Perfumery Course

Margaret Roberts is a walking legend! She runs courses at her Herbal Centre and one day when I grow up, I wanna be just like her.  She’s in her 70’s and more vibrant that I have ever been in my life.

We attended a Perfumery talk recently, here’s what we learnt:

  • Cold pressed, organic, extra virgin olive oil is best for making your own essential oils.
  • Cold pressed oil is better because it doesn’t the vitamins needed in the oil, it doesn’t undergo any heating process.
  • You must have a double boiler if you want to make your own oils and creams.
  • There are over 150 million products used in the cosmetic industry – all toxic.
  • Rather use a few drops of pure oil as a scent than the rubbish you spray on your skin as ‘perfume’.
  • Jasmine is the most expensive oil, followed by neroli.
  • Cinnamon is not widely grown but is fabulous for all kinds of healing.
  • Cinnamon essential oil mixed with coconut oil makes the best cracked heal remedy ever.
  • Essential oils can be potent, use with caution and restraint!
  • Talc made from cornflour mixed with lemon essential oil is lovely on a hot day to absorb sweat.
  • Epsom Salts is used as a base for scrubs.
  • Make your own range by experimenting and mixing essential oils.
  • Also make careful notes of your ingredients, methods and quantities in case you hit the magic formula. (I learnt this the hard way last year.  I stumbled on the perfect vaseline consistency and didn’t remember how… Fail).
  • Never ever use peanut oil – too many people are allergic to it.
  • Massage essential oils into your feet to revive yourself after a hard day.
  • If you learn how to make your own products, you will save a fortune and your health long term.  (She’s no fan of Clicks and Dischem and is a major advocate of the man on the street).

What you can do :

  • Grow cinnamon if your climate can handle it.
  • Seville oranges are widely used in essential oils but also not widely grown, grow some.
  • Research how many chemicals you are putting on your skin every day.
  • Buy her book called 100 Edible Flowers, its fabulous!

Margaret Roberts

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