Oils that are sold as 3% in jojoba are mostly done so because of the cost. These oils are considered premium oils and are beautiful and more expensive than the regular oils like lavender and orange, for example.
These oils are usually sold this way:
and now also
Tomato leaf……. and others.
When I was writing my last article I had to think clearly about what ratios I suggested for making a facial moisturiser of essential oil of rose, in rosehip oil. (See Rose and Rosehip – A Winning Combination for Youthful Skin http://wp.me/p2R7rE-cb )
When making an oil blend for a client’s treatment I usually take the dropper out and free pour the 3% blend into the bottle. When making other products I usually use the 100% pure oils, or not at all.
So I thought about it.
Then scribbled ratios, percentages and varying numbers on the page. Then sent a message to my aromatherapist Vicky to ask her opinion.
There is 3% of pure rose oil in each drop (of the 3% in jojoba). Imagine dividing that drop into 100 parts and then times it by 3. Miniscule.
Yes so I’m saying there’s 0.03 drops of rose oil in 1 drop of a blended oil. So if I wanted 1 drop of rose oil I’d have to multiply by 30.
If you multiply by 30 you’d get 90% pure. Now my brain’s fried.
33.3 drops (of the blend) is 1 pure drop…..I think”
So there you have it. How many aromatherapists does it take to do the maths?
Vicky just uses the 3% blends as if they are pure and adds a little more. She does this because she commented on the power and strength these oils seem to have. So even though the oils are far less concentrated, you won’t need as much as a standard oil anyway. But when it comes to recommending ratios I thought I would decide on my own and stick with it.
I made an oil for a treatment with a single oil – rose – to test it out. I decided to multiply by 3. If it was pure rose oil I would use the standard ratio, but using the blended oil I’ve decided to triple it:
50 mls of carrier oil
25 drops of pure rose (or less)
75 drops of rose 3% in jojoba
When I made an oil the other day for a treatment I used 3 oils in the blend. I doubled the 3% oil (rather than tripled) as it seemed to work better:
50 mls carrier oil
Roman chamomile 3 % 12 drops (pure would have been 6 or less)
Bergamot 12 drops
Frankincense 6 drops
Often these stunning essential oils that are blended with jojoba in a 3% ratio, are very strong too and so less is needed.
The benefits of having these gorgeous oils is that they are ready made perfumes!
Nothing is a sweeter scent than a few drops of jasmine, rose or neroli.
No alcohol to cheapen the lovey roundness of the oils.
No superfluous packing.
No hidden marketing costs.
Just a little amber bottle full of divine love.