Frequently asked questions
Q. What is your minimum order?
A. Although we have no minimum order – orders delivered or couriered have to be more than R400.00 and a delivery fee will be added for a door to door service. Postal orders are free of the minimum order amounts and post office rates will apply.
Q. What is a carrier oil?
A. Carrier oils and bases have a variety of uses and can have therapeutic uses. Carrier oils are important in the practice of aromatherapy. A carrier oil is usually a vegetable or nut type oil which is skin safe and moisturizing. Shelf life for carrier oils are approximately 6 – 8 months, store out of direct sunlight at room temperature for best results. These oils can be used to make massage oils, creams, lotions, soaps, perfumed body oils, and bath oils.
Q. Why can I not use the essential oils directly on the skin?
A. These oils are highly concentrated oils and are too strong to use directly on the skin. Essential oils are similar to medications and should not be over-used and never used directly on the skin. It is suggested that you wear rubber type gloves while mixing these oils. They should never be taken internally. Keep these oils out of reach of children and pets.
Q. What is the difference between Fragrance Oils and Essential Oils?
A. Essential Oils are natural concentrated essences derived from plants, bark, roots, seeds, stems, flowers, leaves, fruits, etc. and are usually steamed distilled. Fragrance Oils normally are made up of a number of synthetic imitations of essential oils creating a fragrance that will smell like a flower, herb, plant or other fragrance.
Essential oils are flammable, therefore never leave them near sources of ignition such as stoves, fires, candles or any naked flame.
Under no circumstances should you ever decant your undiluted essential oils into plastic bottles since most oils will eat into, and in some cases, melt the plastic. Diluted essential oil preparations such as massage oils and lotions are fine in plastic since the concentration of essential oil is very low.
Being moderately volatile, essential oils will evaporate fairly quickly so be sure to replace the cap tightly when you have finished using them. You don't want the essential oils evaporating.
Blending of Essential Oils
Essential oils can be categorised into broad groups based on their aromas. An example categorical system is as follows:
- Floral - Lavender, Neroli, Jasmine
- Woods- Pine, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Rosewood
- Earthy - Vetiver, Patchouli
- Herbaceous - Marjoram, Rosemary, Basil, thyme
- Mint - Peppermint, Spearmint
- Medicinal/Camphor, Eucalyptus, Cajuput, Tea Tree
- Spicy Nutmeg, Clove, Cinnamon
- Oriental - Ginger, Patchouli
- Citrus - Orange, Lemon, Lime
Oils in the same group generally blend well together. Here are some oil categories that generally blend well together:
- Floral blend well with spicy, citrusy and woodsy oils.
- Woodsy oils generally blend well with all categories.
- Spicy and oriental oils blend well with floral, oriental and citrus oils.
- Minty oils blend well with citrus, woody, herbaceous and earthy oils.