A Guide to Buying Essential Oils

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds that are obtained from various parts of the plant like the stem, bark, leaves or flowers. They have been used by different cultures for thousands of years and are known for their incredible benefits. Enriched with natural nutrients, essential oils are a key ingredient in skin and hair care products. Moreover, the volatile property and refreshing fragrance make essential oils a preferred choice for aromatherapy.

With the diverse benefits offered, essential oils make the perfect addition to your beauty regimen. However, are you baffled by the wide options available?

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned buyer, selecting the right essential oil requires careful consideration. The following guide can help you make informed decisions and select an oil that works best for you.


Factors to consider when choosing an essential oil:

The world of essential oils is vast. Each essential oil possesses a distinctive characteristic and provides certain benefits. Before making a purchase, it is important to have clarity about your requirement. Moreover, you also need to consider the purity and grade of the essential oil. The rising popularity of essential oils has led to the emergence of various inferior quality oils. Some of these contain little or none of the natural ingredients. This immensely reduces the efficacy of the oil and makes it much inferior in quality than pure essential oils. This implies that having an understanding of the purity and genuineness of essential oils is necessary.

However, determining the purity of an essential oil is a challenging task. After all, the appearance and aroma alone cannot be taken as factors to gauge purity. In fact, various version of the same oil may also be available. In this regard, you need to know that fragrance oils, aromatherapy oils and perfume oils are not the pure forms of essential oils. The constituents may also include vegetable oils.

You can use a simple test to figure out the purity of an essential oil. Add a drop of essential oil to a piece of paper and allow it to dry. If you notice that the oil leaves behind a stain, there is a possibility that the oil contains vegetable oils.

Methods used to extract essential oils:

Various extraction methods are employed to derive essential oils. An understanding of the methods used will help you make the right choice while selecting an essential oil.

  • Cold pressed method:
    This is a manual technique and can be conveniently employed for plant materials that readily release the aromatic compounds. A sponge is utilised to press the fruit and the oil is later collected from the sponge. This method of extraction is widely used for citrus oils that can be obtained from the rinds of fruits. The oils that are obtained by this method of extraction are believed to be the most superior. This method does not involve the use of heat and as such the oils obtained retain their natural fragrance and properties.
  • Steam distilled method:
    In this technique of extraction, steam is used in a closed chamber to obtain the volatile compounds from the raw extracts. Even though this method makes use of heat, the oils obtained possess the original properties. This is because the extracts are not subjected to their boiling points.
  • Solvent-extracted method:
    This method makes use of a chemical process in which a solvent is used to bind with the aromatic compounds. Later the solvent is separated. Apart from alcohol, compounds like hexane, acetone and propane are extensively used. The fact that the solvents may leave behind harmful residues makes this method comparatively an inferior one. The oils obtained from such a method are not used for therapeutic purposes.


Buying the right essential oil:

Eager to reap the rich benefits of essential oils?
Packed with natural goodness, essential oils can do wonders for your skin and hair. However, this means that you need to buy a superior quality essential oil that is pure and unadulterated. Considering the following factors can help you make the right choice.

  • Purity:
    When making a purchase, make sure to steer clear of the synthetic version of essential oils. The purity of the oil is extremely important and a factor that cannot be overlooked. There are pure essential oil blends available for specific purposes. If you think that the blend serves your requirement, you can go ahead with it. However, you may find it difficult to figure out the exact proportions in the blend. As such, it is best to pick an essential oil and find out if it works for your skin. This method will help you get an understanding of oils that are most beneficial to you.
  • Organic:
    The presence of even a small amount of chemical compound can hamper the effectiveness of an essential oil. Therefore, it is wise to choose oils obtained from plants grown organically.
  • Versions of essential oils:
    There are different versions of essential oils available and you need to know what each of these stand for. To be sure that you are buying the right oil, make sure to check the botanical name on the label. In this manner, you can stay away from being confused by oils that have the same name but derived from different plants. An example is the German and Roman chamomile oil, both of which are different oils.
  • Trusted company:
    Choosing a reliable brand that is known for offering products that are genuine can help you procure pure essential oils easily. Avoid deals that offer essential oils at flat rates. In other words, do not compromise on quality.

Looking for pure and organic essential oils?
N-Essentials is home to a huge selection of pure, natural and organic cosmetics and essential oils. In case you are looking for more information about pure ingredients and essential oils, feel free to contact them. Alternatively, you can also send an email at info@n-essentials.com.au.

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The NMD Craze

I finally got my own pair of NMDs. I’ve been on a hunt since it got released last 2015. I wanted the first-ever NMD Primeknit but it’s just so hard to find one that is not overpriced. Luckily, I saw this pair in End. ClothingAdidas Originals NMD Wmns XR1 “Ice Purple/Midnight Grey”.


I liked that End have their own box and I like how classy the packaging looks like. And they still included the original Adidas box. In which I find useful just in case I had to sell these (you know, maybe not the right size).


My first impression was that the actual colour is darker than what it looked like on their website. Not a problem though, I still love how the purples and greys blend together. And look at those knitted patterns, gorgeous!

What I also like about this is how subtle browns of the back strap and soles can bring the whole design together.


And now, let’s try out these babies.

They may be not the comfiest pair of kicks but the design is dope. So having a pair or two would be a nice addition to sneakerheads out there.

For those interested, I got my snapback from Kore Limited. I came across this brand through JunCurryAhn, a YouTuber that I follow. Anyway, Kore have a lot of interesting designs and the quality of their merchandises are good. Mainly the designs are something related to Korea, you can check them out if you want.


Face the Sun

I have been trying out different skincare products and make up, so I thought why not share my experiences using these with you guys. So yeah, hopefully this will the first of the many beauty product reviews I’ll be writing about.


So first up is Badger’s Damascus Rose Zinc Oxide Face Sunscreen, SPF25 (S$24 for 47ml). I got mine on iHerb. If you guys are interested, you can use my code: NLW754. So we can enjoy rewards together (You will save 5% off on your next order, and in return I will receive a minimum of 5% Rewards credit). 🙂

Okay, sunscreen is an important step to our daily skincare routine. Especially for those who spend most of their time outdoors. It helps to prevent the skin form premature aging (so put on some sunscreen).

Here’s the order on how I apply my morning skincare routine before doing my make up:
Cleansing > Toner > Essence > Serum > Moisturiser > Sunscreen

Personally, I’m a bit fussy about the ingredients because you wouldn’t want to slather your face with harmful chemicals right? So here’s the list of the ingredients:

*Aloe barbadensis (aloe) juice, *helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil, coco-glucoside, cetearyl alcohol (and) coco-glucoside, sambucus nigra (elderberry) fruit extract, microcrystalline cellulose (and) cellulose gum, glucose oxidase, *punica granatum (pomegranate) seed oil, *glycerin, citric acid, sorbitan caprylate, glyceryl caprylate, *lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil, xanthan gum, *hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn) fruit extract, *rosa canina (rosehip) fruit extract, undecylenic acid, *rosa damascena (rose) flower oil, lecithin, sodium gluconate, *anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower oil, *calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract.

The Damascus Rose, Chamomile, and Lavender soothe, refresh and revitalise delicate skin. While the Seabuckthorn, Rosehip and Pomegranate deliver potent antioxidants and vital nutrients to our faces. I have a combination skin type, so the formula they used in this works for me. It’s not greasy and kind of light on the face. So thumbs-up for that! What I do is I wait a few minutes before applying my cushion. Another plus for this sunscreen is that it’s made with all-natural ingredients. So nice!

The SPF 25 is perfect for daily use at well. Don’t get scared about having a white face because this baby doesn’t leave a white mark after applying it but makes the skin brighter. It also even out my yellowish skin tone. This can be used as a primer as well.


Last thoughts:

It has watery consistency so sometimes I squeeze out more product than I intend to use. I think it would be nicer if they use the pump type packaging rather than the tube type. But overall, I’m sticking with this one and would definitely re-purchase again.

Gotta love Baby-G

Good move Casio! I am really happy that they collaborated with Girls’ Generation for their Baby-G line late last year. Perfect combination! (ღ˘⌣˘ღ) Let me show you my recently acquired Baby-G from Time Depot.

Just seeing the box makes me drool. So excited to see what’s inside.Kriscel Go 2013 Baby G-1 Kriscel Go 2013 Baby G-8TA DA! It comes with a special mirror with Girls’ Generation imprint inside. It’s a special mirror because the cover changes color when exposed to UV, so you’ll be able to protect yourself from such. Sweet! ❤

Kriscel Go 2013 Baby G-5 Oh look at that packaging. So girly and so Korean. I love it! Plus, it is a limited edition packaging. So, grab your watch now for only P6,995. GO! Run to the store nearest you and by store I mean Time Depot. 😉Kriscel Go 2013 Baby G-2The packaging also comes with photos and signatures of every SNSD member. Perfect for every GG fanatic out there!Kriscel Go 2013 Baby G-4It is the BGA-153m-1b. It is also available in 2 other colors—beige and white.Kriscel Go 2013 Baby G-6Here’s what I love about it:

  • Black and pink color combination
  • Cute stripe design and lamé numerals
  • LED color: Umber
  • 100m water resistance
  • Shock Resistant

For more information on this product, click here.Kriscel Go 2013 Baby G-7

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