ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS

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

Why use essential oils?
Essential oils embody medicinal plant compounds that support our natural body's ability to heal. With their micro molecules, essential oils penetrate deeply into the skin and enter the blood stream quickly to bring balance to our physical and emotional needs and restore energy levels to every cell in the body - 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 - but not all eo's are suitable for skin application. To minimize the risk of irritation, an essential oil needs to be scientifically proven in purity through GC/MS technology, professionally formulated with skin-friendly oils, and diluted at appropriate strength for desired results.

We do not recommend ingesting, using on pregnant women and children, or applying essential oils above the recommended 1-3% dilution without the guidance of a certified clinical aromatherapist.  

Is there a standard grade for essential oils?
No - 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 GC/MS Technology?
Gas Chromatography / Mass Spectrometry is the gold standard scientists use in quantitative lab testing – meaning it can identify any foreign substance into exact percentages. For the purpose of essential oils, GC/MS scientifically proves purity + plant DNA, i.e. compounds. 

Why use GC/MS Technology?
It produces the widest range of testing a single analysis can perform on an essential oil. It confirms if potentially harmful diluents, adulterates, or contaminants are present and identifies plant compounds into exact percentages. This valuable information is vital to protect the safety and performance of our formulas. 

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.

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. 

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.