Learning Essentials

Understanding essentials

Essential oil is derived from one, and only one, plant species. Essentials are made from the parts of plants that contain volatile components, i.e., substances that will evaporate. When those components evaporate, they emit a distinct smell that can invoke physical, mental, emotional, energetic, or spiritual change. Depending on the specific plant and where the volatile components are located in that plant, essential oils are extracted from the flowers, leaves, twigs, roots, bark, resins, or fruits. Essential oils are highly concentrated mixtures comprised of these volatile components.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba is one of the main carrier oils used is MiSh!t products

The word jojoba, pronounced “ho-ho-ba”, is a distortion of the native Papago Indian word “howhowi”. Jojoba is known by many other names such as bucknut, coffee nut, goatnut, pignut, nutpush, goatberry, sheepnut, and lemon leaf. The seeds of the jojoba plant are dark brown, akin to large coffee beans. Jojoba is a widely used medicinal plant that is cultivated worldwide. Its seeds and oil have a long history of use in folklore to treat various ailments, such as skin and scalp disorders, superficial wounds, sore throat, obesity, and cancer. It is widely used in the pharmaceutical industry, especially in cosmetics for topical, transdermal, and parenteral preparations.

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Frankincense Oil

Frankincense is used is MiSh!t's Perfume CONFIDENCE

Frankincense resin is obtained from trees. Incisions are made in the trunks of the trees to produce exuded gum, which appears as milk like resin. The resin hardens into orange-brown gum resin known as frankincense. There are numerous species and varieties of frankincense trees, including Boswellia serrata in India, Boswellia carteri in East Africa and China, Boswellia frereana in Somalia, and Boswellia sacra in Arabia, each producing a slightly different type of resin. The aroma from these resins is valued for its presumed healing properties and superior qualities for religious rituals since the time of the ancient Egyptians, and has been used in incense, fumigants, and as a fixative in perfumes.

Frank MB, Yang Q, Osban J, Azzarello JT, Saban MR, Saban R, Ashley RA, Welter JC, Fung KM, Lin HK. Frankincense oil derived from Boswellia carteri induces tumor cell specific cytotoxicity. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2009 Mar 18;9:6. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-9-6. PMID: 19296830; PMCID: PMC2664784.

Patchouli Oil

Patchouli is used in MiSh!t's perfume LOYALTY 

Patchouli essential oil is extracted from the leaves of Pogostemon cablin (PC) of the Lamiaceae family . Patchouli is well-known for various medicinal purposes. The plant has a firm, hairy stem, large, fragrant, downy leaves and white flowers with a purple tinge. The plant almost doesn’t smell, it gives off its scent when the leaves are left to dry for about 5 to 6 days in the shade to prevent them from fermenting.  90% of Patchouli comes from Indonesia where patchouli is called Nilam. Patchouli is the most widely used raw material in perfumery except for citrus. Patchouli is a plant that looks very much like a large shrub about one metre tall with leaves resembling those of the mint.