A little about Sandalwood

Interesting facts about Sandalwood

  • Sandalwood is actually a semi-parasite and can thieve nutrients from close by vegetation!
  • Santalum (Sandalwood) comes a with sweet, woody & spicy aroma.  
  • Sandalwood is one of the most expensive plants in the world & there are many different known species.
  • Indian Sandalwood is more expensive than Australian Sandalwood.
  • Western Australia is a major producer of this oil. Wild Sandalwood has grown naturally in WA for throusands of years.
  • The highest oil contect occurs from more mature trees. Its roots hold large levels of oil.
  • Typical harvesting age is at 30 years, but sandalwood can live for more than 80 years in the wild!
  • In the commercial environment harvesting can occur in 10-15 years.
  • The synthetic fragrance alternative for Sandalwood goes by the name of Isobornyl cyclohexanol - beware!
  • In India its known to be an ingredient added to chewing tobacco, food and drinks.
  • In China Sandalwood is used in Buddhist worship. Sandalwood is considered holy by a few different religions.

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Fragrance and Perfume Manufacturers are protected by copyright and trademark laws, exempting them from disclosing their full ingredient list.

There is growing evidence that the chemicals used in some fragrances are linked to Health Concerns. For example: headaches, memory loss, agrevated respiratory and asthma symptoms, and may even contribute to hormone disruptions.

Fragrance industry can use as many as three thousand ingredients in their products. There can be a hundred ingrediets hidden under the word 'Fragrance' placed in many popular products which are then used on your skin & inhaled by your lungs. These products can be anything from a boutique candle to an artifically scented garbage bag.

Different countires have implemented their own standards of manufacturing. For example in Europe there are around 1328 prohibited chemicals which are not able to be used in personal care products, the USA has roughly 11, researched in year 2021.
Younger & less informed individuals are more likely to use syntheticlly scented products due to limited information available to them pre-purchase.

Synthetic fragrances Do Not hold any homeopathic benefits and are much cheaper to produce. They can however last longer and are inexpensive to purchase.

Here at Breaking Good we choose to use Organic Essential and Carrier Oils. They provide a beautiful selection of aroma with potential beneficial effects on the mind and body. Essential Oil notes are collaborated together to produce a desirable scent without causing harmful effects to the body, unlike synthetic and chemical ingredients added to fragrances today.





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Perfume that's actually good for you

Making Your Own Mood Boosting Perfume with Rhodiola Rosea.

Rhodiola Rosea can help relieve stress & fatigue. It can also help alleviate depression. This herb has been utilised around the world for hundreds of years to improve physical endurance.

How about we make perfume using Rhodiola to help manage daily stress - Its easy! As previously discussed in the last blog about the HARSH EFFECTS of SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCES on the body, Essential Oils can be a powerful aroma substitute combined with positive long term benefits. 

To begin with we will need three characteristics to make Perfume. They are TOP, MIDDLE & BASE notes. With every note emerging once applied, starting from strong influence top notes, the each new note appearing at the departure of the preceding. Aromas evaporate & develop towards the base note which gives a fragrance its longevity. 

            LETS MAKE PERFUME!

  • You will need to combine the following:
  • 6 drops Rhodiola Rosea-using this oil for reduction in stress & mental fatigue.
  • 6 drops Chamomile essential oil-calming & relaxing
  • 4 drops of Cinnamon essential oil-natural mood enhancer.
  • 2 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil-its an aphrodisiac & is beautifully sweet.
  • 1 drop of Tobacco essential oil-adds character.
  • 80 drops of Argan Carrier oil-anti aging & moisturising.
  • Mix well and leave to develop for a few days.
  • Remember to take care when using any essential oil as they have their own side effects & can burn skin when applied undiluted. 
  • Enjoy!


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