Signature Essential Oil Blends
The popularity of our Essential Oil Misters and Signature Oil Blend of the Month made it unsurprising that people wanted the essential oil blends as a stand alone item. Now you can purchase NightBlooming Signature Essential Oil Blends in 1 dram bottles.
How and where to use
Use these in your diffusers or in your own bath and beauty products. When diluting, a good rule of thumb is to add 2 drops of essential oil into 1 ts/5mL of carrier oil.
Adding to henna and other herbal hair colors
Not a fan of how henna smells or just want to give your herbal hair color a boost? These can add your favorite scents or scalp stimulating properties with just a few drops. Use no more than a combined 12 drops of essential oils per henna treatment.
If using in a diffuser, follow the instructions for your specific model. Don’t forget to check out the Ingredients Index for specific properties on all the essential oils, C02 extracts, and absolutes!
Why are these so expensive? And why do the prices vary so much?
Just as I use quality carrier oils, I use only pure, undiluted, essential oils, C02 extracts, and absolutes in my Signature Essential Oil Blends. Many unscrupulous sellers will sell fragrance oils in place of essential oils, or bury the fact that the essential oils are already diluted into a carrier oil (if they disclose it at all). All essential oils require a lot of plant matter to create, but some more than others, causing a large variance in price. Put another way, one drop of peppermint essential oil is roughly equivalent in potency to 28 cups of peppermint tea. Essential oils are very potent and a little goes a very long way.
Some essential oils, such as lavender are fairly inexpensive (about 5 cents per drop), while others, such as rose, are 89 cents per drop. This is because while it takes about three pounds of lavender to make 15mL of lavender essential oil, it takes over 200,000 rose petals, or about 22 pounds of them, to make the same 15mL. My namesake essential oil, Melissa? It takes 6,000 pounds of the plant to create a single pound of the essential oil, shaking out to about 97 cents per drop.
With my Signature Oil Blends offered monthly, I’m able to spread these costs out more. Some months the oil costs more to produce, some less, but the essential oils are a smaller portion of the overall blend, and in the interest of the Signature Oil Subscription Program, the oil is the same cost every month. In the long run, it evens out on my end. I did the math and it just isn’t possible to do the same for the Signature Essential Oils, so they’re priced based on the cost of the ingredients and my time to blend it on a per-order basis.
If you’ve ever seen “Jasmine Essential Oil” or “Vanilla Essential Oil” you’ve seen a scammer. Jasmine is only ever produced as an Absolute, and Vanilla as a C02 extract. Neither of these exist as essential oils. There are a few important terms to know that will greatly increase your ability to discern quality ingredients:
- Absolute—Concentrated aromatic oils extracted from plants. Typically, absolutes are used in perfumery rather than for aromatherapy because they are extracted using chemical solvents, usually hexane, and ethyl alcohol (to remove the plant waxes and other constituents).
- Perfume oil / Nature identical oil / Fragrance oil—These words indicate that the oil is not a pure essential oil but instead contains synthetic perfume chemicals, either in addition to, or totally in place of, essential oils.
- Pure essential oil—A very overused term, it can indicate that a vendor is aware of the importance of purity in essential oils but can also be used as a meaningless marketing term, as there is no official certification, regulation, or definition of this term. An easy way to test the purity of your essential oil is to take a single drop of it and drip it onto a piece of plain paper. It should evaporate wholly with little to no ring left. The more of a ring that exists at the edge of the droplet mark, the more contaminants the oil contains. Some essential oils and absloutes will leave a ring by their nature and not because of impurities. Vanilla C02 extract, Coffee Essential Oil, or Cocoa Essential Oil are good examples of this.
- C02 Extract—Hypercritical carbon dioxide extraction is a relatively new process used to extract the essence of the plant. When a certain amount of pressure is applied to CO2 (carbon dioxide) this gas turns into liquid. This liquid CO2 can be used as a very inert, safe, “liquid solvent.”
- Hydrosol—Also known as “flower waters,” are produced by distilling fresh leaves, fruits, flowers, and other plant materials. With similar properties to essential oils, these aromatic waters are much less concentrated.
My EOs aren’t “Therapeutic Grade” because that is a meaningless, trademarked marketing term
- Therapeutic / Medicinal / Aromatherapy Grade—No governmental agency or generally accepted organization “grades” or “certifies” oils or essential oils with these terms, and there is no formally approved grading standard used consistently throughout the essential oil or carrier oil industry. At best these terms are confusing marketing terms (and some have been trademarked by certain brands to make their oils seem superior to others), and at worst are deliberately misleading to justify charging more for a product that is not of certifiable higher quality. This would be like me declaring my herbal hair dye blends to be “homeopathic grade,” trademarking the term so that no one else can use it, pretending it made my dyes superior, and suing others if they tried to, even though their herbal hair colors are all pure plant matter, too. If you come across a company that uses any of these terms, look for other key indicators of their essential oil quality and attempt to assess what their particular intent is behind their use of the term.
Be Smart and Dilute Wisely
It is imperative that you respect essential oils as the concentrated essences they are and never use them without diluting them into a carrier oil. Applying essential oils in an undiluted form, sometimes called “neat,” is most commonly done with lavender, chamomile, geranium, and tea tree. No essential oil is safe to use undiluted, even if you’ve done it in the past without negative results. Undiluted essential oils can cause sensitization, chemical burns, and rashes, especially with repeated exposure.
The proper dilution for most essential oils varies from 2.5 to 10%, meaning somewhere between fifteen and sixty drops of essential oils per ounce of carrier oil. A good rule of thumb is to always start at the lower dilution to see how your skin takes to it and increase the amount of essential oil only if there is no reaction and only up to the sixty drops per ounce of oil maximum. Some essentials are considered “warming oils” (cinnamon, eucalyptus, clove, ginger, pepper, and rosemary to name a few), and these should always be generously diluted as they are the ones most likely to cause a skin reaction if not properly diluted. Use no more than a combined 12 drops of essential oils per henna treatment.
Never take essential oils internally. They are all extremely powerful and some are dangerously toxic if ingested. Even “safe” essential oils can be dangerous because you are literally putting your health at the mercy of the accuracy of your supplier. Mint Essential Oil and Pennyroyal Essential Oil smell similar (they’re both from the mint family), but a few drops of the latter will put you into liver failure. A lot of the times when you see EOs recommended to be used neat or to flavor food, it’s a company trying to get you to use more essential oils so you buy more essential oils.
This isn’t to scare you off essential oils, just to remind you that, like many other things we’ve discussed, more is not better, and more may even be harmful. There is an amazing depth of research out there on essential oils, and you should research any you plan on using.
I’m excited to hear which blend is your favorite and how you plan to use these 🙂