The Companies that I mainly deal with are The Sydney Essential Oil Company,  New Directions, Tanah Essential Oil Company, and Leonardi Laboratories. 

These are all Australian companies and I  highly value their products and ethos.


Apart from 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils – Organic where possible –  there are other ingredients in the Blends – like the base lotion and base cream I use, which some of you may wish more information about. 


This is a light Emulsion with a Broad spectrum non-paraben preservative system.  It has a lovely light feel and is easily spread over and into the the skin

Purified aqua, (water) Almond Oil {Prunus amygdalus dulcis}, Apricot Kernel Oil {Prunus armeniaca}, Cetearyl alcohol, Glycerine, Ceteareth 20, Propylene glycol (and) diazolidinyl urea (and) iodopropynyl butylcarbamate.(water)


This is a Medium emulsion with a broad spectrum non-paraben preservative system  It has a lovely rich creamy feel and is easily spread over and into the the skin

Purified aqua, Almond Oil {Prunus amygdalus dulcis}, Apricot Kernel Oil {Prunus armeniaca}, Cetearyl alcohol, Glycerine, Ceteareth 20, Propylene glycol (and) diazolidinyl urea (and) iodopropynyl butylcarbamate.

Explanation and Scientific Facts on the Ingredients in the Lotion and Cream bases used in the blends

as many of them sound very synthetic, chemical and scary although most are just ingredients from plants

Cetearyl alcohol

Cetearyl Alcoholis a flaky, waxy, white solid that is a combination of cetyl and stearyl alcohols, which occur naturally in plants and animals. Cetyl and stearyl alcohols are often derived from coconut, palm, corn, or soy vegetable oil, typically from coconut palm trees, palm trees, corn plants, or soy plants.

Cetearyl Alcohol  and the other fatty alcohols keep an emulsion  from separating into its oil and liquid components. These ingredients are also used to alter the thickness of liquid products and to increase foaming capacity or to stabilize foams


Glycerin  is a form of sugar alcohol. Vegetable glycerin, also known as glycerol or glycerine, is a clear liquid typically made from soybean, coconut or palm oils.

Glycerol is a simple polyol compound. It is a colorless, odorless, viscous liquid that is sweet-tasting and non-toxic. The glycerol backbone is found in those lipids known as glycerides. Due to having antimicrobial and antiviral properties it is widely used in FDA approved wound and burn treatments

It is a very effective moisturizer on skin. It absorbs water from air reducing dry and dull patches on your skin. Your skin gets soft, supple and hydrated immediately on application. It adds hydration and health to your skin


Ceteareth     functions as an emollient and emulsifier. It’s usually used in conjunction with other alcohols and fatty acids, working to thicken a solution and help other ingredients dissolve in a solvent. It also functions as a nonionic stabilizer in oil in water emulsions.

Ceteareths are made from cetearyl alcohol, which is a mixture of cetyl and stearyl alcohol, and ethylene oxide. 

Propylene Glycol

Propylene Glycol  is a “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) additive for foods and medications.   Because propylene glycol attracts water it functions as a humectant and is used in moisturizers to enhance the appearance of skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness.

Propylene glycol, is a synthetic (i.e., man-made) alcohol that attracts/absorbs water. It is a viscous, colorless liquid, which is nearly odorless but possesses a faintly sweet taste.

Propylene glycol is one of the most widely used ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products, including facial cleansers, moisturizers, bath soaps, shampoos and conditioners, deodorants, shaving preparations, and fragrances.

In addition to its use as an ingredient in cosmetic and personal care products, it is used in numerous food items such as beer, packaged baked goods, frozen dairy products, margarine, coffee, nuts, and soda. It is also used as an inactive ingredient in many drugs.

FDA has approved its use at concentrations as high as 98% in drugs applied to the skin and 92% in drugs taken orally.  Propylene glycol rarely causes toxic effects, and then only under very unusual circumstances.

Diazolidinyl Urea

Diazolidinyl Urea is a white powder that releases formaldehyde in the skin, allowing for greater natural moisture. Idopropynyl Butylcarbamage (IPBC) is a white crystalline powder that contains iodine ( Source, Source ).

can be found in many cosmetic and personal care product types including eye and facial makeup, aftershave, and nail, bath, hair and skin care products. 

An antimicrobial that’s predominantly used as a preservative in cosmetic products, protecting them from from the bacteria, yeast and molds known to cause spoilage.

It can be found in virtually every type of personal care products including as facial moisturizer/lotion, sunscreen, anti-aging treatment, cleanser, styling gel, foundation, shampoo/conditioner, eye cream, deodorant and mouthwash.

Idopropynyl Butylcarbamate

Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (IPBC) is a white crystalline powder that contains iodine and is a water-based preservative agent that is internationally recognized for years because of a wide field of application.

The need for a broad-spectrum and safe preservative system for cosmetics has led to the development of several combinations of IPBC with other preservatives effective against a wide variety of organisms and thus protect cosmetic products from spoilage


Polysorbates are surfactants that are produced by reacting the polyol, sorbitol, with ethylene oxide. Polysorbates function to disperse oil in water as opposed to water in oil.

The Polysorbate ingredients help other ingredients to dissolve in a solvent in which they would not normally dissolve. They also help to form emulsions by reducing the surface tension of the substances to be emulsified.

Additional Definitions

 A fine dispersion of minute droplets in suspension of one liquid in a second liquid with which the first will not mix: emulsion of oil in vinegar.

A viscous fluid is a fluid which does not flow easily, having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid.


lipid is chemically defined as a substance that is insoluble in water and soluble in alcohol, ether, and chloroform. Lipids are an important component of living cells. Together with carbohydrates and proteins, lipids are the main constituents of plant and animal cells. Cholesterol and triglycerides are lipids.

A lipid is any of various organic compounds that are insoluble in water. They include fats, waxes, oils, hormones, and certain components of membranes and function as energy-storage molecules and chemical messengers. Together with proteins and carbohydrates, lipids are one of the principal structural components of living cells.


Emollient is simply the medical /chemical word for moisturiser – a preparation that softens the skin making it soft or supple; also : soothing especially to the skin or mucous membrane/chemical.

Ethylene Oxide.

Ethylene oxide, is an organic compound, a colorless and flammable gas with a faintly sweet odor that dissolves readily in water and reacts with several chemicals, such as alcohols, amines, organic acids and amides.  It forms polyglycols in the presence of bases

It is also used to sterilise medical equipment and supplies.​


A substance used to reduce the loss of moisture, especially in a skin lotion or a food additive.

A substance which tends to reduce the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved.

Polysorbates are a class of emulsifiers used in some pharmaceuticals and food preparation. They are often used in cosmetics to solubilize essential oils into water-based products.


A substance that can dissolve another substance, or in which another substance is dissolved, forming a solution.

Water is the most common solvent.