Compounding a Fragrance Blend

Here is a bench shot of my essential oil blending stage of product development. I like essential oil because of the nuances of the fragrance. Essential oil is different from fragrance oil. In the industry, fragrance oil can be composed of proprietary ingredients, not disclosed to the buyer. Essential oils are steam distilled from the botanical material and usually have an anticipated range of composition. Because I like to have a better idea of the chemical composition of the ingredients I put in my lipstick, I use food grade essential oils. However, since the oil is distilled from botanical ingredients, it can vary within the range of composition depending on different factors that affect the growth habit and resources available to the plant from year to year. Therefore, the scent can change just an ever so slight, yet noticeable amount, from batch to batch. This is the nuanced nature of a natural product.

Here are a couple of up close shots of the essential oil blend. The one on top shows the oils before they’re mixed together – because they’re different colors, you can see the cinnamon oil sinks to the bottom and the lemongrass oil floats on top. The picture below it shows how they readily mix together with a bit of agitation.


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