ssential oils are the highly concentrated essences of plant material. All parts of the botanicals are used to obtain their precious oil: flowers, flower buds, leaves, stems, fruit, fruit peels, wood, bark, twigs, resins, gums, roots, rhizomes, bulbs, seeds, nuts, and kernels. The precious essential oils are separated from the plant material through various methods. The most common methods of extractions are expression extraction (cold pressed) and steam distillation. Conscious Choice uses only USDA Certified Organic Compliant steam distilled or cold pressed essential oils. Every natural botanical oil is extremely potent and contains a unique, complex molecular structure. They are highly volatile, evaporate into air easily, degrade in sunlight, and are used by the drop rather than the spoonful.
Essential oils can loosely be divided into two groups of chemical constituents: hydrocarbons and oxygenated compounds. Every single oil normally has more than one hundred components, but this figure can also run into the thousands depending on the oil. These complex chemical constituents of the essential oils determine the inherent properties it possesses: aroma, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, etc. When applied to the skin, these inherent properties are known to rejuvenate and heal, thus reversing the key signs of aging.
Essential oils vary greatly in price due to the rarity of the plant, method of extraction, how much oil it produces, and the amount of effort it takes to harvest the plant material used. These fragile flowers and their petals cannot be steam distilled in the usual way, adding yet more cost. A far more delicate technique of distillation is used. It is very important to harvest the parts of the plants being used at precisely the right time. Essential oils from delicate flowers are among the most expensive; some examples are rose and jasmine. Rose oil takes 60,000 roses to produce just one ounce or sixty roses to produce one single drop of high-quality Rose oil, known as Rose Otto. Jasmine requires a little over a quarter of a million flowers to make one ounce of oil. Jasmine flowers are so delicate, they must be hand-picked the night of their first bloom when the aroma is the strongest. In contrast to peppermint oil, which yields one ounce of oil per five pounds of leaves. You can see why the floral essential oils are so commonly made synthetically. They are just too costly and limited in supply to be used in conventional, mass-marketed products. Nowadays, these rare and costly essential oils are found primarily in luxury perfume houses. Conscious Choice uses only USDA Certified Organic Compliant essential oils, assuring the purest, finest, and chemical-free essential oils. The extreme price variations of these floral oils are the reason our fragrance lines vary in price.