Galbanum Essential Oil

FAQ on Using Galbanum Essential Oil as a Natural Perfume Fixative

The resin of the galbanum plant is very aromatic. Because of that, Galbanum essential oil is very popular in perfumes of all sorts. Whether it’s bought or homemade, any perfume needs a fixative to enhance its scent and fixate all the aromas.


Natural perfumes not only are they more affordable than luxury perfumes, but they’re also unique. They’re made with complex, natural fragrances. This means they will maturate and mix with your body odor in a unique manner. If you’re looking for a good perfume fixative for your natural blends, Galbanum oil is a very good choice.


Start by reading all the questions and answers about using this essence. Continue by adding it to your perfumes. In case I’ve missed anything, I strongly encourage you to tell me right away.


After the F.A.Q section, I’ll be giving you a solid perfume recipe. Follow the directions there and start making your own unique and natural solid perfume.


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Frequently Asked Questions about Galbanum Essential Oil, Perfume Fixatives and How to Use Them


If you are interested in making your own natural perfume, essential oils are the best source for incredible scents. The perfume industry draws inspiration from them. They use them in their most expensive fragrances, but unfortunately, in a very low concentration.


A successful fragrance depends on how you mix the oils, what you mix and how long you leave them to maturate. That way plus a few trials, your perfume will get to smell the way you want it. Learn more about making natural perfumes.


This section is about one of the best natural perfume fixatives. Galbanum has a vegetal origin because it is a plant obviously. The good news is that it works even better with other plant-sourced essences.


There are however, lots of other different sources of perfume fixatives. Some of these sources are of animal origin too, for instance: Castoreum or Musk. I’ll tell you more about them in question #9.



1) What is Galbanum essential oil?


It is a concentrated essence extracted via steam distillation from the resinoid that the plant secretes. Its botanical name is Ferula galbaniflua (or gummosa). The green plant doesn’t really smell that nice.


That is the main reason for which only flies pollinate this plant. Nonetheless, things change when the plant produces an aromatic gummy resinoid. This resin is steam distilled and it’s what gives the essential oil its characteristic fragrance.


The oil may vary in density and even color. It all depends on the geographical area of the plant and its extraction method. Absolutes and concretes will always be thicker and darker colored.



2) What is the fragrance of the essential oil?


It has a green fragrance, somewhat musky and earthy. Galbanum also has some spicy and balsamic notes. It was often used as a perfume and burnt as incense in ancient times. It was used especially by royal families.



3) Does it have any other benefits except smelling good?


Being a steam distilled plant extract, it is also volatile. This means that when inhaled, its tiny molecules will travel to the brain and nervous center. The amygdala, which is the center of emotions, is then stimulated. The brain can thus relieve certain neurotransmitters that make the body feel good and relax.


It has many benefits for the skin. Galbanum essential oil is great at improving stretch marks, scars, skin infections and wrinkles.


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4) What is Galbanum essential oil appreciated for in perfumery?


Essential oils are concentrated extracts with interesting fragrances. They contain lots of substances, each with its own aroma. An essential oil is already a perfume in its own! Imagine mixing some floral essential oils with spicy or balsamic ones. What a burst of scents and feelings at the same time!


The oil of Galbanum can be used as a top note and as a middle note. Top notes are the first wave of fragrances you feel upon opening a perfume bottle. They are highly volatile and they last a very short time. They create the first impression too.


The middle notes reveal themselves shortly after the top notes have faded. They give the perfume its identity and strength, and they can last a few good hours.


Galbanum oil is appreciated for its complex scent and the ability to enhance all the other fragrances in the blend.


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5) What else does it blend well with?


You can create very interesting and lovely scents with combinations of oils such as:


  • Rose,
  • Ginger,
  • Bergamot,
  • Cypress,
  • Lavender,
  • Frankincense,
  • Myrrh,
  • Cedarwood,
  • Oak moss,
  • Sweet Myrrh (Opopanax),
  • Violet,
  • Geranium,
  • Fir,
  • Pine,
  • Spruce,
  • Vanilla,
  • Jasmine,
  • Amber.



6) What is a natural perfume?


Natural perfumes are also therapy perfumes. The molecules that the oils contain can do a lot of good to the body and mind. A natural perfume is a complex synergy of aromatic constituents that can’t be replicated.


It does not sensitize the skin, while commercial perfumes can do so since they don’t have almost any trace of natural ingredients.


A homemade perfume is a live and unique perfume! It will totally reflect your personality and mood. It’s so easy to make as many as you like and wear them according to your needs and preferences.



7) What is a perfume fixative?


In perfumery, a fixative is a substance needed to balance the volatile molecules of a blend.



8) What is its role? Why do you need one in your perfume?


A fixative would have to have a low vapor pressure. It needs to be so to maintain that balance of all the other highly volatile molecules.


In other words, Galbanum essential oil enhances all the other scents of the perfume without overpowering them. It makes the necessary connections so that, in the end, it may result a pleasant odor.


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9) What other natural fixatives are there?


Except Galbanum, there are other natural plant essences that can be used for the same purpose. They may be:

  • Myrrh,
  • Tolu balsam,
  • Frankincense,
  • Styrax balsam or storax,
  • Benzoin.


But there are also animal sources that serve as great perfume fixatives. They are:

  • Musk,
  • Castoreum,
  • Civet,
  • Ambergris.



10) Why use the oil of Galbanum when there are so many other fixatives?


Of course, you don’t have to resume yourself to only one perfume fixative. Even so, Galbanum essential oil is a lot more accessible and environmentally safe. Galbanum plants are not in any danger.


They grow in a vast territory that spreads from Iran to Turkmenistan and Turkey. Its price is very affordable and there should be no problem in having a bottle when you start making your own perfume.


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Different Kinds of Perfumes, plus Tips and a Perfume Recipe


Perfumes are beloved everywhere. People can pay loads of money on a specific fragrance they like. There’s nothing wrong with that if you don’t want to trouble yourself with its making.


But if you are here you’re probably curious and you want to know how it feels like to prepare an aromatic potion. You’ll then be able to proudly use it as your signature perfume. If that’s the case then you’ll be glad to keep on reading. You’ll find out many interesting things about the various types of perfumes you could make.


Each person has their own preferences and tastes. Because of that, there are many types of perfume available.


You have the Oriental perfume. This one can be spicy, citrus, balsamic or amber. The common ingredient in Oriental fragrances is Vanilla, of course.


Then there are the Gourmand perfumes. These are a new type of perfumes and they are called so because obviously, they smell incredibly delicious. So delicious that makes you want to eat them.


Scents that smell like chocolate, ice cream, candies, etc. These are just a few of the whole palette of scents you could incorporate in your own perfumes.


There are also citrus and/or floral perfumes. Summer bouquets with roses and jasmine, or orange blossoms, limes and bergamots are always fresh and feminine.


Let’s not forget the woody and earthy fragrances, preferred mostly by men, but by women too.  A drop of Patchouli in some Cinnamon and Neroli would definitely do the trick.


There is no end to your experiments and luckily, there are also a lot of natural materials you could work with.



Some Tips for Making Natural Perfume


  • When you want to create an impressive and unique blend of scents, you should always keep a notebook close by.


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  • The creation of your perfume should always begin on paper. You must write down all the ideas and details you need for your perfume to become reality. Think of what you want it to smell like. Then write down every single fragrance that could lead to its materialization. Even the bottle is important so it can give your perfume the aspect you want.


  • Start small by using small quantities of essential oils and other materials.


  • After it’s done, leave it to macerate a week or two. If you want to smell your perfume, always use paper strips. The aroma you feel directly from the bottle may be deceiving.


  • You can add more of certain essences to enhance a certain smell. Just remember to write down what and how much you’ve added. Such a masterpiece needs to be saved somewhere. Otherwise you won’t remember the exact quantities for the exact same scent. Keep in mind that the balance of your perfume is very fragile. Also, add Galbanum essential oil at the end, so it can gather and bind all the scents together.



Spicy Oriental Perfume Recipe


You’ll need:

  • Cinnamon essential oil (194 F): 15 drops
  • Black Pepper essential oil (180 F): 15 drops
  • Rose essential oil (150 F): 20 drops
  • Vanilla extract (~296 F): 10 drops
  • Beeswax or soy wax: 2 tablespoons
  • Jojoba oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Small metal tin: 1 piece


Step 1

Prepare your essential oils perfume blend before starting the process of melting of the waxes. Jojoba oil is in fact liquid wax, and it has a shelf life of about 20 years if stored in proper conditions.


Mix and correct the scent of your perfume in a glass bottle (always glass!). Let it maturate for at least 2 weeks before you add the perfume to the oily ingredients.


Step 2

Gently melt your wax and mix in the Jojoba. Do this operation in a double boiler. Never melt the waxes, especially soy, directly on the stove. In the meantime, open up your container and let it sit somewhere out of the way, but close enough to grab it when you need it.


Step 3

Depending on the wax and each essential oil you use, you’ll have to wait for the right temperature after melting to add the oils. Each essential oil has a flashpoint. This flashpoint represents the maximum accepted temperature before the oil catches fire.


You should always pay attention to this flashpoint when making solid perfumes or candles! In this article about soy candle making you’ll find a list of essential oils and their flashpoint too.


Soy wax melts at temperatures between 120 and 180 F.  The lowest flashpoint in our recipe here is 150 F. This means you’ll have to wait until the liquid waxes cool down till that temperature before adding your essential oils perfume.


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Step 4

Once they are all stirred well, you can add the liquid to your metal tin. Leave it to cool off at room temperature for about 24 hours. And you’re done!


Take it with you in your purse and refresh your perfume all day long. It’s that simple and easy to carry. I quite like these little solid perfumes!


It is easy to send out a message through a perfume. Perfumes that reflect your personality and mood can send the message you want without even saying a word. In the natural world of fragrances, there are hundreds of different scents.


You could use them all to try and make that one or more perfumes that you want to represent you everywhere you go.


Sure, commercial perfumes can smell pretty impressive and even create addiction, but most of the times they are too expensive. Plus, the fact that the industry is making perfumes on a large scale means they have to use mostly synthetic fragrances.


They are usually the most concentrated, as opposed to natural fragrances. The latter are more delicate, yet some of them can overpower any other scent. Such is the case with Galbanum essential oil. It is one of the best and affordable perfume fixatives that can help your blends maturate beautifully.


What do you think of it so far? Is it something you’ll try in the near future in your perfumes? I’m delighted to read your thoughts, so go ahead, say what you need to say… 🙂



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