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Essential Oil Chemistry with Dr. Pappas

  • 200 Papermill Dr Whippany, NJ United States (map)

Essential oils are powerful tools that often remain unseen. Though many of us are aware of their incredible benefits, we aren't always entirely clear on HOW they are working. If you've ever wanted to deepen your knowledge of how essential oils work on a molecular level, now is your chance!

Join us for this 6-hour class on essential oil chemistry and what this means for your aromatic practice. Leading essential oil chemist and Dean of the renowned Essential Oil University, Dr. Robert Pappas, will guide us through the details of essential oil chemistry, clearing up widely accepted myths in our industry and create an informed framework for safe and effective practices. 

Class topics include:  

  • Chemistry of Essential Oils review (please watch the series)
  • Single components vs essential oil they are found in
  • New and current information from his research and analytical findings (not already on FB!)
  • Q and A discussion with Rob, and Aromatherapy Practitioners Nyssa Hanger and Sue Ellen Rew (who can answer therapeutic and practicing aromatherapy related questions) 

Learn How To:

  • recognize a greater knowledge of essential oil chemistry
  • interpret components of common essential oils
  • classify chemical families
  • evaluate 20+ single components and differentiate essential oils in comparison
  • recognize essential oils by component
  • apply this knowledge to your aromatic practice

Who is Dr. P:

Leading essential oil scientist, Dr Robert Pappas PhD, is one of our industry’s foremost analytical chemists and Dean of the widely-respected Essential Oil University. Dr Pappas provides administration of the largest, free, online database for the chemistry of essential oils and other educational aspects to the essential oil and aromatherapy industries. He also consults for the purposes of quality control, formulation/duplication and analytical testing services for the essential oil, aromatherapy, cosmetics/personal care, flavor and fragrance industries,

Dr. Robert Pappas (Dr. P) received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from The University of Tennessee and B.A in Chemistry from Indiana University. He specializes in consulting, formulation/duplication and analytical testing services for the cosmetics/personal care, flavor, fragrance, and essential oil/aromatherapy industries. Robert developed the first aromatherapy course to be offered for college credit in the US as well as a course on the chemistry of essential oils.

He is the founder of Essential Oil University, which hosts The Essential Oil Chemical Reference database, containing thousands of literature references and GC/MS reports for almost any oil. EOU's Facebook page is one of the most followed independent social media sites concerning essential oils in the world. He also is the inventor of the StoveStill, a small-scale home distillation device. He has published many articles and has been a continuous source of inspiration and education for the aromatherapy industry for almost 20 years.

Date and Location: 

February 19 | 9am-5pm | 200 Papermill Dr., Whippany, NJ

1.5 miles off route 287 at route 10 and North Jefferson Rd. | 30 minutes outside of Newark

Please arrive by 9am to start at 9:30. Lunch will be provided.

Get the Most Out of Your Class:

It will be helpful to review all Dr P.'s videos so you will be up to speed with terminology of chemical components and organic chemistry. Remember to come with any questions you have watching those and bring notebooks and pens for notes.


$275 | Early-Bird $250 until January 24th

Bontoux Organics will provide lunch. We will send details on that.