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The Thymus genus belongs to the Lamiaceae family and is highly complex, consisting of over 100 different species known by more than 300 common names. The species of thyme used for the production of essential oil is Thymus vulgaris, and is believed to be an improved, cultivated form of the wild thyme which originated in the mountainous regions of Spain and Europe.
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Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Essential Oils | Tags: , , , | Thursday, February 6th, 2014 - 2:50

Patchouli essential oil (Pogostemon cablin) is unmistakable, and for those of a certain generation its sweet earthy aroma will often trigger happy memories of the 1960’s and early 1970’s. Adopted by the counterculture that began in the USA and quickly swept the western world, patchouli will be forever associated with hippies, psychedelia, Hare Krishna and marijuana; although not necessarily all of those or in that order!
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Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Essential Oils | Tags: , , , , , | Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 - 1:11

For over 100 years, tuberose was one of the most expensive natural flower materials available to the perfumer, and was quite literally, worth its weight in gold. This was due to the excruciatingly slow and laborious method of obtaining tuberose oil known as ‘cold enfleurage’. This method is far too time consuming for our modern world, so thanks to improvements in extraction techniques and cultivation, the price of tuberose absolute is now much more affordable than the oil originally obtained by enfleurage. Read more…

Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Absolutes | Tags: , , , | Monday, November 4th, 2013 - 2:26

Sweet orange oil is the most commercially important of the citrus oils and is produced in very large quantities. The majority of oil production is destined for the flavour industry where it is used in juices, soft drinks, candies and pharmaceutical products.

In the early 1900’s the perfumery industry used vast quantities of this oil in fragrance formulations for soaps, detergents, toiletries and perfumes, but over the years sweet orange met the same fate as most of the other citrus oils and was replaced by synthetics.
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Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Essential Oils | Tags: , , , , , | Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 - 6:35

Christmas is a special time of the year for the joy and intangible magic that fills the Season of Goodwill. It is experienced in the delightful decorations, glorious get-togethers with family and friends, and the sheer feeling of joy you get from giving and receiving gifts. It is also a special time to delight the senses with wonderful aromas too.
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Article by Sue Charles | Mind and Body | Tags: , , , , | Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 - 7:50

Neroli essential oil is extracted from the fragrant blossoms of the bitter orange tree (Citrus aurantium sub.sp amara), and has a beautiful aroma that appeals to men and women alike. In common with rose and jasmine, neroli oil is a complete fragrance in itself and forms the heart of one of the worlds most enduring perfumes, ‘Eau de Cologne’.
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Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Essential Oils | Tags: , , , , , , | Thursday, May 21st, 2009 - 7:57

Sandalwood (Santalum album) is one of the oldest of all known aromatic materials and has a history that dates back over 4,000 years. Highly revered as a sacred fragrance by many religions around the world such as Buddhism and Hinduism, its wood has been used to make religious artefacts and fragrant incense for a vast range of devotional ceremonies.

The demand for this highly sought-after timber has led to over-harvesting, and over the past 10 years the availability of the heartwood that’s required for extracting the essential oil has diminished significantly. Read more…

Article by David Howell | New Products | Tags: , , | Monday, March 30th, 2009 - 10:10

The first time I encountered this remarkable fruit was in 1996 whilst lecturing in Japan, and I was immediately intrigued by its distinctive, refreshing fragrance and reputation in folk medicine. The peel of this fruit produces a delightful citrus fragrance with a faint floral overtone which is unique and quite difficult to describe.
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Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Essential Oils | Tags: , , | Friday, March 6th, 2009 - 12:38

Occassionaly sold under the enchanting Chinese name of May chang, this essential oil is more commonly marketed under its botanical name of Litsea cubeba, and this is how we offer it at Quinessence. It is also occasionally referred to as Exotic Verbena or Tropical Verbena, although despite the references to verbena the plant is not related in any way to true verbena (Lippia citriodora). The association to this name would appear to be due to the similarity in fragrance. Read more…

Article by Geoff Lyth | Profiles - Essential Oils | Tags: , , | Monday, February 2nd, 2009 - 4:52
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