July’s foot balm project inspired us to share our essential oil safety guidelines.
– Keep away from fire or naked flame.
– Store in a cool place.- Keep out of sunlight.
– Plastic bottles are a no as they allow the essential oil to evaporate and take on the plastic smell; additionally, plastic bottles generally collapse as they start to absorb the essential oil.
– Expensive essential oils should be kept in the fridge.
– Wash your hands after using essential oils.
– If you mix your essential oil with a fixed oil to make it skin safe, keep in mind that your fixed oil has a shorter shelf life than your essential oil and may go rancid. Always mix in small batches.
– Essential oils can stain and also remove nail polish and furniture finish.
– Have an eye rinse station nearby. If you get essential oils in your eyes, use milk or a carrier oil first to help neutralize the oil and then move on to water.
– Make sure your bottles are labeled correctly.
– Use caution when working around essential oils if you have any open cuts or wounds.
– Essential oils can negate the effect of sensitive homeopathy remedies.
– Some essential oils are photo sensitizers, like bergamot, orange, and most citrus essential oils.
– Only buy your essential oils from a reputable place. If you can find rose essential oil for $5, it’s not real.
– If you are pregnant, be extra careful with essential oils during your first trimester.
– When working with undiluted essential oils, keep a good air flow in the room.
– Always have a fire extinguisher near by. Essential oils are volatile, flammable liquids.
Please email the Handmade Beauty Box customer service team if you have any other essential oil questions!