1. Your Ingredients
Research and experiment with it!
When formulating your own aromatherapy products, the most important things to do is always research and experiment with your ingredients. You might need to consider the following questions:
What is the purpose you want to achieve?
Who is your target audience?
What is the method of application?
What is the base to use? You might need to concern on the country the audience is used. If the country is dry, the base need to be humectant and occlusive. But when it is in my country, hot and humid, people here will like something light-weight and non-greasy.
Always keep a journal when you produce a formulation. Jot down all your customers feedback in order to improve your formulation.
2. Is your Product Safe to Use?
Safety is the most important concern when producing your own products.
How long will it last?
How many times the product being apply? Twice a day? In which part of the body? For short or long period?
Possibility of the product being contamination?
So, the safety part of the products covered two main areas:
As I always mentioned in my previous articles in Essential Oils Safety, “All substances are poisons; it is the dose that makes the poison. The right dose differentiates a poison from a remedy…” ~ Paracelsus (1493 – 1541).
Poisons or remedies of the products you created is always depends on the dosage and how frequent the products being applied by your customers.
Robert Tisserand, one of the world’s leading experts in aromatherapy is very concern on the safety of essential oils. You can always check Rodney Young and his book Essential Oil Safety : A Guide for Health Care Professionals when preparing your aromatherapy products.
Are you preparing a water-based or oil-based products?
If it is a water-based products, the chances for getting contamination by bacteria, fungus and yeast will be higher than oil-based products. Therefore, you will need to consider to put in a natural preservative.
Some preservative are toxic such as parabens, formaldehyde and methylisothiazolinone… You might not want this kind of preservative in your products because our main objective is to help your clients to maintain their hygiene or health.
In my formulation studies, we have done a comparison of preservative and non-preservative in an infused herb studies. From the picture below you will know better the important of putting natural preservative in your products.
The experiments start by creating two infused herb of Osmanthus fragrans, one with natural preservative and one without any preservative. I have placed them in a corner with room temperature for two weeks.
After two week times, you can notice that the colour of the without preservative (W/O.P)’s bottle become very dark brown. The colour of the with preservative (W.P)’s bottle remain unchanged. (Opps, I forget to take the before photo for you all!)
Let get a close snapshot of the experiment.
There you are!
The picture of the left (W/O. P), there are white colour cotton layer and black dot on top of the floating. The smell has changed. It shown that the product is being contaminated.
From the experiment above, you can see how fast the bacteria, fungus and yeast spread in your products. So, it is important to keep your product safe for your clients.