What is an Essential Oil ?
Essential oils are the volatile, aromatic oils obtained by steam or hydrodistillation of botanicals. Most essential oils are primarily composed of terpenes and their oxygenated derivatives. Different parts of the plants can be used to obtain essential oils, including the flowers, leaves, seeds, roots, stems, bark, wood, etc. Certain cold-pressed oils, such as the oils from various citrus peels, are also considered to be essential oils but these are not to be confused with cold-pressed fixed or carrier oils such as olive, grapeseed, apricot kernel, etc. which are non-volatile oils composed mainly of fatty acid triglycerides. Other aromatic, plant-derived oils, which technically aren't essential oils because they are solvent extracted, include Absolutes (hexane followed by ethanol extraction), CO2's (liquid carbon dioxide used as the solvent) and Phytols or Florosols (fluoro-hydrocarbon solvent).
These types of oils are high in Magickal Properties.
We purchase our high grade, quality oils from the largest Essential oil supplier in the US. A formula or analysist can be provided for most of our essential oils upon request.
What is a Fragrance Oil?
Fragrance Oils are made synthetically to imitate the fragrance of herbs and flowers. While they might smell really good they do not contain the true essence or energies of the herbs and so are not recommended for use in aromatherapy, magickal or spell work, etc.
What is Fractionated Coconut Oil?
Many people are familiar with whole coconut oil which is a solid at room temperature but do not have experience with Fractionated or Light Coconut oil. If you haven't tried it, you are missing out on a truly great carrier (fixed) oil product.
All carrier oils consist of a class of molecules called fatty acid triglycerides which means they contain three, long-chain fatty ester groups. Most all plant derived carrier oils consist entirely of what are called "unsaturated" fatty acid triglycerides which means they have one or more carbon-carbon double bonds in their long fatty ester side chains which are typically 16 to 20+ carbon units long. The double bonds in these side chains are susceptible to oxidation over time and their reactions with oxygen are what produce the rancid odor that you may have noticed in your carrier oils when they get a few months old.
Whole coconut oil also has some quite long unsaturated fatty acid triglycerides (which is why it is a solid at room temperature). But the coconut oil is special in that it has a relatively high percentage of shorter length (C8, C10), completely saturated (no double bonds) triglycerides. These smaller fatty acid triglycerides are separated from the whole coconut oil to give us what is known as "Fractionated Coconut Oil." The separation process is non-chemical and involves a simple physical separation process so there are no chemical residues to worry about. There are many advantages to Fractionated Coconut Oil including the following:
1. It remains liquid down to very low temperatures.
2. Because it has no double bonds, there are no sites for oxidation and thus never goes rancid. The oil has essentially an infinite shelf life.
3. Because its consists completely of saturated fatty acid side chains its more like animal fat and absorbs more readily into the skin making it ideal for massage therapy.
4. Washes out of your massage table sheets very easily with no staining.
5. An ideal product for natural perfumers who don't want to use alcohol as a carrier. Because it’s the lightest of all the carrier oils, it will spray through a pump sprayer with ease. This also makes it handy for massage therapists as they can spray on their massage blends with ease.
6. Leaves your skin feeling silky smooth without that greasy feeling.
7. It is one of the least expensive carrier oils.
8. Completely soluble with all essential oils and compatible with soaps.
9. Great for use as a single carrier or in combination with other, more expensive carrier oils to get the cost down and to improve the shelf life of the final product.
10. It is colorless, odorless and Kosher/Food Grade.
Fractionated Coconut Oil is truly one of the best multi-purpose carrier oil products on the market. If you haven't already used it, I highly recommend giving it a try.
Should I use colored or clear glass bottles for storage?
Many times we get e-mails from customers asking us if the oils are OK to store in colorless bottles because they are afraid that light will damage the oils.
Unfortunately many people have succumbed to the fear mongering and propaganda put forth by the makers of colored glass when it comes to storing essential oils. The amber glass makers will tell you that amber is best, the green glass makers will tell you that green is best, etc.
The truth is that most essential oils are photochemically inactive in the visible region and reactive in the ultra-violet (UV) region of the electromagnetic spectrum. Since UV light of high enough energy to cause photochemical reactions in most organic molecules is absorbed (not transmitted) by normal glass, regardless of color, it makes no difference if the oils are in brown, blue, green, purple or whatever color glass.
Of course there are a few exceptions, like with the chamazulene containing oils (blue chamomile, blue yarrow, blue tansy, etc.) that you would not want to store in colorless bottles for long periods under heavy lighting conditions. This is because chamazulene has strong absorption in the VISIBLE region of the spectrum (thus the intense dark blue color of these oils) and so it is the lower energy visible light and not just UV light that can significantly effect these oils.
But even so, thermal degradation and reaction with oxygen are the biggest enemies of these blue oils, which is why all of our chamazulene containing oils are refrigerated, maintaining the nice dark blue color when you receive your shipment (many times you will find that other suppliers selling these oils will ship them after they have turned dark green due to oxidation from improper storage). I know many people will still believe they have to keep their oils in drab brown bottles, even after reading this, but I can tell you that based on the research I have done and my experience, it makes no difference what color the bottle is for most the oils.