FAQ OLEUM VERA
FAQ OLEUM VERA
FAQ OLEUM VERA
We strive to select the best ingredients for you while focusing on those who are organic, natural and approved by USDA and ECOCERT.
If you want to know if a particular product is composed of organic ingredients, simply refer back to its product page.
For now, only the kits that don't contain capsules are vegan. Our products are not tested on animals.
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: “How to test the products on my 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.
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, cedarwood, tea tree, peppermint and with the Tamanu oil before using them.
We recommend that you follow the following guidelines:
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.
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.
Vegetable oils (sometimes called carrier oils):
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.
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!
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?
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.
The majority of DIY Oleum Vera kits contain glass sprays, dropper bottles as well as pots to mix the various ingredients.
The information, beauty recipes and recommendations on our website or included in the Oleum Vera kits are provided for informational purposes only and are the result of our own research. This information does not constitute medical advice.
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