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(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Diffusing Essential Oils

(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Diffusing Essential Oils from Beeyoutiful.com

We’re often asked about how to choose, use, and care for an essential oil diffuser, and we want you to have the information you need to make a great decision! Here are the answers to many of the questions you’ve asked us over the years. 

Why choose an atomizing diffuser instead of one that uses heat or water?

The nebulizing diffusers that we recommend use only cool air to naturally atomize the essential oils without damaging their molecular structure or powerful therapeutic properties.

(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Diffusing Essential Oils from Beeyoutiful.comSome aromatherapy experts suggest that the beneficial chemical compounds in essential oils (especially the cold-pressed citrus oils) can be altered and damaged by heat. Heat-based diffusers also tend to have a limited coverage area and offer scent alone, rather than the full range of aromatherapeutic benefits found in most essential oils. The heated molecules that do make it into the air tend to be larger and are usually filtered out in the nose rather than passing through into the body.

We choose to offer nebulizing diffusers because they are very efficient, capable of covering far more cubic feet than the water diffusers. The added humidity from water diffusers is typically undesirable, unless you reside in a very dry area and need the extra moisture in a targeted area.

How often should I clean my diffuser?

With regular daily use, you might want to clean your diffuser once a week or so. If you notice a decrease in output, or have been using an especially viscous oil, you may need to clean more frequently. If you intend to not use your diffuser for an extended period or are packing it away for storage, you should always clean it first.

Do I need to clean out my diffuser when switching oils?

Unless you want to make a point of diffusing only one scent at a time, you do not have to clean out the diffuser or empty the bottle when switching.

How should I clean the diffuser atomizer on my Breeze?

Quick clean: Simply diffuse Lemon or Orange essential oils (they’re natural cleaners!).
Deeper clean: First, unscrew the atomizer from the bottle and disconnect from the tubing and air pump ( never submerge the air pump!). Submerge the atomizer nozzle in either hot soapy water or rubbing alcohol for one hour. If you see visible clogs, you might try gently loosening it with a small pointed tool such as a safety pin. If any residue is left after soaking, run rubbing alcohol through the diffuser very briefly (about a minute or so) in a well-ventilated area to help loosen any leftover residue. Let the atomizer dry thoroughly before reassembling and once again diffusing essential oils.

Does the specific oil used affect how often I’ll need to clean the diffuser? 

Yes! Some oils are thicker than others and, over time, can gum up the diffuser’s passageways. Oils that are more resinous, such as Myrrh, can build up faster than a more slippery, quick-diffusing oil such as Eucalyptus. You will probably have to clean out the diffuser more often with the “stickier” oils.

How fast do essential oils diffuse?

There is no clear answer to this question, because it depends on many factors, including the viscosity of the specific oil and the rate of air flow in the diffuser. Output will also vary somewhat with oil volatility, humidity in the air, and ambient air temperature.

Can I add water or carrier oils to the diffuser to help extend my expensive essential oils?

NO. If you are using a nebulizing diffuser from Beeyoutiful.com, never diffuse essential oils that have been mixed with anything else! You can diffuse a combination of essential oils, of course, but do not add water, carrier oils, or any other liquid.

If you want to extend the diffusing power of a bottle of a more expensive essential oil, consider pairing it with a more economical kind (such as Eucalyptus or Orange) to stretch it a bit. Of course, make sure the fragrances are compatible!

Water and oil do not mix, and our nebulizing diffusers are not built to diffuse the two together.

Carrier oils are great for “carrying” the essential oils across the skin in topical uses, but the natural composition of carrier oils is much different than that of essential oils and they should never be diffused. Carriers are typically made up of less refined liquid waxes and fatty acids, rather than being a single true distilled oil in the way that most essential oils are. The heavier chemical structure of carriers such as Almond or Jojoba Oil does not lend itself to diffusion and inhalation, and will result in a damaged nebulizer and a sticky mess in the air and on surrounding furniture. (You would probably not disperse a can of non-stick pan spray into the air in your home!)

How large an area can my diffuser cover?

The Breeze can cover 1500 square feet of open area. If your home is divided into smaller rooms, you will likely need to move the diffuser around for best coverage.

Will it hurt my diffuser if it runs when the oil bottle is empty?

No. Because there is no heat involved in the oil reservoir, it won’t be damaged. However, we recommend that you do turn off the machine when not in use, to extend the life of the air pump.

Is there a timer? How can I make it intermittent?

The Breeze has no internal timer; however, you can plug the diffuser into an external appliance timer (available at hardware stores) that then plugs into the electrical outlet.

Will I get the most benefit from my essential oils by running the diffuser intermittently, rather than continuously?

The answer depends on your objective. For example, if you’re diffusing Eucalyptus to attempt to kill mold spores in a problem area, or you’re trying to “fumigate” an enclosed space against spiders and other creepy crawlies, then non-stop diffusing for several hours (even a day or more) can be beneficial. If you’re looking for aromatherapy benefits, or to freshen the air in the home, then intermittent is ideal.

Is it safe to diffuse essential oils around children and pets?

Some oils are very kid-friendly (see some suggestions here), and others are decidedly not. Some essential oils are extremely toxic to animals. Please consult a reliable essential oil reference book (here’s our recommendation) or a certified aromatherapist about the specific oils you have in mind, always taking into consideration age, current health issues, and medications when choosing oils. You’ll need to consult an animal-centered resource to see what’s appropriate for your pets.

How readily available are replacement parts for my diffuser?

We keep some replacement parts on hand; please contact us to confirm what we currently have in stock. We do not carry plastic tubing for the Breeze, but it is easy to find at hardware stores.

Product Comparison

Breeze

  • Pros: Durable, sturdy, hard to break (kid-friendly!). Travels well. Inexpensive. Long run time when drawing from a full bottle. Quieter than some diffusers. One year warranty.
  • Cons: Requires a stand (included, fits .5oz bottle, also included) for the oil bottle, or else be careful not to knock it over. No built-in timer.

Aromis

  • Pros: Built-in timer. Sleek, classic design.
  • Cons: Includes delicate, breakable components. Higher price.

We’ve done our best to answer frequent questions based on our own years of experience using diffusers in our homes. If you don’t see an answer to your question, please give us a call at 1-877-623-3968 or email customercare@beeyoutiful.com and we’ll do our best to help you out!

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FAQs: How Full Disclosure Helps to Keep You Safe & Informed

How full disclosure helps to keep you safe and informed from Beeyoutiful.com

At Beeyoutiful, we strongly believe that you have the right to know exactly what is in the food you eat, the supplements that you take, and the formulations you use on your skin and hair. That’s why one of the cornerstones of Beeyoutiful’s business values is full disclosure.

We are committed to disclosing all ingredients used in Beeyoutiful branded products. We advocate for this policy with manufacturers, producers, and fellow businesses in the food, supplement, and cosmetic industries.

IS FULL DISCLOSURE REALLY SO UNUSUAL?

We’ve learned the hard way ourselves how important it is to have conversations with companies you do business with about their disclosure policies. My husband Steve is a big fan of hot sauce, the hotter the better! He loves anything and everything that comes with a generous side of heat. When we learned that many hot sauce manufacturers add MSG to their products, we began to read labels carefully before we bought so that we could avoid that common additive.

How full disclosure helps to keep you safe and informed from Beeyoutiful.comOn one grocery shopping trip, Steve excitedly pointed out the ingredient listing on a popular brand of hot sauce. “This one doesn’t say anything about MSG or natural flavors or anything else! It’s just got the basic simple ingredients!” He delightedly piled a few bottles into the cart and we brought them home, happy to have found a natural option for him.

Delighted with our discovery, we happily passed the news along to friends about this “clean ingredient hot sauce”. We mentioned it to a friend who had significantly more food sensitivities to contend with than we did, and who was also a more experienced veteran of seeking out healthy food options. She contacted the hot sauce manufacturer directly to ask if there were any other “unlisted” ingredients, and explained that she needed to know due to certain food sensitivities in her family.

The company replied to our friend that they would require a note from her doctor before they would tell her what other ingredients were in their hot sauce! Steve sadly resigned himself to never buying another bottle of their product, since the company refused to offer even a basic level of transparency to their customers. This is just one of many examples that we have run into through the years as consumers ourselves, and why we are committed to providing a different experience for our Beeyoutiful friends.

Many companies reveal only the largest quantities of ingredients, while glossing over those ingredients that make up a tiny fraction (usually 2% or less) of the total product. But what if, like our friend, you have a food sensitivity and need to avoid one of those sneaky ingredients, even in minuscule amounts? We’re committed to telling you exactly what’s in our foods, supplements, and skin care in even the smallest concentrations so that you can make the best decision based on complete information.

HOW WE PRACTICE FULL DISCLOSURE AT BEEYOUTIFUL

We don’t hide behind ‘proprietary blends’ to keep certain ingredients or components off of our labels. Every ingredient is listed on every product. Occasionally, you may see wording on our labels that is nonspecific, such as a reference to “natural flavors”. That’s because sometimes due to time of year, sourcing challenges, or available ingredients, there may be variance from one batch to another.

You have our personal promise and professional guarantee to never, ever use such language to hide the presence of MSG or artificial flavors, dyes, or other such unnatural components. If there is ever a concern due to allergies to a specific ingredient and you need to know for certain what’s included in a product’s nonspecific ingredients, please contact our customer service department and we will be glad to do the legwork to verify exactly what is used in the specific batch we currently have available.

We ardently support GMO product and food labeling. All of our current Beeyoutiful products are made with non-GMO ingredients, and most of our supplement products are batch tested to further ensure that there’s no contamination or cross-pollination with genetically modified crops.

HOW TO SEEK FULL DISCLOSURE FROM OTHER COMPANIES

We’ve adopted a few simple policies for ourselves as consumers and encourage you to do the same.

1) Ask any company you do business with if they are a full disclosure company. If they don’t know what that means, clarify it for them. Simply ask, “Is each and every ingredient used in your formulations included on your label? If not, would you be willing to send me a complete ingredient list so I can make an informed decision about your product?” If they keep ingredient information secret due to either policy or proprietary formulations, then you know for sure that you are not dealing with a full disclosure company.

2) If there’s a company that you like that doesn’t have a full disclosure policy, make sure to communicate with them clearly that you will not be able to purchase from them until their policies change. Smart companies listen to their customers, and if honest labeling is what customers want and continually request, then they will be far more willing to adopt better labeling policies and earn your business back.

3) Support companies that respect your rights as a consumer and enable you to make informed decisions about what is in the products that you buy. Let them know that you appreciate this about them; they value your positive feedback tremendously! And share these wonderful product options with your friends.

We are grateful for each and every Beeyoutiful customer that crosses our path, and we’re excited to be part of the grassroots activism and positive changes happening across the nation. The more consumers demand to be respected and fully informed, the more likely companies will be to accommodate, making the marketplace safer and happier for everyone.

–Steph Tallent

Nine FAQs about Beeyoutiful’s Essential Oils

FAQs About Beeyoutiful's Essential Oils

We often receive questions about our essential oils, and many customers are curious about the quality of our product, especially in relation to our low prices. We’ve assembled a few of the most frequently asked questions here for your reference.

FAQs About Beeyoutiful's Essential Oils

How are your oils extracted?

Our citrus oils are extracted by a cold process of expeller pressing. The rest of our oils are steam distilled from their plant parts. Read more here about how our oils are made.

Are the oils “low heat steam distilled”?

212 degrees is the lowest temperature at which water turns to steam. Steam can be heated much higher than 212 degrees, but steam will turn back into water before its temperature gets lower than 212 degrees. We use temperatures appropriate to each kind of plant product; some plants will release their oils at lower temperatures than others. Our oils are distilled at the lowest heat possible to extract the desired component parts, and they are tested to have sufficient active components to meet our standards.

What’s the quality level, and how is it assured?

Our oils are 100% pure, unadulterated, uncontaminated, and undiluted. Every batch is sample tested to make sure that this is so, before bottling, during bottling, and after bottling. The oils are tested for purity by gas chromatography, infrared spectroscopy, or both, as well as any other testing appropriate to that oil from a wide range of available technologies.

It is possible to have a totally pure and undiluted oil that is functionally dead. To ensure maximum potency, tests are also performed to make sure that the oils meet a certain standard of active components.

Beeyoutiful's lavender essemtial oilMy second bottle of Lavender doesn’t smell the same as my first bottle did.

Variations are natural and inherent in any plant-based product. Think of how one crop of strawberries might be sweeter, or more red than another. In the same way, two pure and undiluted essential oils of the exact same variety but different batches could smell different, and it is not because of a difference in quality.

How long do essential oils last?

Because so many essential oils have inherent antibacterial properties, they generally have very long shelf lives if stored properly (in tightly-capped dark glass, away from heat and light, refrigerated if possible). In fact, certain oils are sometimes used in small amounts as a natural preservative agent in other products. Most undiluted oils will maintain potency for 2-3 years or longer, and will be used up long before rancidity becomes a factor.

Are your essential oils “therapeutic”, “aromatherapy”, or “medicinal grade”?

Unlike the “USDA Organic” seal you have probably seen on vegetables and packaged products in the supermarket, or the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) labeling on medicines, you won’t see official labeling on essential oil products simply because there are no official standards or grades for quality or purity. Therefore, quality control and claims of efficacy are left up to each company.

“Therapeutic grade” oil is a term generally understood to be the highest quality grade of essential oil, but without any enforcement around these terms, anyone can claim to carry “therapeutic grade” oils. Some companies have actually trademarked terms like “therapeutic grade” or “medicinal grade”. This is done in an attempt to differentiate themselves in a competitive industry and make it appear that their products alone meet some kind of higher standards. In reality, there are no official standards, and such trademarked terms are meaningless marketing.

Certainly not all oils are the same quality, and there is no way to find out the genuine quality of most oils short of sending samples for laboratory testing.  It comes down to simple integrity. Beeyoutiful is committed to full disclosure and will never make meaningless claims about our products. While our oils are indeed embraced by many for therapeutic and medicinal uses, we refuse to label them with empty words.

For more information on grading oils, read this helpful article.

Beeyoutiful's Eucalyptus Essential OilIs it safe to take your essential oils internally?

If we were to simply answer a blanket yes to this question, and a customer went out and drank an entire bottle of Eucalyptus Oil, they would most likely get very sick. Essential oils are very concentrated, very powerful, and should be respected and very carefully and sparingly used. Some oils are safe in tiny doses; some oils should never be used internally, ever. In addition, there is no single oil that is perfectly safe for everyone. Something that is safe for one person may not be safe for others, especially children, due to various underlying health conditions (including pregnancy), other medications, allergies or sensitivities.

We cannot tell you what is safe for you.  We are not doctors and we cannot prescribe. Our goal is to be very clear about the high quality, purity, and stringent testing of our products and trust that our customers will do their own thorough research and use the products intelligently. In our personal experience, if a particular 100% pure, unadulterated, undiluted essential oil is considered by industry experts to be safe for a specific use, including internal, we are comfortable using ours in that way in our own homes.

If your oils are of such good quality, good enough to that you use them internally, why are the bottles labeled “For Aromatherapy Use Only”?

In order for us to advertise our products for internal use, we would be obliged to meet stringent legal requirements and pay literally millions of dollars each year for liability insurance. Doing this would entail a mountain of work for our very small staff and greatly increase our risk in the marketplace, not to mention raise prices dramatically for our customers. We choose instead to focus on getting quality products out into the hands of people who have learned how to use them safely, and doing our small part to educate more people in the use of great products.

Beeyoutiful's chamomile essemtial oilHow can your oils be priced so inexpensively if they are of such excellent quality?

Along with lowering our costs and liability as mentioned above, we usually try to get a species of plant that is not the rarest and most expensive. There are something like 200 species of lavender, so if you compare the Latin species names on our bottle of lavender with a different manufacturer, they will almost certainly be different. (Note: sometimes plant species is very important, e.g. German vs. Roman Chamomile, and sometimes it is not important at all. Research your oils and insist on knowing what variety is in the bottle!)

Many companies in niche industries like to use a network marketing or distributor-based business model. This means that there are many people along the chain that have to get paid in the form of commissions on each sale. These layers of costs can’t help but make the products much more expensive when they finally get into your hands.

Instead, we work directly with family-owned manufacturers who don’t gouge us on price, and we pass on the savings by selling our oils directly to you at a price that’s not artificially inflated. We have a comfortable margin of profit that lets us pay the bills, do research, and put out training materials, and that is how we choose to price all of our products, including our essential oils. In this way, we’re able to keep the prices lower than many other companies.

Read this article for an introduction to using Beeyoutiful’s essential oils. We recommend The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy as a handy home reference tool. Consider signing up for our email series offering 101 Ways to Use Essential Oils