Monday, 20 July 2015

Extracted: Basics of How Essential Oils are Created


As promised in our last discussion, we are sharing some insight into how essential oils are extracted. It should be noted that all the processes discussed below are high on patience and quality. The emphasis here is on ensuring the oils are 10% pure, devoid of any organic compound that might compromise their notes. The three, most common processes used for extracting essential oils have been listed below for you:

1. Solvent Extracted Essential Oils

This approach is reserved for plants with aromatics so delicate that the distillation method can ruin the fragrance. These plant aromatics are extracted via the Solvent Method. This process is also used when the resin extracted from the plants is very viscous and the oils are seated deep within the resins. Here, a solvent is created so that the oils can be systematically separated. The Solvent Method is also preferred because it can easily separate some of the plant-based toxic substances that might make it to the essential oil concentrate. For Halal certified perfumes sold at online platforms like Mukhalat.com, this is of critical importance since this process can also remove any type of alcohol or a derivative with a similar formula. The solvent is slowly evaporated so that all the unwanted compounds are comprehensively eliminated. The finished product is pure, essential oil. This type of oil is needed for therapeutic purposes or aromatherapy sessions. Some common essential oils created via solvent extraction method—Rose Oil, Jasmine, Vanilla, and Oak Moss.

2. Steam Distilled Essential Oils

Simply put, this is an industrial type of vaporization done on a much bigger scale and under controlled conditions. Regarded as one of the oldest methods of extracting plant aromatics, steam distillation is used for extracting a range of popular essential oils for centuries, particularly oils extracted from the roots, leaves, or the bark. This includes Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Ylang Ylang, and Sandalwood essential oils.

3. Cold Pressed Essential Oils

Citrus aromatic oils are usually obtained through the cold press method. Here, skin of the fruit is punctured and the oil is pressurized out. This means that some juice accompany the oil that requires further separation. With this process, a little bit of juice also makes it to the extract, which is then separated. Examples of aromatic essential oils extracted via this method include the citrus variety like Tangerine, Orange, Grapefruit, and Lemon.

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