SDS stands for Safety Data Sheet. This document provides detailed product information on physical and chemical data that is required by material handlers and emergency workers. This includes melting points, boiling points, flash points, reactivity, first aid instructions, toxicity, storage recommendations, disposal instructions, control measures, protective equipment instructions, and spill and leak procedures.
A Certificate of Analysis is a document that outlines the results of testing a particular product against acceptable parameters. Certificates of Analysis can look quite different from product to product and from industry to industry; however, with Essential Oils, measurements quite often consist of the dominant constituents of a particular oil.
GC stands for Gas Chromatograph. In simple terms, a GC separates an Essential Oil into its individual components. Upon entry into the device, the oil is vaporized. Next, assisted by a carrier gas (usually Helium or Hydrogen), it passes through a column. The column itself sits within an oven. Here, the change in heat that takes place over time is controlled. Different chemical compounds react at different speeds within the column, and this information is captured on the Gas Chromatograph.
GC reports are unique and, in many publications, they are referred to as ‘fingerprints’ of that particular batch of Essential Oil. GC reports help purchasers protect an oil’s quality by ensuring that major constituents are within generally accepted guidelines. Also, they provide quantitative proof that the received product matches approved samples.
Still, it is important to note some of the limitations with GCs; while a GC may produce a unique fingerprint of an Essential Oil, this result is often unique to the GC device and the skill of the user. Even when conditions (such as the type of column being used, ambient temperature, retention rates, etc.) are held equal, results might have slight variations. Another limitation is that without Mass Spectrometry (MS) – a device significantly more expensive than even a GC – an oil’s individual components cannot be identified. In recent years, this has become less of an issue, as libraries of reference are being compiled and made available. Sources are typically Food and Flavor journals and, by replicating conditions with a GC, major constituents can now be reasonably identified.
We are one of the few companies in our industry who own and operate our own Gas Chromatograph and doing so enables us to go one step further in protecting our quality..
No, Allure does not carry out any tests on animals. Any toxicology information is obtained from reference materials.
We use Canada Post, UPS and Fed Ex as our shipping agents in Canada. In USA, we use Fed Ex only. All shipping charges calculated online are based on our heavily discounted Canada Post, UPS and Fed Ex Ground rates. Customers may also use their own shipping accounts. Customers can make a note in the ‘Comment’ section of their orders, and we can refund their shipping costs.
We use a completely integrated system to ensure that errors are not made. If customers make mistakes with entries, we will take every step possible to re-route the shipment; however, any additional charges as a result of customer errors will be billed directly back to the customer.
Orders can be tracked right from our website. Simply log in to your personal account, review your order history, and click on the button indicating “Track my Order.” In addition, an automated email with your tracking number will be sent to you after the package leaves our warehouse. Simply click the link to track your package. It's that simple – it's that convenient!
We are so confident in the quality of our products that you can return them within 2 weeks, if you are not satisfied for any reason. All we ask is that the product be returned in saleable condition and in its original packaging to receive full credit on the cost of goods (excluding shipping charges). If an error has been made by us on a written order, we will gladly pay for the re-shipment of the product.
Returns beyond the allotted return period require the approval of a Manager and will be allowed solely at the discretion of Allure Aromatics. In all cases, a 30% restocking fee will be assessed. Refunds or credits will be applied as per the customer's request.
Payment is taken from a credit card as soon as an order is submitted online. If there are any back orders or changes for discounts or freight, a refund will be issued before the shipment leaves our warehouse. If customers wish to add or remove items after payment is accepted, a restock fee of 20% or $10, whichever is greater, will be charged.
Essential Oils (also referred to as Aromatherapy Oils) are the highly concentrated, volatile, aromatic natural essences of plants. The purest Essential Oils come from carefully cultivated and wild-grown plants from climatic and geographic regions throughout the world.
Carrier Oils are also referred to as vegetable oils and base oils. They have extensive applications in Aromatherapy, because they are used to dilute Essential Oils or Absolutes for safe topical application. They are also used in the manufacturing of cold-process soaps and for massages by licensed Massage Therapists. Each Carrier Oil has different properties, and the choice of a Carrier Oil can depend on the benefit being sought.
All our Essential Oils and Carrier Oils are 100% pure and natural. Although all of our products are of premium quality, not all of the oils have the Organic certification; however, we have now added an Organic line of Essential Oils and Carrier Oils that are accompanied by authentic certificates of organic production under strict supervision by internationally recognized certifying bodies.
Steam Distillation: Distillation is the most common process of extracting an Essential Oil. Steam Distillation in particular isolates the aromatic, volatile element of the plant with the help of steam.
Cold Pressing: Cold Pressing – also called Expression – is used primarily for citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, in which the Essential Oils are obtained from tiny pockets in the fruits’ peels. Oils extracted by cold pressing are the most volatile of Essential Oils and can evaporate quickly when exposed to air. Solvent Extraction: In this method, flowers that are too delicate to be processed with heat or pressure are soaked in a solvent that extracts the flowers’ volatile elements. The solvent is then evaporated at high temperatures, leaving only the most fragrant constituents behind. This process produces what is called an "Absolute."
CO2 Extraction: The CO2 Extraction method yields a greater number of aromatic compounds than any other distillation process. In certain conditions at a low temperature, Carbon Dioxide (CO2) can be pressurized to become a liquid. This liquid then acts as a solvent and is used to extract the oil from plants. After extraction is completed, the extraction vessel is brought back to normal temperature and the CO2 rapidly converts to gas, leaving behind a high-quality oil that is free of solvents.
There are many ways that Essential Oils can be used. The following are the most common ways:
Massages: Massage is one of the most beneficial methods of using Essential Oils, because it combines the aromatic benefits of the oils with the benefits of Touch Therapy.
Inhalation: Inhalation is one of the quickest ways to experience the benefits of Essential Oils. This method is reputed to be highly beneficial for comforting individuals with respiratory ailments; however, persons with asthma or epilepsy should avoid inhaling Essential Oils.
Baths: Diluting Essential Oils and adding them to a warm, soothing bath can create a relaxing experience.
Diffusers: Diffusers and Aromatherapy go together. Adding Essential Oils to a diffuser effectively introduces their aromatic properties and fragrances to any environment.
Hot/Cold Compress: Compresses are an effective way to apply Essential Oils directly to the topical areas where they are needed the most.
Although our Essential Oils and Carrier Oils are pure and, in many cases, food grade, we do NOT recommend the ingestion of any of our products; they are highly concentrated and have the potential to cause serious damage if used internally without the necessary expertise required for administering them. This is supported by the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFEAT), which does not recommend ingestion of Essential Oils unless the individual is under the supervision of a medical doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy as practiced in France.
Many Essential Oils can cause irritation to the skin, and for this reason they should be diluted in a Carrier (vegetable) Oil before being applied to the skin.
Pregnant and nursing women are advised not to use Essential Oils without the medical advice of a physician, as they can have effects on certain hormone secretions, and it is unclear whether these effects are transferable to babies at these stages of development. Some Essentials Oils can also potentially encourage bleeding. Always consult your physician or a reputable Aromatherapist before using any Essential Oil. Some oils to refrain from using throughout pregnancy include Ajowan, Basil, Camphor, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Fennel, Hyssop, Juniper Berry, Marjoram, Rose Geranium, Rosemary, and Thyme, to name a few.
It is recommended that oils be stored between 0 and 20 degrees Celsius (room temperature) and out of direct sunlight. Refrigeration after opening is optimal.