Description / Color / Consistency: A thin, pale yellow to orange liquid.
Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma: A top note with a strong aroma, Michelia Alba Essential Oil has a fresh, slightly green minty scent that has been described as exotic with a hint of the tropical, with bittersweet notes.
Product Abstract: Michelia Alba can grow into quite large trees with handsome leaves that are broad and vibrant, and with flowering heads that are small, tender and very aromatic. Michelia Alba is the most exotic and costly of the Michelia family, which has traditionally been used in Asian temple ceremonies to mark births, deaths and holidays. The Essential Oil is most often used for its exotic fragrance, and is It is growing in popularity with soap makers. It seems to have a strong influence on other oils, and for this reason only small amounts need to be used.
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: This oil is hard to describe (others have tried, so I won't) and on first impression may leave you wondering how to use it in a blend. What you smell from the bottle is not exactly what you'll get in the synergy. The scent also changes with time. I personally use it in a synergy with several oils including Tangerine, Ylang and Lavender in which Michelia Alba Leaf is only a small percent of the blend and it adds an amazing, complex touch to it. It is one of those oils in a blend where you know there is 'something' special but can't put your finger on what it is. That 'something special' is Michelia Alba.
Rating: Very fresh green scent with sensual undertones. Used as a fixative in cold process soap using citrus essential oils was impressed. Also works in sensual blends. Could be used either way fresh citrus blends or sensual blends. Lovey either way.
Rating: My sister purchased this oil and I really like it! I will be purchasing some in the future. Wonderful smell, quality and price
By:Ginger, Puyallup, Washington Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 07-Feb-2014
Rating: nice - slightly sweet and green - reminds me of how basil and lavender make me feel
By:Mary, Boulder, Colorado Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 10-Nov-2012
Rating: I had never tried this before and all the disparate reviews had me very intrigued. It is gorgeous and I've been blending like crazy with it. Recommended for mood enhancement.
By:Tiffany, Morrisville, Pennsylvania Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 24-Dec-2012
Rating: I have to agree with the comment about rosewood. This does smell a little like that, but just not so woody and heavy. This is a fairly light scent and would probably bring a nice green note to a mix with florals.
By:Breanne, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 15-Jan-2013
Rating: Uniquely tropically exotic and invigorating scent, Many aromas, top, floral, tea like notes. Light bottom notes of citrus. Wonderful as an fixative to extend other EO or used alone. One of my favorites.
By:James, Seattle, Washington Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 22-Jun-2009
Rating: Reminds me of Rosewood a little bit but less woody. Good base for some perfume on the spicy/citrus side.
By:Daisy, Nepean, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: This EO reminds me of pumpernickle bread, which I've never been a big fan of, so I like the aroma much less than I anticipated based on the website's description of it.
By:Lauretta, San Diego, California Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 19-Jun-2010
Rating: This is a very light oil with balsam and medicinal elements similar to mint and wintergreen. It is a clean and sharp disinfectant, but pleasant smell, with a slight paint-like background.
By:Henry, Chattanooga, Tennessee Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 22-Jul-2010
Rating: Uplifting and strong, definitely exotic, very green, and reminiscent of some kind of herbal tea. Searching for more information on this oil, I was able to find that it is part of the Michelia genus of flowering plants belonging to the Magnolia family, although I do not consider it's fragrance similar to the magnolia.
By:Amanda, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 23-Jan-2010
Rating: Wonderful scent. Smells like sweetened tea with herbal and citrus notes.
By:Jenn, Vancouver, British Columbia Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Like the previous reviewer stated, this really is almost a "tea-like" essential oil. Like the jasmine tea you find in Chinese restaurants and decent coffee shops. It has an almost absurdly outrageous floral quality at its head and heart, and the mellow, malty aspect of the tea component comes somewhere near the end of the olfactory experience. Very interesting stuff. Experimentation will be needed here...
By:Jourdain, Salinas, California Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 11-May-2009
Rating: Beautiful EO! To me there is a gorgeous "tea" scent amongst the exotic floral.
By:Laura, Winnipeg, Manitoba Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I just received my oil and what a tantalizing aroma! The scent is very fresh, clean, and isn't reminiscent of any of the commonly used florals. I just wish there was more information about its benefits. I can say this....it uplifted my mood when I smelled it. It is a keeper!!!
By:Anetra, Richmond, Virginia
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 05-Jun-2009
Rating: I purchased based on the reviews. I added it to my lotion and I love it. I feel like I'm on a tropical island!
Rating: I love this scent! Based on my experience, people either really like it, or don't like it at all. I really like the combination of sweet floral with fresh green, though I admit it's pretty strong. I blended it with rosewood for a rich, intoxicating perfume (well, *I* like it!).
By:Judith, Reisterstown, Maryland Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 26-Mar-2006
Rating: New Directions provices us the best quality oils possible and this is no exception! You can simply TELL how perfect this oil is from the moment the cap is removed! Light fresh vibrant sweet - I cant put it down!
By:Joely, Topeka, Kansas Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 15-Nov-2006
Rating: I love this wonderful light fresh sweetly exotic, almost painfully sweet green essential oil. Another one of my favorites for aromatherapy massage blends perfect for "new beginnings" or a fresh start. REally beautiful scent you won't be able to put down! Best Michelia Alba I've ever come across!
By:Candice, Sarasota, Florida Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 29-Jan-2006
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