ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS

What are essential oils?
Essential oils are volatile oils – meaning they can evaporate. They are distilled from plant parts including: roots, trunks, twigs, leaves, flowers. 

What are carrier or base oils?
Carrier oils are non-volatile oils made from plants used to safely carry an essential oil to the skin – i.e. olive oil, coconut oil, and sunflower oil. 

Do all plants produce essential oils?
No - only about 15% of plants produce essential oils. Plants makes these oils to boost their own immune response to disease, communicate with other plants, and attract pollinators or ward off pests. It is the essence of the plants.

What are the benefits of using essential oils?
Essential oils are more than just scent. They embody medicinal plant compounds that supports our physical and emotional wellbeing. With their intelligent micro molecules, essential oils have the ability to dive deeply into the skin and enter the blood stream quickly - unlike any other ingredient.

What percentage is recommended for topical use?
Blending guidelines suggest 1-3% for general daily use, 3-10% for a specific issue, and up to 25% for a severe issue with short-term use under guidance from a certified clinical aromatherapist. These guidlines also include user safety concerns (age, history, situation) and oil safety concerns (carrier, purity, plant chemistry).

Are essential oils safe?
Yes - however, not all eo's are suitable for skin application. To minimize the risk of irritation, we recommend essential oils to be scientifically proven in purity through GC/MS technology, professionally formulated with skin-friendly oils, and diluted at an appropriate strength for desired results.

What are a few safety precautions to consider?
We would not recommend ingesting essential oils, using on pregnant women or children under 6 years old, and applying neat or above the recommended 1-3% dilution without the guidance of a certified clinical aromatherapist.  

Is there a standard grade for essential oils?
Unfortunately, essential oils are unregulated. This leaves essential oils into two categories of either marketing or scientific terms. Marketing terms appear as “therapeutic-grade” or "third-party verified". Scientific terms appear as “GC/MS tested” or “Formulated with GC/MS technology”.

Are citrus oils photo toxic?
Yes and No. Citrus oils can be safely applied to the skin when diluted properly. Safety considerations include diluting grapefruit to 4%, lemon to 2%, and bergamot to 0.4%.

 

ABOUT GC/MS TECHNOLOGY

What is Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry Technology?
GC/MS technology is non-proprietary, quantitative technology that measures plant compounds into exact percentages. It scientifically proves purity and plant DNA in essential oils. To learn more about the benefits of GC/MS technology, read The 411 On GC/MS Technology and Top 5 Myths About GC/MS Lab Testing  

What are the benefits of using GC/MS Technology?
With oil simply looking like oil, essential oils are easily, blindly adulterated. We use GC/MS to certify our essential oils are free from contaminants, irritants, and diluents. It produces the widest testing range a single analysis can perform on an essential oil. GC/MS ensures our formulas are safe and effective to use.

What is on a GC/MS report?
Our reports include the essential oil history from country of origin to harvest date, essential oil chemistry from chemical family to compound summary.

Do you transfer lab reports from your suppliers?
To uphold our strict purity standards, we do not transfer lab reports from our essential oil suppliers. Every essential oil batch is GC/MS lab tested by our independent, third-party botanical chemist. Download our certified GC/MS lab reports here.

How is GC/MS the highest purity standard, above organic?
Organic refers to the absence of at least 70% of potentially harmful additives, pesticides and GMO’s in an ingredient. It is not scientifically proven pure. Whereas, GC/MS refers to technology that dives deep into plant chemistry to scientifically prove purity.

What is a Certificate of Analysis?
In relation to an essential oil, a COA is a quality control report that discloses the physical measurements of an essential oil. It includes the specific gravity, refractive index, optical rotation, and flash point – in layman terms: how light reflects, how much it weights, and what temperature it can safely reach. This test does not disclose purity or identify plant compounds. We are happy to give you only the highest purity standard through GC/MS technology.

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