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Glossary

 

Essential oil glossary:

Essential oil - an extract of botanical origin created from steam distillation, boiling or pressing of plant materials which yields a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aromatic compounds. 

Buchu - a very herbaceous scented oil steam distilled from the leaves of Agathosma betulina. Native to South Africa, traditionally used as medicine. 

Elemi - essential oil obtained from the resin of Canarium luzonicum. Has a strong pine-like odour with a strong undertone of lemon. Currently being grown in the Philippines

Frankincense - essential oil that comes from the aromatic resin of the Boswellia tree. 

Galbanum oil - An essential oil obtained from the resin of Ferula gummosa, an intensely bright bitter green aroma with musky undertones. Galbanum has been used as an incense since antiquity.  

Ho Wood  - An essential oil obtained from the bark and branches of Cinnamomum camphora. Very high in the terpene linalool, which is floral, slightly spicy and very pleasent smelling. Ho Wood is reminiscent of rosewood. 

Palo Santo - A very aromatic essential oil obtained from the wood of Bursera graveolens. Native to areas of central and South America. It has an aroma that hints at black licorice, camphor and pine.

Petitgrain - An essential oil obtained from the leaves and twigs of the bitter orange tree. Has a woodsy, citrus green aroma. 

Terpene - the primary constituents of essential oils. 

Ingredients and terminology glossary

Infusions:  an extract made by soaking plant matter in a liquid

 Vegan - containing no animal products or by-products ie; tallow, animal-based glycerin, milk, eggs etc. 

Lye - Sodium hydroxide or NaOH is an inorganic compound, a caustic base. Used in the manufacturing of toiletries, detergents, foods and industrial applications. 

Maca powder - A root vegetable in the turnip and radish family. Has a distinct smell and flavour reminiscent of caramel, smoke and vanilla. Native to Peru, found in the Andean mountains.