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The Dog Days of August ~

The Dog Days of August ~
What’s back in Stock / This & That ~

Quote~

‘Fairest of the months !
Ripe summer’s Queen ..
The hey-day of the year
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen,
Sweet August doth appear.’
~ R. Combe Miller

Sniffapalooza Fall Ball in NYC!
Sat 10/23 – Sun 10/24!

Mark your calendars !
For a ‘ScentSational’ extravaganza

For those of you who are just joining the Sniffapalooza family, the Sniffapalooza Fall Ball is an entire weekend crammed full of olfactory and multi-sensory experiences.

You’ll come away from the weekend with new knowledge, new friends, lots of new goodies, and a new perspective on a fragrant life

Where:
New York City
Bergdorf Goodman
754 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

To read about the details of this event please visit: SniffaPalooza.

*NEW*
Aromatherapy Today International Journal – Vol 48. August 2010.

Inside this issue:

* Essential Oil Profile – Hyssop by: Deby Atterby
* Hydrosol – Hyssop decumbens by : Suzanne Caddy
* Aromatherapy & the Emotions by: Penny Price
* Subtle Energy by: Jan Kusmirek
* Case Study – Sandalwood YASI by: John & Peta Day
* Natural Perfumery – A modern Approach by : Alex Lawless
* Equine Holistic AT by: Holly Schuurman
* Essential Oil Profile -Tumeric by: Farida Irani
* The Australian Essential Oil Industry
* Bare Essentials Feature: Beauty from the Bush
* Multi-level marketing & Aromatherapy by: Robert Tisserand
* Aromatic Journeys by: Jil Llewellyn & Robbi Zeck

Please visit our page:  AT Today  Int’l Journal

*NEW* Book

Balms & Salves ~
How to and Recipes
by Tina Sams & Friends
Well over 50 recipes for salves, balms, lotion bars, and lip balms from our own 20+ years of making them ourselves.

Also several wonderful recipes from friends!

We talk about infusing, properties of herbs, essential oils, base (carrier) oils and butters, and give some great sources.

Please visit our page: Balms & Salves

Please take a moment to watch this video .. to all our customers, family and friends, this is a serious issue that will effect small business in the future …

Donn Maria shares how the “Savings Clause” in H.R. 5786 would decimate small business owners, regardless of fees, registration and reporting requirements and testing.

Please visit: Can You Comply With 50 Different State Cosmetics Laws? [HQ]

Be informed on The Safe Cosmetics Act 2010
by Robert Tisserand

The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 (SCA 2010), now before the House of Representatives, is an inappropriate and seriously flawed attempt to make cosmetics safer. You can read the full text here.

New & Back in Stock:

Hemp Essential Oil England

Juniperberry Hungary Organic

Marjoram Sweet Egypt Wild Crafted

Melissa Australia Wild Crafted

Blood Orange Italy Organic

Palo Santo Peru Wild Crafted

Sandalwood Vanuatu Wild Crafted

Tangerine Italy Organic

Ylang Ylang Complete Madagascar

End Quote ~

‘ What dreadful hot weather we have!
It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.’
– Jane Austen

Wishing you all a wonderful end of Summer and exciting new school year.!!

~ til next time,
Rosanne

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Spring has Sprung! What’s new..

Spring has officially sprung here in the Bronx. My lilacs are budding and so are my roses!

Did you know that the ‘Lilac Bush’ (Syringa vulgaris) is the Official bush of New York State.

The Lilac Festival
May 9 – 18, 2008
10:30AM – 8:30PM daily
Highland ParkRochester, New York

For more information, please visit their site:
Join us at the 2008 LILAC FESTIVAL!!
http://www.lilacfestival.com/

I would like to give a ‘shout out’ to 2 hardworking and amazing women in the industry:

Marge Clark over at Nature’s Gift (see her blog listed here), has her first published book out.!!
She is an amazing Lady filled with much knowledge.

‘Essential Oils and Aromatics: A Step-by-Step Guide for use in
Massage & Aromatherapy’.

Over at Indie Business Blog, Donna Maria, has been doing these wonderful and informative videos for those in the ‘natural products’ industry. However, I do believe it is a must see for business owners and those just starting out in business. Take a peak at her blog and don’t be afraid to explore as it has tons of valuable information. Oh and what is really cool, if you cannot listen to any of the ‘call in’ shows, you can hear them from the site at your convenience. This is a good thing.! Especially for those of us that have ‘time management’ issues.
Indie Business Blog: Hit the “Sweet Spot” of Your Business

As for us here at SunRose ;o) .. we now have back in stock::

Mandarin Green Organic NOP from Brazil, is fabulous! and I do love the color as well, a beautiful pale green. Such an uplifting and refreshing oil. To read more about this oil, please visit:
Mandarin Green Organic / SunRose.

For our Natural Perfumers, we have the following back in stock:
– Cardamon Absolute Extra
– Oakmoss Absolute Extra
– Tobacco Absolute
– Orris Root 8% Concrete
– Tonka Absolute Extra

Visit our page: Rare & Exotic / SunRose

Earth week will be celebrated April 19th thru 26th. An informative article, one man’s trash is another’s man treasure. ‘Don’t throw it away!

Wishing you a scent filled Spring with all the glorious colors! I can’t wait to start digging in the dirt. Nothing in this world can ever replace the scent of dirt .. especially after the rain. To me, that is the best aroma in the world.!
~ until next time,
Rosanne

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What’s in that bottle???

Essential Oils: What’s Really in that Bottle?
Marketing hype or Myth??

One of the very first lessons I learned in my aromatic journey was ‘know what to ask for’. Being curious, I asked, ‘what exactly does that mean?’ The reply (from my professor at Purdue, Jim Simon, currently at Rutgers)… “Know how to identify what it is you want to purchase”.

Even today, when some customers call, they are still not educated on what are the differences between essential oils, absolutes, resins, carrier oils, infused oils or fragrance oils. Allow me to shed some light on this.

* Essential Oils:
An essential oil is a product obtained from natural raw material, either by: distillation with water or steam or from the epicarp of citrus fruits by mechanical processing, or by dry distillation. They are concentrated extracts and should never be used ‘neat’ (directly) on the skin.

Essential Oils are found in:
The flowers, leaves, bark, wood, roots, entire plant or fruit peel.

* Vegetable Oils (Carrier Oils):
Vegetable oils work to benefit skin and health. They are produced from nuts and seeds, producing oils, butters and fats.
For example: Sweet Almond, Sesame Seed, Shea butter, etc.

Essential oils are typically blended with some type of Carrier oil before applying to the skin or a skin care product.

* Fragrance Oils:
Fragrance oils are made out of synthetic material. This came to pass because an essential oil scent would vary from year to year depending on the weather conditions. (Too much rain, too little rain would stress the plant which would effect the scent). Especially for the perfume industry, they needed to ensure that the scent was identical every time they produced a fragrance.

More and more the trend today is to ‘go back to basics’. This is one of the reasons why Natural Perfumery is making such a big come back.

So, you’re looking for a certain essential oil?
No worries… Just be sure that the following basic information is on the bottle:

– Essential oil: Lavender
– Botanical Name: Lavendula angustifolia
– Country of Origin: France

The ‘botanical name’ and ‘country of origin’ are what identify the essential oil you are looking for, it’s ‘fingerprint’ if you will.

For example:

Essential Oils:
Lavender – Country of Origin could be France or Bulgaria
Rose Otto – Country of Origin could be Bulgaria or Turkey
Vetivert – Country of Origin could be Haiti or India

The scent will vary due to country of origin.

Absolutes:
Rose Absolute Morocco – Rosa centifolia
Rose Absolute Bulgaria – Rosa damascena

The above not only have different countries of origin, but also have different botanical names, be sure to identify the product you are looking for as it will affect the scent of these materials.

Some essential oils have many subspecies – i.e.:

Eucalyptus citridora (this has a lemon scent)
Eucalyptus dives
Eucalyptus globulus (the most common)
Eucalyptus polybractea
Eucalyptus radiata
Eucalyptus smithi

The examples above show – ‘what you want’, ‘what is in the bottle’ and knowing the botanical name is crucial.

Which ‘chemo type’ do you require?
Depending on the properties you desire, you will need to understand the composition of the essential oil. The ‘chemical constituent’ or the three (3) major classes of essential oil constituents:

* monoterpenes and their derivatives (monoterpenoids)
* phenyl propane derivatives
* sesquiterpenes and their derivatives.

We can get into some chemistry here, however, for the purposes of this article this is an overview. It would be advisable to get to know the different properties and why you would choose them.

For a little overview:
Essential oils with Linalool are found in coriander seed, lavender, clary sage, and linalool chemo type of thyme.

Properties associated with monoterpene alcohols:
• strong antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties
• vasoconstrictive properties i.e. menthol, linalool, geraniol can make the site of application feel cold.
• Tonic and general stimulant properties
• Sedative properties

Properties associated with sesquiterpene alcohols:
• Antiviral properties
• Farnesol found in i.e. rose and chamomile is an excellent bacteriostatic. It is well suited to skin care and deodorant products, as it is know to inhibit, rant than kill, growth of bacteria.
• Tonify muscles and nerves

Properties associated with phenols:
• very powerful antimicrobial properties
• skin and mucous membrane irritants
• general tonics and stimulants
• stimulants to the immune system.

Marketing hype or Myth?
We are all in the business to sell our essential oils. However, there is much marketing hype that exists. When you see: aromatherapy grade, therapeutic grade, etc., to the best of my knowledge, there is no such grading system in
this country.

What else would be helpful in purchasing your essential oils?
– Distillation date – when the material was actually distilled. Some essential oils have a longer shelf life then other. Be sure to store properly (cool, dry, dark areas) and tightly close the cap to extend shelf life.

– ‘Batch’ or ‘Lot’ number is important if there is an issue with the order. However, not always available. This way the seller can pinpoint the batch and identify it more readily. (If this is not available, the distillation date will help).

– Organic – You should be given the certifying program (i.e. Ecocert, NOP, etc). This may vary from country to country.

Some customers prefer only organic, other have no preference at all. Cost is a factor, due to organic oils being more costly. (do to all the strict farming laws and paper work).

As a side note: I would prefer all citrus to be organic if possible. The oil for this is cold pressed from the rind where the pesticides are sprayed.

The key is to be an informed buyer.
– Read the labels
– Essential oil & Botanical Name
– Country of Origin
– Organic / wild crafted / conventional
– Lot or Batch Number

Start a sample box. Samples are important to compare different country of origin, and different suppliers. As well as different years. I have aged Patchouli from 2000 that is wonderful, as you know; some oils just get better with age.

Breathe in the wonderful aroma and know that you ‘get what you ask for’.

Books in my Library are many, but my ‘most used’ and favorites:

Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin by Stephen Arctander
The Essential Oils by Ernest Guenther (Vol I thru VI)
The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia
Liquid SunShine / Vegetable Oils for Aromatherapy by Jan Kusmirek

Rosanne Tartaro,
SunRose Aromatics, LLC
www.SunRoseAromatics.com
Phone:718 794 0391