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Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 6:10 pm
by Kystar
A piece of advice, some essential oils are photosensitive, or phototoxic! (Meaning they can cause problems if they're on your skin in the sun, even tiny amounts!)

I know that Orange and Ginger are both photosensitive; Ginger can actually be phototoxic.

The one reaction I saw was part of a very lightly scented massage oil blend...three drops of Ginger in 16 oz of oil, nothing else in the mix was phototoxic/sensitive...and the poor girl had patches of sunburn on her arms. Like a piebald horse!

I'd do a safety data search on any essentials before determining your mix...to make sure you have the right oil for the purpose.

Posted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:24 am
by Kystar
Yeah, I don't think it is. But there are other things that you wouldn't THINK were phototoxic that are/can be.

When my friend and I were trying to mix massage oils/bath oils to sell at Ren Faires and LARP events, we bought a book called "The Encyclopaedia of Essential Oils" by Julia Lawless.

It lists Plant family, any synonyms, general description, distribution, other species, herbal/folk traditional use for the oil, actions, extraction method, characteristics of a quality oil, the chemicals IN the oil, Safety data, Aromatherapy/home use, commercial uses (Other).

This book was very useful in stopping us from making blends that would be dangerous or have unexpected results...it also let us know what oils can be bad for like, a pregnant lady to use. Our first two references weren't as good...so we had some oils that weren't a good blend (aforementioned ginger...lucky for us, it was a friend testing it and not a customer!)

I would recommend this book to ANYONE who is serious in doing any essential oil work. Yeah, you might have to look up some stuff on a medical website or a medical dictionary...b/c all the "Actions" are in medical terms...like Analgesic, emmenagogue.

Otherwise, it's a great reference.

Posted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 5:12 pm
by Crazy Healer Lady
I'll have to check that book out! Thanks, Kystar!

Posted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:41 pm
by Kystar
you're welcome.

I would hate for anyone here to have a problem with something like that when I have a resource that could help.

Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 8:08 pm
by Kitsune
Sounds like a great one, and I've been looking for a good one for a while now!

Thanks!

Re: Perfume/Cologne

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:54 am
by pheonix
100+ proof moonshine would be a good base. :-D you would just have to find some first lol.

Re: Perfume/Cologne

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:08 pm
by Librarian
pheonix wrote:100+ proof moonshine would be a good base. :-D you would just have to find some first lol.
It's not that difficult to make it yourself. I've done it on the stove and ran the lawnmower on it. :-D

Check your local laws, but in most of the US, small amounts for personal use are legal.

Re: Perfume/Cologne

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:55 pm
by pheonix
It's not that difficult to make it yourself. I've done it on the stove and ran the lawnmower on it. :-D

Check your local laws, but in most of the US, small amounts for personal use are legal.[/quote]

yeah, but you have to practice, and know what your doing for the proof to turn out high...just watch the tv show moonshiners lol