Frequently Asked Questions
Our Essential Oils
Are Tisserand Aromatherapy essential oils organic?
Tisserand essential oils are either organic, wild crafted or ethically harvested...
Organic Essential Oils: Our certified organic essential oils are produced from plants grown to strict organic standards. This means the growers do not use synthetic fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides and the plant stocks are not genetically modified (GM) or irradiated. Our organic oils meet the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) standards who accredit the Soil Association and Ecocert.
Wild Crafted Essential Oils: These essential oils are derived from uncultivated plants gathered from their wild habitat. Although they are not organic, they are grown in their natural habitat, in conditions favourable to the health of the plant. Care is also taken to remain as sustainable as possible.
Ethically Harvested Essential Oils: Our ethically harvested essential oils are derived from a herb, shrub or tree that is consciously cultivated in its natural environment to ensure the species grows in abundance and is not depleted.
Can pure essential oils be used neat on the skin?
Essential oils should not be used neat on the skin, as they are highly concentrated and could potentially cause a negative skin reaction. Essential oils should either be diluted into a base oil, lotion or cream.
The only exceptions to this rule is our Lavender & Tea Tree oils. These essential oils can be applied directly to the skin in order to treat minor grazes, cuts and insect bites. Apply a couple of drops of essential oil to a cotton pad or bud and sweep over the affected area.
How can I use essential oils in massage?
There is nothing quite like a massage to make you feel soothed or energised. However, as pure essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin, they need to be diluted first. To create a body massage blend, add up to 5 drops of essential oil to 10mls of blending oil or lotion. For a facial massage blend, add no more than 2 drops of essential oil per 10mls.
How can I use essential oils in the bath?
Bathing with essential oils is one of the easiest and most enjoyable forms of therapy. Just before getting into a full bath, add 4-6 drops of essential oil (or blend of oils) in 20mls of blending oil and agitate the water to disperse fully. For a luxury version, thoroughly mix the essential oil (or blend) with a cup of full fat milk; in this instance you can use up to 10 drops of essential oil.
How can I use essential oils via inhalation?
Some essential oils, such as Eucalyptus and Tea Tree, are ideal for inhalation. Add 3-5 drops of essential oil to a bowl of very hot (not boiling) water and inhale the vapour for 5-10 minutes; the effect will be maximised by placing a towel over the head. If you are out and about, simply add 1-2 drops of essential oil to a tissue and inhale.
How can I use essential oils to fragrance a room?
The evaporative properties of essential oils make them ideal for use in a vaporiser. To create the ambience of your choice, simply add 6-8 drops of essential oil or a blend or essential oils to your Tisserand Aromatherapy Aroma Stream or favourite vaporiser - perfect for the home or workplace.
Can I use essential oils on young children?
We do not recommend using essential oils on children under 5 years old.
For children aged 6-11 years old, no more than 2 drops of essential oil per 10mls of carrier oil should be used.
Children over 11 years old can be treated using 5 drops of essential oil in every 10mls of carrier oil, not exceeding 10 drops in total.
What is the shelf life of essential oils?
Essential oils should ideally be used within one year of opening. The best way to maximise the life of your oils is to keep them in a cool dark place, away from direct sunlight. If the oil is exposed to heat, air or light, the shelf life will greatly diminish.
When shouldn't essential oils be used?
Consult your healthcare professional before using essential oils during pregnancy.
If you have a skin condition, epilepsy, asthma, blood pressure irregularities or are taking prescribed medication, please seek medical guidance before using essential oils.
I ordered a 2ml essential oil and the bottle looks very empty, why is this?
Our 2ml precious essential oils are packaged in a 9ml bottle hence why the bottle may appear less full.
Can I ingest your essentials oils?
Ingesting essential oils for medicinal use or using them in cookery is potentially very hazardous and is not something that we would ever recommend. The human digestive system is used to processing essential oils in minute amounts in herbs and spices, and this is safe practice; however, any essential oil is at least 100 times more concentrated than a herb or a spice, which can cause irritation and internal damage to the digestive tract.
This is why we never recommend that essential oils are used in this way. Our range contains quality essential oils which are carefully quality assessed, but the practice of oral use is definitely not recommended.
Are your essential oils therapeutic grade?
The suggestion of different 'grades' of essential oils being safe for oral use or cookery is untrue. The question of grade is irrelevant - the important thing is that the essential oil comes from a reputable botanical source, is extracted correctly and has the right aroma profile and therefore therapeutic benefit. All these aspects of essential oil assessment are integral to Tisserand Aromatherapy essential oil Quality Control.
How do I dispose of essential oils?
You can dispose of the contents by washing down sink with washing up liquid and hot water. Dispose of glass bottles via recycling.
Can essential oils be used during pregnancy?
It is safe to use essential oils in a vaporiser or diffuser to scent the air. As a general rule, home users of pure essential oils should not use them in massage or in the bath during pregnancy because of the risk of accidentally using too much oil. It is particularly important not to swallow essential oils during pregnancy because of rapid absorption into the bloodstream.
Can your pre-blended products be used on children?
Although diluted at a very low dosage, we do not recommend using our wellbeing range on children under 10 years old, unless it is at the recommendation of a qualified aromatherapist. The exception are the Aromatherapy Mists, when used as room/space sprays and the vaporisation blends which can be used for spraying or diffusion into the air for children as young as 2.
Our Bath& Body Collection products can be used on children from about 6 years old as the dilutions of essential oils are quite low.
Why were your old Bath & Body Collection blends discontinued?
Our decision to discontinue our lavender, rose and signature blends were based on several factors. First and foremost, we wanted to use as many ingredients that are naturally derived as possible. Our new bath and body products now have the highest performing natural bases and are now 99% made from a natural origin. The remaining 1% being a gentle and mild preservative to keep the product fresh.
Are your deodorants aluminium free?
Yes, our deodorants are free from aluminium and parabens.
Why are your deodorants no longer in glass containers?
We made the decision to change the packaging of our deodorants to make them more environmentally friendly.
How do I heat up the lavender wheat cushion?
You can heat up the lavender wheat cushion in a microwave or for a more subtle heat, place it on a warm radiator. Never heat the wheat cushion up in a conventional oven of any sort.
Can your bath soak be used as a shower gel?
Yes. however we would advise to use it sparingly as it will be considerably frothier than a shower gel, particularly if using a body puff.
Are your products cruelty free?
Our products are cruelty free and are not tested on animals at any stage of the production process. The ingredients we use are as natural as possible and we pride ourselves on being an environmentally friendly company.