What are essential oils?
Essential oils are the concentrated liquids containing the volatile aroma and active compounds from plants. They are often extracted from the petals, stems, roots or leaves of a plant using steam distillation, expression or solvent extraction.
Do note that essential oils are different from fragrance oils, and there are many people out there who sell fragrance oils as essential oils. If you use these fragrance oils as essential oils, not only do you not get the health benefits, but may have allergic reactions.
Can essential oils be used directly on skin?
Yes and no. Some essential oils such as lavender are gentle enough to be applied on skin directly without any problems. However these are usually in small amounts, such as one or two drops, and this is provided you do not have very sensitive skin, and have obtained the essential oil from reputable sources. Low quality essential oils are likely to contain solvents o contaminants that may cause skin allergies.
So before applying any essential oil directly on your skin, do some research or consult us first! Some essential oils do have side effects such as photosensitivity after application, while some others may not be suitable for pregnant women.
Why are some of the essential oils so expensive?
Good quality essential oils are obtained from fresh plant parts, and often, a large amount of plant parts are required to produce only a small amount of essential oil. For example, to produce one ounce of rose essential oil requires 65 pounds of rose petals, or 60,000 rose petals! To make matters worse, the harvesting of the petals do not occur all-year round, and is highly labour intensive. This is the reason why essential oils such as rose are so expensive.
Why does the smell not remain on my skin for long?
Essential oils are highly volatile, meaning they evaporate very quickly. Furthermore, studies have shown that essential oils, when applied on skin, is very quickly absorbed and metabolised by our body.
Although this means that the beautiful aroma does not linger around for long, it means that you body quickly reaps the benefits of the oil!