What are Absolute Oils?

by FabulousFrannie

You may be familiar with essential oils and how they’re distilled, but what about absolute oils?

Absolute oils are collected from plants that don’t produce enough oil through steam distillation or are too delicate to undergo this process. Absolutes can be processed using two different methods: enfleurage and solvent extraction.

Enfleurage, which is done at a lower temperature than steam distillation in order to preserve these delicate plants, results in a more concentrated and fragrant liquid. This was the first method used to extract oils from these plants, but due to its costly and time-consuming nature, it has been generally replaced by solvent extraction.

Solvent extraction involves incorporating other chemicals, such as CO2, into the oil. These are extracted during the final stages of production.

Since absolute oils are so concentrated and volatile, it’s particularly important to store them properly so they don’t degrade or have the potential to harm you. Like essential oils, they should be stored in a dark glass bottles in a cool, dry place.

Knowing how delicate the process is, and how much of a given flower goes into making absolute oils, it should come as no surprise that they are generally much more expensive than traditional essential oils.

Although we do not currently offer any absolute oils, here are a list of some popular ones and their essential oil substitutes.

Ylang Ylang for Jasmine Absolute
Neroli for Orange Flower Absolute
Geranium for Rose Absolute


*For informational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Heather June 18, 2016 - 8:51 am

Are any of Fabulous Frannie’s oils safe for topical and internal use? If so, what are they?

FabulousFrannie June 21, 2016 - 1:35 pm

Heather, all of our essential oils are safe for topical use when diluted with a carrier, such as carrier oil or water. Some essential oils are stronger than others and should be diluted in higher ratios (i.e. Cinnamon). In general, you should use up to 12 drops of essential oils to 2 Tbsp. carrier (higher for children, the elderly, or women who are pregnant or nursing). We do not recommend applying undiluted oils directly to the skin since they are so highly concentrated. As far as internal use goes, there are some essential oils that can be incorporated into food in very small doses (use a toothpick to add 1 drop to your favorite dishes or water). We suggest meeting with a trained Aromatherapist or medical provider before internal use as they are familiar with your health history.


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