Palmarosa Essential Oil: This essential oil has a sweet floral aroma similar to rose or geranium. Traditionally it's used in perfume blends and insect repellants. We recommend using this essential oil in your favorite lotions, body butters, or soap recipes for its pleasantly rose-like aroma. Palmarosa blends well with a plethora of essential oils from bergamot and chamomile to citrus and cedarwood.
Behavior in Cold Process Soap: Will accelerate trace, mild yellow color
Distillation method: Steam Distilled
Country of origin: India
Botanical name: Cymbopogon martinii
Flashpoint: 200ºF +
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In the past I've used a few products by Neil's Yard (UK co) and they all had this EO so I figured I might like to try it in soap (CP). Worth every penny!! Does not accelerate, scent is earthy and wonderful and mixes beautifully with Orange 10X. My soap is at about 3 weeks now and scent is just as strong. I don't sell lotions etc but have made a few butters, shower oils for myself with this too, honestly cannot compliment it enough. Bear in mind this is not a floral though!
I used this plain in CP soap. It smells ok to me but my wife likes it. We'll see how the customers respond
Terah from Bramble Berry replies...Hi David! I'm sorry this scent wasn't your favorite. We love the subtly sweet scent of Palmarosa Essential Oil by itself as well as in a myriad of blends. You may like it blended with 10x Orange Essential Oil, Egyptian Geranium Essential Oil, or Cedarwood Essential Oil.
By itself, I found this to be an unpleasant scent. However, in a blend with rose geranium (about 2 2/2 rose geranium to 1 palmarosa) it made a beautiful scent that approximates rose fairly well.
I was looking for a subtle rose smell, and this EO provides it. I like the herbaceous tones, since I wasn't looking for a sweet floral smell at all.
I use it in my whipped body butters, mixing citrus EOs (orange, grapefruit,..). I love that slight citrusy rose smell, and sometimes people approach me, because they get a whiff of the scent, and they are intrigued.
It's a lovely oil that I will continue to invest in.
Have not used it in CP yet.
I agree with all reviewers. This is an unusual scent. I was going for a rose and flowery scent for favors for my daughters baby shower. I paired the palmarosa with pikake fragrance oil at her request. She loved the final product. I used more pikake than palmarosa. It worked out well. Not sure what to try next with this one. Maybe citrus?
Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi Mary! I'm sorry this scent wasn't your favorite. The good news is it does mix well! You may like it paired with Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil, 10x Orange Essential Oil or Elemi Essential Oil.
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