WHY ARE THE BOTTLES SO SMALL?
One milliliter (ml) of essential oil contains about 15-20 drops, depending how dense each oil is. In most cases, the amount of drops used is extremely small, so a 8ml bottle can last a while. Also, the essential oil extraction is a complex process, and that is the reason why they are expensive. So it is advisable to use them sparingly.
DO ALL PLANTS PRODUCE ESSENTIAL OILS?
No, actually only very few do—a few hundred out of billions of plant varieties.
WHY DO ALL ESSENTIAL OILS HAVE DIFFERENT PRICES?
Because each plant yields a different amount of essential oil.
Roses provide a perfect ‘negative’ example: to obtain 1 kg of essential oil, 7000 kg of rose petals (harvested before dawn) are distilled. Other flowers have even more extreme yield ratios. Other plants, like lavender, produce a much larger quantity of oil. We must also take into account that some plants are easier to grow and maintain than others.
WHY ARE ESSENTIAL OILS SO EXPENSIVE?
Because only a small quantity of oil is extracted from large amounts of plant material. Roses provide an extreme example, as it takes 6 tons of flowers to extract about 1 liter of essential oil. Also, high-quality essential oils are hand-picked.
HOW CAN I RECOGNIZE THE QUALITY OF AN ESSENTIAL OIL?
With a well-trained nose, which is not easy to have.
It is far easier to follow some ground rules when purchasing them: essential oils must all have a different price, not too low, and their label must include production date, country of origin, extraction method, plant part used, and expiration date.
WHAT ARE AROMATIC WATERS?
Aromatic waters are the by-product of distillation of essential oils. It’s the water used during the steam-distillation process that is later carefully separated from the essential oil.
WHAT DOES AROMATIC WATERS HAVE TO DO WITH ESSENTIAL OILS?
Aromatic waters are obtained during the distillation process, together with essential oils. They are distilled water, the condensed steam through which the essential oil was extracted from the plant material, resulting form the application of heat. Aromatic waters are saturated with the essential oil extracted.
WHY MUST ESSENTIAL OILS BE STORED AWAY FROM LIGHT?
Because many of their molecules are volatile; both light and heat accelerate deterioration.
WHY ARE OUR ESSENTIAL OILS DELIVERED IN A SMALL CARDBOARD TUBE?
Essential oils are extremely sensitive to light, therefore many producers prefer to store them into dark glass bottles. Our essential oils come in clear glass bottles so that you can appreciate their color, but they are protected from light by the small cardboard tubes.
HOW DO ESSENTIAL OILS INFLUENCE OUR EMOTIONAL/PSYCHOSOMATIC SPHERE?
Because every oil, with its perfume, acts on the hypothalamus and the hypophysis, causing a chain reaction within the hormonal and neurological systems.
WHY ARE ESSENTIAL OILS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HEATED?
Many of their molecules are extremely volatile. Heat alters them and accelerate their dispersion.
WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO DILUTE ESSENTIAL OILS BEFORE USE?
Because they are powerful and highly concentrated, so they can cause allergic reactions or irritate the skin. Only a few drops are used, that must be diluted before applying them to the skin. See our indications and precautions for more information.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VEGETABLE OILS AND ESSENTIAL OILS?
Vegetable oils are obtained by cold-pressing seeds. Essential oils are obtained by distillation of different plant parts, such as leaves, flowers, wood, or roots. Citrus fruits are the only exception, as they are obtained by cold-pressing their peels.