We are continuing to expand our essential oils line here at Jedwards (such an easy way to transport yourself to beautiful place!), and the latest favorites are our bulk wholesale Geranium and Bergamot / Organic Bergamot oils. As usual, we can take a cue from societies past—fresh Geranium rose plant was always at the ready in fine homes in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a remedy to help refined Victorian ladies overcome a piece of shocking news or, heaven forfend, an etiquette faux pas. The oil is extracted through steam distillation of the stems and leaves, and is a popular essential oil with soapmakers in particular because its characteristics ensure it remains relatively uncompromised by alkaline soap products—it is great at retaining aromatic purity. Though it is occasionally referred to as “poor man’s rose oil” because it contains 3 constituents prominent in Rose Oil: geraniol, linelol and cirtronellol, Geranium Oil is not only a more affordable option but also a powerful, intriguing natural perfume in its own right. At Jedwards, we appreciate when the oils reflect a sense of place, and we love that Geranium Oil’s aromatic profile is strongly influenced by the climate and soil in which it grows. This profile can range from deep and rosey to bright and lemony. It is a great blending essential oil, blending particularly well with our new Carrot Seed Oil, Bergamot Oil, and of course our classic Lavender and Citrus oils.
Speaking of the Victorian Era, one of our other new favorites, Bergamot Oil, is probably most recognizable as the key ingredient in the black tea Earl Grey. Although originally a tropical plant, the citrus fruit now thrives throughout Europe as well. Its bright, clean aroma that it shares with its citrus sisters is commonly featured as the “top-note” in perfumes. Its smell is strong and sweet, making it a popular ingredient in soaps and deodorant. Like all citrus oils, Bergamot Oil should be protected from sunlight. It blends beautifully, not only with other citrus oils, but also with our Jasmine, Sandalwood, Rosemary and Geranium oils.
As with all essential oils, pregnant women should consult a medical professional before attempting use.
Citrus oils are photosensitive—exposure to the sun after applying either oil to your skin should be avoided.