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A few weeks ago, I did a new profile on perhaps the most popular and widely used essential oil in candle and soap making - Lavender Essential Oil. This week, I'm featuring the other end of the spectrum. While just as widely recognized as a scent - perhaps even more - rose essential oil is among the most expensive of them all - and hardly ever used (in its natural form) in soap or candle making. It takes over 60,000 roses to make just one ounce of essential oil...and it usually runs hundreds or even thousands of dollars an ounce. Most of us candle and soap makers are lucky to even smell a real rose essential oil, let alone ever use it in candle making or soap making. But once you DO smell it, you'll understand why it's one of the most prized oils in the world.
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June 14, 2008 at 1:51 pm
(1) EverGlow Candles & Gifts says:

Oh my! 60,000 roses! That’s incredible. I don’t know if I’d like to purchase that knowing I’ve killed that many roses for just one ounce of oil.

March 28, 2009 at 9:21 pm
(2) theOzmando says:

wha-ha-ha-ha! Crush! Crush! Crush! Crush all the little roses! Crush them in to the sweet elixir known only to the Gods…as rose essential oils!

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