Today’s featured essential oil is Black Pepper

Aromatic Description

Hot, sharp, fruity, spicy

Extraction Method

Steam Distillation

Plant Part


Main Constituents

Caryophyllene, limonene, sabinene

Black pepper essential oil (Piper nigrum) is steam-distilled from the berries (peppercorn) of the Piperceae. Although black pepper itself is frequently used, the oil is not so widely known. However, it’s an oil high in monoterpenes, a chemical constituent know to have a powerful impact on the body in many ways. The aroma of black pepper is spicy, musky, warm, and.peppery.

Black pepper essential oil (Piper nigrum) is steam-distilled from the berries (peppercorn) of the Piperceae. Although black pepper itself is frequently used, the oil is not so widely known. However, it’s an oil high in monoterpenes, a chemical constituent know to have a powerful impact on the body in many ways. The aroma of black pepper is spicy, musky, warm, and peppery.

Alleviate Fatigue

Add 2 to 4 drops of black pepper EO to your diffuser along with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of distilled water and run it for 30 to 60 minutes to alleviate fatigue and put a little pep in your step. Black pepper oil has a warm, peppery-spicy fragrance. Try just 2 drops at first. The fragrance can be a bit overwhelming.

Improve Circulation

Mix 1 to 2 drops of black pepper essential oil into 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Massage the blend into the chest then any areas of the body that are affected by poor circulation. The legs and arms are the most common areas where circulation slows, but you might want to increase the circulation in your abdominal area and back, too.

Speed Bruise Healing

Apply a 1% to 2% black pepper essential oil/carrier oil blend to bruises to speed healing. You can use any carrier oil you like with black pepper oil.

Improve Cognitive Function

Practice black pepper aromatherapy to improve cognitive function. Add 2 drops of black pepper oil and 2 drops of lavender essential oil to your diffuser with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of distilled water and run it for 30 to 60 minutes. It will sharpen your mind, lift your spirits, make you feel more empowered and help you sort out conflicting thoughts.

Alleviate Anxiety

 Practice black pepper oil aromatherapy to alleviate anxiety. For an even better anxiety-relieving aromatherapy session, add 2 drops of black pepper oil along with 2 drops of lavender essential oil to the diffuser.

The resulting fragrance is a lovely, relaxing blend of warm, spicy, herbaceous and floral scents.

Treat Upper Respiratory Infections

Put 2 to 4 drops of black pepper oil in your diffuser and enjoy 30 to 60 minutes of aromatherapy to alleviate upper respiratory infections. You can also add 1 to 2 drops of black pepper oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and massage it into your chest, throat and back to relieve chest congestion.

Where can I buy this oil. Contact us. We will offer this in 5 mL (100 drops) or 1 ml (20 drops)bottle.

Aesthetic Candles

The creator of Organic Soy Candles and more

 Address: 5716 Kenwood Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34652


Phone: 727-255-1500




There are number of different classes of compounds in essential oils. They can be divided into two groups called hydrocarbons and oxygenated compounds. They can be further broken down into their chemical constituents: terpenes (monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and diterpenes), esters, aldehydes, ketones, alcohols, phenols, and oxides. But there’s really no need to worry about those scientific terms.

All you need to know is that the active chemical constituents found in essential oils are powerful – so powerful that they can cause some very serious health problems if not used correctly including: neuro-toxicity, mucolytic irritation, convulsions, headaches, skin burning & discoloration, dermal sensitivity, danger to pets, infants and pregnant women, preexisting condition aggravation, illness or even death when swallowed (for particular oils). This is why it is so important to use caution when handling and applying the oils.

Specifically, there are compounds found in essential oils that are toxic when ingested: boldo, calamus, camphor, cassia, horseradish, mugwort, mustard, pennyroyal, rue, sassafras,  savin, tansy, thuja, wintergreen, wormseed, and wormwood. These oils can be potentially very harmful if ingested or used improperly.

Dilution 1% 2% 3% 5% 10% 25%
Drops of EO for 1 tsp of carrier oil 1 2 3 5 10 25
Drops of EO for 2 tsp of carrier oil 2 4 6 10 20 50
Drops of EO for 3 tsp of carrier oil 3 6 9 15 30 75
Drops of EO for 4 tsp of carrier oil 4 8 12 20 40 100
Drops of EO for 5 tsp of carrier oil 5 10 15 25 50 125
Drops of EO for 6 tsp of carrier oil 6 12 18 30 60 150



While the use of essential oils is considered 100% safe, the compounds found within the plant essences are very concentrated and powerful. If ever you or a loved one ingests an oil, please do not hesitate to contact Poison Control.

Aesthetic Candles

The creator of Organic Soy Candles and more

 Address: 5716 Kenwood Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34652


Phone: 727-255-1500

Today’s Featured Oil – Bergamot

It has a warm, spicy but sweet lemony fragrance that seems to go right to the solar plexus, giving your mood and confidence a big boost.

Aromatic Description

Citrus, spice, with a light floral note

Extration Method

Cold pressed/expressed

Plant Part

Bergamot rind (peel)

Main Constituents

Limonene, linalyl acetate, linalool, terpinene, β-pinene

Alleviate Depression and Emotional Pain

Take advantage of bergamot essential oil’s natural mood-boosting properties to alleviate depression. This lovely citrus-based oil improves your mood, drives away that helpless feeling, lifts your spirits and helps you feel motivated again. Put 2 to 3 drops of bergamot oil in your hands, rub them together to warm it up then cup your hands over your nose and mouth. Take some slow, deep breaths.

Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Use bergamot oil to alleviate nervous tension, anxiety and stress. It actually stimulates the production of relaxing, mood enhancing hormones like serotonin and dopamine. Add a few drops of bergamot oil to your diffuser or use it in an oil burner. You will quickly feel a sense of contentment and calm. After a really bad day, put about 10 drops of bergamot EO into a warm bath and take a long, relaxing soak.

Relieve or Reduce Muscle Aches and Pains

Massage about 5 drops of bergamot essential oil right into the source of your pain to get relief. It reduces nerve sensitivity at the source to dull the pain sensation. It can be used on any muscle aches, sprained muscles and headaches. Massage it into your lower back when you have muscle tension and pain there. Rub it into your temples and forehead to eliminate headaches. Try a blend with 5 drops each of bergamot, frankincense and lavender in about a tablespoon of sweet almond oil. Rubbing this blend into painful areas reduces the pain and improves your mood.

Aesthetic Candles does offer this as an Aromatherapy Candle it is our 3rd Sacral  YELLOW- Chakra  balancing.

This sweet, lively, and citrusy oil will enliven your senses and encourage the release of repressed emotions.

Bergamot is uplifting as well as gently relaxing. It helps to disperse stangant energy, releasing stress and tension.

Where can I buy this oil. Contact us. We will offer this in 15 mL (300 drops) or 1 ml (20 drops)bottle.

Aesthetic Candles

The creator of Organic Soy Candles and more

 Address: 5716 Kenwood Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34652


Phone: 727-255-1500

What are the Hidden Dangers of Essential Oils?

Highly toxic essential oils include camphor, clove, lavender, eucalyptus, thyme, tea tree, and wintergreen oils, the researchers noted. Many essential oils can cause symptoms such as agitation, hallucinations and seizures.

Essential oils are derived from plant parts.

Many people think essential oils are harmless because they are natural and have been used for a long time. In some cases, that is  not true. Many essential oils can cause rashes if used on the skin. Many can be poisonous if absorbed through the skin or swallowed.

Individuals can have varying reactions to essential oils, as they might to other medicines and products.

Here’s what is known about a few essential oils.

  • Peppermint is used for gastrointestinal discomfort. It’s important to choose the correct species of mint, as some types are poisonous; for example, pennyroyal oil is very poisonous to the liver.
  • Wintergreen is used in some over-the-counter skin preparations to relieve pain. It creates a feeling of warmth because it causes blood vessels to enlarge. BUT – a big but – oil of wintergreen is very dangerous if more than a tiny amount is swallowed. Oil of wintergreen is used as a food flavoring in trace amounts, but drinking from the bottle can be deadly. Swallowing oil of wintergreen is like swallowing a large number of adult aspirin. If someone is on a blood thinner, then I suggest avoiding Wintergreen.
  • Tea tree oil is used for some kinds of fungal skin infections.  When used topically, tea tree oil is generally safe and might be helpful in treating acne and other superficial skin infections. Avoid oral use of tea tree oil, which is toxic when swallowed.
  • Nutmeg is used in food but, when misused or abused, can cause hallucinations and coma.
  • Eucalyptus is used for its soothing effects when inhaled, for example during a cold or cough. If swallowed, eucalyptus oil can cause seizures.
  • Sage oil has been used as a scent, seasoning, and remedy. Swallowing more than a very small amount has caused seizures in children.
  • Camphor is used as a moth repellent and as an ingredient in skin preparations. Even a small amount of camphor is dangerous if swallowed. Seizures can begin within only a few minutes. Camphor poisoning also occurred when skin preparations containing camphor were applied repeatedly on children – more frequently than the label recommended and/or covered up with extra clothing.

Certain constituents of essential oils are very toxic, particularly to vulnerable people like the old, the very young, and pregnant women. On the whole, this toxicity of essential oils applies to an oil when taken internally.

One must remember that one little drop of an essential oil represents between 1 and 1 1/4 oz of the plant itself. Proportion is the key to everything. The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) has addressed the potential problem of the toxicity of essential oils. It has issued a list of oils whose use is restricted in the industries which use fragrances in their products, for example cosmetics and household products.

IFRA gives these oils strict proportion controls and of those used in aromatherapy they include angelica root, baume de Perou, bergamot, cinnamon, cassia, cumin, sassafras and verbena. IFRA has no international legal powers, but most fragrance companies worldwide do follow their guidelines.

In addition to those oils restricted by IFRA, and worthy of close and careful attention: anise,aspic, basil, clove, coriander, hyssop and sage.

These worries mostly concern constituents such as anethol, estragol (methyl-chavicol) and thujone, but I’m also careful about those containing eugenol (which can corrode metal). Toxic reactions can be felt immediately, and range from dizziness and nausea to exhaustion, epilepsy and even death.

Bottom line, essentials need to be respected and understood.

Aesthetic Candles

The creator of Organic Soy Candles and more

Address: 5716 Kenwood Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34652


Phone: 727-255-1500




Today’s Featured Oil – Basil

Basil  Ocimum basilicum

Aromatic Description

Warm, spicy, herbal

Extraction Method

Steam Distillation

Plant Part


Main Constituents

Linalool, eucalyptol

Amazing Benefits of Basil Essential Oil

Cosmetic Applications

Basil essential oil is used topically and massaged into the skin. It enhances the luster of dull-looking skin and hair.

Relieves Stress

This essential oil has a refreshing effect when smelled or consumed, so it is used for treating nervous tension, mental fatigue, melancholy, migraines, and depression. Due to the calming nature of basil essential oil, it is widely used in aromatherapy. Regularly using this essential oil provides mental strength and clarity.

EASE ACHES & PAINS: Add 2 drops of basil to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil, like jojoba oil, sweet almond, grape seed, massage into achy joint. You can also add to unscented lotion or body cream and rub on affected areas.

CLEAR CONGESTION & SOOTHE COUGH: Make a warm compress by placing 3 drops of oil into bowl of warm water. Soak washcloth in bowl and wring out. Lay down, place wash cloth onto chest, and just relax.

ODOR ELIMINATING KITCHEN AIR FRESHENER: Add 2 teaspoon of Epsom salt and 25 drops of basil oil to 4 oz glass spray bottle, swirl to blend oil and salt. Fill rest of bottle with water, leaving room for sprayer top. Shake well before use, spritz throughout kitchen.

REFRESH THE MIND: Diffuse basil oil by placing 3-4 drop into your favorite diffuser to promote a sense of focus and stress relieving benefits.

Aesthetic Candles does offer this as an Aromatherapy Candle but as Basil Eucalyptus. Great for clearing you mind and could help if you breath better if you have a cold.

Where can I buy this oil. Contact us. We will offer this in 15 mL (300 drops) or 1 ml (20 drops)bottle.


Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Aesthetic Candles

Creator of Organic Soy Candles

5716 Kenwood Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34652



Measurements for Essential Oils

The number of actual drops can vary greatly and is especially dependent on the viscosity (thickness) of the oil and the dropper or orifice reducer used.

20 drops ….. 1 ml

75 drops ….. 1 teaspoon

You probably won’t get the same result twice.

Drops are so inaccurate in terms of weight that you can weigh the same number of drops from the same bottle of essential oil several times and you are likely to get a different result.

Measurements will also vary between suppliers.

Essential oils will vary by batch, by supplier, by geographical region, by plant origin, by growing conditions. In other words, you can buy three different batches of essential oil from three different suppliers and it’s likely that 20 drops of all three essential oils will weigh different to each other.

Human Error

The opportunity for human error is enormous. You can easily get distracted by something happening around you and you can lose count. You don’t have equipment measuring the drops for you, so you rely on your own ability to count to 20.

Furthermore, the viscosity of the essential oil can cause error in counting too. If the liquid has a low viscosity and drops out of the bottle quickly then you might not be able to keep up. If the liquid has a high viscosity and takes forever to drop out of the bottle, then you might become so bored that you get distracted and lose count.

Safety Precautions

Because essential oils are concentrated, highly potent substances, a working knowledge of how to use them safely is vital to the success of your efforts. The potential hazards of an essential oil depend on the compounds in the oil, the dosage and frequency used, and the method of application. Here are a few guidelines to ensure safe and effective use of essential oils:

  • Don’t use undiluted essential oils on the skin. They can cause burning, skin irritation and photosensitivity. There are a few exceptions to this rule: it is acceptable to use the nonirritating oils lavender or tea tree undiluted on burns, insect bites, pimples and other skin eruptions-as long as you don’t have extremely sensitive skin.
  • Use with caution those essential oils that result in photosensitivity. Citrus oils can irritate skin, and some of them will cause uneven pigmentation of the skin upon exposure to sun lamps or sunlight.
  • Use with caution those essential oils that are irritating to mucous membrane (the lining of the digestive, respiratory and genito-urinary tracts) and skin. Keep all essential oils away from the eyes.
  • Keep all essential oils out of the reach of young children; older children can be taught to respect and properly use essential oils, but they should nevertheless be supervised. In general, when treating children with essential oils use one-third to one-half the adult dosage and select only nontoxic oils. Among the best and safest essential oils for children are lavender, tangerine, mandarin, neroli, frankincense, petitgrain and Roman chamomile.
  • Vary the essential oils you use. Using the same facial oil blend for a long period of time is acceptable because it covers a very small part of the body, but daily application of the same blend of oils over your entire body for more than two weeks is not recommended. It is wise to alternate with a blend of different oils containing different chemical constituents at least every two weeks. Uninterrupted use of some oils exposes your liver and kidneys to chemical constituents that may be harmful over time. Rotating the oils gives your body time to process them and allows each oil to work on different levels in its own unique way.
  • Be extremely careful before take essential oils orally for therapeutic purposes. Safe ingestion of oils requires a great deal of training and is therefore not recommended for beginners.
  • Use essential oils cautiously with those who are elderly, convalescing, or have serious health problems such as asthma, epilepsy or heart disease.
  • Be cautious about using essential oils during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. Even oils that are generally safe during this time may be too stimulating for women who are prone to miscarriage. Because so many oils are best avoided in pregnancy, it is easier to list the safe ones: gentle floral oils such as rose, neroli, lavender, ylang-ylang, chamomile and jasmine absolute, as well as the citruses, geranium, sandalwood, spearmint and frankincense.
  • Overexposure to an essential oil, either through the skin or through inhalation, may result in nausea, headache, skin irritation, emotional unease or a “spaced-out” feeling. Getting some fresh air will help overcome these symptoms. If you ever experience skin irritation or accidentally get essential oils in the eyes, dilute with straight vegetable oil, not water.

The point of this is to stress that essential oils should be respected and use carefully.

Some of this information was gathered from

Aesthetic Candles

The creator of Organic Soy Candles

Address: 5716 Kenwood Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34652




What is wax anyway?

Ask the science textbook, and you’ll find that wax is a flammable, carbon-containing solid that becomes liquid when heated above room temperatures; in short, it’s the fuel for the candle flame. As the flame gets hot, molten wax is vaporized and combusted—producing heat and light.

Paraffin is the most commonly used candle wax today. Beeswax, soy wax, palm wax, gels, and synthesized waxes are also used in candle-making for the U.S. market, as are blends of waxes. Waxes burn with a yellow flame due to the presence of carbon.

How do they make candle wax?
For most of recorded history candles were tallow (a by-product of beef-fat rendering) and beeswax until the mid 1800s at which point they were made mainly from spermaceti (spurring larger demand for whale oil), and stearin (initially manufactured from animal fats but now produced almost exclusively from palm waxes).

Virtually any kind of oil can be made into a wax; the question is: what is the best one for making candles?

How did they make candles in the Middle Ages?
Middle Ages. Most early Western cultures relied primarily on candles rendered from animal fat (tallow). A major improvement came in the Middle Ages, when beeswax candles were introduced in Europe. Unlike animal-based tallow, beeswax burned pure and cleanly, without producing a smoky flame.

What about candle waxes?

The earliest wax candles are thought to have been created around 5000 BC by the Egyptians, who dipped papyrus reeds in Beeswax (produced by honey bees). Since then, alongside beeswax, a number of other waxes have come to be popular for candle-making, namely: Paraffin Wax (derived directly from petroleum), Palm Wax (derived from palm oil), Soy Wax (derived from soybean oil).

The main factors that led to the usage of these waxes: ease of production, low costs, pleasant aesthetic, good scent properties, and effective burning.

 Why don’t we use one of these waxes?

You’ll notice that sustainability did not feature in that list of key candle-wax properties. When we came to sourcing a wax for our candles, we put sustainability on equal footing with other wax properties, and found a frustrating picture.

Paraffin wax may be very low cost and known for its wonderful burning and scent properties, but as a product of the oil industry it is the very definition of unsustainable(the sludge left in the pipes when they are done making gasoline. Paraffin wax, colourless or white, somewhat translucent, hard wax consisting of a mixture of solid straight-chain hydrocarbons ranging in melting point from about 48° to 66° C (120° to 150° F). Paraffin wax is obtained from petroleum by dewaxing light lubricating oil stocks.

Further recent studies, such as this 2009 study by South Carolina State University, have shown that burning paraffin candles indoors can create unhealthy airborne chemicals. So that’s not going to work for us.

Paraffin-based candles emitted toxic chemicals like toluene and benzene. The soot/fumes are similar to that released from a diesel engine and can be as dangerous as second-hand cigarette smoke. This can contribute to serious respiratory issues like asthma.

Palm Wax was initially heralded as the holy grail of the candle industry. With a pleasant, aesthetic, ‘feathered’ effect, and a similar burn quality as that of paraffin, palm wax was once viewed as the sustainable solution to paraffin use. However, a 2009 investigation by the Economist (“The other oil spill”) discovered that, even with the creation of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), deforestation practices were rampant and endangering many species of animals as demand for palm wax skyrocketed. Even today, it’s considered almost impossible to source truly sustainable palm oil products. This is why I do not use Palm Candle Wax.