Safe Use, Hints & Tips

Essential Oils, Skin Care & Shower Products

If used responsibly aromatherapy products and essential oils are safe natural products, which should be both beneficial and enjoyable to use. The following list will help to ensure that:

  • Keep aromatherapy products and essential oils out of reach of children, pets, or other vulnerable persons. In the case of essential oils, always ensure the dropper is in place as this helps prevent abuse should the oil fall into the wrong hands.
  • All our skin care and shower products have passed product safety assessment, so you can feel reassured that they are both safe to use and meet EU regulations.
  • However, it is always wise to do a skin test before using any new product, to ensure there is no allergic response or skin irritation specific to you. Just dab a small amount (diluted if an essential oil) on the inside of your wrist and wait 24 hours. Adverse reactions are very rare, however Pure Aromatherapy cannot be held responsible if they do occur.
  • Do not take any essential oils internally. If accidentally swallowed do not induce vomiting and drink at least 1 pint of water gradually to dilute. Seek medical advice immediately and tell the GP what and how much you have consumed.
  • Avoid contact with the eyes and if this does happen wash your eyes thoroughly, making sure you irrigate underneath the eyelids. Seek medical advice if irritation persists.
  • The only concentrated essential oils that can be used neat on the skin are Lavender and Tea Tree, and even then in small amounts.
  • When adding essential oils to bathwater make sure you agitate the water thoroughly to ensure the oil(s) don’t sit on the surface and cause irritation. Alternatively mix them with a natural emulsifier, such as a teaspoon of honey, and the add that to the bath water.
  • Try not to overuse individual essential oils, as in rare cases this can cause sensitisation, nausea, or headaches.
  • There are certain essential oils that should not be used on people with the following medical conditions or circumstances: high blood pressure, during pregnancy, hormone-related cancer, epilepsy, sensitive skin, kidney disease, asthma, during lactation, young children. We recommend that you seek advice from a qualified aromatherapist or your GP in these circumstances.
  • There are certain essential oils that are phototoxic, i.e. should not be used before exposure to sunlight/sunbeds: bergamot (unless FCF), grapefruit, lemon, lime.
  • Avoid topical use on children under 2: clove bud, eucalyptus, fennel, lemongrass, melissa (lemon balm), ylang ylang.
  • Avoid topical use on children under 6: niaouli, peppermint, rosemary.
  • Keep concentrated essential oils away from plastics, polished surfaces, and naked flames or sparks.
  • If in doubt get professional advice!

Disclaimer: These are helpful guidelines only and whilst we have made every effort to ensure that they are accurate and up-to-date Pure Aromatherapy accepts no liability for any omission or error in the information provided. The buyer should always take responsibility for the suitability of any product purchased and Pure Aromatherapy accepts no liability in the unlikely event of an adverse reaction when using a Kathryn Anne product. Nor is any liability accepted with regard to any reputed therapeutic characteristic of individual essential oils.

Hints and Tips on using Reed Diffusers

  • Remove all packaging material from the reed diffuser bottle. Keep the cork in case you want to use the bottle for something else in the future.
  • Fill the reed diffuser bottle 2/3 full with the reed diffuser oil of your choice. Keep the remaining reed diffuser oil in a safe place, to be used to top up the reed diffuser bottle as the oil slowly evaporates.
  • Arrange up to 10 reeds in the reed diffuser bottle, gently splaying them out to achieve the desired effect. Make sure that you put your reed diffuser in a nice warm spot, to encourage the oil to diffuse up through the reeds. Remember that it may take a few hours for this to start.
  • Periodically give the reed diffuser bottle a gentle shake and turn the reeds upside down to get those aromatic molecules going again. Do this also if you want a stronger aroma for a specific occasion.
  • If you want to change the fragrance at any point you could do one of the following:
    – Cork the reed diffuser bottle and put it away for future use. Replace with another reed diffuser bottle and reed diffuser oil.
    – Decant the reed diffuser oil back into the bottle it came in and put that away for future use. Wash the reed diffuser bottle out with warm soapy water, ensure it’s dry, and then pour in your replacement reed diffuser oil.
    In this way you can vary the fragrance over time, perhaps by season or across different rooms in your home.
  • Should you decide that you’ve finished with a reed diffuser bottle give it a wash and consider using it for something else. For example, with the cork they make wonderful decorative bottles for salad dressings, vinegar, oils, and herbs.
  • Our reed diffuser bottles look very attractive both sitting on their own or as a group. Why not consider having a group of three, one used as a reed diffuser and the others for decorative or even practical purposes. Here are a few ideas:
    – In the kitchen you could fill the other two bottles with vinegar and olive oil.
    – In the bathroom you could have a reed diffuser with two bottles containing baths salts, bath oils, or bubble bath.
    – In other rooms you could fill the other two bottles with decorative substances such as small pebbles or decorative sand, or even leave them empty and let the glass speak for itself.

It’s worth pointing out that often reed diffuser oils containing synthetic fragrances are cheaper than those containing pure essential oils. Our reed diffuser oils contain 30% pure essential oils in 70% fragrance carrier. That’s 30ml per 100ml bottle, which costs a bit when you consider that essential oils normally come in 10ml bottles. However, the result is a very clean pure aroma that lasts for ages. Our reed diffuser oils vary in price according to the essential oils used in them.

How to burn candles safely and get maximum burn time:

  • Remove all packaging material.
  • Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before lighting.
  • Never allow the trimmings to accumulate in the candle.
  • Don’t burn the candle for any longer than 3 to 4 hours at a time.
  • If the flame grows too large whilst burning extinguish it and allow it to cool. Hold the candle upside down and trim the wick to ¼ inch, allowing the wick trimmings to fall away from the candle.
  • Votives get hot whilst the candle is burning, do not touch them until they have cooled.
  • Always place a lit candle away from flammable material, on a heatproof surface, and out of children’s reach.