Making your own Aromatherapy products
Bit of a bummer this! Yes I agree there have to be consumer safeguards, but it's all getting a bit too nanny-state!
Don't forget, you can sell preparations to your clients provided you have had a face to face consultation with them. I don't do this very often, but when I do I use ready-made base products from Absolute Aromas or Essentially Oils, and whilst I only label them with the date, use by and the client's name, of course we discuss the contents!
Great to hear from you again - you are quite right to poitn this out. However, please be aware - according to the legislation, you still will NOT be allowed to make any claims or to infer and health benefits in using these products - event to your clients.
This is why so many of the companies who used to just sell 100% essential oils are now starting to sell tested, blended product for specified purpose.
I think this was foreseen by many of the 'Professional Bodies/Affinity groups' some time ago. That is why so many Aromatherapy Courses with pre-blended oils suddenly got launched.
Shame they didn't alert us all to what they saw coming.
I've only just come across this post and am interested in it as I have spent a lot of time trying to develop aromatherapy products to sell. I had initially contacted the CThA last year, with regard to the making and selling of these products, and was told that as long as my labelling included all ingredients, cautions and batch numbers, etc, then I was ok to proceed.
This news is very confusing for me and I'm now unsure how to go from here. As far as I can tell from your very thorough information, I would be able to sell, for example, hand cream containing essential oils as a fragrant cream, but not an oil which claimed to relieve aching muscles or a cream which claims to treat spots.
Does anyone have any more information on this subject and are there relevant websites or institutions that I should be contacting?
yes that's about it: a fragrant cream for no specific purpose! Ho hum. Mind you, who can police what may be discussed verbally, as long as you know your clients?
hit post too soon!
Of course you have to couch it in vague terms of 'might' or 'anecdotal evidence to suggest it may...' and of course avoid words like cure, relieve pain etc. You could say ' may possibly support
BTW - nice to hear from you again Gill. what's happened to your pic - you look a little squashed! :)
Many thanks for your quick response, Amanda.
Sorry to keep going on about this but I'm still in the dark about a couple of points.
I was hoping to sell to the general public using blends of safe oils and provide all relevant safety data with each product. I was under the impression that this was allowable as companies such as Lush and Neil's Yard, (to name but a few), sell many products containing essential oils, not to mention the perfume industry.
However, I see mentioned under this topic that a face to face consultation is required before a blend can be sold on. Do you know if this is the case only with respect to the treatment of medical conditions or does this apply to selling a hand or body cream too?
I hope I'm not waffling on too much and confusing the issue. I've thought about contacting Trading Standards to see if they'd have any guidelines regarding this.
Any advise appreciated.
No - it's only 'untested' products - ie blends prepared by a qualified aromatherapist for one particular client. If you are making commercial blends to sell to the public then yes, you do have to get all the requisit tests done on each one. Essentially Oils have a lab testing service which I believe isn't too expensive and is based upon their base products which they obviously know are ok to blend with essential oils. Aromatherapy council are quite helpful with info about percentage amounts of particular oils that you can use safely. I've not gone into it in any more detail as I decided it wasn't worth trying to find the capital to proceed. I'd be happy to consider selling your products for you if you do get off the ground! Keep us posted, and best of luck.
Sorry, didn't answer fully: even with commercially tested products you still won't be able to make any health claims unless you do go down the full medical testing route which frankly is pretty impossible for our type of product. Frustrating. Again, Aromather. coun. has guidelines on labelling I think, and Trading Standards also would be good to talk to.
Sorry Amanda, I didn't see your very helpful reply until today. My email decided not to alert me to it!
I will definitely keep you posted on any progress (if any), that I make. I've just sent an inquiry to the Aromatherapy Trade Council which seems to offer advice on this topic.
www.aromantic.co.uk run courses on how to make cosmetic products from scratch, one of which is around legal and labelling requirements if you intend selling your products as a retailer direct to the public (like Lush and NYR do). They also provide contacts to get products safety tested.
Hope this helps.
Great, Julie, thank you.
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yes I think aRomantics courses look really good. BYW, EssentiallyOils have ceased trading. I found similar base products for private blending at Essential Oils Direct. Don't know yet if they have the same testing facilities that EO used to have - 4got to ask!