightful fruity aroma, which is so soothing and relaxing. I have not smelt Roman chamomile that is so fruity and sweet for so long.

Botanical name Anthemis nobilis

Country of origin Morocco

Status ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – This Roman chamomile oil is a pale yellow mobile liquid with a very diffusive aroma with little tenacity. It is a top note. This Roman chamomile oil has a sweet fruity and apple-like top note, a sweet and herbaceous body while its dryout is herbaceous and dry.

Chemical composition – Isobutyl isobutyrate 4.5%, isobutyl methacrylate 2.3%, α-pinene 6.45%, β-pinene 0.61%, isobutyl methyl butyrate 1.45%, isobutyl isovalerate 0.19%, isoamyl isobutyrate 0.63%, 2-methyl butylisobutyrate 3.01%, p-cymene 0.22%, isobutyrate angelate 12.65%, methyl allyl angelate 9.05%, butyl angelate 0.47%, trans pinocarveol 8.76%, methyl butyl angelate 4.58%, isoamyl angelate 8.28%, pinocarvone 2.74%, borneol 0.34%, myrtenal 1.04%, methyl amyl angelate 10.08%, germacrene D 0.52%.

Limited edition – 300

Size – 2 mL

Price – $49.95

Clary sage

There is such a pleasant, fresh, warm aroma to this batch of clary sage oil. It has the most euphoric and uplifting effect that I have ever experienced from clary sage.

Botanical name – Salvia sclarea

Country of origin – France

Status – ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – This clary sage oil is a pale yellow liquid with a very diffusive aroma. It is regarded as a middle note. It has a fresh, fruity and amber-like top note, a floral and herbaceous body while its dryout is balsamic, dry and woody.

Chemical composition – α-pinene 0.1%, β-pinene 0.14%, β-myrcene 0.73%, limonene 0.3%, cis-β ocimene 0.31%, trans-β ocimene 0.5%, linalool 17.09%, α-terpineol 1.4%, nerol 0.29%, geraniol 0.76%, linalyl acetate 67.44%, neryl acetate 0.48%, β-caryophyllene 1.28%, germacrene D 2.38%, sclareol 0.82%.

Limited edition – 500

Size – 5 mL

Price – $34.95

Geranium, Bourbon

Geranium from Madagascar is considered the finest quality geranium and is also known as rose geranium oil. I am often asked “Why don’t we stock rose geranium?” This is a trade name that has no real meaning. I prefer to use the technical name for the oil, but if there were a rose geranium, this would be it.

This batch of Bourbon geranium oil has the most delightful, sweet, rosy and herbaceous aroma.

Botanical name – Pelargonium graveolens

Country of origin – Madagascar

Status – ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – This batch of Bourbon geranium is green-olive coloured oil with a powerful diffusive aroma. It is referred to as a middle note.  It has a fresh, green and leafy top note, with a rosy, minty and herbaceous body, while the dryout is sweet and herbaceous.

Chemical composition – limonene 0.26%, linalool 4.28%, cis-rose oxide 0.78%, trans-rose oxide 0.33%, citronellal 0.09%, menthone 1.45%, isomenthone 6.4%, α-terpineol 0.23%, citronellol 22.33%, geraniol 15.28%, geranial 1.03%, citronellyl formate 10.13%, geranyl formate 6.57%, geranyl acetate 0.36%, neryl acetate 0.02%, β-bourbonene 1.13%, guaia-6,9-diene 8.26%, α-humulene 1.55%, germacrene D 1.14%, geranyl isobutyrate 1.09%, geranyl tiglate 1.51%.

Limited edition – 500

Size – 5 mL

Price – $29.95

Neroli

When I first inhaled this batch of neroli, I felt like I was walking on sunshine – it sends a tingle down my spine! The scent of this batch of neroli oil is so refreshingly divine – it rejuvenates and awakens the soul.

Botanical name – Citrus aurantium var. amara

Country of origin – Morocco

Status – ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – This neroli oil is a pale yellow liquid with a light floral aroma with little tenacity. It is referred to as a top note. This neroli oil has a refreshing light, floral top note with a sweet, floral, herbaceous green body and a pleasant floral dryout.

Chemical composition – α-pinene 0.59%, sabinene 0.59%, β-pinene 8.08%, β-myrcene 2.35%, α-terpinene 0.21%, limonene 16.98%, linalool 38.4%, α—terpineol 5.13%, nerol 1.27%, geraniol 3.45%, indole 0.16%, methyl anthranilate 0.24%, neryl acetate 1.55%, geranyl acetate 3.13%, β-caryophyllene 0.72%, α-farnesene 0.23%, nerolidol 2.17%, trans-farnesol 1.42%.

Limited edition – 200

Size – 2 mL

Price – $89.95

Vetiver, Bourbon

When I came across this batch of vetiver, I almost cried. It took me right back to my childhood memories growing up on the farm. It has such a lush, rich earthy sweet aroma. For such an earthy oil, this was so surprisingly refreshing and rejuvenating.

Vetiver is one of the most chemically complex of all essential oils. This batch of Bourbon vetiver oil is very rich in sesquiterpene compounds, giving the oil its intensity, depth and complexity, reminiscent of roots and wet soil.

Botanical name – Vetiveria zizanioides

Country of origin – Madagascar

Status – ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – This batch of Bourbon vetiver is an amber to brownish coloured viscous liquid. It is referred to as a base note. This vetiver oil has a sweet, heavy and woody top note, with an earthy and woody body while there is no change in its dryout.

Chemical composition – isoeugenol 0.49%, nootkatene 0.63%, γ-vetivenene 3.09%, α-calacorene 0.72%, β-vetivenene 3.09%, vetiselinenol 1.85%, khusimol 8.19%, isovalencenol 1.35%, β-vetivone 4.11%, α-vetivone 5.36%.

Limited edition – 300

Size – 5 mL

Price – $34.95

Ylang ylang complete

Now those of you who have attended my classes will know my signature essential oil – yes, it is ylang ylang. Even those who are not such big fans of the intoxicating and rich floral aroma of ylang ylang will fall under the spell of this batch of ylang ylang complete.

This batch of ylang ylang complete oil has a scent that is heavenly, sweet and floral. It epitomises the character of ylang ylang that is charismatic and sensual.

Botanical name – Cananga odorata

Country of origin – Madagascar

Status – ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – Ylang ylang complete is a yellow somewhat oily liquid with a powerful, intense aroma. It is referred to as a middle note. It has a powerful, intense, sweet and floral top note, followed by a rich, slightly medicinal and floral body while its dryout is pleasant, soft and powdery floral.

Chemical composition

α-pinene 0.2%, camphene 0.32%, methyl-p-cresol 2.9%, methyl benzoate 1.69%, linalool 8.88%, benzyl acetate 1.53%, geraniol 1.35%, linalyl acetate 0.02%, eugenol 0.46%, α-cubebene 0.12%, geranyl acetate 7.84%, methyl eugenol 0.03%, β-caryophyllene 14.61%, farnesol 1.21%, benzyl benzoate 5.47%, benzyl salicylate 1.55%.

Limited edition – 500

Size – 5 mL

Price – $27.95


References

1.Holmes P. Aromatica: a clinical guide to essential oil therapeutics – Vol. I. Singing Dragon, London 2016. 

2. Harris B. Editorial. International Journal of Aromatherapy, 2006; 16(2):55.

 

 

 

 

Living an Organic Lifestyle

To celebrate Australian Organic Awareness Month, Sal Battaglia discusses the importance of organic products in aromatherapy and the significance organic means for Perfect Potion products.


Living an Organic Lifestyle – by Sal Battaglia

Many people turn to organics for their health and wellbeing. Whether it is the food we eat, the products we inhale or the products we put on our skin –  chemically processed products increase and enhance the risk of potentially harmful toxins entering body that increase the risk of creating potentially harmful free radicals that can be carcinogenic or pro-inflammatory.

Using organics is therefore such an important step in maintaining our health and wellbeing.

Just as important is the health and wellbeing of our planet. When we make the decision to use organics we are playing a vital role in supporting those farmers who utilize farming practices that will not pollute or harm the environment or wildlife. Organic farming is often done on a much smaller scale and essential oils produced from organically grown plants are often a little more expensive, however this does represent the true cost of growing high quality, chemical free products. Also what value do you put on your health and that of your family.

As an aromatherapist, I am also asked what is the difference between a conventional commercial essential oil and a organically produced essential oil. Well number one is the fact that most commercial conventional essential oils are chemically adulterated. This is unfortunately something that happens all too often in the essential oil industry and most essential oil traders turn a blind eye to it – providing all sorts of excuses such as improved pharmacology and better aroma by rectifying or adulterating the oil. What a load of goobly dooks!

I decided to have our organic lavender tested in Japan at a laboratory that uses Kirlian photography and GDV (Gas discharge voltage) technology to test the energetic qualities of the oil.

The proof is in the results. Our organic lavender oil not only had a stronger energetic qualities, it also had a much wider and active bandwidth. This clearly goes to show that when we produce an essential oil or be it food organically it has a stronger energetic quality or dare I say “lifeforce”.

Unfortunately contemporary science is not advanced enough to understand such concept of lifeforce, however in traditional healing systems such Ayurveda or Traditional Chinese Medicine, the lifeforce is integral to promoting health and wellbeing.

I firmly believe that not only is the lifeforce of the plant is enhanced when the plant is grown organically, the lifeforce is destroyed when the plant is cultivated by conventional non-organic means.

So by supporting organics, we are securing a better and healthier future for ourselves, our children and our planet!

IFA Conference 2017

It was an honour to speak at the 2017 (International Federation of Aromatherapists) IFA conference. Delegates from over 10 countries attended the conference, highlighting the fact that aromatherapy is now being practiced professionally in so many countries around the world.

On Saturday, I spoke about the precious sandalwood oils from Australia and our role to save the beautiful and precious sandalwood oil, traditionally from India, from the brink of extinction.

On the Sunday, I taught my Aromatree Masterclass to a packed house of over 150 aromatherapists. Upon my return from the UK, I promise to lock in some dates to conduct my sandalwood presentation in Melbourne and Sydney. For now, I am very excited to present my Aromatree Master Class in Sydney on the 29th of July. I will also be doing my sandalwood talk when I visit Japan in September.

Back to the conference. Apart from myself – there were so many inspiring speakers, Bradley Whale’s presentation really pushes the boundaries of science. Research is suggesting that smell can have an impact on our genetic memory. This is truly ground breaking research, meaning that essential oils are far more potent than we could ever imagine in determining the health of future generations.

Maggie Tisserand went back to grass root fundamentals of aromatherapy. That is – using essential oils for their potent antimicrobial activity. The abuse and overuse of antibiotics has led to some serious problems with antibiotic resistant microorganisms. However, these organisms are not resistant to certain essential oils!

We also heard from Natsuki Ohta from Japan who explained how they have managed to capture the subtle essence of green tea. Dr Saul, who is a senior physician at the Royal London hospital for Integrated Medicine, explained how they are integrating complimentary therapies into the conventional medicine framework.

Joe Hoare, a laughter yoga practitioner, reminded us that we should not take life too seriously and just laugh for the sake of laughing. He explained the therapeutic benefits of laughter – indeed laughter is the best medicine.

Nowadays, aromatherapy in Australia does face many challenges, however I am pleased to say that the IFA conference in London truly showcases the strength and the true healing power of essential oils and aromatherapy.

Maggie Tisserand, speaking about her research using essential oils to combat Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSA in hospitals.  I first met Akiko from Japan at the Robert Tisserand Aromatherapy conference back in 1993. Look closely and you can see Sal back in 1993! Laughter is indeed the best medicine. Joe Hoare speaking about the therapeutic benefits of laughter. He managed to get over 150 laughing at once!
I am so honoured that my book is being used all over the world. I met a delegate from Brazil who uses my book in her aromatherapy school. Natsuki Ohta spoke about the challenges of creating an essence from green tea. Sal with delegates from India and Korea
Sal with some of the delegates from China who are practicing aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy and Mindfulness

My First Mindfulness Experience

I would like to share with you a story which, to me, perfectly explains mindfulness.

Since coming to Japan I have become friends with a monk from one of the temples in Kyoto. Matsuyama-san always makes some time to speak with me. I love talking to him about life matters. One day I was feeling really upset and angry and I without realizing it, I was projecting my anger at him.

I said to him, “It’s ok for you to be calm all the time. You can mediate all day long, you have a beautiful temple to meditate in, but many people like myself are too busy, we have to go to work, we have families and we have all types of stresses that you don’t experience.” He always pauses after I speak. He took his time before speaking. There was a long, uncomfortable silence which I found disconcerting and frustrating.

On this one particular day, during a period of silence in our conversation, I became totally in tune with the nature around me. I could see the veins in the leaves of the trees, every single grain of sand on the ground; it was an incredible feeling. Then I noticed a small bird flutter by and land on a branch just above us. In that instant this tiny, little bird did a pee.

I was so excited and exclaimed “Matsuyama-san, did you see that! That little bird just did a pee, I have never seen a bird do a pee before.” He quietly turned to me and said, “Sal-san, see what happens when your mind slows down to the same speed of nature, you become aware of everything around you.”

From there he went on to explain that you do not have to spend many hours meditating every day to practice mindfulness. You can practice mindfulness every day in your job, in your relationship, with your food and the things that you do.

In recent years mindfulness has become quite popular as people become more aware of the benefits for mental and physical health.

Mindfulness can be described as deliberately paying full attention to what is happening around you and within you; in your body, heart and mind. Mindfulness is awareness without criticism or judgment.

From,

Sal


Aromatherapy and mindfulness

Many people have made meditation and mindfulness part of their daily ritual. A growing body of scientific research indicates that mindfulness can reduce stress and improve our mental and physical health.

In this workshop we will explain why we should all practice mindfulness and how aromatherapy can be used to enhance your mindfulness practice.

During this workshop you will:

  • Discover the benefits of mindfulness
  • Learn how aromatherapy and mindfulness can help reduce stress and anxiety
  • Learn how essential oils can enhance your mindfulness practice
  • Examine the most effective essential oils for mindfulness practice
  • Have the opportunity to perform a short mindfulness session
  • Create your own personal meditation blend

 

This wonderful and illuminating workshop will be held across NSW, QLD and VIC.

NSW

Book your spot now for.
28th June 6-8pm Newtown 

QLD

SOLD OUT!

VIC

Book your spot now for…
28th June 6-8pm Brunswick Street


Festival of Tibet

To further your mindfulness and meditation journey with Perfect Potion come visit us at the Festival of Tibet.

Learn how to make a beautiful meditation essential oil blend from Sal Battaglia at this educational workshop. Learn about the chakras and how, when used with aromatherapy, they become one of the most dynamic tools for personal and spiritual growth. 

Perfect Potion does the Festival of Tibet

Date: 28th April
Time: 2 – 4pm
Where: Join us for a workshop at the Park Mez.

Learn how to make a beautiful meditation essential oil blend from Sal Battaglia at this educational workshop. Learn about the chakras and how, when used with aromatherapy, they become one of the most dynamic tools for personal and spiritual growth.

Book Now.

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In Defence of Natural Therapies

By Salvatore Battaglia

When I began my training in natural therapies back in 1983 I could not have ever imagined that in 2017 natural therapies would become so popular among the general public and with health professionals of all backgrounds.

However, all too often someone takes a swipe at natural therapies. On Monday the 13 February, Four Corners aired a show called ‘Swallowing It’. The show was critical of the lack of evidence provided by manufacturers of natural remedies to support many of the therapeutic claims made by complementary medicines. I am not here to defend the companies mentioned, especially because they refused to partake in any interview. However, the show did not suggest that the Australian natural therapies industry, which happens to already be one of the most overly regulated in the world was in breach of any health risks to the general public.

I’d like to set the record clear: the Four Corners reporter implied that in Australia it is too easy to register a natural therapy supplement with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). They implied that all a company has to do is fill in an online form to have a product registered with the TGA and this is simply not true!

The show was also an attack on pharmacies that sell complementary medicines. The show suggested that if a product is sold through a pharmacy, it gives the product more credibility. The Four Corners episode was also concerned at the level of celebrity endorsement/advertising given to natural therapies.

The show did fail to mention that there are a very large number of integrative medical practitioners who already successfully use complementary therapies in their practice; it failed to mention that a significant number of clinical trials that have been conducted to research complementary medicine and that these trials do comply with the same framework of pharmaceuticals.

The show tried to imply that there is conflict of interest in some of the research done. To me, and many others, this is obvious; the same thing happens in pharmaceutical industry. Where do the pharmaceutical companies get their funds to do research into drugs? Professor Avni Sali made this point when interviewed, but the reporter ignored the fact that the pharmaceutical industry funds its own research. As far as Australian universities entering into funding deals with Swisse and Blackmores, I think that this is a great thing for the industry.

I am definitely not against research into natural therapies. It is essential to help us better understand how natural remedies work. However, I have always argued that we cannot always blindly accept the pharmaceutical model to understand how natural therapies truly work.

We must ask ourselves; why are people all around the world moving towards natural therapies in the first place? Why is the pharmacological based healthcare system letting us down?

In my book The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy I quote well known and respected Aromatherapist Kurt Schnaubelt who warns us that the scientific validation of aromatherapy may rob aromatherapy of its necessary human element.

Recently, I came across a definition of integrative medicine explained that integrative medicine is about changing the focus of medicine to one of healing rather than disease. The author of this article then said that this involves an understanding of the influences of mind, spirit and community as well as of the body. I have always argued that the rigid scientific model used for validating pharmaceuticals fails to understand nor does it have the mechanisms to understand these influences that affect our health and wellbeing. All too often when there is a healing outcome involving natural remedies that defies scientific validation it is referred to as ‘placebo.’ I consider this arrogant and patronizing!

Many forms of traditional natural therapies have been around for thousands of years. For example – Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine have not only been an important source of health care for much of the world and have been used as a primary health care but also as part of their spiritual and cultural belief systems.

The reason that people are often drawn to natural therapies is the feeling of regaining control of our own health and feeling empowered. Natural remedies often does not attack the illness, they support the body to gently recuperate and heal and therefore their effect may not be so immediate.

Which brings me to aromatherapy, while I have trained in natural therapies, herbal medicine and Chinese medicine, it is aromatherapy that I have come to embrace.

Over the years I have become aware of the incredible potential that aromatherapy has. While it does have limitations I have come to believe that aromatherapy has the potential to be the most effective form of preventative health care available.

However it is so disappointing that it is so poorly understood. Essential oils are so chemically complex. This often makes any pharmacological studies into them so difficult. We also still do not understand the true mechanisms of olfaction and the implications that this has for the effect of aromas on our psyche.

As I stated earlier what is missing in any pharmacological based study is the human element, the emotional element and the spiritual element. Most of you reading this article understand what I mean. I hate to be cynical, but I imagine it would be very difficult for the pharmaceutical industry to come up with a pill to help balance our spirituality.

Now I am not suggesting that aromatherapy or herbal medicine offers any quick fix. Unfortunately there is too much of this going on already. This has become the undoing of aromatherapy as a true  healing profession. In order for us get the true benefits of aromatherapy we need to practice it within a holistic framework that integrates the body, mind and soul.

Recently I have had the opportunity to speak about my concept for Integrative Aromatherapy at an Integrative medicine conference in Japan and at an international aromatherapy conference where many of the participants were doctors and health professionals.

It is therefore my pleasure to introduce to you to my first masterclass for 2017 which is simply entitled Integrative Aromatherapy.

In my masterclass I will introduce you to a holistic framework for the practice of aromatherapy. We will examine the true science of aromatherapy and how it works and you will gain some practical clinical insights to help you practice aromatherapy safely and effectively.

The dates for my Integrative Aromatherapy masterclasses will be as follows:
Brisbane – 20th June 2017
Melbourne – 10th June 2017

My Blending masterclass will be as follows:
Sydney – 6th May 2017

Please note these dates in your diary. The master classes usually go from 10am to 4.00pm during the day. More information will be made available next week.

Later in the year I will also be conducting Aromatherapy and the Five Elements Master classes. The dates are Brisbane 26th of August and Melbourne the 14th of October. More information on these will be made available soon.

More about all my master classes next week!

 

Sal

Everlasting Blend Master Competition Winners

 

As you learned from the essential oil monograph that I recently wrote – everlasting is an amazing essential oil. It has such incredible healing properties that work deep down at an emotional level and it also happens to be one of the most healing oils on the skin.

Everlasting has such an intense herbaceous rich aroma that can make it challenging to blend with. I was therefore so amazed at the incredibly diverse and creative blends submitted for the everlasting essential oil blending competition!

A big thank you to everyone that has entered.

I love the way that Lyn Bishop and Chelsea blended everlasting with Australian native essential oils such as lemon myrtle, tea tree and eucalyptus. These blends were so uplifting. Ashley Thang managed to blend everlasting with eucalyptus and geranium to create a blend that really reached deep down into the soul to connect us with nature.

Sharlene Younger’s yin/yang balancing blend with geranium, cedarwood and everlasting was a wonderful union of the feminine and masculine qualities of these essential oils. Mei Huii Lee combined everlasting with sweet orange oil. Mei says that this blend leaves her feeling pampered and calm. What beautiful simplicity!

Margareta Wiegus also created an amazing blend with everlasting using rockrose, rose absolute, melissa, fragonia, jasmine absolute, neroli and champaka absolute. This intensely complex and rich blend was simply divine.

I was also deeply moved by Kirsty Andronov’s blend that she called a big hug. Her grandma had only recently passed way and her blend with everlasting, elemi, frankincense and pink grapefruit does indeed feel like a big hug.

Thank you all so much for giving me so much inspiration – yes you can imagine it was so difficult to judge!

Winners Announced

The final decision often comes down to myself and Carolyn. This time we hotly debated which blend should win. We could not decide on one winner, so we have two winners this month. Robbie James made such wonderful use of everlasting’s therapeutic qualities. Robbie called his blend “heart healer”. Everlasting was blended with patchouli, rose absolute, roman chamomile and just a hint of petitgrain.  He described the blend as the perfect synergy for healing the heart and easing emotional pain.

“Heart healer promotes self-love, soothes grief and helps release emotional trauma by clearing and balancing the heart chakra”

The blend smells amazing!

I would have considered it very challenging to create a perfume with everlasting’s rich and intense base notes. However, Damian Tapley has managed to do this so well.  I have no doubt that vanilla oleoresin and guaiacwood together with everlasting made such a perfect base note for a beautiful middle note floral bouquet of jasmine absolute, French alpine lavender and geranium topped up with beautiful citrus top notes of neroli and bergamot. To this he had also added a dash of juniper and blue cypress oil.

Damian and Robbie a $100 perfect potion gift voucher is on its way!!!

 

This month essential oil of the month blend will be Frankincense. Please make sure you download the pdf that is now available online. Just a hint – I’m looking for something with a Christmas festive feel or something that allows us to reflect on the spiritual connection that frankincense has long provided us with. Because it is soon Christmas we have decided to up the prize to a $200 gift voucher! We also want to choose the winner before Christmas so you must have your blend by the 15th of December. Winners will be announced on the 16th.

I look forward to seeing your frankincense blend and a big thank you to everyone who has entered the blending competitions so far!