Friday, 31 July 2015

Decoding Natural Perfume Oils: Apricot Oil

We are not just retailers of organic perfumes, we are also connoisseurs and perfume enthusiasts who adore nearly every aspect of making perfume, it usage, and its after-taste. Today, we would like to talk about the some of the popular perfume oils that continue to engage the attention of perfume lovers across the world—Apricot Oil.
Popular Fruit Oils: Apricot Oil
Apricot Oil is also referred to as the Otto of Roses. For many centuries, it was considered one of the most treasured oils, close to rose oil. It is one of the very few fragrant oils that augment aura of other oils, i.e. when used as a blend. It happens to be equally effective when used as standalone oil.

History of Apricot Oil, the Early Days

The history of Apricot Oil is rather interesting. For many years, Bulgaria was the predominant supplier, almost gaining a monopoly in the market. This trend continued until the middle part of the 20th century. During this period, the Damask Rose was the primary source of Apricot Oil. Available for a short harvest period and with a history of attracting women of all ages, fruit oils like Apricot Oil gained global popularity while its prices continued to surge. Some discerning buyers would insist on using only the freshest type of Apricot Oil. This means that the flowers had to be picked early during the chilly mornings and sent immediately for distillation. At this time, big distilleries were not present. People would use manual labor to the maximum to extract the maximum Apricot Oil from the limited supply of flowers.

What to expect from Apricot Oil?

At first glance or whiff, you might interpret the oil as being bland. The notes are not so strong that they overwhelm you. Apricot Oil also seems colorless during the first few hours of being distilled or when a fresh bottled is opened.

However, the shade is prone to developing a dull hue of yellow with shades of green too. During the mid 1950s, the demand for Apricot Oil was so high that it attained stock-like following. Also called pure Otto oil, Apricot Oil was for long reserved for the rich and looked upon as a perfume luxury that few could have.

Things You Should Know About When Purchasing Apricot Oil:

  • Global Presence: Otto of Roses oil has a huge market across France and India apart from a host of Mediterranean nations, in Europe and Africa.
  • Be Sure: You are likely to find many varieties of Apricot Oil since the Otto flowers are not the same everywhere. The variations can be very difficult to understand at times. We recommend not buying precious Apricot Oil until you are very sure about what you are getting.
  • Common Adulteration: The market is filled with fraudulent manufacturers who mix Apricot Oil with geraniol or geranium since these compounds have a profound rose-like odor.

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