From the Groves to Your Candles and Soaps – Orange Essential Oil

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Several folks have written saying how much they love the Orange Creamsicle soap recipe I posted earlier this week. It’s the first time I’ve used orange essential oil in a while, and I’m glad I did. I used to use it a lot…but have gotten out of the habit. It’s uplifting, versatile, affordable and delightful – and really marvelous in practically any blend for soaps and candles. It also has many other household uses.

Orange Essential Oil in Soap Making and Candle Making

From the Groves to Your Candles and Soaps – Orange Essential Oil originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 13:40:38.

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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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Blending Essential Oils – Follow Your Nose

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I’ve said many times that working with essential oils is one my favorite things about soap and candle making. And if you’ve been making soap (or candles) for very long, you’ve probably amassed a cabinet (or at least a shelf) full of essential and fragrance oils – samples, small vials, ounces you’ve shared with others. But too often, folks are afraid to experiment with blending. Creating your own fragrance and essential oil blends is easy – and really rewarding. How does one come up with the various combinations of blends? First, get to know the individual characteristics of the oils – through books on essential oils, or just from experimentation. A drop of this…mixed with a drop of that. Don’t get too caught up in having to have a balance of top notes, middle notes, and base notes. Use them as guides for your blending – just follow your nose…and be sure to take good notes!

Blending Essential Oils – Follow Your Nose originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, March 17th, 2014 at 21:05:41.

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Eucalyptus Essential Oil in Soap and Candle Making

Koala eating eucalyptus leavesI remember growing up in California and seeing all of the super tall (200+ feet!) eucalyptus trees near my grandparent’s house. They told me once that the trees were imported to try to also import koala bears to California. I’ve never found evidence of that, but koala bears or not, I’ve always liked eucalyptus.
When most people smell the strong, camphoraceous scent of eucalyptus, they think “cold remedy.” And rightly so. Eucalyptus leaves and oil have been used to treat respiratory ailments for ages. All by itself, it’s probably a bit too strong and medicinal to use in soap or candles. But blended with other softer scents, it is a wonderful green top note. It’s crisp, refreshing, penetrating and earthy. It’s also very affordable (generally about $ 15 a pound) so it’s a great oil to try your hand at essential oil blending.
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Eucalyptus Essential Oil in Soap and Candle Making originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 00:30:51.

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Tart and Uplifting – Lemon Essential Oil

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You’ll notice one thing missing from my recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Soaplemon essential oil! When I made that batch, I had all of my base oils out and went to where I keep my essential oils and was mortified to see that my lemon essential oil had faded away. (sigh)

I ended up using some alternative “lemony” essential oils for the batch – but it’s really good with real lemon. Lemon essential oil is bright, uplifting, tart and purifying. We use lemons in our food and cleaning products, tonics and medicines, beverages and desserts – and it’s just as good in soap and candles.

More about lemon essential oil

Tart and Uplifting – Lemon Essential Oil originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 20:15:32.

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Clary and Dalmatian Sage Essential Oils

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I recently participated in an essential oil co-op where we bought several essential oils I hadn’t tried in a long time. Two of the oils I bought were clary sage and dalmatian sage. I have always loved clary sage for its mix of herbaceous, woodsy and green – with some hints of floral and citrus as well. The dalmatian sage was a yummy surprise. Similar to the clary sage in that it’s an herbaceous green scent – but it’s much more dark and woodsy with a bit of bright camphor in it too. It reminds me of a really bright, energetic cedarwood.

I love using sage essential oils in my essential oil blends – folks aren’t as familiar with them as they are with florals, lavender or vanilla, so the scents have more mystery, more complexity. Give them a try!

More about clary sage essential oil.

More about essential oil blending.

Clary and Dalmatian Sage Essential Oils originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Thursday, September 5th, 2013 at 20:54:52.

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Where Do Essential Oils Come From?

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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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Tart and Uplifting – Lemon Essential Oil

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I recently featured the recipe for my Lemon Poppy Seed Soap. You’ll notice one thing missing – lemon essential oil! I had all of my base oils out and went to where I keep my essential oils and was mortified to see that my lemon essential oil had faded away. (sigh)

I ended up using some alternative “lemony” essential oils for the batch – but it’s really good with real lemon. Lemon essential oil is bright, uplifting, tart and purifying. We use lemons in our food and cleaning products, tonics and medicines, beverages and desserts – and it’s just as good in soap and candles.

More about lemon essential oil

Tart and Uplifting – Lemon Essential Oil originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Saturday, March 30th, 2013 at 21:34:32.

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From the Groves to Your Candles and Soaps – Orange Essential Oil

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Uplifting, versatile, affordable and delightful – second only to lavender, orange essential oil would be the one that I most recommend be in your soap and candle making cabinet. It’s marvelous in practically any blend for soaps and candles and has many other household uses.

Orange Essential Oil in Soap Making and Candle Making

From the Groves to Your Candles and Soaps – Orange Essential Oil originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 at 13:40:38.

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Using Eucalyptus Essential Oil

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<p>It’s winter cold and flu season and the perfect time to formulate some candle and soap projects with <a href=”http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/essentialoilprofiles/p/eucalyptusEO.htm”>eucalyptus essential oil</a>. It contributes a wonderful green <a href=”http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/fragrancesandaromatherapy/g/topnote.htm”>top note</a> that lends itself to <a href=”http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/fragrancesandaromatherapy/ht/htcustblend.htm”>essential oil blends</a> that have been used to treat respiratory ailments for centuries. But here’s a suggestion – don’t just think of it as an essential oil to clear up congestion. Just a little bit of eucalyptus added to other essential oil blends or even to traditional fragrance oils can give them a complexity and brightness that is really nice.</p><p style="background:#f5f3ef;border:1px solid #d5d0bf;clear:both;padding:.5em;"><a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://candleandsoap.about.com/b/2013/01/09/using-eucalyptus-essential-oil.htm">Using Eucalyptus Essential Oil</a> originally appeared on <a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://candleandsoap.about.com/">About.com Candle & Soap Making</a> on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 at 23:08:59.</p><p><a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://candleandsoap.about.com/b/2013/01/09/using-eucalyptus-essential-oil.htm">Permalink</a> | <a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://candleandsoap.about.com/b/2013/01/09/using-eucalyptus-essential-oil.htm#gB3">Comment</a> | <a href="http://candleandsoap.about.com/gi/pages/shareurl.htm?PG=http://candleandsoap.about.com/b/2013/01/09/using-eucalyptus-essential-oil.htm&zItl=Using Eucalyptus Essential Oil">Email this</a></p>
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