Basil, Pure Essential Oil: This herbaceous, slightly camphoraceous smelling pure oil is commonly used in insect repellent. Avoid during pregnancy or if you have liver problems.
Distillation Method: Steam Distillation Country of Origin: Comoros Islands Botanical Name: Ociumum Basilicum Part: Leaves and flowering tops
Flashpoint: This medium-flashpoint oil (163ºF) cannot ship via USPS regardless of the shipping method you choose at checkout.
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I love the smell of basil and anything herbal but this just smelled like licorice to me. Did not remind me of basil at all. Anyway, I ordered 8 new scents and this was the only one I didn't love - will try combine it with the tomato leaf (which is awesome!) and see what happens. Kudos to brambleberry for their packaging - I had a large order with lots of bottles and everything was packed with great care.
Terah from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Linda! I'm sorry you were disappointed in this oil. We love our Basil, Pure Essential Oil, though you're right, it's definitely more of a licorice-type basil. If you're looking for more herbal scents you may like Rosemary Essential Oil, Sunny Herb Garden Fragrance Oil, or Chamomile Cybilla Fragrance Oil.
I received this EO as a sample in an order. I tried it in a batch of CP that included Tea Tree EO, Spearmint EO and Cornmint EO. It was devine and will include a bottle on my next order.
I think this EO is great, as long as you know to expect a strong licorice like scent aka camphorous smelling. If you have ever grown your own basil you know that certain types have this strong licorice smell, like Thai basil. I mixed my basil with over double the amount of lavender 42/40 and the basil overpowers the lavender. It only take a small amount! In a 60 oz batch I used 1oz basil and 2.5 lavender. Next time I think I will try .5 basil and 2.5-3 lavender.
I tried to use brambleberry's fragrance calculator, but could not find basil listed :( I looked under Pure and Basil.
Oh well, I cannot expect brambleberry to do everything for me, right?! :)
I grow my own fresh basil and this smells nothing like basil..... horrible licorice scent.... made one batch and everybody asked why the house smells of licorice! Now I have this huge bottle of stinky oil that I have no use for! Shame you don't take returns on this stuff...eeeewww
Reply from Bramble Berry Hi Lisa! I'm sorry you received a scent you were not expecting. We love the herbaceous smell of the Pure Basil Essential Oil, though it is slightly camphorous which can be surprising. It's also great for blending as seen in the Circle Swirled Soap in Column Mold tutorial! I will email you personally to discuss this further.
I make a Basil Shaving Soap (CP) and use the EO to scent it. It has a slightly licorice scent (think Thai basil) and is wonderful! The men love it, and women find the scent fresh and clean. I wouldn't be without this EO!
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