The precise definition of Essential Oils will vary depending on who one is speaking to. The most basic Essential Oil definition is that they are the concentrated volatile aroma compounds found in plant materials including flowers, leaves, seeds, berries, peels, needles, twigs, bark, wood, roots, resin, etc. Plants produce them for a number of reasons. Some Essential Oils may attract animals that pollinate or disperse seeds while others may function to repel or poison animals that threaten the plant. Essential Oils may also play a role in the hormonal cycle of plants as well as being components of a plant’s immune system.
In the natural products industry the term “Essential Oil” is generally reserved for those oils that have been either steam distilled or cold pressed, which includes the vast majority of oils on the market. Oils that have been solvent extracted are generally referred to as Concretes and Absolutes and are considered by many to be entirely distinct from Essential Oils, although still many others consider the distinction arbitrary. Similarly, carbon dioxide extracted oils may or may not be considered Essential Oils depending on who one is talking to.
Essential Oils have a wide range of applications in natural cosmetics and private label skin care products including the creative art of perfumery and scenting. Aromatic botanical oils are the pigments with which the perfumer paints, exploring endless possibilities of innovative and classic aromatic compositions. Essential Oils are also the building blocks of the practice of aromatherapy. Many are well documented to relieve stress and improve mood. Experienced aromatherapists will cite much broader uses for Essential Oils, and the data to support their claims is accumulating. While perfumery and aromatherapy each stand firmly on their own merits, the combination of the two has the potential to be a great fusion of art and health science for the new millennium.
Essential Oils and Shelf Life
25 lb orders of essential oils will be shipped in HDPE plastic pails. Essential oils should not be stored in HDPE plastic. We recommend transferring the oil to amber glass packaging upon receipt.