Austrian facility that allows you to create any illusions fragrant


Fragrance Body: Found a way to create a unique aromatic symphonies of any complexity. PHOTO

in Linz, Austria on display Sinnesrausch-SensorySensation put a unique facility that allows you to create any illusions fragrant. Close your eyes and your nose will lead you to the confectionery factory or in the Swiss mountains, the first child of a circus or Italian cafe. The main thing that these fragrant symphonies were composed by someone already.

This device consists of a musical keyboard, computer, software, storage vessels 64 primary aromas, lots of polypropylene ductwork and control of air flow. The audience can not see the whole colossus half tons in weight, and for them is obvious only olfactory effect – light fragrant breeze, having the force of a hurricane the memory of those who can hear smells. So its fragrant symphony can come blindfolded.

9c400  1346047429 0105.450x284 Fragrance Body: Found a way to create a unique aromatic symphonies of any complexity. PHOTO

olfakto-kinetic art, called the Smeller 2.0, designed for composing, recording, storage and playback of aromatic symphonies of any complexity. In appearance – interlocking tubes and ducts – it is most similar to the organ music. The creator of this fragrant body Austrian Wolfgang Georgsdorf nurtured and developed this idea 25 years until June his dream finally came true.

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Can Candles Kill Bacteria?

University of South Hampton released this study and I found it quite interesting…

it seems certain essential oils CAN kill bacteria!

see more:

News release

Candle power wipes out bugs

Ref: 04/89

16 June 2004

In recent years the consumer market for candles has grown dramatically, as candles of all shapes, sizes, colours and fragrances have been used increasingly in homes and restaurants to create atmosphere and enhance mood.

Now two researchers at the University of Southampton have taken the potential uses of fragranced candles one step further, by demonstrating that they can also have valuable and effective bactericidal properties.

The researchers, Dr Lindsey Gaunt and Sabrina Higgins, have discovered that adding essential oils to the candle can destroy bacteria such as Escherichia Coli and Staphylococcus aureus on surfaces. Working with Professor John Hughes in the Bioelectrostatics Research Centre, Lindsey and Sabrina have been testing different essential oils, such as orange, thyme, and eucalyptus, which when dispersed into the air and combined with the ions produced in the candle flame, all have a powerful bactericidal effect.

Where candle use would not be appropriate, for example in a kitchen, the same bactericidal effect can be produced by using plug-in devices combining the appropriate essential oils and ions generated by an electrical discharge.

According to Lindsey Gaunt, the candles and electrical devices could be as effective as liquid disinfectants, together with the added benefit of being able to penetrate porous surfaces and fabrics in a room with very little personal effort.

This unique combination of essential oils and electrical ions has demonstrated a remarkably powerful bactericidal action, with up to nearly 100 per cent bacteria kill.

Lindsey Gaunt and Sabrina Higgins will be presenting the results of their research in Tokyo in November at the annual joint international conference of the Institute of Electrostatics Japan and the Electrostatics Society of America.

Notes for editors

  1. Dr Lindsey Gaunt has worked in the Bioelectrostatics Research Centre since 1995, and was involved in developing the SmartSeeker technology. She is a Research Fellow of the School of Electronics and Computer Science and is currently focusing on the electrostatic applications of aerosols in health and environmental use.
  2. Sabrina Higgins is researching in the Bioelectrostatics Research Centre, and has worked on pesticides and the electrostatic applications of powder pesticides. Her current research involves the bactericidal effects of essential oils.
  3. The Bioelectrostatics Research Centre was established in 1995, bringing together expertise in Biological Science and Electrostatics. Research programmes include aerosol technology and electrostatic applications in health care.
  4. The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for pioneering research and scholarship. The University has over 19,200 students and 4800 staff and plays an important role in the City of Southampton. Its annual turnover is in the region of #250 million.

Don’t Let Them Outlaw Natural Perfumes!

I found this on the Natural Perfumers Guild

website and thought it was important enough to share….

If you enjoy using/purchasing or making and selling natural perfumes, you should definitely read this:

And just to let you know…I will be participating in any way I can as well, so that means this blog and my site I’ll try to keep on top of this issue to help keep you informed.

Outlaw Perfume Project – A Natural Perfumers Guild Artistic Statement

Message from Guild President Anya McCoy:

Soon after I started blogging in 2006, I began to write of the incredibly restrictive and unreasonable “guidelines” of the International Fragrance Association, and the resultant laws from the European Union that effectively killed perfumery. True, they also ranked some synthetics as “dangerous” (brain disruptions), but the list of naturals, which had been used for centuries without major problems, was overwhelming. I rarely bother to blog about these issues anymore. I discovered I was the ONLY perfumer doing so at the time, and it cast a bit of a bitter pall over my blog. I’d rather be blogging about the beauty and luxury of naturals, so here I am. I passed the ball on to other bloggers!

Nine bloggers will be participating, and you can find their links at the end of this post. They’re all insightful, intelligent and passionate about perfumery. Their readership far outstrips mine, and the Outlaw Perfume project is a great way for them to spread the word about this abomination against natural aromatics. They also get to sample the gorgeous perfumes created by the Natural Perfumers Guild members (disclaimer: I’m the president of the Guild) and offer a giveaway of the Outlaw Perfume on their blogs.

I’ve always been someone who challenges authority. In the 60’s, I marched for civil rights, against the Vietnam War, and for women’s rights. This IFRA and EU-driven blacklisting agenda against naturals must stop. Readers, please remember that they’re stomping on *your* rights to choose what you put on or in your body. Anyone can use common sense and not put perfume on skin that is exposed to sunlight, so, there, the photo-sensitization problem of some of the citruses, angelica root, etc., solved 😉

Think you may be a bit sensitized to oakmoss? Wear the perfume in your hair, or on your clothing, or in a perfume jewelry piece. I’m taking photos of vinaigrettes and perfume lockets that I’ll share later this week. They’re a beautiful addition to a jewelry wardrobe, and serve a double purpose of gently releasing your perfume. It’s all about our choice, and not bowing down to nanny-state governments. How simple if a warning label, some perfume dabbed in your hair, or on your clothing, or in a piece of pretty jewelry solves this problem. Or, if you’re a daring outlaw like us natural perfumers – wear it on your skin!

Participating Perfumers:

Participating Bloggers: http://perfumeshrine.blogspot.com

Guild Perfumer’s Blogs:

We Welcome All Those Who Love Natural Fragrance

The Natural Perfumers Guild is dedicated to perfumes and all fragrance products that use botanical extracts and natural animal essences solely as their scent source. No synthetic aromatics are used in creating the perfumes, and no diethyl phtlate or other synthetic extenders are in any of our perfumes. We create and celebrate all fragrance products that use botanically-based aromatics, as we are artisans dedicated to the alchemy and hands-on methods of time-honored traditions or natural perfumery. These liquid beauties are sometimes also known as botanical perfumes. There are Guild members who do not use animal essences, only botanics in their perfumes, and they may call themselves botanial perfumers.

Natural perfumery an art as old as civilization and as new as the latest harvest of roses in Turkey, jasmine in Egypt and lemons in Florida. It connects us to the ancient temples of Egypt, the fragrant mosques of the Middle East, the native peoples of the Americas and the temples of India, China and the Far East. People have loved the scent of beautifully fragrant plant materials since time immemorial, and we are reviving that art with a 21st Century sensibility.

We gather natural plant extracts from around the world – and some from our own gardens – and craft perfumes, incenses, body balms, room fresheners and much more.

The Guild was founded by Mandy Aftel, author of Essence and Alchemy and the nose of Aftelier Perfumes, in 2003, and closed later that year. In 2006, ownership of the Guild was handed over to Anya McCoy, the perfumer of Anya’s Garden Perfumes. This move was made in recognition of Anya’s ability to manage and guide thousands of members on the Yahoo Natural Perfumery group. Anya forges the intent and direction of the Guild and strives to build this nascent art into a cultural and artistic force, most recently through the Mystery of Musk and Outlaw Perfume projects.

Built upon the goal of nurturing the art of natural perfumery through education, legislative efforts and networking among members, the Guild is an organization that welcomes all who love natural aromatics.

We’re a consortium of international perfumers, associates, suppliers and enthusiasts united on the Internet, and when lucky enough, we meet in person and share our stories and dreams of the future of natural perfumery.

The public is demanding a new paradigm in perfumery, one that gives them the option of obtaining quality perfumes made only with pure and natural aromatics and the Guild artisans meet that requirement and desire to create new, exciting fragrances free of synthetics.
See the rest of it here, and sign up for the Natural Perfumers Guild newsletter to keep informed.

Skin Deep Hazardous to Natural Beauty Business Owners

A few years ago, I came across a site (Skin Deep) that promoted the idea of keeping a working database for all skin, hair, cosmetics, beauty products (etc. ) ingredients and expected those companies that wanted to be “endorsed” or at least “okayed” by Skin Deep to fill out extensive pages of information about their products including each ingredient, etc. etc.

As the owner of a natural aromatherapy products company (Yellowstar Essentials) I thought it was the coolest thing in the world that someone would take the time to create a database of chemicals found in cosmetics and also thought would be wise to use their site, enter all my products (one by one, ingredient by ingredient), which took forever just to add a few products, and still, (even though I use only all natural ingredients with essential oils) my products came up either unsearchable –because of some of the ingredients…i.e. essential oils, could not be found on their site, and because of this deemed “hazardous”. This confused me. Why were specific essential oils not found by their searchable database? And some, (if they were found) are considered more hazardous then certain deadly chemicals. This really got me scratching my head. So I did some searching and found that many people thought just as I did.

Here’s a little About SKIN DEEP (from their site)–

In 2004 we launched Skin Deep, an online safety guide for cosmetics and personal care products. Our aim was to fill in where companies and the government leave off: companies are allowed to use almost any ingredient they wish, and our government doesn’t require companies to test products for safety before they’re sold. EWG’s scientists built Skin Deep to be a one-of-a-kind resource, integrating our in-house collection of personal care product ingredient listings with more than 50 toxicity and regulatory databases.

Read more:
About the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
Quick facts on Skin Deep
Skin Deep Product and Ingredient Databases
Data sources – toxicity, regulatory, and study availability databases
Skin Deep’s Dual Rating Factors

There seems to be numerous problems plaguing the site, as well as more and more people having issues with the value of what they deem the “hazardous” materials used in most of today’s beauty products on the market.

I mean, I’m ALL FOR companies having to show every ingredient (and not just label FRAGRANCE–when they could be using harmful sysynthetic chemicals) but c’mon! If you are going to say that an ingredient is hazardous and put a number associated with that, at least be correct in your findings. Robert Tisserand wrote a post about essential oils in their database (or lack thereof) and his findings are in alignment with mine.

Needless to say, I haven’t finished adding all my products into Skin Deep’s database because of all the problems. Here’s the post by Robert Tisserand (one of my favorite aromatherapists!) from  his website: Go Robert!!!

Check this out:

From lemon to rosewood – it’s only skin deep

It’s hard to tell how many essential oils are covered in Skin Deep, the Environmental Working Group’s database, because if you put “essential oil” their search box, the results are pretty hit-and-miss. When I tried it, only 16 of the first 50 items listed were essential oils. Lemon oil, interestingly, was listed twice: CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM (LEMON) OIL (hazard rating 0) and CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM (LEMON) PEEL OIL (hazard rating 2). The second one is defined as: “volatile oil obtained from the fresh peel of of lemon, Citrus medica limonum.” The first one is not defined at all, but is also listed as “Lemon essential oil, Citrus limon (lemon) essential oil..” etc.

What were they thinking? Is one of these lemon leaf oil? Clearly not. Lemon flower oil? No again, and anyway it does not exist. Lemon essence oil? That’s theoretically possible, but I doubt that the authors of Skin Deep are familiar with essence oils, which are almost entirely used in food flavorings, and there’s no way that lemon essence oil is used in 618 personal care products. So, we have two different lemon fruit peel oils, from the same plant, but with different hazard ratings.

rosewoodoil2This is not an isolated example – you will also find separate pages for ANIBA ROSAEODORA (ROSEWOOD) and ANIBA ROSAEODORA (ROSEWOOD) OIL. (Note that rosewood essential oil is the only product of this tree.) But for ultimate strangeness, nothing beats: ANIBA ROSAEODORA (ROSEWOOD) FLOWER OIL. Ironically, the only concern for this item is listed as “Data Gaps”, but the real data gap is simply that rosewood flower oil does not exist! Except on the Skin Deep database, and once they have read this blog, I imagine not for much longer. Try this exercise – do a search for “rosewood flower oil” and let me know if you find any reference to such an oil.

Aniba rosaeodora is a very tall tree that grows in South American rainforest (see pic). Yes, it has flowers, but they are, tellingly, not fragrant. Distillation is typically carried out by the felling of a single tree, and the oil comes from the wood. I cannot imagine what rosewood flower oil, if it did exist (and if the flowers were fragrant) would cost. Well actually I can imagine, it would be hugely, massively expensive and again, you would not find it in too many personal care products.

The Environmental Working Group seems to know little about essential oils, and by the way they do not mention that Aniba rosaeodora is an officially threatened species. But, perhaps the word “environmental” in their title has nothing to do with sustainability. That’s not a sarcastic comment, I am genuinely wondering.

Returning to lemon oil, two pages and two hazard ratings for the same essential oil is odd. Very odd. Adding to the confusion, Skin Deep gives limonene a hazard rating of 6 (their scale is 0-10), and yet lemon oil consists of up to 76% limonene. So here’s what I’m wondering – when rating a product containing lemon oil for its hazardous-ness (the word “risk” is inappropriate here, for reasons I will discuss another day) should we go by lemon oil, or limonene? Perhaps it depends what’s on the product label. If it mentions “lemon oil” it’s a 0, if it mentions “lemon peel oil” it’s a 2, and if it mentions either one but also limonene (which has to happen for a product containing lemon oil in Europe, as you may know) then maybe it’s a 6?

The Skin Deep number game doesn’t really matter too much at this point. It’s only a website. But, if people were to start taking this seriously, we would be in a world of confusion.

Rosewood flower oil has a hazard rating of 0, which seems appropriate for a non-existent oil. It’s also listed as appearing in “0 products”. At least they got that part right.

Note to EWG – my consultancy services are available if you want help cleaning up. I’m just saying…

March 20th, 2011 | Category: Blog

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We’re a Carbon Positive and a Neutral Blog Now, Is Yours?

What a great idea! Now Ixpo and Stock Displays have set up initiatives to try and do something about all the carbon being added to the atmosphere by blogging…

WHAT? you ask…by blogging?

Well, according to Alexander Wissner-Gross, PhD…

“Every blog that attracts 15,000 hits per month generates on average around 3.5kg of carbon every year – this figure is worked out according to a study conducted by Alexander Wissner-Gross, PhD, physicist at Harvard University and environmental activist, who has worked out that an average website causes about 0.02g of carbon dioxide for each visit – so a blog attracting 15,000 visits per month contributes around 3.5kgs of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere per year. His study took into account the power consumed by computer usage, electricity hours and server cooler systems. Although 3.5kg’s a year doesn’t sound like a lot, when you consider that last February The Sunday Times reported that there was around 200m blogs in the world, it means that with an average readership of 15,000 hits per month blogs alone contribute around 700,000 tonnes of carbon to the atmosphere every year.”

And it couldn’t be easier to join in. All you have to do is add one of the ‘Carbon Positive Blog’ and one of the “Carbon Neutral” buttons to your page, and Ixpo and Stock Displays will each plant a tree for you. That’s it! You don’t have to make a donation or pay a penny, just add the button and Ixpo and Stock Displays will plant your trees!

Carbon Neutral Blogs is an initiative that has been set up by the guys at Stock Displays with the aim of helping to make as many blogs carbon neutral as possible.

The idea basically is that for every blog which mentions the initiative and adds one of these

buttons to their sidebar or footer, Stock Displays will plant a tree for them – making their blog carbon neutral.

It’s simple really, you do something for them and they something for you!

Read all about it here – Carbon Neutral and Here – Carbon Positive

We are a Carbon Positive and a Carbon Neutral Blog now, Is Yours?

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America Wake Up; Replacing Dependence on Big Oil with Alternative Energies

America needs rehab, seriously. We are majorly addicted to oil and if we don’t change our ways, it will kill us, and our world. Let’s stop the greed, the passivity, the indolence; snap out of our stupor and get back to basics. Let’s use what we have to energize our world. Even our President has promised to help take on this giant, so let’s get involved.

“WHERE ARE ALL the “Save the Gulf” concerts? Where are the T.V. Benefits with celebrities and musicians giving heart felt speeches on the poor fisherman, wildlife, beaches, loss of income and sabotaged gulf economy? I find it rather strange how these people (including our own government) are so quick to help Haiti and other countries…but sit on their butts for this one.”

It’s time we woke up from our comfortable slumber and act. We really can make a difference if enough of us make noise. We all know the story of the squeaky wheel.

In the next 20 years, America’s safest solution is to invest the money it would have given to oil companies to drill off shore (and yes, they do get subsidies, so don’t say ‘what money?’), and invest in alternative energies. Not only would this benefit our country’s self-reliance, but create massive jobs, which we all know is much needed.

Read the rest of this article on how you can make a difference:


Essential Oils’ Effects on Water Crystals

When water samples are bombarded with heavy metal music or labeled with negative words, or when negative thoughts and emotions are focused intentionally upon them, the water does not form crystals at all and displays chaotic, fragmented structures.

When water is treated with aromatic floral oils (Essential Oils), the water crystals tend to mimic the shape of the original flower. At left, water crystals were exposed to aromatic essence of chamomile.

When Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” was played to water, the resulting frozen crystals were split in two!

Of great interest for healing and everyday well being is the extreme effect upon water crystals of negative words and ideas.

When the words “Adolph Hitler” were taped to a bottle of distilled water, the results seen at left were obtained.

Here, you can see the results of taping the words “You Fool” to a container of distilled water. Interestingly, the pattern made by “You Fool” was almost identical to the pattern that emerged when heavy metal music was played. Masaru Emoto wonders in his book whether perhaps heavy metal musicians look upon people as fools.
Another instructive set of pictures showed the amazing difference between the crystalline patterns evoked by the words “Let’s do it” and the patterns produced by “Do it!”

The encouraging “Let’s do it” crystals were like beautiful snowflakes. The demanding “Do it!” water did not crystallize at all.

Excerpts taken from:  from:

Great Videos:

Positive & Negative Energy Effects on Water Crystals ( 3:16 min.) Wonderful! —  Beautiful  simple video

Water and Mind – How Consciousness effects Water (3:43 min) Clip from “What the Bleep 2”

The Boiled Rice in a Jar Experiment (7:11 min)  Amazing…

Natural Preservatives for Cosmetic Recipes

Essential Oils for the Different Types of SkinWhen I first started making cosmetic products, i.e. lotions, lip balms, sprays, scrubs, etc., I was very hesitant , in the beginning, on which ingredients to use that were all natural and yet effective for preserving all my hard work from going rancid.

Making your own natural cosmetics allows you to control the ingredients and produce recipes created specifically for you. The downside to this is that natural ingredients tend to have a limited shelf life. Learning what ingredients are natural preservatives, and how to use them, will prevent rancidity and anti-oxidation in your homemade cosmetics.

But really, when it comes down to it, if you’re not going to use it up in about a week, then you need more than just a  “natural” preservative.

The following is from: Review of 27 preservatives at, –be sure to read it in it’s entirety for excellent preservative advice. Here’s a snippet:


–          Glycerin is a very effective preservative – in medicine, you will frequently find glycerites as a delivery vehicle (especially in children’s and herbal medicine) where the active component is preserved and then ultimately delivered in a water soluble solvent (glycerin) as an alternative delivery mechanism to alcohol. To be effective as a preservative, you need to have AT LEAST a 50% glycerin content in your formula, and it is best if it is about 60-70%.  The downside is glycerin is very, very sticky – not a great skin feel.

–          Ethanol (not vodka, instead use 190 Everclear alcohol or skin safe cosmetic use denatured alcohol) anything containing 20-25% ethanol  is self preserving.  Alcohol is astringent so not a great add if you want a moisturising lotion.  It is also a known irritant so if you have sensitive skin, a lotion containing alcohol could sting! You might see it in a lotion with alcohol as a cooling foot lotion as it will evaporate from your  skin. However note, you might see Ostwalt Ripening in an O/W emulsion resulting in flocculation and ethanol can diminish foaming of surfactant-based products like shampoo.

–          Honey – not advisable – see

–          Grapefruit Seed Extract,(not recommended).  GSE is not what you would consider to be a regular extract.  Citrus seed extracts are not all-natural – they are chemically derived from the seeds of citrus fruits.  It is made IIRC by reacting with ammonia, so is more like a quat in some ways. There are concerns that the limited preservative properties GSE does have are in fact due to added preservatives like parabens – see

After my many years of working with all types and lots of research, here is a list of helpful and useful natural ingredients that are safe to use for preserving your cosmetic recipes as long as you’re using it up within about a week as well as snippets from around the web that may answer your questions:

Here’s a list of some natural inhibitors / preservatives :essential oil

Benzoin Resin (also called Styrax) is a less well known preservative and fixative. For centuries, it has been an important ingredient in the making of incense due to its fixative qualities. Benzoin has a rich sweet scent that is quite distinctive. Because it is easily absorbed through the skin, it should be diluted in alcohol before use in cosmetic recipes. Benzoin resin is often found in facial toning and facial oil recipes to improve their shelf life.

Borax is a common ingredient that used to be found on the laundry shelf of most grocery stores. It is a natural cleaner and preservative, and it often found in lotion, cream, bath salt and bath scrub recipes.

Honey is a marvelous natural inhibitor. One teaspoon to one tablespoon of honey can be added to most any natural cosmetic recipe to improve its shelf life. My personal facial elixir has honey as an essential component, but I also add it to salts, scrubs, facials, creams and lotions.

Jojoba is one of my favorite natural inhibitor because, like honey, it is just so very versatile. Jojoba is often combined with those oils that are known for having a limited shelf life, such as almond oil, apricot kernel oil, and rosehip seed oil. Get in the habit of substituting a tablespoon of jojoba oil for the more fragile carrier oils to improve the shelf life of your home made creations.

Vitamin E Oil is another natural inhibitor that I use quite often. If you are making a preparation for the skin, add a teaspoon of vitamin E oil to prevent rancidity and as an anti-oxidant. Vitamin E oil has the additional benefit of being safe to use for recipes for babies and small children.

When creating my own cosmetic recipes, I tend to use a two-pronged approach. Benzoin and vitamin E in a facial oil, for instance, or jojoba and borax in a lotion. Incorporating these natural preservatives in your own creations will enhance your cosmetics making repertoire considerably.

great place to find information about “green formulating”

Submitted on 2013/08/25 at 3:55 pm

I think your blog is fantastic. I’m starting a natural skincare company and am using mostly butter and creams (no water or milk). I understand that I don’t need to put preservatives in these formulations. However, I would like to add something that inhibits bacterial as least a little. I am thinking of standardly adding vitamin E to all the butters and creams. Later on we will get into some formulations that use distilled water.Can you give me a little more information on the following? A friend sent them to me after attending one of her work workshops on lotion making: Dermofeel 688 INCI: p-Anisic Acid and Glyceryl Caprylate (and) Glyceryl Undecylenate. Also, the natural preservative mixtures that you mentioned, can I get them already mixed? If I can get them already mixed, what percentage should they be of my formulation?

Candice Collins
Submitted on 2013/09/16 at 5:24 pm | In reply to Carlos.

I found this mixture of ingredients here; and here’s a link to a great .pdf about making your own natural “green” formulations; . hope that helps :)

“To avoid parabens, Jason Natural Cosmetics has switched from methylparaben to a natural preservative that has the same shelf life–2-3 years–as the paraben-based preservative. In January 2003, for its Shaman Earthly Organics line, Jason debuted a preservative that consists of sodium benzoate (salt crystals), potassium sorbate (powder from mountain ash trees combined with potassium salt) and grapefruit-seed extract. “Now our preservative systems are food grade, which adds to the purity level of our products,” Light says.

Aubrey Organics solved the preservative puzzle with a mixture of grapefruit-seed extract and vitamins A, C and E, which inhibits micro-bacterial growth and helps retard the ingredients’ decay. All of the company’s 250 personal care products are made with this natural preservative, says Aubrey representative Sandie Coretti, and have shelf lives of 18 months to 3 years–considerably shorter than products made with synthetic preservatives, which can last 5-8 years, Coretti says.

The Obsessively Organic line by Kiss My Face uses a blend of all-natural preservatives, Byckiewicz says. This blend assures the products have a shelf life of up to 2 years.

As companies seek alternatives to synthetic preservatives, the industry as a whole is moving forward on issues that are just as challenging. What OCA. OTA and virtually everybody else in the industry agrees on is that the higher the level of organic ingredients in a personal care product, the safer it is for the consumer. How quickly they can agree on standards that they can support is another matter. Until then, consumers will have to educate themselves about label claims–and rely on their scruples…..

see more info below:
thanks so much to:   fabulous and very useful tips! They match many of my own findings.

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Essential Aromatherapy Resources

Aromatherapy Resources

For the Hobbyist or Professional, or for those who want to create their own spa or bath and body products.

The following is a list of suppliers that I hope may be helpful to you .. as we sell a limited supply of packaging needs and aromatherapy resources around the net.


National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists
This organization is an educational, nonprofit agency dedicated to enhancing public awareness of the benefits of true aromatherapy and promoting academic standards in aromatherapy education and practice.

Aromatherapy Registration Council
This website gives information on the registration examination for aromatherapists and provides a register of qualified aromatherapists.

International Council for Aromatic and Medicinal Plant (ICMAP)
The Council’s objective is to promote international understanding and cooperation between national and international organizations on the role of medicinal and aromatic plants in science, medicine and industry, and to improve the exchange of information between them.

Best Aromatherapy Books

Here are some good, reliable books:

today’s favorite; by Kurt Schnaubelt, Advanced Aromatherapy; buy at Amazon today!

Battaglia, S., (2003). The complete guide to aromatherapy. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: The International Centre of Aromatherapy.

Bowles, E., (2003). The A to Z of essential oils. London: Quarto Inc.

Buckle, J. (2003). Clinical aromatherapy: Essential oils in practice, 2nd Ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

England, A. (2000). Aromatherapy and massage for mother and baby. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press.

Mojay, Gabriel (2000). Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit. Healing Arts Press.

Price, Shirley (1991). Aromatherapy for Common Ailments. Gaia Books.

Price, S. & Price, L. (1995). Aromatherapy for Health Professionals. Churchill Livingstone, London, England.

Schnaubelt, Kurt (1998). Advanced Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press.

Tisserand, Maggie (1996). Aromatherapy for Women. Healing Arts Press.

Wildwood, Chrissie (1996). The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press.

Worwood, V. (1996) The fragrant mind. Novato, CA: New World Library.

Worwood, V. (1991). The complete book of essential oils & aromatherapy. Novato, CA:  New World Library.


The list author says: “I make sure an author is a Certified Aromatherapist before I trust any books covering essential oils, blends, therapeutic uses, etc. These authors are very well-known in the field and reputable.”

Essential Aromatherapy: A Pocket Guide to Essential Oils and  Aromatherapy
1.  Essential Aromatherapy: A Pocket Guide to Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Susan E. Worwood
The list author says:
“A concise overview of aromatherapy, with a focus on individual oils (what part of plant the oil is derived from, therapeutic properties, most valuable uses, etc.). The 57 essential oils profiled are the most common ones.”
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide  to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism
2.  The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
The list author says:
“This one includes detailed profiles on common essential oils, along with common health issues and ailments that each oil is known for treating. This author runs her family’s essential oils business, and really knows her products well.”
Healing Home Spa: Soothe Your Symptoms, Ease Your Pain, and  Age-Proof Your Body with Pleasure
3.  Healing Home Spa: Soothe Your Symptoms, Ease Your Pain, and Age-Proof Your Body with Pleasure by Valerie Cooksley
The list author says:
“LOVE this book! Great book for recipes for specific health concerns and basics in blending oils for the best effect. It includes additional holistic healing methods (music therapy, breath work, etc.) than just aromatherapy, but still a great aromatherapy reference.”
Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy  Ever Published
4.  Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published by Particia Davis
The list author says:
“This is such a well-researched book that you will truly reference all the time. All the oils and ailments are lumped together in “encyclopedia” fashion and it is text-heavy — you have to read through the entries to find what you need.”
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600  Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health - Beauty - a  Safe Home Environment
5.  The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health – Beauty – a Safe Home Environment by Valerie Ann Worwood
The list author says:
“Worwood’s book is the Bible of any good aromatherapy library! The first book I bought, and one that I turn to time and time again.”

LIST OF SUPPLIERS for bottles, etc.

  1. SKS Bottling – NY: Great for plastic bottles of all types
  2. Carrow Int’l Inc. – IL: One stop shop – for glass (amber / cobalt), same cap for 5ml, 10ml, 15ml, 30ml sizes
  3. Specialty Bottle –WA, Seattle; Great bottles if you just want a few at a time
  4. GO’Berk Bottling Company – NJ: For the big storage amber bottles
  5. Sunburst Bottles – CA: Supplier for the West Coast Folks
  6. Richards Packaging – Canada & USA
  7. Nashville Wraps – TN: Wholesale Gift & Packaging Products
  8. Noble Packaging – NJ / Canada / UK: Packaging items & products
  9. Cape Bottle Company – MA: Contact Lee she is wonderful to work with and extremely helpful

New Research Found 6 Essential Oils That Reduce Inflammation


Scientists are finally catching up with alternative medicine and the amazing effects that essential oils posses when used properly.

One current research study concluded what all of us Aromatherapists have known for years…

In the January issue of Journal of Lipid Research, is a very interesting article stating that researchers have identified six essential oils that can suppress inflammation:


It supposes that the the chemical carvacrol (which is most prevalent in the essential oil thyme, and was the essential oil that performed the best in the tests) was primarily responsible for this suppressive activity.

Read full article here;

Here’s a snippet from Aromatherapy for Health Professionals

Modern evidence for the antiseptic powers of essential oils

Towards the end of the 19th century, the first acknowledged research to prove the antiseptic properties of essential oils was that undertaken by Chamberland (1887). This was followed early in the 20th century by Cavel’s research into the individual effects of 35 essential oils on microbial cultures in sewage. The most effective oil in terms of the quantity required to render inactive 1000 ml of culture was found to be thyme (0.7 ml). Two other well-known oils showing high efficacy were sweet orange (1.2 ml, 3rd) and peppermint (2.5 ml, 9th) (Cavel 1918). The antiseptic power of several oils has now been proved to be many times greater than that of phenol. Certain essential oils have also been shown to be effective against different bacteria, e.g. lemon, which is one of the best in its antiseptic and bactericidal properties, neutralizing both the typhus bacillus and Staphylococcus aureus in a matter of minutes. Cinnamon kills the typhus bacillus even when diluted to 1 part in 300 (Valnet 1980 p. 36). Professor Griffon, a member of the French

Academy of Pharmacy, made up a blend of seven essential oils (cinnamon, clove, lavender, pepper- mint, pine, rosemary and thyme) to study their antiseptic effect on the surrounding air when sprayed from an aerosol; all the staphylococci and moulds present were destroyed after 30 minutes (Valnet 1980 p. 37). (See Chapter 4 for more recent studies on the antiseptic properties of essential oils.)

The bacteriological approach of aromatherapy is an extremely complex field of the utmost interest, opening the way to the ecological understanding and management of the different colonies and flora that live in cohabitation—or at war—within us. Allopathic medicine has
begun to realize that the misuse of antibiotics leads to numerous side-effects and sometimes results in chronic disastrous conditions (i.e. systemic candidosis) that could have been avoided if medical aromatherapy had been implemented
in due time (Pénoël 1993 personal communication).

Today, the properties of herb volatile oils are researched in many centres throughout the world. A typical case is the excellent work carried out in Scotland since the early 1980s by Deans & Svoboda at the Scottish Agricultural College, Auchincruive (Ch. 4), assessing antibacterial and antifungal properties of essential oils and their

exerpt from pg. 2 in the book “Aromatherapy for Health Professionals” by Shirley Price – author, Len Price – author, Dr Daniel Pénoël – unknown. Publisher: Churchill Livingstone.