The Dilution Debate

Hello readers! I’m super excited to share with you my Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oil experience which I have been combining with Western holistic health practices and Eastern medicine.  Below each post, I also like to share a DIY essential oil recipe for you to enjoy and get you going on your incredibly fragrant journey. Enjoy!

Using essential oils neat, meaning undiluted, on the skin is safe to do for gentle oils at infrequent intervals. However, I have seen many people use non-CPTG and adulterated essential oils neat, on the skin. This is a big mistake! You must dilute essential oils when using it on the skin as frequently as possible. For essential oil safety guidelines, Robert Tisserand has published a great book on this subject, with added revisions on his 2nd edition of the book. Below are some of the main reasons why it’s important to dilute essential oils with carrier oils.

  1. It can cause skin sensitivity which leads to irritation with extended use neat on the skin. It’s incredibly disheartening when there is an oil you love and use frequently neat, but you end up sensitive to it over a period of time. Yes, that includes the gentlest oils like lavender and chamomile. Essential oils are strong volatile compounds, especially high quality CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) kinds. Stay clear of non-CPTG essential oils on the skin completely, diluted or not.
  2. Children are especially vulnerable to skin sensitivity since their skin is thinner, in which case you should dilute more than for adults. Only the most gentle essential oils are truly safe for children like lavender. For adult skin, dilute according to oil sensitivity rating.
  3. It’s more economical to dilute with a carrier oil. Some essential oils are very expensive and thus very potent. Diluting it means that you can enjoy your valuable oils for a longer period of time.
  4. Diluting can prolong the benefits of your essential oils when mixed with carrier oils. Diluting means that essential oils won’t penetrate through the dermal layers so quickly, making the beneficial properties of potent EO’s to have a slow, but steady approach.
  5. Diluting helps the scent of essential oils to linger longer. If there is no dilution, then the essential oil will penetrate deep into the blood stream quickly. The scent will also dissipate quickly due to evaporation from body heat. This is the main reason for using carrier oils when making perfume blends.
Dilution Chart
Chart by Joleigh Blonde

DIY Sweet Seduction Perfume Recipe

1 drop of Wild Orange essential oil

1 drop of Cinnamon essential oil

2 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil

2 drops of Sandalwood essential oil

Dilute rest with Sweet Almond carrier oil

Sweet almond oil is more viscous than other carrier oils which is perfect for spicy oils and is very transparent in color, so it won’t stain clothing. I recommend using an amber 3ml roller bottle for easy application on-the-go.


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