Benzoin Essential Oil ~ Smells SOOOO Good!

Benzoin is an ancient herb that has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic (ancient Indian) medicine. It has a smell very similar to vanilla ~ sweet, fragrant, rich, earthy, mellow balsamic, and spicy. It is extraordinary added to any blend. For centuries Benzoin has been used in Asia as an incense and a perfume. It was thought to be sacred to the Gods and have the intense power to drive evil spirits and ghosts away. Historically it was used to cast out devils.

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Benzoin is an earth energy oil, which is to say it has the energy of Mother Earth. Earth energy oils are nurturing, radiate the energy of unconditional love, are grounding and balancing. Because of these amazing earth energy properties, Benzoin is good for anxiety and loneliness. It can change a negative state of mind into a positive on, and it is one of the very best essential oils for any form of stress. Benzoin is super stress relieving.It has a thicker consistency than most essential oils, and this oil is tacky, so best used with a carrier oil.

It has a thicker consistency than most essential oils, and this oil is tacky, so best used with a carrier oil. Amazing used in a natural perfume.

It’s a wound healing oil good for cuts scrapes, cores, rashes, bed sores, generally good for the skin and also good for scars. It’s antiseptic, so it keeps pathogens away, so great to use with wound care. It’s also good for chapped skin, it improves the elasticity of the skin, and is calming and soothing for inflamed or irritated skin. It is often used in aftershaves because of its benefits for the skin and its amazing smell even the manliest of men would love.

Let me tell you – Benzoin is AMAZING for massage! If you get massages or give them, Benzoin will transform any kind of massage. Benzoin is also good for muscle spasms, rheumatism, arthritis, and gout! It boosts and supports healthy circulation and is also good for the heart and circulatory system.

It’s a wound healing oil good for the skin and also good for scars. It’s antiseptic and let me tell you – AMAZING for massage!

Dioscorides mentions benzoin as being soft, warming, and digestive specifically for coughing, colds, hoarseness, and constipation.

Pretty amazing little oil, and the smell is divine.

Make sure your Benzoin oil is ORGANIC! Our is:

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Essential Oils for the Brain


One of the most critical parts of the body is the brain. Proper brain function is something we all take for granted until we notice something slipping and become aware of how vital it is. Memory, concentration, clarity, focus, creative thinking, logical thinking, and so many functions we don’t even think about.

Do essential oils help with the brain?

Absolutely! Essential oils have a long rich history of aiding healthy brain function. Here are some singles and a few blends to consider when aiding the brain. Lemon, Orange, Rosemary, Frankincense, Balsam Fir, Focus and Memory Blend, and Relax Blend are all great to help with the brain. 

We could spend hours on this, but I want to share some highlights:

Lemon is great for the left side of the brain or the logical processing part of the brain. Just remember Left and Lemon both start with L!


Orange is great for the right side of the brain or the creative processes, art, dancing, rhythm, etc.


Rosemary is considered the herb of remembrance and the essential oil does not disappoint in aiding this same benefit.

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Frankincense has been used for thousands of years and really shines when it comes to helping with the brain, specifically when there’s been brain injury.

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Balsam Fir is a superstar in helping us see things clearly and as they really are. If clarity is needed this one will be beneficial.

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Remember as you combine several single essential oils you get a synergy by bringing them all together that can be so helpful in assisting the body. Synergies, or blends, are more powerful than single oils, and we have blends formulated by our Certified Clinical Aromatherapist. Focus and Memory is a proprietary blend of all the best oils that were formulated with the intention of promoting healthy brain function. Every essential oil in this blend was added for its characteristics that are beneficial for the brain.

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Relax is a good blend for helping with concentration. Anyone who has trouble with this may find help with this blend that is so grounding and allows you to be present and not carried away in thoughts.

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What about application?

We hear all kinds of crazy things about application when it comes to applying to the brain. It is kind of tricky because of the protective skull that is all around it. Hands down the two best applications for the brain would be inhalation (which would be diffusing the essential oils or breathing them off a cotton ball) and topical application around the base of the skull. This topical application could start at your temples, go over the ear, behind the ear, and across the back of the neck. That allows those essential oils to absorb into areas immediately connecting to the brain.

As always, remember a cleaner healthier plant produces a cleaner healthier essential oil that your body will respond better to especially the brain!



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Carrier Oils 101

Carrier Oils 101

What are they and how do you use them?

When using essential oils it is very important to know what a carrier oil is. I get so many questions about this I figure it is worth explaining and clarifying.

Essential oils are the most concentrated form of the plant we have access to. Essential oils have the phytochemical constituents that are very beneficial and aid our bodies in powerful ways ranging from illness to mood enhancement. The benefits of essential oils are wonderful, and when used correctly without side effects. Due to the chemicals being up to 100 times more concentrated in the essential oils than they are in the plant itself, it may be necessary to dilute the oil allowing it to spread over a larger area or slow the absorption rate of the oil. This is done by using a carrier oil.

Did you know that those phytochemical constituents in essential oils are up to 100 times more concentrated in the essential oils than they are in the plant itself? You may have heard this before, but essential oils are VERY CONCENTRATED healing phytochemicals.

Essential Oils are VERY CONCENTRATED Healing Phytochemicals

That’s why you should only use USDA certified organic essential oils!

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Because essential oils are so very concentrated, we usually use something to dilute the essential oils down a bit so they are safe to apply to the skin. How do we do this when they are fat soluble (not water soluble)? We use CARRIER OILS.

A carrier oil is a fixed, non-volatile, fatty oil generally extracted from a seed or nut of a plant. Extra virgin olive oil, Grapeseed oil, Jojoba oil, Coconut oil, Sweet Almond oil, Apricot Kernal oil, Rosehip Seed oil, etc. are all ideal. They just dilute down the essential oil in their fatty oil so that the essential oil is not so potently strong on the skin.



I have people all the time suggest that coconut oil is the carrier oil of choice. As a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, coconut oil is not my favorite because the molecules of coconut oil are so large that they take longer to soak into the skin also keeping the essential oil from absorbing as quickly as it could. Coconut oil can often times leave the skin feeling oily or greasy. I personally never use coconut oil for these reasons. I prefer grapeseed oil because the molecules of Grapeseed oil are very small, which allows the essential oils to absorb very quickly and Grapeseed oil does not leave that greasy feeling. A good USDA certified organic Grapeseed oil, like this one, is also hypoallergenic which means it’s good, gentle, and non-irritating for any skin type.

Carrier oils can and absolutely must be USDA Certified Organic. Our emphasis at Purify Skin Therapy is that a cleaner plant will produce a cleaner oil. If they are not USDA Certified Organic then you are getting the benefit of the plant as well as all the toxic residue in that oil applied to your body–we are toxic enough and need to give our poor liver a break. I sure hope you take note of this vitally important concept! Make sure your carrier oil says USDA certified organic right on the label to get the purest application of our USDA certified organic essential oils.

Carrier oils are applied with an essential oil for several important reasons. The most essential oil you will want to safely use during one application would be up to 10 drops on a healthy adult. What if the 10 drops will not cover the entire area being affected–let’s say the entire back for this example? Using a carrier oil allows you to take those 10 drops and spread them over the entire area by combining the essential oil with as much of the carrier oil needed to cover the area needed. Another reason to use the carrier oil would be to slow the absorption rate of the essential oil. I can think of two times this is necessary.

Have you or your kids ever experienced a burning sensation after applying an essential oil? If an essential oil ever becomes hot on the skin you will immediately apply a carrier oil over the top of that hot essential oil. This will slow that absorption rate and stop the burning within just a few seconds.

When would be another time you may want to keep those oils on top of the skin rather than penetrating quickly? The best answer would be when treating the skin itself typically with a burn or rash. By applying the essential oil with a carrier oil you will keep those molecules on the skin longer allowing them to “treat” that area longer before being absorbed into the skin.

There are many schools of thought nowadays when using essential oils. The English method is diluting the essential oil down with a carrier oil to as low as 1%, and the French method uses much higher dilutions of essential oil depending on the purpose of the application. Hopefully, you will see some of the very good reasons for using a carrier oil and have it on hand for when you have that need arise.

To your safety and the safety of your loved ones!

Holly Draper

Certified Clinical Aromatherapist


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Cooped Up? Feeling Cabin Fever?

After being cooped up in the house all winter, I can feel the stuffiness in my home as we have kept all the windows and doors closed in an attempt to keep the heat in. How can I clean the air and freshen up the house in these cold months?

Essential oils are SUPERSTARS when it comes to disinfecting, cleaning, and freshening your space. One application we can use to freshen things up is misting essential oils throughout the home. Using essential oils in misters is one of the easiest applications and one that you can smell and feel the difference almost immediately.

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Some of the oils that are the best when it comes to this use are Lemon, Balsam Fir, Orange, and Scotch Pine. Another option is a blend that was created by a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist called Clean and Clear. This blend of oils was formulated with two purposes. The first was to have the best oils to disinfect the home. This can be sprayed throughout the home, used in laundry, wipe surfaces or any other way you wish to zap unwanted pathogens that may be present. The other use is that these same oils are amazing at clearing negative or stagnant energy in the home. These oils really get low and negative energy moved out. An example might be a situation where a miscommunication took place in which unkind and means words were spoken. Have you ever noticed that uneasy feeling that can linger sometimes too long? These oils clear that energy and restore a clean clear space to enjoy.Clean and Clear 8-10-16

One application that I have seen miracles happen is in the bedroom when it comes to sleep. Where we sleep can become stagnant, and hold energy that prevents us from getting that restful sleep we need to renew. Right before you get into bed simply spray the Clean & Clear blend over your pillow, sheets, top of bed, your entire bedroom, and lastly mist your entire self by spraying the blend above your head and letting it mist down over you. Try it and see if it isn’t the most delightful night’s rest. If you are married you may want to include your spouse in the misting, just saying.

So how is all of this done? As you know, with Purify Skin Therapy, when you get any blend from us you will receive instructions on exactly what to do and how to do it. You will need a glass mister bottle for this. Try to stay away from plastic spray bottles, as essential oils react with the plastic and having plastic molecules in your essential oils isn’t what you want. You can get nice blue glass misters here. We have them in 4 oz, 2 oz, and 1 oz.

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Only mix up as much as you see yourself using in seven days or less. When you combine essential oils with water the properties of the oil that you are wanting to get out decrease exponentially. At seven days it pretty much isn’t going to be good for anything, and would just need to be thrown out.

In the glass mister bottle you will add 10-15 drops of the oil you have chosen to about 2 oz. water, depending on the strength you want (a little more or less). The oil will sit on the top of the water, so as you get ready to spray and as you go throughout your home you will want to keep vigorously shaking the bottle and then spray.

If disinfecting surfaces just spray right on that surface and wipe it off. If you are freshening a room spray as high as you can and let the mist fall. If you are clearing unwanted energy you will want to mist as high as you can and then take a fan and wave the mist up into the corners and top of the room and let it fall.

This is one of the easiest and funnest ways of using your essential oils. Good luck!

Holly Draper CA, RA

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What If Essential Oils Get HOT On My Skin? Learn from my mistakes!

Essential Oils 101 – Now That’s HOT!

When I first started out using essential oils, I was so sure that everything I was doing was 100% correct. I was being taught by someone who proclaimed himself an expert. Turns our he had NO formal education in essential oils at all. I also thought his essential oils were the BEST – because he told me so, and I BELIEVED him. Turns out he was using very cheap, low grade, nonorganic essential oils. When I realized the truth my heart was broken. Not only did I buy huge stocks of those crappy oils, I had told everyone who would listen to me that they were the best. Boy, was I dreadfully misinformed!

My advice to you: beware of self-proclaimed essential oil experts who have no real accredited training in essential oils! And as far as essential oils go: Look for USDA certified organic seal right on the label of the bottle to ensure you’re really getting the quality of oil you think you are. And you’ll be light years ahead of where I started!


We are all doing the best we can with the education we have. I am now a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Internationally Registered Aromatherapist, and finishing a 4 year Masters Degree in CAM (Complimentary Alternative Medicine) and Aromatherapy. Now I have attained the best education on essential oils available. Let me help you learn something important.

When we learn better information, we do better.

Let Me Tell You a Little Experience I Had

Years ago, I was putting some essential oils on the back of my child because that was what I was told to do for the application. I was so happy, and felt so good that I was helping. The child felt like I was helping and knew I loved them. Then, all of the sudden that look turned completely around to pain and sadness. The child kept saying, “It’s HOT!” How could this be? I had used it on myself and it didn’t feel HOT to me. Not knowing what to do I did what anyone would and tried to wash it off with water. To my surprise, the burning didn’t stop at all. I simply didn’t know what to do in that situation.

First of all, when applying essential oils to the back of a child, please dilute them in a good carrier oil. But what if you still dilute the essential oils and it still burns?

Now I know exactly what to do to stop that burning if an oil becomes HOT on the skin, and it works in seconds. I am sharing this because not all oils are hot to everyone, but to some they can be very hot. Each oil and each person are different. By their very nature, some oils are extremely HOT and should be used very carefully in how they are applied and diluted. If for any reason an oil becomes hot after you apply it to your skin, all you need to do is apply a carrier oil on top of it.


A carrier oil for this can be any oil that is handy. Obviously, it’s best if you have a good carrier oil like these ones here (above). Otherwise you can use olive oil, vegetable oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, even butter can be used to apply over the “HOT” essential oil. By applying a carrier oil on top of the essential oils it dilutes the essential oil and slows the absorption and very quickly will make the burning stop. You can then wipe away the excess. From my example above you should know that the wrong thing to do is try and wash it off with water and more specifically hot water. Oil and water repel each other, and doing this actually is driving the essential oil in faster and deeper which will feel even hotter.

You never know if an essential oil will become hot in someone you are helping. So it’s good to know and remember this info.

Safely using essential oils is the reason I do what I do. I hate hearing about people harming themselves and their loved ones because they just don’t know better. The oil you use, the way you apply it, and who you are helping are all part of the equation when using oils safely. I so hope this helps any of you starting out or even those of you who want to do a little better!

Holly Draper RA, CA


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Cup of Tea Anyone?

Cup of Tea Anyone?


Did you know that one of the ways you can use your 100% Pure, USDA Certified Organic Essential oil is to make a gloriously good tea? It’s true!

How would you like to: 

  • Increase your metabolism
  • Better hydrate your cells
  • Lift your mood
  • Help detox your liver
  • Help detox all of your cells
  • and Aid sluggish digestion?

This can all be as easy as drinking a cup of tea made from your USDA certified organic essential oils.


How to Make an Herbal Tea Recipe (no caffeine)

  • Add 5 drops of the organic Lighten Up Blend
  • into 1 Tablespoon of raw honey
  • Mix those well.
  • Add that flavored honey to 8 oz. warm water, mix, and make an instant herbal tea (caffeine free!).
  • Drink it, the Lighten Up Blend tea tastes so good! You can drink this hot, warm or cold.



This wonderful Lighten Up blend of oils was formulated by a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist to lift and lighten your mood. Funny thing is that all of the oils in this blend also aid the body in hydrating cells, increasing metabolism, mood lifting, detoxes liver, detoxes entire body, and helps with sluggish digestion.

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Caution: All of the essential oils in this blend are 100% Pure USDA Certified Organic and food grade. That is the only reason we would suggest making them into a tea. 

If you are not using USDA Certified Organic oils (and your bottle of essential oil does not say “USDA certified organic” right on the label) please DO NOT take them in this application, or ingest them at all.

Just a Heads Up: A nonorganic essential oil contains very concentrated forms of pesticides, insecticides and other harmful toxic chemicals that you do not want to expose to your liver, no matter how clean the company tells you their oils are (marketing). Oh, and don’t believe people if they tell you they have oils that are “better” or “beyond” organic. Again, this is fancy marketing. If essential oils are not organic they will have traces of these toxins. You can actually make your liver more toxic by ingesting nonorganic essential oils. You should  ONLY ingest essential oils if they say USDA certified organic right on the label of the bottle.

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What do you do if your bottle of essential oil doesn’t say USDA certified organic right on the label?

Then it’s time you switched to using higher quality certified organic oil!

Check out Purify Skin Therapy’s large selection of 110 USDA certified organic and wildcrafted essential oils.

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Enjoy, and have a glorious day!

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Top 10 Reasons Customers Choose Purify Skin Therapy

Top 10 Reasons

1. 100% Pure

Purify Skin Therapy only sells 100% pure, authentic, natural, unadulterated, unaltered essential oils. A few of our essential oils are really thick, like myrrh, sandalwood, and vetiver. These oils should be naturally thicker, and we don’t dilute or extend our oils in any way, so they come very thick in the bottle. These essential oils are as pure as it gets! Straight from Mother Nature to you. You will notice these oils are potent and intensely healing. A little goes a long way.

2. USDA Certified Organic

Because the phytochemicals in essential oils can be up to 100 times more concentrated than the phytochemicals in the plant they came from, it is crucial that the essential oils are completely toxin free. The only way you can know for sure is to see the USDA Certified Organic seal on the label of the essential oil. Did you know USDA Certified Organic offers you so much more than just being toxic chemical free?

  1. It does guarantee you toxic chemical biocides have never been sprayed on the plant = cleaner healthier plants produce cleaner healthier essential oils.
  2. It also guarantees you no artificial fertilizers were used
  3. It also guarantees you the oil is NON-GMO
  4. It also guarantees you the plant and the oil have not been irradiated
  5. It also guarantees you no sewage sludge was used
  6. It also guarantees you purity. Plants that have not been sprayed produce cleaner, healthier, toxic chemical free essential oils.
  7. It also guarantees you higher vibrational properties in the oil. Plants that have not been sprayed with chemical toxins have higher vibrational qualities than plants that have been sprayed.
  8. When you buy Certified Organic products you are doing your part in reducing the amounts of pesticides, insecticides, larvicides, sewage sludge, and other toxic biocides used to pollute our planet and Mother Earth. You are also supporting our ecosystem and taking a stand against poisoning the wildlife, insects, frogs, birds, bees, worms, and other soil organisms who play their part in the delicate balance of our ecosystem.

If you think about it, this is the quality EVERY essential oil company wants you to THINK they have. But all you have is their word. Will you believe them? If you want to be GUARANTEES this quality in your essential oils then look for the USDA Certified Organic seal right on the label. Then you know for sure you’re getting the quality you think you are.

So how can one tell if an essential oil is organic or not? Look right on the label for the USDA certified organic symbol! Now that you see using certified organic oils is so important, you want to make sure you are using certified organic oils. Many essential oil companies claim to have organic oils, but to prove our commitment to you as our clients to provide only the cleanest oils we went through the process to get our oils USDA certified organic. We are inspected by a third company (OTCO) who verifies that our essential oils really are USDA certified organic. It is that important to us that you know you’re getting only the best quality from us. Purify Skin Therapy is your trusted source of superior grade USDA certified organic essential oils. Most (76%) of our essential oils are USDA certified organic, the other 24% are sustainably and ethically wildcrafted, which means they’re completely unsprayed, clean, healthy plants. We believe a cleaner healthier organic plant produces a cleaner healthier essential oil.

Warning: companies who promote their essential oils as organic, better than organic, or beyond organic but do not have the USDA Certified Organic seal right on the label of the bottle are promoting their non-organic products illegally, trying to convince the consumer that their non-organic essential oils are of the same quality as organic ones. Don’t be fooled by these tricky, confusing, and illegal marketing methods. Support Purify Skin Therapy! We are dedicated to source the highest quality Certified Organic essential oils and we’re doing it legally and ethically so we can deliver a better quality product to you.

3. Wildcrafted

What does wildcrafted mean? Wildcrafted means that the plant grows wherever it wants to on this earth, it picks the spot. Wildcrafted plants grow like weeds without being planted or cultivated by man. To be wildcrafted a plant must1. Grow in the wild2. The plant must be NON-GMO3. The plant must not be sprayed with anything by anyone4. The plant must be ethically and sustainably harvested to ensure the plant source remains for future use5. It is then carefully distilled into essential oilThe two highest grades of essential oils are 1. USDA Certified Organic and 2. Wildcrafted. These are the ONLY two grades of essential oils Purify Skin Therapy carries. You are guaranteed superior quality with all our USDA Certified Organic and Wildcrafted essential oils.Purify Skin Therapy is the only company to offer you only USDA Certified Organic & Wildcrafted essential oils. Our commitment to quality runs deep, and we don’t carry any conventionally grown essential oils that have been sprayed with toxic chemicals.


Did you know to be USDA Certified Organic a plant MUST be NON-GMO? So if you see the USDA Certified Organic seal on the label of the bottle, you are guaranteed by the USDA that the essential oil inside is NON-GMO.NON-GMO. When you buy certified organic essential oils you are assured that they come from non-GMO plants. Did you know ⅓ of our crops in America are now genetically modified!?! Organically grown produce cannot be genetically modified in any way. Choosing organically grown produce (and essential oils) is the ONLY way to be sure that foods (and essential oils) have not been genetically engineered or modified.Being GMO-FREE is certainly important because when you’re using plants as medicine you do not want genetically modified plant products. They just don’t act the same in the human body.

5. Sourced by a Certified Clinical and Internationally Registered Aromatherapist

No other company can say that their oils are sourced by a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist. Purify Skin Therapy is a company founded by Holly Draper, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and Internationally Registered Aromatherapist, to bring you only the highest quality essential oils. She has dedicated her life to the study of holistic aromatherapy and the correct and safe use of essential oils. She is passionate about using only the best quality essential oils (because they work better) and using them safely. No other company brings you the education and passion about superior essential oils than our Certified Clinical Aromatherapist.

6. Premium Therapeutic Grade

All the oils we carry are superior quality. They are premium therapeutic grade. We have many clients who have commented on how potent these oils are, and how these oils work for them when other brands of essential oils did not.

7. Superior Indigenous Sources

Purify Skin Therapy started with the goal to carry only the highest quality certified organic & wildcrafted essential oils. We source our oils from all over the planet, wherever the plant grows with the best constituents. We have cultivated relationships with the farmers and growers of small artisan farms whose passion for quality and dedication to organic standards is matched only by our own. Most of our certified organic essential oils are sourced from outside of the USA.We have developed relationships with farms, small distillers, and certified suppliers around the globe who are dedicated to producing clean, sustainable, organic products. We work with them to bring you the highest quality USDA certified organic and wildcrafted essential oils. Purify Skin Therapy is your source for superior quality pristine organic essential oils.

8. GC/MS Tested

All of our oils are GC/MS tested, and more importantly, the GC/MS tests are read by our Certified Clinical Aromatherapist. Our oils go through several tests to ensure you are getting the best oils. These are superior quality essential oils, and we believe with one smell you too will see the difference!

9. Large Selection

We handmake our blends from our pristine USDA Certified Organic & Wildcrafted essential oils we sell as singles. We don’t use cheaper oils in our blends which is common practice in the industry. We also make our blends in small batches and bottle them by hand.

10. Cobalt Blue Bottles

Cobalt blue glass bottles better protect your precious essential oils from light and UV rays than amber brown bottles. They do cost more, but we spare no expense to bring you the highest quality oils in the best packaging to keep them good for longer.

11. Hand Bottled

We are one of the few companies that hand bottles our oils. We hand bottle our oils to prevent the cross contamination of machine bottling.

12. Kids and Baby Safe Oils

Purify Skin Therapy was the first essential oil company to bring you a line of KIDS safe and BABY safe essential oils formulated specifically for your little ones. Our Certified Clinical Aromatherapist has four kids of her own and she took the worry out of using essential oils safely on your kids with her line of KIDS safe and BABY safe essential oils.


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Essential Oils Never Expire ~ TRUE or FALSE???

Myth: Essential Oils Never Go Bad

By Holly Draper, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist

Once again I find myself debunking dangerous myths about essential oils. This one is commonly perpetuated by essential oil companies that are more concerned with you buying essential oils than you actually using and getting the greatest benefit from them.

The myth I’m talking about today is:

Pure and Unadulterated Essential Oils Do Not Expire and Can Last Indefinitely (FALSE)

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This is a dangerous myth because it is false. Essential oils do expire. Even 100% pure unadulterated essential oils expire, doesn’t matter where you buy them from. It’s an important point to know and understand when using essential oils.

Over time, essential oils oxidize. Oxidation requires oxygen, but even unopened bottles will oxidize over time. Essential oils that are old, oxidized, and degraded are compromised. Their aromatic quality and therapeutic properties are diminished if not completely gone. This oxidation and degradation of old expired essential oils also leads to the formation of skin irritants and potent allergens in those old oils. Exposure to old essential oils may cause skin rashes and more serious allergic reactions, even if you never had a reaction to an essential oil before. Old oxidized essential oils have a much greater risk of triggering an allergic reaction.

Old and oxidized essential oils should be avoided. It is dangerous to use expired essential oils, as they can even contain oxidized compounds that are quite toxic to the human body.

How long do essential oils last?

Great question! Now that you know that they expire it’s important to know how long of a relationship you can have with your bottle of essential oil.

Citrus oils, containing smaller molecules (mostly monoperpenes) are the quickest essential oils to oxidize. Old expired citrus oils are the easiest and fastest oils to oxidize, and when oxidization occurs they are quite toxic. So toxic that they need to be thrown out, don’t even use them for cleaning as their disinfecting properties are already expired. It is recommended that you do not use old citrus oils that are more than 2 to 3 years old (if it’s in a cobalt blue glass bottle).

Most other essential oils can last up to 5 or 6 years when properly stored. This is why Purify Skin Therapy is one of the very rare companies that uses cobalt blue glass bottles. Although these bottles cost more they better protect your precious essential oils, helping to extend their potency and lifespan. We care that you are getting the freshest essential oils possible and that they are stored in the best way.

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How to Store Essential Oils

How should I store my essential oils to help them last longer?

Storing your essential oils correctly can prevent them from evaporating and oxidizing, and can at least slow down this degradation process.

  1. Blue Glass Bottles – Store your essential oils in blue glass bottles which keep the harmful light and UV rays on the outside. Keeping your essential oils in blue glass bottles can help stretch the life of your oils.
  2. Light – Keep essential oils away from light. Light and UV light exposure can deteriorate essential oils. Oxidation occurs much faster at higher temperatures and upon exposure to light. Keep them away from light sources and do not store them in windowsills, in direct sunlight, or strongly lit areas.
  3. Heat – Keep essential oils away from heat sources. Heat also deteriorates essential oils so keep them away from heat sources and flames (essential oils are flammable). You also don’t want to leave them in hot places, like in a locked car in the summer.
  4. Oxygen – Oxidation requires oxygen. Oxygen is obviously the one thing that will oxidize your essential oils faster than any other thing. That is why it’s so important to keep your lids tightly on your bottles.

As always there are a few exceptions to this rule. There are a handful of essential oils that do get better and sweeter, actually improving with age. These are Sandalwood (Santalum spp.), Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin), and Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides). Understand that every other essential oil will deteriorate with time, so plan accordingly and use those precious essential oils while you have them in their potency.

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How Important Is Sleep To You?


One of the issues that really “wakes” people up to talk about is sleep. Many factors contribute to a restful sleep that allows your body to get time to recover and regenerate itself for another day. Many people struggle to get that sleep on a consistent basis and are willing to try just about anything to get assistance in having better sleep. Unfortunately many products meant to assist in sleeping can leave a person dependent on such aid or drowsy long after they need.

Do essential oils help? Absolutely!

Having said that you need to know which oils will help with sleep. This is where it becomes more complicated. Have you heard that Lavender is a great oil to help you sleep better, only to find out it actually kept you awake? This is because Lavender is a great help to aid in sleep, but it only works for half of the people. Is Lavender oil the oils to help you sleep? How can one know?


Before we can specify which oils will help YOU sleep better, it’s important to understand that there are two dominant nervous system types: Sympathetic dominant or a Parasympathetic dominant. Everyone has both of these running in their bodies, but we tend to be dominant in one of them. Our Master blender and Certified Clinical Aromatherapist has formulated with great care TWO blends for sleep, one for each nervous system type. So which one will work best for you?

Which Type Are You?

It reveals itself when we get really stressed, when you are really, really stressed, or have had a very bad day. So that we can identify which nervous system type is dominant for you, imagine that you have had the worst stressful day. We are talking you just found out you are being foreclosed on, lost your job, found very concerning health news, had a loved in an accident… that type of stuff. Feel that stress rising?

Under this major stress factors one will generally tip their hand as to how they are wired. You will either have the fight/flight instinct kick in or you will have a great desire to nestle down and rest. The Sympathetic type is the one that under such stress will need to get up and work, exercise, move, go, go, go. The Parasympathetic type under such stress will want to get a blanket, snuggle down, possibly eat, and lay low. Now that you hopefully know we can look at the oils that can aid with sleep.

Now ask yourself these questions:

Am I the kind of person that when I am really stressed out I want to walk or run it off or work it off or go punch something, also you tend to get an upset stomach, gassy, bloating, diarrhea, or constipation when highly stressed, reading a book for 3 days straight and ignoring everything else would drive you nuts. Then you are sympathetic system dominant, and the RELAX blend has the essential oils that will relax your system so you may sleep better.


Am I the kind of person that when I am really stressed out I want to snuggle up and rest. You feel like snuggling down, sleeping, resting, pulling a blanket over you and you may want to eat something and just nestle down, cocoon in. You also tend to hold onto emotional things and not let them go. Reading a book for three days straight and ignoring everything else would delight you if you had the right book. Then you are parasympathetic dominant, and the RELEASE blend has the essential oils that will relax your system so you can sleep better.

Do You Know Which Type You Are?

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If you are Sympathetic dominant, the RELAX blend will work best for you. RELAX Blend are the oils that work best in calming the mind for a better sleep of the Sympathetic type. It has the oils of Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, Neroli, Petitgrain, Sweet Orange, Blood Orange, Sweet Marjoram, Red Mandarin, and Vetiver. Any of these single oils can aid with calming and help with a more restful sleep. If you are one that wakes up in the middle of the night and can’t turn off your mind, then you will want to consider this blend in quieting the mind and allowing you to get back to sleep as well.

The RELAX blend is also the blend to help calm and focus your mind. Works great for kids in school who have problems concentrating. It calms and focuses the mind and is physically calming, great to use any time of day.

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If you are Parasympathetic dominant, the RELEASE blend will work best for you. RELEASE Blend are the oils that work to calm and relax the Parasympathetic type. It has the oils of Lavender, Balsam Fir, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, and Cypress. This blend of oils allows one to release emotions that may stir one up and make it difficult to calm down to get that restful sleep needed.

The RELEASE blend can also aid your body to release very low-frequency emotions like anger, hate, frustration, anxiety, rage, etc. so you can have calm peace. It is powerful enough to release these low-frequency emotions from the cells of your body so you can enter into calm. This combination can emotionally calm you and let your physical body get the rest it needs. We have many body workers who love to use this blend as a finish to their therapies. It works to calm a person and works for emotional release. A really useful and beautiful blend. This blend is also a great choice for a massage!

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It is highly recommended to use Spearmint essential oil with either blend you choose. If you first inhale Spearmint essential oil for about 5 to 10 minutes, emotionally it nurtures and calms your inner child. Then inhale the Relax or Release blend for about 5 to 10 minutes.




What’s the Application for Enhancing Sleep?

These are so easy to use! The application is simply to inhale the essential oil. Place 2-3 drops of your oil on a cotton ball and breath deeply for 5-10 minutes RIGHT before you are ready to lay down on your pillow and lights out. You can also place the cotton ball next to your pillow to continue to breathe the oils throughout the night. If you wake up and feel the smell is too strong simply throw the cotton ball on the nightstand or ground.

Need to calm your inner child?

Many times stress can be a factor in preventing a restful sleep or make it difficult to go to sleep. We have seen great things happen if you first calm yourself before using one of these blends. As adults we are not always able to express ourselves and how we truly feel. This by many is considered our “inner child”. Sometimes that little person inside us is raging and is very upset. Consider breathing in either Spearmint oil or Mandarin red oil to help calm your inner child. Place a couple drops of one of these oils on a cotton ball and breathe them deeply for 5-10 minutes. Both of these oils also help to calm the inner child, and is also great for kids!

Need an energy clearing to make your space more peaceful?

One more thing to consider before getting ready to sleep. We have energy all around us, and sometimes there may be an energy in our bedroom that is negative, stagnant, or unsettling. If you have kids they sometimes sense this energy and express concern or fear. They just are sensitive to the energy around them and don’t like it. CLEAN & CLEAR Blend was formulated to clean air and surfaces as well as clear energy. Simply mix a few drops of the CLEAN & CLEAR blend with water in a mister bottle and spray the room, bedding, pillow, and yourself before going to bed and feel the energy lighten and dissipate, and you will feel the difference.

Essential oils can absolutely aid with a better more restful sleep. No two people are the same so don’t get stuck if one oil doesn’t help. Just keep playing with it until you find your oil or blend that helps you relax, calm and sleep better.

Try one of these TODAY for better sleep TONIGHT!

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And the BEST Part of All…

Purify Skin Therapy’s essential oils and essential oil blends are made ONLY of USDA certified organic & wildcrafted essential oils. These are the cleanest, most pure oils on the market. Try them, we believe you will see the difference.

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“Therapeutic Grade” vs. Organic = NOT the Same Thing

100% Pure Therapeutic Grade is “THE BEST”. It’s what you want to look for in essential oils……..WAIT A MINUTE! Even though we’ve all heard this, let’s look at this a little closer to see if it’s really true.

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Is therapeutic grade really the best sign of quality with essential oils? Is this the sign of quality you want to be looking for in essential oils? Are there any regulating bodies that govern the use of therapeutic grade? The answer to all of these questions is NO.




The first thing you should know is that ANYONE with ANY product, no matter how diluted or adulterated, can use the term “100% pure therapeutic grade” right on their labels. It’s true. This term is completely UNregulated, which means anyone can use it regardless if they’re selling good products…or not. You could even go down to the river and scoop up some mud in a jar and sell it as 100% pure therapeutic grade mud. Regardless of if it’s really beneficial for the body or not, you can label pretty much any product you want 100% pure therapeutic grade.

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  • So if ANYONE can use this term
  • and it is completely UNregulated is it a REAL sign of quality?
  • The answer is NO.

Is there a standard for essential oils that IS regulated? One that you can have trust in to verify the cleanliness and quality of essential oils? YES. It is the USDA certified organic. 

USDA Certified Organic

  • NOT everyone can use this term (you must be USDA certified and compliant)
  • This term IS highly regulated
  • So is this term a REAL sign of quality?
  • The answer is YES.

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Can anyone say they are “organic”? NO. The USDA stepped in to protect the consumer and actually owns the word “organic”. At first this seems wrong, but if you understand WHY the USDA did this then it makes a lot of sense. They did this because there were, and are, so many companies out there claiming to have organic, clean products but then selling non-organic products for a premium organic price. Basically lying to and deceiving consumers into thinking they’re getting a better quality item than they actually are. So to protect the consumer from dishonest companies, in 2002 the USDA made it illegal to claim to have organic products unless you can actually prove that you really have organic products.

Because of this, companies can no longer put organic, certified organic, or anything leading consumers to believe a product is better than organic (no such thing) on their labels, literature, or marketing materials. They did this to prevent companies lying and misleading the consumer. If companies have organic products, they have to actually prove it to the USDA – which then proves it to the consumer – with the USDA certified organic seal. Once they prove they actually have organic products then they can put the USDA certified organic seal on their labels. These are the companies that are doing it right, and legally. Support them! They are going through the federally required steps to show the consumer they actually have organic products.

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Let’s look at some common myths on the subject:



The USDA does not certify essential oils.


Does the USDA certify essential oils? The answer is YES, of course they do.


So-and-so company has organic oils, but they can’t get certified organic oils from outside the USA, so they can’t put it on their labels.


You absolutely CAN get certified organic essential oils from outside the USA. Purify Skin Therapy sourced MOST of their certified organic essential oils outside of the USA. Companies are perpetuating this lie because certified organic essential oils can cost up to 7 times more than non-organic oils, they could get them if they wanted to, but most companies don’t want to pay more for certified organic oils. It can really cut into your profit. So-and-so company wants people to believe their oils are organic, but unless they’re willing and able to prove it through USDA certification…don’t believe them. If you really want to be a savvy consumer and not be fooled: Look for the USDA certified organic seal on the label of your bottle. That way you know for sure you’re getting the highest quality clean essential oils from the best sources all over the world.


USDA certification really doesn’t mean anything.


USDA certification guarantees you that the plants used to make the oil come from nonGMO seeds. It guarantees you that the plants were raised according to National Organic Standards and that no toxic or synthetic biocides are used on the plant. It guarantees you that the plant is harvested and handled according to strict standard for organic products. This is the quality the other companies want you to believe they have – but they can’t prove it. The USDA proves it and guarantees you are really getting this quality.

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Purify Skin Therapy has raised the bar in essential oil quality, and now you are guaranteed you’re actually getting the quality you think you are. Most of our clients will tell you: You can smell the difference!


Purify Skin Therapy now offers:

  • 44 individual USDA Certified Organic essential oils
  • 14 wildcrafted single oils
  • 44 custom blends made in small batches by hand only from those USDA certified organic and wildcrafted single oils, and all our oils are bottled by hand

Try them. We believe you’ll see a difference!

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