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Absolutes are far more potent than essential oils. Absolutes, like essential oils, offer the distinct aroma of a particular plant. They find their place in holistic aromatherapy and natural fragrance applications.  

Unlike essential oils, they are not steam distilled. Instead, they are solvent extracted. A solvent is first identified, which can either be a chemical or alcohol. It is then mixed with the plant material. The solvent attracts the oil from the plant, and later the two are separated. This process of extraction is complex and needs precision. Unless carefully supervised, trace amount of solvents can remain in the final aromatic absolute.

Red Champaca Absolute: Michelia ChampacaRed Champaca Absolute: Michelia Champaca

Red Champaca Absolute: Michelia Champaca

Champaca has several names linked to it namely Magnolia champaca, golden or orange champaka. It is related to the magnolia tree with similar looking flowers and is native to the Phillipines and Indonesia, although now also found in India, China and Reunion Island off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Extracted from the flowers by solvent extraction, it has a heady, sweet exotic floral aroma which is similar to Tea rose and neroli. In India, the flowers are used for rituals and are linked to Lakshami one of the goddesses in Indian mythology. Perfumery: Due to its price and aroma profile this absolute is used high end perfumes and attars. Spa: in aromatherapy it is used for uplifting mood, as an aphrodisiac because of its exotic smell, to help support and soothe anxiety and stress and anger, it mellows high emotions. Not regularly used in aromatherapy due to cost, but in Clinical therapies it is used to calm and ground high energy anxieties. It is an emollient for the skin, son a great facial oil for facial blends or nourishing creams. General: Can be used to enhance the environment in sick rooms and work places. Use in diffusing blends for positivity, self esteem and confidence and can be used as drops in baths, footbaths and on compresses as well. Do not use during pregnancy as it is an emmenagogue (Stimulates blood flow in the womb).
Rose Absolute: Rosa DamascenaRose Absolute: Rosa Damascena

Rose Absolute: Rosa Damascena

£374.40 (100 g)
Also known Damask Rose or Ros Otto, this rose believed to be originally from the Orient in what was then Persia, although now the rose is grown in  Bulgaria (most sought after and prized), Turkey, Morocco, France, Italy and China. The roses are picked early in the morning by hand between the hours of 5-10 to maximise the oil yield. General: There are 3 products the distilled essential oil, a concrete and an absolute which is solvent extracted from the concrete. Here we discuss the absolute which is the solvent extracted oil, an yellowy orange or brownish viscous oil with warm, floral, deeply rosy aroma profile with a sweet honey like finish. As with a lot of flowers Rose is most often associated with love. Rose oil is most complexed with many hundreds of chemicals comprising this oil some of which have yet to be defined. Perfumery: Prized in ancient civilisations the scent of the rose became synonymous  with the symbol of feminity, love and motherhood. Universally loved by men and women, rose absolute features in many fragrances blending so well with most other oils and plant extracts. The floral water/distillate from the steam distilled oil is one of the most popular and is used often in culinary  products and foods particularly in India and the Middle Eastern cultures. Used in soaps, facial creams, toiletries for the bath, it is also a favourite for household products such as pot pourri, room sprays and diffusing concentrates. Food and drink: Rose is...
Jasmine GrandiflorumJasmine Grandiflorum

Jasmine Grandiflorum

£452.40 (100 g)
Native to India and South eastern Asia although now it has adapted to more gentle terroir and is seen to grow easily in Mediterranean, North African and Iran, Afghanistan and Kashmir. Most of jasmine grandiflorum is grown and extracted in Egypt nowadays. Soft white and pink flowers exude this classical aroma known and loved by many, both male and female. The flowers are collected in the early morning similar to the J sambac and solvent extraction is carried out shortly afterwards to maximise yield of the oil. Its aroma profile is intense, floral, warm with a tea note underneath. Molecular structures that contribute to the jasmine’s animalic notes are indole and cis-jasmone but its greatest asset is benzyl acetate. Same uses and therapeutic properties as J. sambac although the grandiflorum has a different more, dry scent, the anmalic not can be off putting to those sensitive to it. Used extensively in male and female fragrances.
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