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About Essential Oils

Where to they come from?

Essential oils are extracted from the plant material in various ways, depending on the part of the plant that is used for extracting the oils. Essential oils are extracted from the flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, bark, trunk and roots of various plants. There are three basic ways for extracting essential oils

Cold Pressing

One of the oldest ways of extracting essential oils is by crushing the plant material. Parts of the plant that have high oil content such as seeds, fruit peels, fruits, are crushed to express the oil from the plant material. The material is then filtered to separate the oil from the rest of the plant material. Some common examples are cold pressed lemon oil, Neem oil, and various seed oils. The quality of the oil, depending on the material, is very good because the plant material is not altered in any significant way.

Steam Distillation

For parts of the plants that do not have a high oil content or where it is difficult to crush the plant material, steam is used to extract the essential oils from the plant. Essential oils from roots, leaves, woods are generally extracted using steam distillation. Some flowers such as Rose, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, are also extracted by steam distillation. In the steam distillation process, steam is first generated in a boiler. The steam is sent through the bottom of another vessel wherein the plant material is kept. As the steam rises through the plant material, it softens and releases the essential oils that are present in "sacs" in the plant material. The essential oil rises along with the steam and is sent through a tube that is kept cool with running water. As the steam and essential oil cool, they condense into a liquid mixture of oil and water. The oils and water are then collected and separated. Because of the difference in density of the oil and water, the oil floats above the water or sinks to the bottom. The steam that has cooled into water, has some of the essential oil remaining in it. These waters then form what are called floral waters, such as rose water from the distillation of rose oil.  Common examples of steam distilled essential oils are: Rose oil (flower), Sandalwood oil (wood), vetiver oil (root), Patchouli (Leaves), Lemongrass (grass).

Factor affecting quality of extracted essential oils

The quality of the essential oils produced by any of the above methods can vary greatly depending again on various factors. Two of the main factors are:

1. The quality of the starting plant material.

As is obvious, it is very critical to start with a good quality material. For example, vetiver root has to be about 5 years in the ground for it to produce a good quality oil. But for economic reasons, some of the roots are extracted after two years, thereby affecting the quality of the oil produced. The quality will also depend on keeping proper separation of the plant material needed for extraction. For example, if the essential oil is to be extracted from the leaves, care has to be taken to separate the stems, and twigs from the leaves before distillation.


Soil conditions and environment affect the quality of the oil produced. Sometimes different geographical regions produce different grades of oils. Plants grown during different seasons produce difference grades oils.

  2. Process control during extraction of the essential oil.

During steam distillation, different grades of oil are produced or different fractions are produced. The first fraction is usually of the best quality whereas the oil coming out from an 'exhausted' material is usually of lower grade depending on when the first extract leaves the distillation still. Maintaining proper separation between the various grades is important for the final quality of the oil.

Following are some recommendations for essential oils for the individual chakras. These are meant as suggestions, rather than hard-and-fast rules. As you can see, there's lots of variation and overlap. Follow your own inner guidance about which oils are right for you. 

Holistic aromatherapy focuses and emphasizes the use of all natural ingredients whenever possible. Most candles are not all natural, even if they are marketed with the word aromatherapy. Burn candles made with synthetic ingredients (or even natural ingredients with toxic compounds), and despite how pleasantly fragrant the air is that you breathe, you will still inhale toxins.

  • "Made With 100% Natural Ingredients"
  • "Contains No Synthetic Ingredients"
  • "Fragranced Exclusively With Essential Oils"
  • "Made Exclusively With Soy Wax"
  • "Contains No Fragrance Oils"
  • "Paraffin Wax Free"

What are Essential Oils?

An essential oil is a liquid that is generally distilled (most frequently by steam or water) from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant. Essential oils, contrary to the use of the word "oil" are not really oily-feeling at all. Most essential oils are clear, but some oils such as patchouli, orange and lemongrass are amber or yellow in color.

Essential oils contain the true essence of the plant it was derived from. Essential oils are highly concentrated and a little goes a long way.

Essential oils are not the same as perfume or fragrance oils. Where essential oils are derived from the true plants, perfume oils are artificially created fragrances or contain artificial substances and do not offer the therapeutic benefits that essential oils offer.

Essential oils can vary greatly in quality and price. Factors that can affect the quality and price of the oil include the rarity of the botanical, the country of origin and growing/climate conditions, quality standards of the distiller, and how much oil is produced by the botanical.

The Parts of Plants That Produce Essential Oil

Some botanicals store their precious essential oil within their leaves or flowers while others may store the beneficial oil within their rinds, seeds or other plant parts.

Not all plants produce enough essential oil to justify the commercial cost of extracting them oil. Additionally, the essential oils produced by some plants have no known therapeutic value or can even be hazardous. As more is discovered about the safety and therapeutic benefits of particular essential oils and as consumer/B2B demand grows for particular essential oils, availability can change.

 All of my candles are 100% Soy Wax, my Aromatherapy Candles are only scented with Pure Essential Oils 

Aesthetic Candles founded in 2011

Our Mission is to create, and sell premium-quality 100% pure soy candles. They are hand poured in Port Richey, Florida. Our candles are created from organic soy candles. We use high quality fragrance oils and pure essential oils. We are careful to us Phthalate-Free fragrances (Hormone-disrupting chemicals). We use cotton wicks. (Burning candles with lead-cored wicks is now known to cause lead poisoning, and there are concerns about zinc-cored wicks as well.)

Dedicated to honoring my Partner in Business and in Life, Kevin Waterworth

Taken from me during the night, June 19, 2015.

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Our candles are available in multiple forms. On line, we post just the 8 ounce Mason Jar and votive candles. All of our scents are also available as tarts, mini cubes.