08.11.14 I have also opened an aromatherapy shop on Etsy,
so far selling essential oils and a few of the skin creams. If you
already use the shop here on my website, the Etsy shop won't offer
you anything extra, and in fact the product range is much smaller.
But if you have friends who shop on Etsy already, and feel safer
using their site and procedures, they may be interested.
News about changes to oils and other products
for sale. For general news, views and opinion - not related to
aromatherapy - go to NEWS & VIEWS
08.11.14 NEW Argan Oil,
Organic cold pressed 100ml.
05.06.14 yet more postage changes last April. See
current prices pages for latest rates. I stuck with Royal Mail for
years as they were publicly owned, but now they are just
ridiculous for small packages, and privatised as well. I'll be
using MyHermes courier for anything over 1Kg, and for some
packages under 1Kg that might otherwise go 2nd class.
05.08.13 more postage changes as Royal Mail continues its
campaign to close down small businesses selling small items -
prices up, weight bands change, new "small and medium parcels"
categories, compensation limits change. I'll be using couriers now
for medium and large parcels. It's still not clear exactly which
parcels will go by courier - if in doubt about your order, email
or ring me for a quote for carriage.
02.07.13 Organic lavender - I can no longer get the
Provence lavender at a good price, so I have changed supplier. The
next batch is no longer from Provence but is still French.
11.03.13 amended postage error for online shop. Was
overcharging for first-class post on smaller items - £4.30 instead
11.03.13 NEW 25ml size of cedarwood
11.03.13 I have stopped taking any payments through NOCHEX. Hardly
any customers used it of late, and then NOCHEX charged me fees to
reactivate my account. It's still a good payment method if you
have a reasonable amount of business through it.
20.05.12 Big Postage changes from 30.4.12 as Royal Mail
put prices up yet again. Even one 10ml bottle of essential oil has
to be sent as a packet due to the depth of the package. Royal Mail
are "simplifying their price structure" so the old width bands for
packets of up to 100g, 100g-250g, etc., are replaced by one band
up to 750g costing £2.70 1st class or £2.20 2nd class to post one
tiny bottle! As a result, I will introduce an option for 2nd class
post at the online shop. Clearly the postage is not so bad if you
are buying more than one bottle, and for some medium-sized orders
the postage will even be cheaper.
I have stopped selling wheatgerm oil, and
also stopped putting it in my massage oils. I used to use it as
a preservative, as recommended in many early aromatherapy texts
and training courses, but doubt has now been cast on its
19.05.09 Ravensara organic - big rise in prices from my
supplier, so have had to shift mine up too.
23.03.09 Sandalwood now ORGANIC
(Australian, Santalum Spicatum). Also bergamot and rosemary
19.08.08 NEW 25ml sizes of
Ravensara Organic and Frankincense Indian.08.04.07 Oregano - as
of April 2007 I am switching from a Turkish to a Spanish oil, as
existing stocks are used up.
27.12.05 Frankincense & myrrh cream - formula changed
from 27.12.05; now contains Boswellia Serrata instead of Boswellia
Carteri. See page on FRANKINCENSE
& MYRRH CREAM.
08.11.05 Oregano - as of November 2005 I
am switching from a Spanish to a Turkish oil, with a higher
carvacrol content, as existing stocks are used up. Any feedback
from customers on this change is welcome.
31.10.05 New - Frankincense & myrrh cream.
21.10.05 Organic lemongrass and peppermint now
available. Some price changes.
06.07.05 Sandalwood price rocketing - mine
up £2 per 5ml bottle! May have to go higher. I have been
reluctant to switch to Australian Sandalwood and am considering
whether to keep stocking it at all. See below re ecological
15.02.05 I will soon be sending out the first oils
in a new style bottle and dropper. Until stocks of
already-bottled oils are sold, there will be a failry long
period during which some oils will be in new-style bottles, and
some in old.
Warning - rant follows!.......I am supposed to
tell you some garbage about how this is a move to a more
attractive bottle and more convenient dropper to satisfy the
customer, but in fact the move has been forced on me as no
bottle supplier I know any longer stocks a 5ml size of the old
bottle - a Stella 14mm neck - and the whole range is becoming
rarer. When I started selling oils in 1991, I could get droppers
with 4 different hole sizes (I later saw a catalogue with 6!),
so my sandalwood had a big-hole dropper and grapefruit a
tiny-hole dropper. This seemed a good idea to me as I had
previously bought oils from suppliers who used the same
hole-size for all their oils - so you would turn up the bottle
of cedarwood, wait half an hour, and nothing would come out, or
turn up the lemon carefully for one drop, and get three, plus
another few all over your hands. Many other suppliers used 2
sizes, but this is not enough in my view.
I have already gone through an unwanted redesign
of the lids and droppers which saw the number of droppers
reduced to 2 or 3, so am still selling some oils with old lids
and droppers (I stocked up) and some with new. The bottle
suppliers usually have little to say other than "It's nothing to
do with me, duck, it's our supplier in Germany that doesn't do
them any more". So all this stuff about "the free market
supplying what consumers want" is hogwash, as far as this
consumer is concerned.
The new bottles still have a range of dropper
sizes, but all are supplied to me ready-fitted to lids,
and some come with tamper-evident tops and some don't. I can
probably take the less-used size droppers out of one sort of lid
and fit them to the other for consistency, but this is tedious
to say the least (grrr....see above re free market). Having said
all that, the bottles look nice, they have a wider neck so are
easier to fill and decant from, and the droppers seem OK on my
experiments so far. I will probably have a few left-over lids
and droppers for 14mm-neck Stella for sale.
28.01.05 Organic basil, ravensara and ylang
ylang extra now available. Some price changes. Oregano
now available in 25ml, contact me for prices for larger sizes
21.10.04 Organic orange and palmarosa now
available. The online shop with shopping cart is now
working again (with a different payment processing company) for
UK and overseas orders.
14.10.04 Credit or debit card payments can now
be taken for retail or trade orders via NOCHEX. No
shopping cart system for this. Retails shopping cart using
2Checkout almost ready.
18.08.04 Organic lavender price down. Organic
lemon and eucalyptus now available. The eucalyptus species
is e. globulus; for now I also continue to stock non-organic e.
radiata, and will review this later. Except for lavender, all
other organic oils will replace the old non-organic stock - e.g.
I will not be stocking a separate non-organic lemon
12.05.04 I have now stopped stocking rosewood due
to ecological concerns. Ho
Wood has a similar aroma and could be used instead.
Patricia Davis says it is unsafe in some editions of
"Aromatherapy An A-Z" but her cautions seem to apply to the
camphor chemotype which is not normally sold for aromatherapy.
Tisserand & Balacs only have cautions for the camphor
massage blend - Exotic/Relaxing 8,
containing ho wood (similar aroma to rosewood), frankincense,
petitgrain, bergamot FCF (non-phototoxic), and cardamom. This is
not a heavily sedative blend - indeed cardamom is stimulating,
though there is little of that, there mainly for the aroma. I
considered a different name, as there are all sorts of dubious
cultural assumptions behind the word "exotic" - I bet people in
Tahiti don't go around all day thinking how wonderful it is to
be exotic! - but for now have kept the name I have used since
1992 for this type of blend. I have withdrawn
Exotic/Relaxing 1 and 5, at least for the moment, as part
of my policy of not promoting the use of sandalwood due to ecological
concerns. I have replaced them with Exotic/Relaxing 6
and 7 which use cedarwood Atlas instead of sandalwood, but
otherwise have the same formula.
Calendula infused (aka macerated) oil 50ml 4.40, bigger
quantities available on order. Use on its own for dry skin and
related problems, or can be used (e.g. at 25%) with other
carrier oils and added essential oils.
Oregano Oil 5.00 10ml - but see safety
20.2.04 I will probably phase out rosewood
after current stocks sold - I never used to sell this because of
its unsustainable production, but was persuaded otherwise. See Martin
article for some arguments against. I am considering
phasing out sandalwood for similar reasons. See
"Cropwatch1" at Tony
site; also "Unethical Use of Rare and Threatened Plant and
Animal Products in the Aroma Industry" at the same site for both
rosewood and sandalwood; and Conservation
Issues at Martin Watt's site. UPDATE 21.04.06 The
Aromatherapy Consortium have an article "Update on Sandalwood
Essential Oil" in their Summer
Newsletter (pdf file, opens with Adobe Acrobat).
5.12.03 NEW Spike
Lavender 4.20 10ml.
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