First mission report from the recently arrived steam-distilled ginger EO!
I stirred two drops of the EO into a few mL of LS
, and gave it a shot in the shower.
Just like @maryloucb
has reported, the character is sweet-resinous like “candied” ginger, rather than the sharp, spicy bite of raw ginger. BUT besides this, it has an unpleasant off-smell. Hard to describe, somehow rotten but sweet and spicy at the same time. I dislike it in a way how I also dislike, say, laurel oil in Aleppo soap. Sadly, also no trace of citrusy goodness that sometimes is outright intrusive in some varieties of ginger root (and greens!). The pure EO itself does have this off-odour, but also diluted into the LS, and the lather. Thankfully, it doesn't linger in the air nor stick to skin.
Sadly, that's why I have to call this ginger EO useless in its pure form. It'll get its chance paired with citrusy, spicy, or balsamic scents – hopefully it can be tamed as a minor part of a blend (thinking of peru balsam, litsea cubeba, rosemary, and lemon).