News about changes to oils and other products for sale.

BUSINESS CLOSURE 28.2.22 I am now closing down my business, except possibly for some items for existing customers, after a long run-down of my stock of essential oils. The small number of remaining sales no longer justifies paying the premium for product liability insurance, and my previous policy is no longer suitable for current circumstances anyway - the expiry of the old policy prompted my decision to close down now. I can supply a few creams in the short term for existing customers "at your own risk" but currently only have one empty 250ml pot in stock and am not sure if I will order others. I have a few 100ml and 500ml sizes, and a small stock of base cream which I may not re-order.

16.07.18 Sorry, I no longer stock sweet almond oil.

21.05.18 SPECIAL OFFER I don't like promotions - I think this is the first one in my 27 years of selling part of winding down my business (see below), I am offering BUY ONE GET ONE FREE on the following oils. Buy two get the lower priced one free on benzoin, citronella, clary sage, clove bud, pine needle, ravensara organic, tea tree organic, thyme.

21.05.18 I no longer offer 30ml sizes of skin creams - they are not very economical to make and post, and I have come to the end of a bulk package of the empty jars, so this seems a good time to stop. Also I am slowly beginning to scale down/wind down the business anyway - I am 65 now and have my state pension, and have been concentrating more on dance and adult education for some time. Also sales have declined, particularly as a shop that stocked my oils went out of business, and I rarely teach aromatherapy courses now, so I do not have students who want oils. As some less popular oils sell out, I am taking them off the price lists. I don't have a set timescale for this.

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.

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.

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 of 2.70.

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.

02.11.10 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 effectiveness.

19.08.08 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.

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 concerns.

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 chemotype.

17.04.04 NEW 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.

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 Watt's article for some arguments against. I am considering phasing out sandalwood for similar reasons. See "Cropwatch1" at Tony Burfield's 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 2005 Newsletter (pdf file, opens with Adobe Acrobat).

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