Seasonal essential oil profile: black pepper essential oil

Seasonal essential oil profile: black pepper essential oil

Black pepper essential oil is an ideal oil to use during the cooler months in fall and winter and is useful for many different aromatic and personal care applications. Learn what's unique about this diverse essential oil.

Black pepper is known as the ‘king of spices’ and its essential oil is quickly gaining notoriety in the aromatherapy world. Black pepper essential oil (piper nigrum) is a complex oil lending a spicy aroma to perfume blends and a unique group of constituents to support many usage applications. From personal care to home care, this powerful oil is a must have for any household.

Black pepper essential oil is steam distilled from the dried fruit (peppercorns) of the pepper plant, which is grown and harvested for Aura Cacia in India and Sri Lanka. While the oil delivers black pepper’s spicy aroma, it is less likely to irritate sensitive noses than the spice itself.               

This oil is characterized as warming, stimulating and focusing. It has a complex aroma that can be described not only as "fresh and crisp" but also as "spicy," “green,” “woody” and “peppercorn-like." It blends well with many other essential oils and, due to its complexity, is found in popular colognes and perfumes. The fresh, spicy aroma makes it especially popular for use in the fall, such as in seasonal aroma and perfume blends, massage oils, lotions and focusing diffusions for study time. This powerful oil can do a great job in fall essential-oil-focused home cleaning blends as well.

Aura Cacia Black Pepper Essential Oil is available in the .5-fluid-ounce size. A recipe tear-off pad is also available, featuring a warming body butter for the cool season. You can check out the recipe here and contact your sales rep to order the tear-off pads.


Black Pepper Vanilla Body Butter



3 ounces cocoa butter
1 fluid ounce sweet almond oil
24 drops Vanilla Precious Essentials® oil
24 drops black pepper essential oil
4 ounce wide-mouth amber glass jar


1. Place cocoa butter in a heavy sauce pan and melt over gentle heat.
2. Add sweet almond oil and continue heating just until mixture has clarified.
3. Remove pan from heat and stir in essential oils.
4. Pour into a jar, replace lid and allow to cool undisturbed for 12 hours.
5. To use, rub a small amount into hands and massage into skin, using more as needed.

Recipe Tip

For a creamier consistency, try whipping the mixture during the cool-down phase, between steps 3 and 4. 


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