If only this were an easy question to answer.
The simple truth is that sometimes the answer is yes, but sometimes it is a resounding no.
We're not discussing the MLM companies in this case. Yes, it happens there too, but it's important to focus on non-MLM resources in this case because it is all-too-often assumed that if something is not MLM-associated then it is good - and a lot of the non-MLM companies are offering terrible advice where aromatherapy DIY formulations are concerned.
This isn't being mean. It's not trying to cause a rift. It's a simple matter of fact, and professional formulators are frequently discussing the issues we see pop up on this matter that consumers are unaware of because they, understandably, trust companies to provide them with quality, accurate information.
But the truth is, you're often being instructed via DIY videos and blogs to create products (and maybe even redistribute them as gifts) that are not formulated appropriately. They will not and do not last as long as you are lead to believe, and there is a potential for negative reactions - regardless of claims otherwise.
We're currently trying to get things set up to help consumers learn more about this very issue, but for the time being, the below may help. To try and give a simple summary for deciphering if a recipe is good for home use or not, we're offering the following:
- Simple aromatherapy dose forms - like diffuser blends, rollers, body and massage oils, etc. - are usually fine, assuming recommended topical concentrations are appropriate. Shelf life will still be limited due to eventual oxidation. Always check for scent and color changes.
- If it's a product containing water products (water, hydrosols, aloe, teas, etc.) and is not preserved, you should skip it.
- If it's a product that combines and oil and water phase, including simply adding EOs to water, and does not call for appropriate solubilizers, emulsifiers, or preservatives - or any of the three - skip it.
- If an unpreserved product is said to have a shelf life of more than a few days, skip it or make a small amount to use within a few days (not 1-2 weeks +), keeping it refrigerated.
- Anhydrous products not exposed to water should be fine, assuming that EO concentration levels are appropriate.
- If recipes claim that water, witch hazel, hydrosol, of salts disperse EOs, skip it or add an appropriate solubilizer or diluent.
- Don't sell products made from blog recipes and DIY videos. You're probably at more risk than you realize of potentially landing in some trouble.