What is the shelf life of essential oils and carrier oils?

If stored correctly, in dark glass bottles, essential oils can last for more than three years. We find that aged essential oils have much more balanced fragrance profiles as the oil get to settle. A good way to keep your essential oils fresh is to decanter it into a smaller dark glass container once it drops to lower than half of the current container's volume. That way you decrease its exposure to light and air, the two elements that age it faster. 

Carrier oils have a shorter shelf life due to its fat content, but if stored away from light and air can last up to two years. If using droppers to decanter the oil, make sure to keep the dropper empty or wash it with warm water if the oil in it goes off. The oil in the container should still be good. 

Can I ingest essential oils?

We strongly advice against consuming any essential oils. 

Can I apply essential oils directly to the skin?

There are some essential oils that you can apply directly to small areas of skin, such as tea tree or lavender, but generally it is better to dilute essential oils in a carrier/fatty oil such as kalahari melon oil. If applying any new diluted essential oil to your skin, first test it on a small area of skin to gauge your skin's reaction. Stop using it immediately if it causes irritation. 

Can I use essential oils during pregnancy?

Essential oils should be avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy. There are some safe essential oils to use in low dilutions from your second trimester, but consult your doctor or an aromatherapist first. 

Why do you offer only organic or wild-harvested oils?

The jury is still out on whether or not essential oil plants that grew without the use of any chemicals produce a purer essential oil, so we will not claim that here. However, we are passionate about the environment and the women that grow and harvest these plants, and believe that organic and wild-harvested plants are gentler on our ecosystems and more fair towards the hands that tend to them. 

Our organic oils are certified against the European organic standard by EcoCert.  We use the EcoCert label on our secondary packaging and the term "organic" on our bottles to indicate that the oil is organic.

Organic means that no synthetic chemicals were used in the production or processing of the essential oils. In addition, due to our oils being certified against the European organic standard, the highest possible organic animal welfare regulations are followed. As an example, this means that even though cow manure would generally be considered a non-synthetic farming input, our producers will only use manures from free-range animals. No derivatives from animal factory farming is allowed. 

Wild-harvested means that the plants were not cultivated in any way. They grow naturally in the spaces where they were harvested without any human interferences. These oils are particularly precious, as their quantities are determined by natural cycles. We support responsible wild harvesting practices, which means enough seed or plant material is left behind to ensure healthy and continued growth of the plant. 

Some of our wild-harvested oils are also certified as organic, but some are not. We have however been to all the farms we source our oils from and feel confident that even though the harvesters and processors are not certified (yet), that they follow responsible wild-harvesting practices. We are happy to share the sources of all our oil with you for the sake of transparency. We will also continue to support these harvesters and producers to eventually be certified. On our uncertified oils, we use the term "pure" instead of "organic" not to make false claims.