Organic Frangipani Essential Oils (aka Plumeria)
Our organic Frangipani Essential Oil (Plumeria alba) is pure undiluted Frangipani Oil, aka Plumeria Oil, is extracted by Enfleurage. Most Frangipani Oil is extracted by harsh chemical solvents and is therefore called an “absolute” (Frangipani Absolute). Although our frangipani oil is technically an absolute too, it is most rare, coming from a small grower/extractor in South America who extracts the essential oil by the ancient method of enfleurage, using only organic palm oil and organic alcohol derived from organic sugar cane. The entire process of extracting the frangipani/plumeria oil it done by hand using no heat and no harsh chemical solvents. Pure local organic palm oil is used to absorb the aromatic oils from the frangipani flower petals and once the palm oil is completely saturated with the essence of the flower then the palm oil is separated from the frangipani oil by cane sugar alcohol which is then evaporated to leave only the frangipani oil. The process for producing the Frangipani Absolute by Enfleurage is quite labor intensive and requires many pounds of frangipani flower petals per ml of oil but the results are astounding. If you close your eyes and sniff the aroma of the oil, it would be difficult to differentiate it from the actual frangipani (Plumeria alba) flower.
Frangipani essential oil / frangipani absolute (Plumeria alba) is one of the most precious oils in the world and known for its heavenly aroma and fragrance. During the extraction process, fresh, fully opened flowers are plucked from the frangipani plant (Plumeria alba) and carefully laid on trays covered with a layer of palm oil. The essential oils from the flower petals slowly migrate to the palm oil and the process is repeated until the palm oil is completely saturated with the flower’s oil. Then the flower oil is separated from the palm oil by alcohol which then evaporated leaving only the pure frangipani oil, i.e., frangipani essential oil / frangipani absolute.
Frangipani oil cannot be distilled like most essential oils due to the delicate nature of the flowers. Enfleurage was the traditional method of extraction used in the 18th and 19th centuries and into the early 20th century but solvent extraction using hexane has virtually replaced enfleurage, except, of course, for our own frangipani absolute. Solvent extracted frangipani oil, called an “absolute”, is used extensively by the perfume industry. No chemicals, other than organic alcohol, are used to extract this frangipani oil that we sell. Either method (enfleurage or solvent extraction) is time consuming and oil yields are quite small for the amount of materials used. Natural frangipani perfume is often enjoyed as a single-flower oil since the rich, warm, heady floral aroma produced from the flowers is considered osmically balanced (like Carnation and Lavender). which means that their floral compounds are perfectly balanced, containing a top, middle, and base note.
- Do not take essential oils internally.
- Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
- Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution refer to an aromatherapy text).
- The information on this website is not intended to diagnose or prescribe.
- Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting an appropriately trained healthcare practitioner.
- The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.