Essential Oil Basics

Getting to know about your Essential Oils is crucial before you begin making decisions about your Bath & Body products. Choosing the right Oils for your products goes way beyond finding a scent you like. Flash Points, distillation methods, carrier oils are all important aspects to consider. If you are unfamiliar with these terms, read on to learn more about them and other important factors to keep in mind when choosing your fragrances.

First off, know that our Essential Oils are pure and uncut concentrated Cosmetic Grade Oil. While you may often see Oils labeled as “Therapeutic Grade” or “Grade A”, these are merely marketing terms and have no certification to back them. What matters is that each oil be “Genuine” and “Authentic”. The Ingredient Listing for our Essential Oils includes only the plant used to make it – making them Genuine, and it’s origin, defining them as Authentic.

Just to make that clear, Essentials by Catalina only carries Genuine and Authentic, pure Cosmetic Grade Essential Oils

 What Is Essential Oil?

The definition of essential oil is any of a class of volatile oils that give plants their characteristic odors and are used especially in perfumes and flavorings, and for aromatherapy according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary (source 1). These oils come from either distilling the plants, pressing, or extracting with warm water. They are naturally derived with no synthetic chemicals in them. The price range of oils greatly differs depending on how much oil is in the pant matter. For example, rosemary oil has much more oil than many flowers, so it is one of the less expensive oils. Rose essential oil, on the other hand, is much more expensive than most oils. This is because copious amounts of rose petals are needed to make such a tiny amount of oil.

Always Dilute Oils When Applying To The Skin

Many companies recommend applying “essential oils” behind the ears for some sort of effect. But if you are using our uncut pure essential oil it is simply not a good idea. These oils are concentrated, so they will irritate the skin if you apply them directly to the skin. If a company suggests to apply them directly to the skin, they are diluted in a carrier oil like sweet almond oil or fractionated coconut oil. So when you use our essential oils you should always use between 1% and 3% in the product or a carrier oil. But if you are using essential oils for a face product, then the maximum amount you should use essential oil at is .3%.

Citrus Oils Should Never Be Used In Leave On Face Products

Citrus essential oils are great smelling and refreshing. However, if they are left on the skin they can make the skin photosensitive. That means that it may make the skin more sensitive to light. Using citrus essential oils in washes like shower gel or soap is fine. We just don’t recommend making face or body lotions.

Label Products Correctly In Case Of Allergies

If you like to make your own Soaps and other Personal Care Products, you’ll need to keep a stockpile of bath and body making supplies around. These supplies will vary widely depending on the type of products that you enjoy making. However, there is one type of product that you’ll want to always have. For almost all recipes, you’ll need Essential Oils. There are many different types of Essential Oils out there, enough that we can write out a dozen lists on them. Some of these oils you’ll use frequently, and these are the ones that you’ll want to have on hand all the time.


Essential Oil Favorites

    1. Rosemary


  1. Tea Tree Essential Oil
  2. Peppermint Essential Oil
  3. Lemon Essential Oil


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