Essential Oils & Hydrosols
Athena's Choice is thrilled to be able to offer the same quality essential oils we use in our natural handmade soaps and lotions to our customers, plus pure hydrosols (floral waters) for use as toning rinses or sprays. Please remember that the only essential oil that has been proven safe for use undiluted upon the skin is Lavender - while we do place reminders in the product descriptions, it bears mentioning right up front : Anyone who tells you that essential oils should be used directly upon the skin "neat" (without dilution in a carrier oil or lotion) does not know what they are talking about, with the sole exception of Lavender. Essential oils are concentrated natural chemical compounds, which are easily absorbed through the skin, potentially causing, in effect, a drug overdose; and some of which can actually cause chemical burns, if left on the skin for very long. Just because it's natural doesn't mean it's harmless - poison ivy is natural, and most people have a very bad reaction to that natural substance. Please use common sense caution as well - if you know you are allergic to oranges, don't buy Sweet Orange essential oil, for example - you're going to be allergic to it, as well.