Where Do Essential Oils Come From?

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I’m doing some cleaning and organizing in my essential oil closet. I find myself sniffing every bottle and just reveling in how lucious all of these scents are! I’ve stated many times how much awe and appreciation I have for essential oils. They are amazing and powerful natural elements! We may know that they come directly from the plant’s “essence” – but how do they get extracted from the leaves, flowers, stems, roots or other parts of the plants? Here’s more information about water and steam distillation of essential oils.

“When we peel an orange, walk through a rose garden, or rub a sprig of lavender between our fingers…what exactly is it that we can smell? Generally speaking, it is essential oils that give spices and herbs their specific scent and flavour, flowers and fruit their perfume.” – Julia Lawless inThe Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils

Where Do Essential Oils Come From? originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Sunday, April 6th, 2014 at 14:40:07.

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Where Do Essential Oils Come From?

distillation of essential oils
Original Artist: Stradamus – Hulton Archive / Getty Images

I’ve stated many times how much awe and appreciation I have for essential oils. They are amazing and powerful natural elements! We may know that they come directly from the plant’s “essence” – but how do they get extracted from the leaves, flowers, stems, roots or other parts of the plants? Here’s more information about water and steam distillation of essential oils.

“When we peel an orange, walk through a rose garden, or rub a sprig of lavender between our fingers…what exactly is it that we can smell? Generally speaking, it is essential oils that give spices and herbs their specific scent and flavour, flowers and fruit their perfume.” – Julia Lawless inThe Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils

Where Do Essential Oils Come From? originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 at 23:21:07.

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Along with the Christmas Decorations, Come the Christmas Books

Christmas at the Candle FactoryThe Christmas decorations got pulled down from the attic today…and along with them, our family copy of Barbara John’s Christmas at the Candle Factory. A sequel to “The Cat in the Candle Factory” this holiday-and-candle-themed book is a family favorite and tradition at our house. Last year, my son did his school book report project on it…diorama and everything!

It’s a lovely book about a real live cat in a real live candle factory, with a wonderful subtle lesson for kids who might have to struggle to get along with their younger siblings. And anyone who has ever busily made candles for craft fairs or as gifts will certainly relate to the story as well, and also relate (like I certainly can) to the trouble that little ones (feline or human) can cause in the candle shop!

As you are rushing to make your holiday candles and soaps, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read this book…or some other book…that will remind you of how much you truly love your craft…and how it brings delight into so many other peoples’ lives!

Along with the Christmas Decorations, Come the Christmas Books originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Saturday, November 24th, 2012 at 23:44:45.

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Open Question: Can tattoo goo make the ink come off of a new tattoo?

Ok well, I just got a new tattoo. I am following what the artist said to do, cleaning it with antibacterial soap and the pat drying and air drying then applying tattoo goo. But what I noticed is the last time I put the tattoo goo on black ink spreaded some. Not like a lot just a bit, to the point it made me question is that supposed to happen?

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