15. Hops Flower
Average price per ml: $6.71 ($201.15 / ounce)
As its name suggests, Hops Flower essential oil is distilled from the flowers Humulus lupulus – the same which are used to make beer. Best known for its ability to induce sleep in even the worst of insomniacs, hops flower oil can also be used to relieve tension, stress and anxiety, digestive distress and menstrual cramps.
(It should be noted that those suffering from depression should not use this oil)
As with other floral oils, the price of Hops flower oil comes from the large number of blossoms needed to make the oil. Also, seeing as how beer is so popular world-wide and the essential oil produced from hops is no so much, it is far more profitable for farmers to dedicate their crops of hops to brewing rather than distilling oil.
If you’d like to give it a try, you can purchase a 5 ml bottle Hops Flower essential oil here for $36.29 (?$7.26/ml). Alternately, you can find Hops Flower essential oil for $22.75 per dram (?$6.15/ml) from Mountain Rose Herbs.
14. Moroccan Rose Absolute
Average price per ml: $6.83 ($204.90 / ounce)
Moroccan rose absolute is distilled from the petals of Rosa x centifolia and has a slightly sweeter scent than other rose oils. Traditionally used in perfumery, rose oil is also high sought after by individuals for its association with love and sensuality. Moroccan rose absolute also provides several health benefits – specifically promoting emotional and reproductive hormone health.
The high price of Moroccan rose absolute oil shouldn’t come as much of a surprise due to the immense popularity of the flower alone (not to mention the large number of flowers required to make the oil).
If you’d like to try it out, you can purchase a 5 ml bottle of Moroccan Rose Absolute oil here for around $40 (?$8.00/ml) or pick up this 10 ml bottle for just under $60 to get the best price per milliliter (?$6.00/ml). You can also find Moroccan Rose Absolute oil for $24 per dram (?$6.48/ml) from Eden Botanicals.
13. Neroli (Bitter Orange Blossom)
Average price per ml: $7.18 ($215.40 / ounce)
Neroli essential oil is distilled from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree, Citrus aurantium. It’s aroma is a heavenly combination of sweet floral and citrus which has made it wildly popular in the perfume industry as well as in many skin care products. Due to its ability to calm the mind, Neroli makes an excellent addition to oil blends for relaxation and stress relief. It is also a wonderful oil for facial serums meant to treat dry, irritated or very sensitive skin.
The high price of Neroli is due to both the oil’s popularity and to the quantity of flowers needed to make the oil, though this price has dropped steadily over the past couple of years as production rises to meet demand.
If you’d like to try it out, you can purchase a 5 ml bottle of Neroli essential oil here for just under $34 (?$6.80/ml) or pick up this 10 ml bottle for just under $50 to get the best price per milliliter (?$5.00/ml). Alternately, you can find Organic Neroli essential oil for a lofty $36 per dram (?$9.73/ml) from Eden Botanicals.
12. Seaweed Absolute
Price per ml: $7.38 ($221.40 / ounce)
Made from a specific species of seaweed – Fucus vesiculosus, also known as rockweed, bladder fucus or by the rather unappealing name ‘bladderwrack’. Seaweed absolute is prized for its unique ‘fresh off the beach’ aroma and for its skin healing properties.
While Fucus vesiculosus is a very common species of seaweed, the oil made from it is quite rare and very hard to find (the most difficult to find of all of the distillates on our list). The high price of seaweed absolute is due to this rarity, as well as for its unique aroma and health benefits.
If you’d like to try it out, you can purchase Seaweed Absolute oil here in various sizes including a dram for $32 (?$8.65/ml), a 1/2 oz bottle for $106 (?$7.07/ml), or a full ounce of Seaweed Absolute for $193 (?$6.43/ml) from Eden Botanicals.
11. Helichrysum (H. italicum)
Average price per ml: $7.46 ($223.80 / ounce)
Helichrysum essential oil is made from the blossoms of Helichrysum italicum, another member of the daisy family. The oil is very well known for its ability to promote faster skin cell regeneration, making it ideal for wound healing anti-aging skin care blends. Helichrysum is also an anti-inflammatory oil which may be used to reduce swelling from burns, wounds, blemishes or other skin irritations, as well as to alleviate painful joint and muscle inflammation.
As with other floral oils, the price of Helichrysum is a direct result of the number of blossoms required to make it as well as the high demand for its powerful healing capabilities.
If you’d like to try it out, you can purchase a 5 ml bottle of Helichrysum essential oil here for around $40 (?$8.00/ml) or pick up this 10 ml bottle for just under $60 to get the best price per milliliter (?$6.00/ml). Alternately, you can find Organic Helichrysum essential oil for a slightly higher $31 per dram (?$8.38/ml) from Eden Botanicals.