Let's Talk: Essential Oils and Their Packaging


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An essential oil is a liquid distilled from elements of a plant.  It is a natural way to infuse your product with aromatic and medicinal properties. As these oils have become more popular with consumers, they have also become a source of questions in the industry.

Essential oils in cosmetics

Essential oils are used in natural beauty care products because of their calming, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. They additionally fill in as natural preserving agents. Note that the quality of essential oils is crucial when used in cosmetic products.

The scent originated from the essential oil influences the brain's limbic system. Consequently, some oils help improve the mood. Individual molecules are integrated into the cell membrane when conveyed to the bloodstream through the skin. They affect bodily processes and can advance the regeneration of cells or invigorate the metabolic cycles.

Popular Types of Essential Oils

Let's talk about ten popular essential oils and their health claims:
  • Peppermint: boosting energy and helping in digestion
  • Lavender: relieving stress
  • Sandalwood: calming nerves and helping with focus
  • Bergamot: reducing stress and improving skin conditions, including eczema
  • Rose: improving state of mind and reducing anxiety
  • Chamomile: improving mood and relaxation
  • Ylang-Ylang: treating cerebral pains, nausea, and skin conditions
  • Tea Tree: fighting infections and boosting immunity
  • Jasmine: helping with depression, childbirth, and libido
  • Lemon: improving digestion, mood, and migraines

How To Store - packaging of Essential oils

If you want to store pure essential oils, you’re going to need a glass or aluminum container. Plastic containers that hold essential oils commonly suffer from damage and deterioration. In some cases, where the oil is not sensitive to oxygen, fluorination can be used to create a barrier between the oil and the plastic container.

One of the most popular packaging options is glass, because the oils cannot be damaged by the glass and the glass cannot be damaged by the oils. Combine glass with an airtight lid, and you’ve got a great packaging solution.

Plastic containers, specifically PET or fluorinated PE or PP, can be used to store diluted essential oils without a problem. These oils are often included in lotions and other personal care products.

Why Is This Important?

Heat, light, oxygen, and moisture can all have a negative effect on the expiration date of your oil. Sunlight is especially bad, so it is also recommended to use amber or cobalt glass to keep your contents safe. When stored properly in the right containers, essential oils can have a very long shelf life.

As always, though, you need to test the compatibility of your product and your packaging to make sure everything works as it should.

For a list of glass dropper bottles for your oils, click here.

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