Organic Freesia Enfleurage
Also known as Organic Freesia Essential Oil (Freesia alba) although technically Essential Oils are only produced by steam distillation or expression. Our Organic Freesia Enfleurage is part of our Artisan group of essential oils.
Freesia (Freesia alba) is a beautiful herbaceous flower in the Iridaceae family of plants, which includes perennial plants with bulbs like irises, gladioli and crocuses. The genus Freesia is native to the eastern and southern sides of Africa.
Our Organic Freesia Essential Oil (really Organic Freesia Enfleurage) is pure undiluted Freesia Oil extracted by the enfleurage method. Our Freesia oil is most rare, coming from a small producer in South America who extracts the essential oil from the flower by the labor-intensive, traditional method of enfleurage, using only palm oil (organic) and alcohol (organic) derived from local sugar cane (organic).
Method of Extraction
Organic Freesia cannot be distilled due to the delicate nature of the flowers. Enfleurage was the traditional method of extraction used into the early 20th century. Since then, solvent extraction using hexane (which yields what is called an “absolute”) has virtually replaced enfleurage, and is to this day used extensively by the perfume industry. Now, the most commonly found Freesia used by the perfume industry is entirely synthetic and has none of the healing properties attributed by aromatherapists to natural aromatic plant extracts.
Enfleurage is a time-consuming method and oil yields are quite small for the amount of materials used. The entire process of extracting the Freesia Essential Oil (Freesia alba) is done by hand, using no heat and no harsh chemical solvents. Pure, local palm oil is used to absorb the aromatic oils from the Freesia flower petals and once the palm oil is completely saturated with the essence of the Freesia flower, then the palm oil is separated from the Freesia oil by cane sugar alcohol which is then evaporated to leave only the Freesia oil. The process for producing the Organic Freesia Essential Oil is quite labor-intensive and requires many pounds of Freesia flower petals per milliliter of oil, but the results are astounding – a wonderful aroma quite similar to that of the fresh flower.
Natural Freesia perfume is often enjoyed as a single-flower note since the rich, warm, heady floral and yet subtle aroma produced from the flowers is quite wonderful in and of itself.
Aroma of our Enfleurage Oils
Most noses love the aroma of our enfleurage oils, but a few (less than 1%) of our customers dislike the earthy note added by the minute traces of palm oil that remain in the finished product. This note is more prominent initially and most people find that it recedes in a few moments, allowing the beautiful natural floral aromas to come shining through. However, our reactions to aromas are highly personal due, in part, to inborn differences in the way we register and process smells. Since our enfleurage products cannot be returned for a refund, due to their rarity,we recommend that you first purchase a small sample vial to insure that you are not among the 1% of people who dislike the earthy note of the palm oil.
Freesia enfleurage oil is mostly used in natural perfumery. It has not been widely used in aromatherapy but the beautiful floral oils, in general, have been reported by aromatherapists to have uplifting properties. And, of course, the perfume industry is largely based on the ancient belief that beautiful floral aromas excite the senses and increase passion! You’ll have to try it to see if it has this effect on you…