Wednesday, February 3, 2010

3 of the Most Popular Essential Oils and How to Use Them

Whether you have your own craft business or just craft for yourself or loved ones, you probably have come across essential oils when making soap, candles or other projects that require scent. Essential oils are the best and most natural way to control the scent of your craft, but how do you know what essential oils to use? For example, what oil would you use to make a relaxing perfume candle? Or, what scents will sell the best for your business? Here are some of the most popular scents and their uses:


Vanilla is the undisputed contender of scent! Vanilla's scent can be described as a delicate, sweet, creamy and unique. For these reasons it has become undeniably popular and continues it's rein over other smells and ingredients. However, if you want true vanilla essential oil be prepared to pay up! Vanilla is one of the most expensive spices due to the incredible labour needed for it to grow.

Vanilla has anti-oxidants, relaxation, anti-depressant properties and is recognized as an aphrodisiac. A great scent for Valentine's Day guys! Vanilla essential oil blends well with chamomile, orange, jojoba, lavender and sandalwood oils.


Lavender is a close second when it comes to essential oil scents. This essential oil derives from the lavender plant and has a clear light, sweet and floral scent.

Lavender essential oil has incredible health benefits: It can be used as a pain, stress or nervous tension reliever and can even treat respiratory or skin problems. Lavender blends best with pine, geranium, chamomile, vanilla, cedarwood and nutmeg essential oils.


Jasmine is a very popular scent aromatherepy scent that comes from the sprawling Jasmine shrub. It has a slightly floral, sweet and exotic scent.

Jasmine essential oil can be used as an antiseptic, aphrodisiac or anti-depressant. It can also be used to calm nervousness, sooth coughs and relieve sexual problems. On the sensitive skin Jasmine makes a great toner. It blends well with most other essential oils but especially with bergamot, rose and sandalwood.

These are just some of the most useful and popular essential oils. Please feel free to leave comments about your favourite essential oils and what you use them for, and also be sure to vote for your favourite scent in our poll in the right column. As always, thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. You are right about lavender. I've been asked to incorporate that in my cupcake soaps by my customers so I'll be adding another one to my collection soon.