essential oils

Facial Moisturizers with Jojoba Oil Are Good For Your Skin

Rose Otto Facial MoisturizerFacial moisturizers made with Jojoba will help to balance and keep your skin supple.  It is important to stay hydrated and drink enough water to keep your skin moist.  Apply 2 to 4 drops twice daily to clean skin. You may use sun block and/or foundation over the TherArome® moisturizer.

USDA Natural Organic Program (NOP) certified

Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) is 100% USDA Natural Organic Program (NOP) certified organic, made from expeller pressed Jojoba seeds.   Jojoba closely resembles the skin’s natural sebum, so it is easily absorbed and is hypoallergenic.  The body’s natural sebum also contains wax esters, which act as a natural moisturizer and environmental barrier for the skin.  Unlike triglyceride oils such as olive, sunflower, or other seed, fruit and nut oils, jojoba does not break down and go rancid.

Pure jojoba also naturally contains alpha, delta, and gamma tocopherols, all natural forms of the anti-oxidant Vitamin E and B complex vitamins.  Jojoba has antimicrobial properties, which means it discourages the growth of some bacterial and fungal microbes that attack the skin. There are no synthetics, fillers or additives.  It leaves a non-greasy feeling, and the tocopherols in Jojoba act as preservatives.  Jojoba oil can prevent the skin from becoming too oily.

Because there are only two ingredients in the facial oil, the essential oil and the organic Jojoba oil, there is no need to add emulsifiers.  These are binding agents used to create a homogeneous blend when manufacturing a cream or lotion made with oil and water.  We do not add vitamins or supplements because many vendors have no idea what vehicle they are in; vitamins do not come in liquid form and in order to create that liquid form they are compounded into various unlisted ingredients.

A moisturizer works by regulating the rate at which moisture evaporates from the skin.  Using water-based creams or lotions will not moisturize your skin in the long run because emulsifiers or binding agents give an initial impression of adding moisture to your skin; however, the binding agents end up emulsifying the skin’s inherent natural barrier of moisture-protective fats and absorbing those natural oils.  The result is that the balance of moisture retention is disrupted and this can lead to dry skin conditions.

Olfactory Perception and Natural Essences

Olfactory Perception and Natural EssencesThe smell of one’s persona is very individual, like a fingerprint.  Fears, hopes, and wishes emanate in the effluvia of the emotions that a person generates.  This effluvia is a combination of thoughts, food intake, and environment.  Modern fashion encourages us to hide from each other.  We live close to each other, but mask our odors in order to be acceptable, so that none of our ethnic and emotional differences are predominant.

Anyone who is very odor perceptive will understand that we are a pre-packaged persona.  Natural perfumery recognizes that these individualities can work with aromas to create a pleasing scent.  The difference between natural perfumes and synthetic perfumes is that the synthetic ones smell the same on everyone, while natural perfumes have organic bases and greater mutability, causing them to interact with the oils of the body.  While the scent may be recognizable as jasmine or Rose, this interaction produces an individualized print as the aroma changes.

Technology for obtaining botanical aromatics has improved since the 1940s and, because most fragrances on the market over the past fifty years have been predominantly synthetic, original creations by a new Generation of perfumers are possible.

Under-utilized production facilities are being put back into service and new ones are being built, taking- advantage of recent technological innovations and providing better and more consistent extraction methods to obtain a wider variety of aromas for the natural perfumery palette.  Over three thousand essential oils have been identified from the large number of plant species, and only several hundred have been commercialized.  Of the 300,000 to 500,000 flowering plant species in the world, only ten percent have been examined even in a cursory fashion.  Only one percent (3,000 to 5,000) of those have ever been cultivated.  A tremendous reserve of potentially useful plant aromas or essential oils have never even been discovered.

I was trained in commercial perfumery, which emphasizes the use of synthetic ingredients sprinkled with naturals, and it has been an interesting transition to reorient myself to only natural essential oils, absolutes, gums and resins.

Creating the Fragrance

A commercial perfumer usually trains as an apprentice for a minimum of six years and must have the ability to “visualize” a scent and construct it using their olfactory memory, just as an artist draws upon memory of color and form.

Christine Malcolm in the Rose FieldsWhen I create a fragrance, I try to materialize the moods and imagery of a scent, and capture what I already have a mental picture of and write it on paper. This is called a fragrance formulation. It is from this aromatic score or formulation that I compound the blend according to ingredient and quantity.

Botanical perfumery can be accomplished by anyone who has a good relationship with essential oils and who knows the oils from both the olfactive reality and memory impression By utilizing these aromatic ingredients as a painter would from their palette of colors, a fragrance is born. Of course some training in the art is necessary.

This knowledge is gained by smelling and using the oils on a daily basis. When using aromatic chemicals, there are thousands to commit to memory, while only the knowledge of twenty to forty natural essential oils and extracts is necessary to create perfume and aromatherapy blends. The novice perfumer begins learning the craft by making simple blends of two, three, four, and five essences ‘in varying combinations.

Christine is offering courses and training that will give you a good platform on which to do this.Please contact me by email.

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