Blending With Butterfly Lily Co-Extraction And Other Rare Aromatics

Blending With Butterfly Lily Co-Extraction And Other Rare Aromatics

Butterfly lily co-extraction is a beautiful new aromatic. Butterfly lily flowers (Hedychium coronarium) and cabreuva nerolidol (a fractionation of cabreuva wood, which is Myrocarpus fastigiatus) are co-extracted together to create one amazing, stunning aromatic.

To my knowledge, this co-extraction has not been used clinically yet in aromatherapy practice. I have been in the aromatherapy field since 2001, and I have been studying environmental biology/botany for far longer (28+ years). I do not recall seeing this co-extraction mentioned in any prior resource and I have not seen it available commercially before. Previously only cabreuva essential oil and Hedychium coronarium absolute (which is more commonly called ‘ginger lily’ or ‘white ginger lily’ absolute) were available. I have used both cabreuva essential oil and ginger lily absolute in perfumery and aromatherapy. Since this co-extraction is new to the market, its properties and uses can only be speculated about, until more people have experimented with it. Plant Therapy (the aromatherapy company that offered it as part of their May Oil of the Month Club) suggests using butterfly lily co-extraction for sleep and relaxation1. I have been working with this aromatic for a few months now and it does seem relaxing.

Like with many new to me aromatics, I have been blending with it with aroma purposes in mind, as I figure out its properties. This is a blend that I made during the summer solstice (a couple months ago). I hope you like the blend!

Butterfly lily co-extraction is very floral, sweet, honeyed, green, woody, with a balsamic-spicy note. The floral note is reminiscent of lilacs; very ethereal and heady.

Butterfly Lily Co-Extraction Blends Well With Citrus & Woody Aromatics.
Butterfly Lily Co-Extraction Smells Amazing When Blended With
Woody & Citrus Aromatics.

I blended butterfly lily co-extraction, with kumquat (Citrus japonica, formerly known as Fortunella japonica) and desert cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) essential oils to make a simple aromatherapy scent blend. Butterfly lily co-extraction is the heart of the blend but it has great tenacity, so it can be used as a middle or base note. Kumquat is the top note and desert cypress is a middle note. I can smell the butterfly lily co-extraction long after the kumquat and desert cypress essential oils dissipate on the skin. I chose kumquat essential oil to uplift, and to represent warmth and sunniness. It is hard to find this aromatic, since it is relatively new to the market too, but a few companies carry it. I have seen Cupressus macrocarpa essential oil mentioned in aromatherapy texts before, but I have not seen it available commercially until recently; only a very few companies carry it (my friend qualified aromatherapist Raghda Abdel Maksoud gifted me with a bottle from her aromatherapy company, which is called Ebers). This is not the same cypress essential oil that is commonly used in aromatherapy (which is Cupressus sempervirens). I am still discovering Cupressus macrocarpa essential oil’s energetic properties but to me its uplifting and it brings to mind rebirth.

I made this blend with several different ratios. But I like my original blend the best which uses more butterfly lily co-extraction than the other aromatics (so it doesn’t follow a classic perfume ratio). I like how it is the star of the blend, and how its aroma is not muddled by the other notes (meaning you can still smell butterfly lily co-extraction; it just has even more depth to it when blended with the other aromatics). But if you like more citrus or woody notes, you might want to add more kumquat or desert cypress essential oils (kumquat is citrus, while desert cypress is woody with a citrus note, and also green/coniferous).

Butterfly Lily Co-extraction Roller Recipe
Butterfly Lily Co-Extraction Roller Recipe


6 drops Butterfly lily co-extraction (Hedychium coronarium & Myrocarpus fastigiatus)
3 drops Kumquat (Citrus japonica aka Fortunella japonica) essential oil
3 drops Desert cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) essential oil
About 8.5 ml of 190 proof (95%) Ethanol


Add the essential oils and co-extraction to a 10 ml roller bottle. Measure and add the ethanol. Push the roller insert into the bottle, cap it, and then shake well. Enjoy!


For the ethanol, I used Everclear but you can use other 190 proof or 95% alcohols. 8.5 ml should completely fill up most 10 ml rollers; if not, just add a little more alcohol. Do not add water, since it will no longer be properly formulated for topical usage.

If you do not have ethanol, you could also use a carrier oil, like jojoba oil, fractionated coconut oil, or whatever carrier oil you like. Note: aromatics in alcohol evaporate off the skin differently than if using a carrier oil, so you may have to tweak the ratios of the aromatics.

I think that butterfly lily co-extraction blends well with other citrus and woods. So if you do not have kumquat and desert cypress essential oils, you can try other citrus and wood aromatics. I also blended butterfly lily co-extraction with pink grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) and sustainably harvested/certified organic siam wood (Fokienia hodginsii also known as Chamaecyparis hodginsii) essential oils, and it is beautiful too (if you use siam wood, please only use a certified organic or sustainably harvested one since it is vulnerable in some areas2). Be sure to keep both the total concentration as well as the max dermal concentrations in mind when blending (see my article on concentrations in aromatic blending).

Since I was making a small amount (a 10 ml roller bottle) only for myself, and I was just experimenting with this blend, I used drops to measure the aromatics instead of using a scale. If you are making this in larger amounts or as gifts, then it is best to use a scale (check out my article on using a scale to measure essential oils).

This makes around a 4% to 6% concentration (depending on drop size). This is meant for pulse point application (or very small areas) and short term usage only. If you want to apply it to a larger area or use it for longer periods of time, then reduce the concentration to 2% or lower.

Do you enjoy making aromatherapy blends? Have you used butterfly lily co-extraction? Let me know in the comments what you have blended with it!

If you have questions about my article on butterfly lily co-extraction, please ask them in the comments below! If you have any questions about aromatherapy, herbalism, formulation, and perfumery, I would be happy to answer them in Herbs, Essential Oils, Perfumes & Formulation by Plant Alkemie facebook group or on Plant Alkemie Institute of Holistic Botanical Studies Facebook business page.


1Plant Therapy Essential Oils. 2020. May Oil of the Month Club Pamphlet–Butterfly Lily Co-Extraction. Plant Therapy, LLC. Twin Falls, Idaho.

2International Union for Conservation of Nature. 2020. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Chamaecyparis hodginsii/Fokienia hodginsii. Cambridge, UK. Accessed September 1, 2020 at

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  1. That sounds like an interesting blend. Is this co-extraction available only from Ebers?

    • Hi Gladys, as mentioned, butterfly lily co-extraction was only available from Plant Therapy. For desert cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) essential oil, Ebers Consulting carries it. But I have seen Cupressus macrocarpa essential oil from other vendors too. It is best to look at the latin name since this essential oil has other common names. Hope that helps!