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Geranium flowerBotanical Name:  Pelargonium Graveolens

Description:

Comes from a small flowering bush-like plant that is native to Africa.  The plant can be found all over the world in over 700 species.  The oil is extracted from the leaves and stems of the plant, sometimes also including the flower.  It is typically steam distilled.

Geranium Technical Information

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Non-therapeutic Uses:

Used in perfumery and soapmaking.

Fragrance Family: Herbal with leafie or floral nuances
Perfumery Note: Middle

Fragrance Description:

Mostly quite herbaceous, but depending on the source plants, can be spicy, fruity, floral, or citrusy

Is a balancing and comforting fragrance.

Sometimes used as an inexpensive substitute for rose, as the more floral varieties have a similar richness and depth. Sometimes substituted by Palmarosa.

Jen’s blending notes:

This is a strong fragrance that adds body to top notes, but can be overpowering.  Combined with earthy or herbal base notes, the effect can be overpoweringly herbal.

Different species have wildly different fragrance characteristics, so use caution when switching suppliers as your blend may change.

When creating new blends, give it some time to settle in to the other components before judging the resulting fragrance

Jen’s soapmaking notes:

Has a medium to high flashpoint (185F)

Very soap friendly.  Some of the sharpest attributes of the oil seem to mellow in the soapmaking process. 

Acceleration: none at all