Do you feel comfortable using essential oils?
If the answer is no, but you would like to learn, Marge Clark on The Essentials of Essential Oils is for you. Beth Byrne interviewed Marge to get the scoop on essential oils, from what they are to how they are obtained. She explains the production processes, how to choose oils of acceptable quality, and questions to ask suppliers to ensure pure, good quality oils. She also talks to readers about proper and safe use of essential oils. Read the article and arm yourself with the knowledge to make appropriate buying decisions!
What are your favorite essential oils for your products, and why?
No doubt you know of a soapmaker who has sought an alternative to palm oil–maybe one of these soapmakers is you. The reason? The rampant burning of the rainforests in order to create farmland for palm trees to satisfy the needs and desires of the world. The effects of this uncontrolled practice are widespread and alarming, and who could look at Orangutans losing their habitat and not feel a pang of guilt? Erica Pence, in The Search for Sustainability, aptly explains the situation, not simply for palm oil and Orangutans, but also for other products and causes, and urges us to search for sustainable products, instead. She makes a compelling case and even provides us with two formulas to try out.
Have environmental or social global concerns affected the way you do business?
Carrier oils, how much thought do you give them? Except for getting the right balance for soap, do you pay attention to them? I admit to being an oil afficionado, so Sherri Reehil-Welser’s article, The Beauty of Carrier Oils, was on my must-read list. She reviews a long list of oils, ranging from the most common such as olive oil, to a few that are more obscure, namely Tamanu and KuKui Nut. She informs us as to the vitamins and other properties of the oils, as well as their effects and what products or conditions to use them for.