Christine, thank you for passing your method of reconstitution a long. I may have to experiment around with that when I get the lab back in working order in the new house. It sound like it should have some interesting possibilities down the road.
Mountain Witch, I had the same question “Where did the recipe come from?”. When I first came across the idea, it was a hypothetical conversation with brewers and moonshiners on lessening ABV in vanilla bean extract. Then a few mentions in some alchemical processes. Its basically still tar. These seemed unlikely hot topics so I googled “how to make essential oil”. This recipe was the first two links then at least five not far after that. Seems to me like a bad aromatherapy article has got folks hopes up.
Anyway, I'm glad you all worked it out.
I do still have one question. My candles are candle flavored, and that's not like to change. But, outside of essential oils is an alcohol carrier best for candles and soap? I would think you would want something fat based. I'm just in the dark on the subject and wondered if anyone had an opinion.