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Safety Precautions

Before the fun of making your own organic cosmetics begins, please read through all our safety information. Although homemade beauty products are generally very well-tolerated by most people, essential oils are powerful and it is important to be attentive to avoid any unusual reactions.

Always patch-test before using new ingredients

When making homemade beauty products for the first time, check for hypersensitivity with a small patch test. Smear a small amount of product on your arm, and let it sit for a few minutes. If you’re patch-testing an essential oil, mix 1-2 drops with 4-6 drops of carrier oil to dilute it for testing. Rinse off, and wait 48 hours. If your skin has any negative reaction, stop using the product immediately. If the reaction is severe or worsens, consult a doctor.

How can I tell if my skin is having a sensitivity reaction?

Hypersensitivity reactions to essential oils range from very mild to moderate -look for redness, itchiness, swelling, hives or burning in the area where you patch-tested. True allergic reactions to essential oils are rare because oils don’t contain the proteins that cause allergic reactions, but it is possible to have a hypersensitivity reaction that closely resembles an allergic one.

Some essential oils are slightly more likely to cause sensitivity than others -be certain to patch test rosemary, cedarwood, tea tree, peppermint, and tamaru oil before using.

Avoid the eye area and ears

Do not bring your blended DIY products in contact with your ears or eyes. Should eye contact occur, gently rinse your eye area with lukewarm water. If you accidentally bring an undiluted essential oil into contact with your eyes, rinse with a plant-based oil, then rinse off with water and immediately consult a doctor. Because essential oils are not water-soluble, they can be removed more easily with another oil than water. It is necessary to consult a doctor immediately if you accidentally get pure essential oil in your eye.

 

Be aware that some essential oils cause photosensitivity

Certain essential oils can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, and much more prone to sunburn. For your safety, it’s important to stay out of the sun and use a sunscreen for at least 6 hours after application of these oils. These essential oils are clearly marked on our product pages.

 

Do not ingest any homemade beauty product

Although your homemade beauty products look and smell good enough to eat, do not ingest them! If you or a child accidentally ingests a homemade beauty product, oil or ingredient, seek medical assistance right away.

Keep all ingredients and homemade products out of reach of children

Store your ingredients, finished products, and kits away from the reach of children and keep the safety caps on each bottle of oil. If a child ingests an ingredient or homemade product, get medical help right away.

 

Remember to dilute essential oils

Essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin or hair without being diluted first with another ingredient, usually a carrier oil. It’s especially important to dilute essential oils whenever they might come into contact with a mucous membrane, like the lips.

 

Keep it fresh

Make sure you add only fresh ingredients to your organic cosmetics. Our essential oils and plant-based oils stay good for 1-2 years, while our dried flowers generally stay fresh for up to 1 year. Our cosmetic clays do not expire. If you’re adding fresh fruit or vegetable ingredients to a homemade beauty product, bear in mind that it should be used right away - avocado isn’t meant to sit in a jar!

 

Essential oils are not for everyone

  • In general, we do not recommend using essential oils if you are: pregnant, nursing, hypersensitive, have epilepsy, fighting a hormone-dependent cancer or experiencing other medical problems. If unsure, please check with your doctor!

  • Do not use essential oils or homemade beauty products on babies and children under 3, and check with a doctor before using on children over 3.   

  • If you have asthma or allergies that affect your breathing, avoid directly inhaling diffusions of essential oils.

  • Do not combine essential oils with any medical treatments without checking with your doctor.   

 

 

Our products are designed to be customized to your unique face care, body care and hair care needs, but they are not a replacement for medical care or advice for serious skin and hair issues.

The information, beauty recipes, and recommendations on our site or included in Oleum Vera kits is for information purposes only, and is the result of our own research. This information does not constitute medical advice.