Commonly Asked Questions
Where do the ingredients come from?
Essential oils are made by plants, serving a purpose for both the plant, and for you as well! For example, Frankincense heals tree wounds and it is also wonderful at preserving and healing human skin. If you visit the ingredients page of each blend, you will see which plants provide them. Each of our ingredients are pure, organic, and globally sourced. They are tested by independent labs to assure that they contain what you want in them, and are free from anything you do not want in them – like contaminants or adulterants. Some parts of the world, due to their unique geography and climate, produce certain plants that make the most desirable essential oils. Feel free to research the process each ingredient undergoes to become an oil ingredient!
If an oil smells bad, does that mean I should avoid it?
Unfortunately, an essential oil that has oxidized (chemically broken down) or has been contaminated or diluted with something undesirable will not smell any different from a “good” oil. If an essential oil “smells bad” it is unlikely a result of the oil being bad, but rather your dislike of the scent. Just as you may dislike the smell of a candle, or the taste of food, essential oils are a personal preference. Oils will degrade over time and exposure to oxygen, light and heat will accelerate the deterioration. Essential oils do not last forever! Citrus oils have the shortest life span – about a year if kept under ideal conditions. Buy the smallest amount possible so that you will use it up before it ages. If you are worried about the age of your blend, consult the expiration date at the bottom of the bottle.
How do I know when my essential oil will expire?
At the bottom of each of our essential oils, you will notice a small circle with the lot number and expiration date. These dates are approximations. How oils are kept can extend their lifespan, or shorten it. The biggest offender is oxygen. Buy oils in small bottles so that you can use it up in a reasonable amount of time and not allow the bottle to become a big air space with a drop or two of oil at the bottom. Dark bottles will deter light entering the bottle, and storing oils in a cool, dark place will help to keep your oils in the best possible state for the longest period of time.
What is a lot number?
Each harvest of an oil produces one batch of oil. It will be different in chemical composition from all other oils, in a different harvest, even if made by the same plant! So each harvest is assigned a “lot number” which the grower will record. They then have a record of when the oil was harvested, and where. Each harvest is independently tested, too. The results of these tests tell the grower and bottler what exactly is in that batch. That batch or lot number is your guarantee that each harvest is recorded, and is traceable, as well as providing valuable information about the chemical composition of each batch.
How should I store my essential oils?
Oils are best stored in small bottles made of dark glass. The small quantity allows you to minimize the contact of the oil with air, or oxygen. Oxygen causes a chemical reaction called oxidation. Oxidation degrades the quality of the oil. You know how your cut apple turns brown if left on the counter for a few hours? That brown color is oxidation at work and it is actually breaking down the apple. The same process happens to essential oils. Dark glass keeps light from accelerating this reaction and keeping oils in a cool, dark place (a fridge is great) also slows down this chemical reaction. It will preserve your oils longer the same way it keeps food longer. Ideally, you will have a separate fridge or cool, dry place for your oils – not in the fridge with your food.
How can I use my essential oils?
Oils can be used topically, if diluted properly with a carrier oil, or they can be inhaled. They can be diffused in a room, dropped into a personal inhaler, dispersed in a shower or bath water, or used in a hot or cold compress. If you love a blend, you can even make your own perfume! Directions for properly using the oils are itemized on the information card included with your blend, or If you look at our description page under the how to use section, you will find many ways to use your essential oils. You don’t even need a diffuser to smell our wonderful blends!
Mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf oil, Cedrus atlantica (cedarwood) bark oil, Citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, Elettaria cardamomum (cardamom) seed oil.