10. Neroli Essential Oil
Once upon a time – the 17th century – there was a princess, Anne Marie Orsini, princess of Nerola, Italy. She was the first one to introduce the oil made from the blossom of the bitter orange tree, hence the name of the oil today. It has a honey-like sweetness to it with some spicy tones and it’s used very much in perfumes.
We don’t know if the cause is wearing a princess name or not, but the price for an ounce of this essential oil is a huge $354. We know that the sum doesn’t sound too much, but it’s just an ounce. Almost nothing. Some sources even claim that this oil is one of the secret ingredients in Coca Cola.
9. Sandalwood Essential Oil
The Sandalwood Essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the chips of the wood with the same name. Used in perfumes, cosmetics and Ayurvedic medicine, the oil is praised by many.
The sandalwood is the second most expensive tree in the world, so you can expect the price of the oil to be high. More than that, the process is a very complex one and the fact that it’s produced only in India makes this oil scarce. Its price per ounce is $492.
8. Elecampane Essential Oil
The Elecampane Essential oil comes from a plant in the sunflower family known as well as horse heal, which grows in Europe, Asia and some parts in North America. The plant was considered sacred by the Celts and its name and history goes back to Helen of Troy.
More than that, it’s one of the ingredients used to create absinthe, so it does have an important role in the world besides perfumes and essential oils. It’s also one of the rarest in the world – we suspect absinthe to be the cause for that – and its essential oil is as well used in herbal medicine as an expectorant or for water retention. One ounce of this oil costs $560.
7. Seaweed Absolute Extra essential oil
The Seaweed Absolute Extra Essential Oil is made as the name says, from a seaweed, one that is found on the coasts of the North Sea, the Baltic sea and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. First the original source of iodine, with its salt-water, moss, green herbs and undertones of leather in its aroma now it’s the main choice for natural perfumes.
6. Rose Essential Oil
Who doesn’t know roses and all those commercials involving beautiful ladies, perfumes and rose petals? They’re everywhere. Well, it’s true. At least the part with the rose petals, since they are highly prized in the perfume industry and are widely used around the world.
5. Agarwood Essential Oil
The Agarwood Essential oil, also known as Oud oil, it’s an extremely rare and much appreciated oil for its great aroma and medicinal uses. As the name states, it’s extracted from the agarwood, which is listed as a potential threatened species, making it one of the most expensive raw materials in the world.
4. Cannabis Flower Essential Oil
Now here’s an interesting one, the Cannabis Flower Essential oil, also known as hemp essential oil. It’s main use is in cosmetics, perfumes, soaps and candles for its pleasant, relaxing smell. It’s used as well to flavor some foods or beverages.
3. Frangipani Absolute Essential Oil
The Frangipani flower is a rare species, found only on the Comoros Islands in France. The oil extract is very thick and has an intense sweet floral fragrance, with hints of exotic spices, making it a main component of high class perfumery.
2. Tuberose Absolute Essential Oil
The Tuberose is a perennial plant cultivated in Mexico with extracts of it used in perfumery. Its oil is extracted by infusing the petals in palm oil, separated afterwards from the tuberose essence through the process of evaporation.
1. Champaca Absolute Essential Oil
Used for centuries as a great way to cure depression and relieve stress, vertigo or headaches, the Champaca Absolute Essential Oil seems to be one of the best when it comes to medicinal purposes. It has regenerative properties, helping with wounds from acne, spots, wrinkles and complexions.
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