My original plan to share information about essential oils has flown out the window. Like I mentioned before, I have fallen down the rabbit hole. In this post, I’ve decided to outline what I created on the website (this has already turned into a dissertation). If you’d like to dive down the rabbit hole with me, please visit our Essential Oils page for more in-depth information.
Part of my interest in essential oils goes beyond therapeutic properties to make our products as awesome as they are. I want great scents too – signature scents. Scents that you’ll love and want more of. If you don’t like how it smells, you wont use it – no matter how great it may be for your skin.
So here it goes – a brief highlight of what I’ve organized and you can find at simple. pure. love.
In my previous post, I highlighted how essential oils are made and the different skin types and the sort of essential oils they might need. At some point I will create a more in-depth page, specific for skin types. Each essential oil is individually explained on our website. You can find more detailed information on each EO page.
Essential oil terms you’ll see or hear and wonder, “what does that mean?” – they’re all defined on our site.
Over thirty essential oils explained. Adding more as I go. You’ll find specific details for each EO, its note, safety data, and what other EO’s it blends well with.
There are many reasons to blend essential oils. The most noted ones (ha!) are Notes, Scent and Effect. So, if you were looking to create an aroma for your home, scent is what matters. When scent matters, “note” matters. When creating blends for therapeutic purposes, effect is what matters. Will they energize you or relax you? Some can ease headaches while others heal skin ailments. All essential oils should be diluted before applying topically.
Essential oils are often referred to by “Note.” Note just means how strong a scent it is and how long it takes to evaporate. Base notes evaporate the slowest, taking days sometimes. They are the scents that appear a few hours or even days later after blending. Middle notes evaporate in closer to 4 hours. They’re considered the heart of the blend. And top notes are usually the strongest scent, but only hold their fragrance in a blend for about one to two hours. While EO’s are categorized into notes, the decision is subjective and some scents are very strong regardless of their group. You really just need to experiment. I’ve listed specific EO’s and their notes on our site.
Essential oils can also be blended based on the group, or scent they belong to: Flowery, Citrus, Spicy, Woody and Herbal. I’ve listed specific groups of EO’s based on their scent on our site.
And for therapeutic purposes, essential oils can be blended based on the desired purpose: Energy, Relaxation, Detoxifcation, Anti-anxiety. I’ve listed specific groups of EO’s based on their effect on our site.
When diluting neat oils use a dilution guide. Aura Cacia uses 6 drops of EO’s + 1 ounce of a carrier oil (sweet almond, avocado, jojoba, apricot, olive or coconut) = 1% dilution. For personal care you would use 1 – 3% dilution, so 6 – 18 drops per ounce of carrier oil (one fluid ounce = 2 tablespoons of liquid oil). This depends on the essential oil though, which is why it’s important to know your EO’s.
Buying essential oils is confusing if you don’t know what to look out for – especially now that there are so many brands to choose from. Since I started making body care products, and even more since simple. pure. love. I’ve researched essential oils and the companies that sell them – and trust me, it’s an overwhelming puzzle to solve. The essential oils used in our products are from Aura Cacia, which is one of the better companies. Read about the different brands, some of the fluff they try to sell you, and the ones that are trusted by the big kahunas.
While many books and websites recommend taking essential oils internally, we at simple. pure. love. do not. Please do not take essential oils internally and always dilute all essential oils before applying topically. Most essential oils have warnings about not using during pregnancy. And many are not safe for children under the age of twelve. Pregnant women, and children under the age of 12 should not use essential oils unless directed to do so by a personal physician. Some essential oils are phototoxic when undiluted, which can cause severe skin damage after being exposed to the sun. Other oils are not safe if you have cancer, require certain medications, or have cardiac issues or epilepsy. Overuse can be harmful as well. Please be careful, but have fun.
Much love and happiness,
Enjoy the process.