Essential Oils and Carrier Oils

Your Questions Answered

Essential Oils

1. Are your essential oils 100% pure?

We sell different grades of essential oils that are fit for purpose. We have 100% pure essential oils as well as commercial grade natural essential oils.

The 100% pure essential oils are premium-grade, 100% pure oils that have been extracted via the steam-distillation or cold-pressed method according to BP (British Pharmacopeia) or USP (US Pharmacopeia) Standards. They do not contain any additives nor have they been diluted with any other oils. They are directly extracted from the plant.

The commercial grade natural essential oils are not a direct extraction from the plant but instead, are a manufacturer’s blend of natural constituents that have been extracted, or steam distilled from various varieties of the botanical. These oils offer a cost-effective alternative to an otherwise unaffordable essential oil for application in cosmetics and personal care.

Below is a table of our current batches of essential oils and their characteristics. On mobile devices, turn the device sideways to view the full table.

Essential Oil Botanical Name Status of Essential Oil Country of Origin Extraction Method Product Classification Colour
Aniseed Essential Oil Illicium Verum 100% Pure China Steam Distillation   Pale Yellow
Basil Essential Oil Ocimum Canum 100% Pure India  Steam Distillation   Clear
Bay Essential Oil Laurus Nobillis Natural Commercial Grade India Natural Blend   Deep Golden Yellow
Styrax Benzoin Oil (Resin) Styrax Benzoin Oleoresin India Solvent Extraction   Brown
Bergamot Essential Oil Citrus Bergamia Natural Commercial Grade Australia Natural Blend   Golden/greenish hue
Black Pepper Essential Oil Piper Nigru Natural Commercial Grade Australia Natural Blend Class 3 Flammable Liquid Clear
Cajeput Essential Oil Melaleuca Cajeputi 100% Pure Indonesia Steam Distillation Class 3 Flammable Liquid Clear with subtle hint of yellow
Camphor Essential Oil Cinnamomum Camphora 100% Pure China Steam Distillation Class 3 Flammable Liquid Clear    
Carrot Seed Essential Oil Daucus Carota 100% Pure India  Steam Distillation   Golden Yellow
Cedarwood Essential Oil Cedarus Deodora 100% Pure India Steam Distillation   Golden Yellow
German Chamomile Essential Oil
Matricaria Chamomilla Natural Commercial Grade Nepal Natural Blend   Dark Blue
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil Anthemis Nobilis Natural Commercial Grade France/ Italy Natural Blend   Pale Blue and Grey
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil Cinnamomum Zeylanicum  Natural Commercial Grade India Natural Blend   Golden Yellow
Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil Cinnamomum Zeylanicum  100% Pure Sri Lanka Steam Distillation   Light brown to Yellow
Citronella Essential Oil Cymbopogon Winterianus 100% Pure Indonesia Steam Distillation Class 9 Hazardous Liquid Yellow to Orange Colour
Clary Sage Essential Oil Salvia Sclarea L. Natural Commercial Grade India Natural Blend   Pale Yellow
Clove Bud Essential Oil Syzygium Aromaticum 100% Pure Indonesia Steam Distillation   Pale Yellow to Brown
Clove Leaf Essential Oil
Eugenia Caryophyllata 100% Pure Indonesia Steam Distillation   Pale Yellow to Brown
Cypress Essential Oil Cupressus Sempervirens 100% Pure Europe Steam Distillation Class 3 Flammable Liquid Pale Yellow
Eucalyptus Essential Oil Eucalyptus Globulus (Blue Gum) 100% Pure China Steam Distillation Class 3 Flammable Liquid Clear
Fennel Seed Essential Oil Foeniculum Vulgare 100% Pure France/ Italy Steam Distillation   Clear
Frankincense Essential Oil Boswellia Serrata 100% Pure India Steam Distillation Class 3 Flammable Liquid Light Yellow
Frangipani Absolute Oil Plumeria alba Natural Commercial Grade India Solvent Extraction   Pale amber to dark brown
Geranium Essential Oil Pelargonium Graveolens 100% Pure Egypt Steam Distillation   Clear to Amber colour
Ginger Essential Oil
Zingiber Officinale 100% Pure India Steam Distillation Class 9 Hazardous Liquid Yellow   
Grapefruit Essential Oil Citrus Racemosa Natural Commercial Grade Italy Cold Pressed Class 3 Flammable Liquid Yellow
Helichrysum Essential Oil Helichrysum Italicum Natural Commercial Grade Slovenia Natural Blend   Light Yellow to Red
Jasmine Absolute Oil Jasminum Grandiflorum  Natural Commercial Grade India Solvent Extraction   Pale yellow to reddish
Juniper Berry Essential Oil Juniperus Communis Natural Commercial Grade Australia Natural Blend   Clear
Juniper Leaf Essential Oil Juniperus Communis Natural Commercial Grade India  Natural Blend   Clear
Lavender Essential Oil Lavandula Augustifolia 100% Pure France Steam Distillation   Clear    
Lavender Oil Lavandula Augustifolia Natural Commercial Grade Australia Natural Blend   Clear with yellowish to greenish tinge
Lemon Essential Oil Citrus Limonum 100% Pure Italy / USA Steam Distillation Class 3 Flammable Liquid Pale to deep yellow
Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil Eucalyptus Citriodora 100% Pure China Steam Distillation   Pale Yellow   
Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil Backhousia Citriodora 100% Pure Australia Steam Distillation   Pale Yellow
Lemon Verbena Essential Oil Lippia Citriodora Natural Commercial Grade Australia Natural Blend   Pale Yellow or Olive Colour
Lemongrass Essential Oil Cymbopogon Flexuosus 100% Pure India  Steam Distillation   Pale to Vivid Yellow
Lime Essential Oil Citrus Aurantifolia 100% Pure South America Steam Distillation Class 3 Flammable Liquid Pale Yellow
Mandarin Essential Oil Citrus Reticulata 100% Pure Australia Cold Pressed Class 3 Flammable Liquid Greenish-Orange Colour
Marjoram Essential Oil Marjoram Majorana  100% Pure Egypt Steam Distillation Class 3 Flammable Liquid Yellow-green in colour
Litsea Cubeba (May Chang) Essential Oil Litsea Cubeba (Lauraceae) ext May Chang 100% Pure China Steam Distillation   Pale Yellow to Yellow
Melissa (Lemon Balm) Essential Oil Melissa Officinalis Natural Commercial Grade India  Natural Blend   Clear to yellow liquid
Myrrh Essential Oil Commiphora Molmol Gum 100% Pure East Africa Steam Distillation   Pale Amber to Reddish Brown
Neroli Essential Oil Citrus Aurantium  Natural Commercial Grade Australia Natural Blend   Clear    
Nutmeg Essential Oil Myristica Fragrans 100% Pure India Steam Distillation   Clear    
Oregano Essential Oil Origanum Minutiflorum 100% Pure Organic Turkey Steam Distillation Class 3 Flammable Liquid Golden to Dark Yellow
Palmarosa Essential Oil Cymbopogon Martini 100% Pure India  Steam Distillation   Pale Yellow
Patchouli Essential Oil Pogostemon Cablin 100% Pure Indonesia Steam Distillation Class 9 Hazardous Liquid Dark Golden Brown
Peppermint Essential Oil Mentha Piperita 100% Pure India Steam Distillation   Clear
Petitgrain Essential Oil Citrus Aurantium  Natural Commercial Grade Paraguay Natural Blend   Clear
Pine Essential Oil Pinus Pinaster Natural Commercial Grade India  Vacuum Dry Distillation   Clear    
Rose Absolute Oil Rosa Damascena  Natural Commercial Grade India Solvent Extraction   Yellow to Orange-red
Rose Geranium Essential Oil Pelargonium Graveolens 100% Pure Spain Steam Distillation   Colourless
Rosemary Essential Oil Rosmarinus Officinalis  Natural Commercial Grade France Natural Blend Class 3 Flammable Liquid Clear
Rosewood Essential Oil Aniba Rosaeodora Natural Commercial Grade Australia Natural Blend   Clear with hint of Yellow
Sandalwood (West Indies) Essential Oil Amyris Balsamifera 100% Pure USA Steam Distillation   Clear with hint of Yellow
Sandalwood Essential Oil Santalum Album Linn 100% Pure India Steam Distillation   Pale Yellow
Spearmint Essential Oil Mentha Spicata 100% Pure China Steam Distillation Class 3 Flammable Liquid Clear
Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Citrus Sinensis 100% Pure South America Cold Pressed Class 3 Flammable Liquid Orange
Tangerine Essential Oil
Citrus Reticulata var. tangerine 100% Pure Brazil Cold Pressed Class 3 Flammable Liquid Greenish-Orange Colour
Tea Tree Essential Oil Melaleuca Alternifolia 100% Pure Australia Steam Distillation Class 3 Flammable Liquid Clear with hint of Yellow
Thyme Oil (Red) Thymus Vulgaris Natural Commercial Grade India  Natural Blend   Reddish Brown 
Vanilla Oil (Oleoresin) Vanilla Planifolia Oleoresin Madagascar Solvent Extraction   Deep Brown
Vetiver Essential Oil Vetiveria Zizanoides Natural Commercial Grade Indonesia Natural Blend   Golden Brown
Wintergreen Essential Oil Gaultheria Procumbens Natural Commercial Grade India  Natural Blend   Dark Pink
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Cananga Odorata  Natural Commercial Grade Madagascar Natural Blend   Clear with a hint of yellow

 

Updated: 11 October 2019

 

2. What is the difference between “pure” and “organic”?

Pure and Organic have different meanings. Organic means that the oil has been extracted from plants that have been farmed and grown without the use of pesticides, chemicals or synthetic fertilizers. And at every step of the production process, the oil hasn’t been exposed to non-organic materials or processes. Pure oils have been extracted directly from the plant but however, can either be organic or conventional depending on whether the plant comes from organic sources or has been exposed to organic production processes or not.

Certified organic means that the oil has been produced by a certified manufacturer according to the Rules and Regulations set by a governing body for organic status. All our organic products come to us certified by suppliers who are certified by either the Australian Certified Organics association or the overseas equivalent.

3. Are your essential oils therapeutic grade?

In Australia, there is no governing body that regulates the different grades of essential oils. The term “therapeutic grade” is a marketing term and a common descriptor that helps to describe suitable applications for essential oils. Therapeutic applications of essential oils generally use 100% pure essential oils whilst other applications for skincare, haircare, personal care and household care, both commercial grade and 100% pure essential oils are perfectly suitable.

4. Can your essential oils be taken internally?

Essential oils are highly concentrated oils and have the potential to cause serious harm. In addition, N-essentials is not licensed to sell any products for internal use. Based on these reasons, we do not recommend that our essential oils are to be ingested internally.

5. Can I apply essential oils directly onto the skin?

Since essential oils are highly concentrated oils, they should not be applied directly onto the skin as they can cause skin irritations. Instead, they should be mixed with our carrier oil before applying. A rule of thumb to use is 1-2% of essential oil to carrier oil. This makes an oil mixture that is good to massage into the skin whereby the carrier oil helps ‘carry’ the essential oil onto the skin and helps prevent the essential oil from ‘flying off’ ie from dissipating.

6. I have sensitive skin. Can I use essential oils on my skin?

Mix the essential oil with a carrier oil using the rule of thumb suggested above. Using this mixture, we recommend that a small patch test be done on the inner side of your elbow to see if there is any reaction. If your skin starts to turn red and become inflamed, do not use the oil any further.

7. What’s the best way to look after essential oils?

Essential oils should be stored in a dark-coloured container/bottle and be kept away from direct sunlight. These oils will oxidize, deteriorate and loose their beneficial properties over time if stored in direct sunlight or be exposed to oxidization. If essential oils have sun shining directly onto them, the exposure over a period of months will dramatically speed up the process of oxidization due to the oil continually heating up and cooling down. Best to store these oils in a dark-coloured bottle, in a cool dark place and in a tight, air-sealed container to prevent oxidization.

 

Carrier Oils

Below is a table of our current batches of carrier oils and their characteristics. On mobile devices, turn the device sideways to view the full table.

Carrier Oil Botanical Name Country of Origin Status Extraction Method Colour
Apricot Kernel Oil Prunus Armeniaca Europe Conventional Cold Pressed Refined Slight Yellow
Moroccan Argan Oil Argania Spinosa Kernel Morocco Virgin Organic Deodorised Golden Yellow
Arnica Oil Arnica Montana Romania Organic Infused in Safflower Oil Bright Yellow
Avocado Oil Persea Gratissima Europe & Mexico Virgin Cold Pressed Green
Calendula Infused Oil Calendula Officinalis USA Organic Infused in Sunflower Oil Greenish Yellow
Camellia Oil Camellia Oleifera China Virgin Cold Pressed Light Yellow
Castor Oil Ricinus Communis Eastern Africa Virgin Cold Pressed Light Yellow
Coconut Oil RBD Cocus Nucifera Indonesia / Philippine Conventional Refined/Bleached/Deodorised Ivory White
Evening Primrose Oil Oenothera Biennis Europe Virgin Organic Cold Pressed Medium Yellow
Coconut Oil (Fractionated) Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride Malaysia Conventional Fractionated Clear
Grapeseed Oil Vitis Vinifera Seed Europe Virgin Cold Pressed Light Green
Hemp Seed Oil Cannabis Sativa Europe Virgin Organic Cold Pressed Deep green
Jojoba Oil Simmondsia Chinensis Israel Virgin Organic Cold Pressed Golden Yellow
Macadamia Oil Macadamia Integrifolia Australia Virgin Cold Pressed Lightly ambered coloured
Meadowfoam Oil Limnanthes Alba Seed Canada / USA Conventional Cold Pressed Refined Pale Yellow to yellow
Neem Oil Azadirachta Indica India Virgin Cold Pressed Brown
Hypericum Oil St John's Wort Oil USA Conventional Infused in Coconut Oil Deep blood red
Palm Oil Elaies Guineensis Malaysia Conventional Refined / Bleached Light Yellow
Red Raspberry Seed Oil Rubus Idaeus Seed Chile Virgin Cold Pressed Brown to dark brown
Rice Bran Oil Oryza Sativa India Virgin Cold Pressed Light Yellow
Rosehip Oil Rosa Canina  Poland Virgin Organic Cold Pressed Red-Orange Colour
Soybean Oil Glycine Soja Europe   Conventional Cold Pressed Refined Light Yellow
Sunflower Oil Helianthus Annuus Seed European Union Conventional Cold Pressed Light Yellow
Sweet Almond Oil Prunus Amygdalus var dulcis Rosaceae North America Conventional Cold Pressed Deodorised Golden Yellow
Tamanu Oil Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Vietnam Virgin Organic Cold Pressed Yellow green
Wheatgerm Oil Triticum Vulgare Germ Europe Virgin Cold Pressed Clear orange to yellow

 

Updated: 9 September 2019