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Do’s and Don’ts When Using Essential Oils


With the popularity of using essential oils continuing to grow, it is important to understand how to use them safely. We’ve put together a handy little list of the do’s and don’ts when using essential oils.

Your Guide to Using Essential Oils 

Essential oils are made from different parts of plants, including leaves, bark, flowers, and seeds. Concentrated into oils, the plant’s essence is captured, with the essential oils then used in aromatherapy, balneotherapy or in perfumes.

When using essential oils, there are some clear guidelines, or do’s and don’ts you should follow:


  • Store essential oils in dark areas as heat and light exposure can compromise the quality of the oils.
  • Try a test patch on your skin before using.
  • Consult with your doctor before using if you are pregnant.
  • Keep away from your eyes, nose and face.
  • Try a variety of essential oils to find your preferred fragrance, by using them in a diffuser.
  • Keep out of reach of children and pets
  • Use only diluted essential oils on your skin, which should be blended into a carrier oil
  • Check with your doctor before use if you have a health or medical condition


  • Do not ingest therapeutic essential oils or use undiluted oils.
  • Do not use on babies, young children or the elderly without consulting a doctor first.
  • Don’t store in plastic containers as the essential oils can eat through plastic.
  • Don’t diffuse oils in non-ventilated rooms

Let’s look at five popular essential oils and the benefits they can provide.

5 Popular Essential Oils 

We use essential oils in most of our skincare and candle ranges because they smell fantastic and can offer some amazing benefits. Here are five of our most popular oils:

  1. Lavender essential oil – lavender is well known for its antiseptic, analgesic and relaxing properties. A gentle and calming scent, it can also help improve sleep.
  2. Pink grapefruit essential oil – a sweet and citrusy scent, this essential oil is recommended for oily skin, adding to massage oils, and cleansing the air when used in a diffuser.
  3. Frankincense essential oil – used since ancient times, the warm and spicy scent of frankincense oil is always a favourite! Great for mature skin, it helps to regenerate, rejuvenate and tone skin.
  4. Citronella essential oil – besides having antiseptic properties and great for using on oily skin, citronella has natural and non-toxic insect repellent properties.
  5. Bergamot essential oil – well known as the distinctive flavour in Earl Grey tea, bergamot has a fresh citrusy scene which blends beautifully with a range of oils. Great for oily skin, bergamot can assist with reducing anxiety, ease bloating and help refresh a room’s atmosphere.

Our Essential Oil Collection is available for purchase, and you’ll also find our oils blended into many of our wonderful skincare and aromatherapy products too!

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