Plant Origin: Venezuela
Cultivation: Unsprayed (organically grown but not certified)
Chemical Family: Alkaloid
Aroma: Strong, roasted coffee
Note (Evaporation Rate): Base
Coffee contains a very small percentage (generally 0.5 - 1.5%) of caffeine. According to Robert Tisserand, co-author of Essential Oil Safety: "The amount of caffeine that would get into the body from using a single drop of Coffee oil with 1% caffeine (0.04 mg caffeine) is 2500 times less than from an average cup of coffee (100 mg caffeine), so even those who are hypersensitive to caffeine are not likely to have a problem. As far as caffeine is concerned, it is certainly safe in pregnancy (Tisserand).
Commonly used in soaps, lotions and lip balms.
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil.” We are not aware of a case where essential oil in the eyes caused permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Robert Tisserand Essential Oil Facebook Group page.