Saturday, December 31, 2011

Experiments with Olive Oil and Essential Oil

Sometimes I just like to try new things.  I love olive oil and the beautiful fragrance that comes from the really good stuff like Bertonlini's made right here in California. I wondered how it would work as a carrier oil for essential oils and so went about making some up.  I used orange, ylang-ylang, rose and geranium in a base of olive oil not knowing exactly what to expect.  I picked up some fragrance bottles (I know, they're not ideal for essential oil products because they don't seal properly and they are made from clear glass, nevertheless...) and went about trying out the new concotion on friends. 

Here's what I discovered.  The olive oil feels great when applied to the writs (and it seems to take away any irritating sting some sensitive skin feels from citrus oils) and leaves no greasy or olive oil fragrance behind.  And interestingly, the oil smells differently on different people.  And even more interesting, it is not a long lasting frangrant experience but doesn't evaporate altogether. 

One friend asked if that was because the olive oil is absorved into the skin.  I don't know.  Do you?

What I do know is that I had a several friends at work walking around sniffing their wrists deeply saying oooh and aaaah - men and women.

What will I do next?