Chemistry and Blending with Pine, Spruce and Fir Oils

by Andrea Butje on June 5, 2013

Pine essential oilIf you’re a fan of Pine essential oil, take a sneak peek into the Component Blending class at Aromahead Institute!

True confession: I spent months developing this class, just so I could  do nothing but smell and blend with Spruce, Fir and Pine essential oil!

Okay, there’s more. I wanted to explore some really exceptional blends with a class, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do it.

One amazing product I added to the class is melt and pour soap. You can be really creative when you make your own bar soap. We use an organic base and add luscious butters like shea and coconut oil, beautiful aromatic powders like cardamom and vanilla, and essential oils like Black Spruce, Hemlock, Larch, Pinon Pine and Siberian Fir. 

This is my quote for the class:
“To inspire . . . to breathe in”

Other AMAZING blends we make during the class:

  • Cream from scratch
  • Handmade resin incense
  • Cardamom salt butter scrub bar
  • Inhalers

Learn more about taking the class online here.

What students are saying about this class:

“The soap was fun to make and such a great smelling product (the vanilla bean powder smelled good enough to eat).  I also really enjoyed the ‘best cream ever’ recipe! I was able to follow easily, and watching the video was very important for me. I saw that the temperature needed to be within one degree, so I made sure to do just that . . . it was flawless.

“I loved the pines. I also fell in love (almost addicted to) the d-limonene inhaler. I find that I really benefit from it as well. It smells so divine and it also keeps my immune system supported well.”
~ Iris Cornell

“I just reviewed my notebook from the Component Blending class I took recently, and feel so appreciative of the quality of the course materials. I wanted a chemistry class and was so pleased with my experience. I love, love, love the wonderful blends we got to create (especially the butters which I often neglect to make on my own.)”
~ Lee Whitridge

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Linda Murphy June 22, 2013 at 7:56 pm

I’m curious about Shea butter as an oil base along with coconut oil. Right now, I just use coconut oil. Please share why other oils would be necessary and their benefits to the recipe. Thanks.

I love your website.


Andrea Butje June 23, 2013 at 8:56 am

Linda, Thanks for the great questions. Each body butter has its own unique properties and offers something different to your blend. I love coconut and I always use others as well for their various nourishing benefits. Here is a blog post i wrote on carrier oils and body butters that goes into the depth your asking for:


Cristina Paniewski June 21, 2013 at 12:39 am

I love working with White Fir and Cypress Looking forward to taking this class online! Thanks for all this wonderful information


Christine June 20, 2013 at 9:23 am

I love Black Spruce essential oil. It is fantastic in a blend with other woodland oils like Cypress. Yummy!


Kelle June 19, 2013 at 10:09 pm

I love the video and I cannot wait to take this course in August! Chemistry and conifers, what could be better?! Yipie!


Jocelyn Brown, Hippie Health Coach June 19, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Am definitely interested…. I enjoy Cypress essential oil a lot I’m definitely interested in learning about the other pines/firs/etc oils. I’d also love to know how to make the cardamom soap…. heaven!!


Andrea Butje June 19, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Thanks Jocelyn,
Email me if you have any questions:


Hillary B. June 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I just might have to beg, plead, and generally debase myself to my parents so I can take this course (online). It feels strange not planning my summer and fall around a schedule of trekking to upstate NY for classes at Aromahead… *sigh*


Andrea Butje June 11, 2013 at 12:17 pm

It will be fun to have you in the online class!!!


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