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Fragrance Oil Safety

Truly Personal fragrance oil safety information, handling and storing

What are fragrance oils?

Fragrance oils are manufactured scents comprising of both natural and synthetic compounds. Our oils are 100% concentrated so you shouldn't judge the scent by how it smells in the bottle as they are made to be used in an application. They can smell totally different once in a product.

Storing fragrance oils

The compounds that make up fragrance oils are fragile and can separate if they are exposed to oxygen for prolonged periods of time. It is advised to:

  • Keep your oils in a dark place and out of direct sunlight.
  • Store them in a place that is kept cool and dry.
  • Keep the bottle caps sealed whenever they are not in use.
  • Take care to not over tighten the caps.
  • Our oils are packed in HDPE bottles as these have the most chemical resistant properties.

Shelf life of fragrance oils

When properly stored, fragrance oils can have a shelf life of up to 2 years. A helpful tip would be to record the date you received an oil by marking the bottle with a marker pen. It is not recommended to keep a bottle partially full. This is because the oxygen that is also in the bottle (head space) can react with the oil and oxidize it thus making its shelf life shorter. If possible you should move to a smaller bottle so less oxygen is present.

Safety of fragrance oils

  • Fragrance oils are highly flammable and should be kept away from naked flames, fire and other heat sources. Do not smoke around fragrance oils.
  • Fragrance oils can be highly toxic if swallowed so it is extremely important to keep them away from children and pets, especially if they smell like delicious food items.
  • Do not drink fragrance oils or eat any product that contains fragrance oils (e.g. wax melts)
  • Fragrance oils are not suitable for use in vaping.
  • Always follow the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) guidelines that are provided with each oil. Every oil will have different precautionary information so take the time to read each one.
  • Check the SDS sheets to ascertain the correct percentages of oil that can be used in the product that you are making. 

Handling fragrance oils

Fragrance oils should always be handled with the upmost care. Used incorrectly and they can be dangerous. When handling oils:

  • Avoid contact with the skin and eyes.
  • Consider wearing protective gloves and appropriate eye wear.
  • Contaminated work clothing should not be allowed out of the workplace.
  • Do not touch your face or eyes.
  • Do not use the oils neat on your skin.
  • Do not ingest or apply to skin.
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke.
  • Wash your hands routinely whilst using the oils.
  • Avoid breathing vapour or dust.
  • Maintain adequate ventilation in working areas and work in a well ventilated room.
  • Do not pour directly into drains, soil or other aquatic environments. Many oils are toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher or fire blanket nearby.
  • Clean spillages with an absorbent material such as kitchen roll.
  • Dispose of contents/container to approved disposal site, in accordance with local regulations.
  • Pregnant women should be extra prudent especially in their first trimester.

First Aid Procedures

In the event of oil accidentally splashing in your eyes:

  • Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes.
  • Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do.
  • Continue rinsing.
  • Seek medical advice if irritation persists.
  • Provide SDS information to practitioner.

In the event of accidental swallowing:

  • Rinse your mouth with plenty of water.
  • Seek medical advice immediately.
  • Provide SDS information to practitioner.

In the event of skin contact:

  • Remove contaminated clothing.
  • Wash skin with plenty of water or soap and water.
  • If an irritation persists, seek medical advice immediately.
  • Provide SDS information to practitioner.

In the event of excessive inhalation:

  • Move to fresh air and rest.
  • Seek medical advice if symptoms persist.
  • Provide SDS information to practitioner.

Fragrance Oil Responsibilities

It is your responsibility to correctly store and handle your oils. It is also your responsibility to read through all the SDS sheets that are available with each oil and follow the safety precautions given.

Truly Personal are not responsible for the storage, handling or use of these oils once they have been delivered to you. We cannot be held accountable for any misuse of our oils.

We will promise to provide SDS information for each oil at 100%, 25/20% and 10% and always have this readily available on our website.

We also promise to provide a free CLP template for each oil for your convenience. These are provided to help you make sure that your products are CLP compliant. It is your responsibility upon using them to check that they are correct. We cannot be responsible for any mislabeling of your products.

We also cannot be responsible for any medical issues that arise from using our oils e.g. an allergic reaction.

Other information:

  • Some oils may stain furniture and surfaces so it is advisable to put protective layers down on your workspace.
  • Some oils may remove nail varnish.
  • Some oils may dissolve acrylic nail glue.