These are some of our Frequently Asked Questions that you may find a quick answer for.
-Product Related Questions-
A little known fact is there is no such thing as Therapeutic grade essential oils. This is nothing more than a marketing term. Any company can claim their essential oils are therapeutic grade because the industry is unregulated. But with that said, our oils are all tested for their purity. This means our essential oils are 100% pure. No additives, adulterants, or dilutions have been mixed with our essential oils. How do we know this? Our oils have been tested to ensure their quality. All of Sparoom’s essential oils have been either USDA certified or have had GC/MS (Gas Chromatograph / Mass Spectrometer) tests conducted on them by independent testing companies. Artisan Aromatics have their oils tested by an independent laboratory and works directly with the individual growers and distillers in order to make sure they meet their stringent guidelines.
High quality essential oil diffusers are either made from #2 HDPE or #5 PP.
Our plastic based diffusers use #5 PP Polypropylene, which is considered a medical grade plastic.
Polypropylene does not have endocrine disrupting chemicals such as BPA, BPS, phthalates or lead in them.
This type of plastic has a long track record of safety.
These types of plastics can be more expensive to manufacture compared to some other unsafe plastics. Be aware that there are diffuser manufactures out there that do not use #2 or #5. Do not use those types of diffusers. If the diffuser is being sold very cheaply ($12 as an example) it is a good bet that these diffusers are not made from a safe plastic.
Only used 100% pure essential oils in your diffuser.
Many companies offer cheap, misleading oils that may be 100% natural, but they are mostly made up of natural carrier oils. Why is this bad? Carrier oils are typically used to dilute an essential oil when you wish to apply the oil topically. These types of oils are not meant to be used in a diffuser because their thick consistency can actually ruin your diffuser.
Also, do not use fragrance oils in your diffuser because these oils are mostly synthetic – made in a laboratory.
Nearly all our essential oils are 100% pure and natural and are perfectly suited to use in a diffuser. A few of our blends have small amounts of carrier oils mixed with them in order to help the various oils blend together. Because the amount of the carrier oil is so small, these are also perfectly safe to use in your diffuser.
You should always add the water first, then the essential oil.
Oil buildup on the ultrasonic plate at the bottom of the diffuser can cause the plate to not work as efficiently. By adding the water first, buildup to the plate will be minimal.
As you may know, oil is lighter than water. But because the ultrasonic plate vibrates the water, the water and oil mix. Also, the water breaks down into micro-particles that allow the essential oil to adhere to it, and then gets transmitted to the air.
We do not recommend the internal use of essential oils, unless directed by a health professional. Essential oils are made up of many compounds and are highly concentrated. Some have the capacity to cause serious harm if used internally. Ingesting even a single drop of some essential oils can cause irritation or even tissue damage to the lining of the Gastrointestinal Tract, organ toxicity, and can interact with other medications you may be taking.
Unfortunately, many companies push their essential oils as safe to ingest because this marketing strategy leads to higher sales and higher profits. These companies are exploiting peoples trusting natures with inaccurate and dangerous advice.
By simply inhaling an essential oil, 60% to 70% of most of its constituents are absorbed into the blood stream without most of the dangers that ingesting them can have. Enjoy your essential oils, but know and pay attention to any safety precautions that apply to any essential oil you may be using in a diffuser, topically, or if directed by a health professional, internally.
Our advice is to first check with an Aromatherapist or other health professional before using essentials oils around children, especially very young children. Young children’s immune systems are not fully developed and are less able to deal with concentrated substances, such as essential oils.
Essential oils high in menthol or 1,8 cineole should be avoided because they can slow down respiration in some children. This includes peppermint, eucalyptus, and certain chemotypes of rosmary. Do not use peppermint around children under the age of 6. Eucalyptus should be avoided around children under the age of 10.
The skin of young children is much more sensitive than adult skin. Great caution should be used if applying essential oils topically to young children. The oils should be diluted and only applied under the direction of a health professional.
We suggest you consult an aromatherapist or physician before using essential oils while pregnant. The reason is because certain essential oils may stimulate the production of some hormones and can encourage bleeding.
A product is organic if it has been grown on soil that had no prohibited substances applied for three years prior to harvest. The components used were not chemically processed or the plant was not exposed to pesticides. The essential oil is not chemically extracted nor artificially created. There is no official government regulations for labeling “organic” on essential oil products. Anyone selling these products can label their product as organic. The companies we carry actually have their products tested to make sure their products are really organic.
USDA organic has additional requirements including no artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors have been used or added. Also, to quality as organic, none of the plant is grown or handled with genetically modified organisms.
When purchasing a bottle of essential oil, here is a quick guide to how much you are getting. Amounts vary depending on the oil.
- 6 drops = .3 ml.
- 10 drops = ½ ml.
- 17-20 drops = 1 ml.
- 85-90 drops = 5 ml.
- 170-190 drops = 10 ml.
- 270-300 drops = 15 ml (approx. ½ oz).
- 560-590 drops = 29.57 ml (approx. 1 oz).
Using too much essential oil in a diffuser can lead to nausea, dizziness, giddiness, eye irritations, and headaches. If you find that you are experiencing any of these conditions, reduce the amount of essential oil or stop using the essential oil. The amount you use depends on your particular diffuser and the particular essential oil. Here is a quick guide on how much to use in your diffuser:
- 100ml: 3 – 5 drops.
- 200ml: 6 – 10 drops.
- 300ml: 11 – 15 drops.
- 400ml: 16 – 20 drops.
- 500ml: 21 – 25 drops.
- 600ml: 26 – 30 drops.
- 700ml: 31 – 40 drops
A NOTE ABOUT VOLUME
Our essential oils are based on weight, not volume. Why is this important? Different essential oils have different weights per volume. As a result, each essential oil will take up a different amount of space within the bottle.
As an example, a 30 ml bottle of myrrh will have about 631 drops. A 30 ml bottle of helichrysum will have about 1,714 drops. This means a bottle of myrrh will appear to only be 1/3 full while the helichrysum will appear full.
In another example, a 10 ml bottle of bergamot will have about 320 drops. A 10 ml bottle of lavender will have about 250 drops. So, the bottle of lavender will appear less full compared to the bergamot.
Please be aware of this in case you receive a bottle and it is not full.
-Policies And Procedures-
The cost for shipping is based upon the total order amount.
Unfortunately, the shipping companies have raised their shipping charges 4 times over the last 4 years and are about to do it again in 2021. We use to offer free shipping but can no longer do that except for special promotions.
When you see the cost for your shipping, we are not adding additional handling charges in order to make a profit. That amount is purely what the shipping carriers are charging us to ship the item to you.
We currently offer 2 types of shipping. If the item is under 16 ounces, we can ship the product either by USPS First Class Shipping or USPS Priority Mail. If the item is over 16 ounces (1 pound) we will ship the item by USPS Priority Mail.
At this time, we do not offer samples, but that could change over time. We sell high end essential oils, not cheap, inexpensive imported oils. Give some a try. We are sure you will be satisfied with the quality of our oils.
Tax laws are in constant flux, so these rules can change at a moments notice.
- If you are a New Mexico Resident, you will be charged the current tax rate for Santa Fe, NM.
- If you are a resident of any state other than Kansas, at this time you will not be charged any local taxes. If our sales exceed a specific amount for your state in a one year period, then we will need to charge you your local state tax rate.
- If you are from Kansas, at this time we do not sell merchandise to Kansas residences because Kansas requires all businesses to register with the state and pay a fee and to charge all Kansas residences a tax.