Plant Part
  • Flowers
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Botanical Family
Extraction Methods
  • MiddleTop
Chemical Families
  • Esters
  • Monoterpenols
  • Exotic and Sensual
  • Floral
  • Sweet
  • Warm and Radiant
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What is a CO2 extract? CO2 extraction is a very efficient way of extracting essential oil. Instead of using steam, as in steam distillation, Carbon dioxide is used as a solvent to extract the essential oil. A small amount of organic ethanol is used during the process as a "co-solvent" to help enhance the solvent power of the supercritical carbon dioxide. Being a polar solvent /compared to the neutral CO2 the ethanol dissolves more polar molecules of the fragrance and once the extract is "released" from the CO2 in result we obtain a liquid "selected" extract. As the extraction is finished and the pressure is released, the Carbon Dioxide escapes in its gaseous form leaving a pure extract. One advantage of the CO2 extract is that low heat is used in the process.  Total Extracts have waxy materials containing the volatiles/essential oils and plant waxes.  They are soluble in lipids - carrier oils like jojoba, Marula etc.  Select Extracts do not have the waxy material and this select is liquid that is soluble in water and ethanol. 

  • Weaver, William Woys, Sauer's Herbal Cures, Routledge, USA, 2001.
  • Willmont, Dennis, Aromatherapy with Chinese Medicine, Healing the Body/Mind/Spirit with Esential Oils, Willmountain Press, USA, 2003.
  • Beautiful Linden Blossom picture is compliments of Natali Zima, a famous author and expert in aromatherapy and herbal medicine from Russia.  
Shelf Life

6 years

Safety & Warnings
  • No known safety issues. Might cause low blood pressure. 
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