OLEUM VERA FAQ
OLEUM VERA DIY SKIN CARE
Are you skin care products organic?
We strive to select the best ingredients for you while focusing on those who are organic, natural and approved by USDA and ECOCERT.
All our essential oils as well as all of our butters, beeswax, seaweeds Spirulina, rose petals and lavender buds are certified organic by ECOCERT ICO in accordance with NPO standards. The majority of our vegetal oils are too. 100% of their ingredients come from organic farms certified COSMOS Green life according to the COSMOS standards. Our Vitamin E herbal oil is GMO free. Regarding our clays, according to the American standards, they cannot be certified organic. This certification only applies to products grown in the field under biological control. Our bentonite clay and white kaolin clay are pure, but as clay cannot be grown in a field, it is not "organic" according to FDA regulations. However, be assured that our clays are 100% natural and certified COSMOS Green life according to the COSMOS standards.
If you want to know if a particular product is composed of organic ingredients, simply refer back to its product page.
Are your skin care products vegan and cruelty-free?
For now, only the kits that don't contain capsules are vegan. Our products are NOT tested on animals.
Can Oleum Vera treatments cause allergic / intolerance reactions?
Homemade beauty treatments are generally very well tolerated by most people, but it is important to be attentive in order to avoid any unusual reaction. We advise you to refer to the category below: “How to test the products on your skin.”
How to test the products on your skin?
In order to fully enjoy your personalized and organic beauty routine, it is recommended to test products and/or homemade ingredients through a local application 48 hours before applying a greater amount on the skin, hair or face.
To do this, spread a small amount of product on your arm and let it sit for a few minutes. If you test an essential oil, mix 1 to 2 drops with 4 to 6 drops of vegetable oil to dilute it. Rinse and wait 48 hours. If your skin has a negative reaction, immediately stop using the product. If you notice an abnormal reaction, consult a doctor.
How do I know if my skin is reacting to the product?
Hypersensitivity reactions to essential oils vary from very mild to moderate - redness, itching, swelling, hives, or burning in the area where you performed a test. Real allergic reactions to essential oils are rare because they do not contain the proteins that cause allergic reactions, but it is possible to have a hypersensitivity reaction that looks a lot like an allergic reaction. Some essential oils are slightly more likely to cause sensitivity than others - be sure to do a test with the essential oils of rosemary, cedar wood, tea tree, peppermint and with the Tamanu oil before using them.
How to ensure maintaining a clean environment for the making of my beauty products?
We recommend that you follow the following guidelines:
Wash your hands thoroughly before starting or wear disposable gloves. Thoroughly clean utensils and containers before you start: Metal utensils can be cleaned with rubbing alcohol or placed in boiling water for 10 minutes to be sanitized Glass containers (such as Oleum Vera dropper bottles and sprays) should be washed with warm water and soap, then sprayed with rubbing alcohol and wiped with a clean cloth or air dried. The internal plastic pump in the spray bottles and the glass droppers can also be cleaned with rubbing alcohol. Plastic containers or tools (such as the reusable scouring jar, funnel, lotion bar mold or mortar and pestle) should be washed with soap and hot water, then sprayed with rubbing alcohol and dried. If you are using a container that already contains an oil-based product, use a vegetable oil to remove any trace of essential oil before starting the cleaning process.
Are there any precautions to take when using Oleum Vera products?
As for a large majority of cosmetics, it is imperative to avoid any contact between your beauty products and your eyes, ears and mouth.
In case of eye contact, gently rinse the eye area with lukewarm water. If you accidentally put an undiluted essential oil in contact with your eyes, rinse it with a vegetable oil, then rinse with water and seek immediate medical attention. Essential oils not being soluble in water, they can be removed more easily with another oil.
Likewise, although your homemade beauty treatments have a pleasant appearance and smell, do not ingest them! If you or a child accidentally ingests a beauty product, oil or homemade ingredients, consult a doctor immediately. Store your ingredients, finished products and kits out of reach of children (and animals) and keep the safety caps on each bottle of oil.
Are there any special precautions to take when using essential oils?
In general, it is not recommended to use essential oils if you are: pregnant, breastfeeding, hypersensitive, epileptic, suffering from a hormonal cancer or other medical problems.
When in doubt, check with your doctor! If you have asthma or allergies affecting your breathing, avoid inhaling directly the diffusion of essential oils. Do not combine essential oils with medical treatments without consulting your doctor.
Be aware that some essential oils can make your skin more sensitive to the sun and much more prone to sunburn. For your safety, it is important to stay out of the sun and use sunscreen for at least 6 hours after applying these oils.
Essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin or hair without having previously diluted with another ingredient, usually a vegetable oil. It is especially important to dilute essential oils whenever they can come into contact with a mucous membrane, like the lips.
Do not use essential oils or home-made beauty treatments on infants and children under 3 years old and consult a doctor before using these products on a child 3 years old and over.
What is the difference between vegetable oils and essential oils?
Vegetable oils (sometimes called carrier oils):
They are the result of the extraction of the fat part of a nut, a seed, a fruit or core of a vegetable or other plant. The extraction method commonly used in cosmetics is cold compression because it preserves the properties of plants. They are suitable for direct application on the skin and can be used with essential oils in order to dilute them. They are greasier and do not evaporate (unlike essential oils).Among vegetable oils present in the Oleum Vera kits, you can find: argan oil, coconut, jojoba, pomegranate, sweet almond, etc.
They are the result of an extraction method called steam distillation which aims at suspend plants above boiling water in order to suck the oils present in the steam. They are more concentrated than vegetable oils and are not very greasy to the touch. Essential oils are often too strong to be applied directly to the skin and must be diluted with a vegetable oil before application. Among essential oils present in the Oleum Vera kits, you can find: Lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree and more.
How to store my DIY projects?
Store your homemade beauty treatments in a cool, dark place for short periods.
Some products, such as home-made toning lotions, are often better preserved in your home fridge. Remember, the cooler the better!
Use common sense to determine if a product has been left too long. If something smell or no longer look fresh, it's better to make a new batch than to take the risk! Make sure to add only fresh ingredients to your organic cosmetics.
How long can I keep Oleum Vera treatments?
Our essential oils and vegetable oils can be stored for 1 to 2 years, while our dried flowers usually stay fresh for up to 1 year. Our cosmetic clays do not expire. If you add fresh fruit or vegetable ingredients to homemade beauty products, know that it needs to be used immediately: Avocado is not meant to stay in a pot!
How to extend the shelf life of my homemade beauty treatments
Use an appropriate amount of an all-natural preservative (Oleum Vera’s Vitamin E is an excellent choice) for keeping oil-based recipes fresh. If you do not know how much vitamin E to include, why not start with one of our beauty recipes before you start creating your own?
How often should I use a face mask and body scrub?
We recommend using a face mask or body scrub at least 2-3 times per week for best results. But, it obviously depends on your skin and its sensitivity ;). It is for that reason that we also recommend that you first test the products and ingredients.
What should I use to mix my recipes?
The majority of DIY Oleum Vera kits contain glass sprays, dropper bottles as well as pots to mix the various ingredients.
OLEUM VERA INNER BEAUTY SUPPLEMENTS
Disclaimer: These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Oleum Vera are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. Please consult with your health professional before starting a program as well as if you have any concerns regarding the effects of our products. Individual results may vary.
Are the Oleum Vera supplements organic?
We do everything we can to source the best ingredients possible. Unfortunately, those types of ingredients aren’t certifiable in Canada at the moment.
Are the supplements vegan?
Although the supplements are vegetarian friendly, the capsules do contain gelatin, which is an animal derived product, and therefore aren’t vegan.
Are there any side effects?
Although there are no side effects related to our supplements directly, we do recommend reviewing the ingredients for any allergies or sensitivities you may have.
Can men take the supplements?
Of course! We’re proud to count ourselves as a gender neutral company and embrace diversity! Plus, there aren't any hormones in any of the supplements.
Can I take the supplements while pregnant or breastfeeding?
As with all dietary supplements, we strongly recommend talking to your doctor beforehand.
Will the hair and nails program make my body hair grow?
No, taking our supplements will not affect your body hair growth. However, it isn’t recommended to take biotin supplements if you’ve had laser hair removal. Feel free to discuss with your esthetician for more information!
When and how often should I take the supplements?
Take the supplements anytime during the day, with food! We recommend following the schedule shown on the back of our 14-day program. Do not exceed the daily intake unless directed by a healthcare professional.
Are the supplements dangerous for my children and/or pets?
As with any supplements or medication, it is strongly recommended that you keep them stored out of reach of children or pets. Consult your health professional immediately if your children or pets ingest our product.
How long do beauty supplements last?
If stored away from heat, light and humidity, supplements generally last about two years after the date of manufacture. The window is only about a year for probiotics.