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Cognac Essential Oil

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Swirling a glass of Cognac in a swanky lounge suggests images of old Hollywood glamour or an outdoor cafe in Paris. Cognac essential oil offers these heady, evocative and romantic images – and more.  

Used by high-end natural perfumers all over the world, Cognac essential oil has a very complex aroma with aromatic notes of tartness and muscatel (grape) fruitiness and a complex, earthy richness. It has a fine wine or liqueur fragrance that is sometimes used to draw out the uniqueness of other essential oils when dropped into blends. It helps lift and modify certain notes in perfume formulas by providing a base or foundation note to lighter, sweeter essences.  

Native to France (a town named Cognac) and the Mediterranean, the source of this essence is Vitis vinifera (common grape vine), which can sprout over 5,000 varieties of grapes. Produced from the wine precipitate known as “lees,” Cognac essential oil is extracted through steam distillation. As a specialty essential oil, Cognac will synergistically enhance your most beloved fragrances, providing exceptional and distinct nuances unique to this essential oil.


Botanical Name: Vitis vinifera

Chemotype / Variety: Green

Origin: France

Method: Steam Distilled

Plant Part: Wine Lees

Aroma: Complex, and green with notes of fruity-tartness

Consistency: Thin

Color: Green

Note: Middle - Base

Family: Vitaceae

Blends Well With: Vanilla; Lavender, and other florals

Comments from GC/MS report:The analysis of this Cognac batch sample meets the expected chemical profile for authentic essential oil of Vitis vinifera. No contamination or adulteration was detected. The results provided in this GCMS quality analysis reflect the chemical composition of the oil and lot referenced above on the date of analysis.

Safety & Shelf life

Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.

OK For Kids: 2+

Kids Max Dilution: 1%

Shelf Life: 3-5 Years

How to Use

Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.

Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.

DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.

COGNAC SUGAR SCRUB: To exfoliate the skin and smooth the appearance, mix together: 3 drops of Cognac, 2 drops of Cocoa, 3 drops of Frankincense and 2 drops of Orange. Add ½ cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 cup of Jojoba and 1/4 cup of Sweet Almond oils. Stir to mix well. Use as a last step in the shower, on wet skin, using a spoon to scoop out. Gently massage 1 tablespoon at a time over the entire body. Rinse and blot skin dry to seal in moisture; revel in the aroma left on your skin and start your day with a boost. Avoid getting scrub wet to prevent contamination. (.4% dilution)

BODY LOTION: Add 5 drops of Cognac, 3 drops of Vanilla Oleoresin, 1 drop of Ylang Ylang and 2 drops of Cocoa to one ounce of unscented body lotion. Shake well before indulging in a luxurious experience.

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