Product Abstract: Ho Wood Essential Oil has recently been used as a replacement for Rosewood Essential Oil because of its similar chemical properties and applications. Previously used for sword and knife handles because it would not scratch the fine blades, Ho Wood became more popular in 1985 when a major explosion at a linalool-producing facility greatly decreased the available supply, which launched Ho Wood as a natural and sustainable replacement. Locally referred to as Shiu Oil, it is commonly broken for its aromatic constituents.
Cautions: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
Storage: It is recommended that oils packaged in metal containers (for safe shipping), be transferred into dark glass containers to maintain freshness and attain maximum shelf life.
NOTICE: This product contains a component which is listed under California Proposition 65. California residents will receive this product labeled accordingly.
IMPORTANT: All New Directions Aromatics (NDA) products are for external use only unless otherwise indicated. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and it should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or under the care of a medical practitioner. Please refer to our policies for further details, and our disclaimer below.
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Rating: I got this to start phasing out my products with Rosewood. I appreciate that it is a more sustainable option and it has a remarkably similar scent. I would say it is slightly less heady than Rosewood (which is fine with me), but not distinctly different. Thanks NDA for being earth conscious!
By:Tatiana, Omaha, Nebraska Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 19-Sep-2014
Rating: I have used this EO for many years and I love it. It is a nice substitution for Rosewood, although it is strong so follow the cautions. Otherwise, it is very soothing and definitely a keeper.
By:Julie, Watertown, New York Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 18-Sep-2009
Rating: Love this oil! It has a smooth, woodsy scent with a lot of sweetness and a bit of floral. The scent lasts a long time, too. I can definitely appreciate this as a sedative/ relaxant due to the high linalool content. Very glad i ordered this.
Rating: I bought this based on information that it has the same benefits as rosewood, I anticipated a generic "woodsy" scent. Ho Wood has a bright, sunny, light woodsy scent, truly appealing! Definitely usable in products for both genders.
By:Leanne, Osage, Iowa Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 01-Aug-2016
Rating: Thank you to the two reviewers who compared Ho Wood to Rosewood. I was really hoping you were right, and the first thing I thought when I opened the bottle is that it smells almost identical to rosewood. The same overall fragrance, with a tiny bit more of a camphor/medicinal base note which is not very noticeable. It's quite lovely and I'm thrilled that I have a Rosewood replacement, since Rosewood is endangered.
Rating: Got a sample size of this oil just for experimentation. This oil has a very soft, sweetness to it that is like a toned down atlas cedar. I think it is going to be a little too similar to atlas cedar for me to have a use for it right now, but it would probably be useful in a perfume blend where a less offensive woody scent is desired. It doesn't seem to have that sharp, slap in the face kind of aroma that cedar can have out of the bottle.
By:John, Port Charlotte, Florida
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 08-Dec-2008
Rating: This EO is a bit sharp, and the camphoraceous notes definitely stand out. I don't smell the floral notes, and it's not sweet to me. Overall, while not unpleasant, it's not one of my favorites for aromatic applications, and it's a possible dermal irritant, so only its therapeutic properties would be of much interest to me.
By:Lauretta, San Diego, California Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 19-Jun-2010
Rating: Delightful. A soft, almost powdery, slightly sweet wood. I ordered 5ml of it, and after smelling it, I wish I'd ordered the 100ml bottle!
Rating: This is a really interesting oil. It is less assertively woody than amyris or cedarwood. It has a sweet note that softens the overall fragrance. But it's by no means weak, bland, or overtly "feminine." I used it in a patchouli blend for CP soap and it did not get lost amidst the other essential oils. I look forward to soaping it alone as well.
By:Judy, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 19-Jan-2011
Rating: Ho Wood has a wonderful fruity-wood smell. It mixes with almost every other oil that I use, and my clients love it. Thanks!
By:Michael, Chicago, Illinois Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 05-Dec-2010
Rating: This oil smells so sweet, it's reminds me of geranium bourbon or roman chamomile. I think it's going to mix really well with a lot of oils.
By:Tily, Sunnyvale, California Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 25-Sep-2006
Rating: Always on the lookout for natural preservatives, I found howood to be an excellent and healing addition to any cosmetic making. It has become a staple in my recipes, both for its effects and for its scent.
By:Stacey, Toronto, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Great stuff - I'm back for a larger bottle. Blends well with all the wood and citrus types; perks up bland, overly sweet smells and tones down the overly pungent ones. I have only used this in blends so far, but I could really enjoy this on its own. I "rinsed" the empty bottle with carrier oil and added a little diluted cedar atlas and sandalwood for my own little "wish I was a carpenter" blend. What can I say, I like the wood oils!
Rating: I made cp soap with this as the scent back in September 2007 and the scent is still just as strong in the soap that is still sitting here in storage. Some scents fade but this one has stayed very well.
By:Alexandra, Nanaimo, British Columbia Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: WOW I LOVE this one!
Rosewood is out of price for me and my soap making business....but HO WOOD is a really great remplacement!
By:Caroline, Bearn, Quebec Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I just rubbed my hands with a few drops of ho wood: surely astringent. And the aroma!
By:Louis, Cowansville, Quebec Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I ordered this one because the 1/6 oz was so affordable and I have always wanted to experience this little heard of oil. It is a very complex scent, that is almost a sweet woody to my nose. It is slightly medicinal and is strangly familiar. Try it in the smallest size, it is worth experiencing.
By:Jessica, Plano, Texas Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 14-Jun-2006
Rating: Very similar to Rosewood in chemical composition but produced from a renewable resource. The green alternative for the caring person. Best used for acne, dermatitis, frigidity, general skin care, headaches, immune system stimulation, infections, nausea, scars, sensitive skin, stress, tension, wounds, wrinkles. This one is priced right and very good quality.
By:Candice, Sarasota, Florida Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 29-Jan-2006
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