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The Profitable Aromatherapy Customizing Bar
By: Jimm Harrison
Posted: March 30, 2012, from the April 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Rebecca Kroll, front desk coordinator of The Still Point Mind and Body, a Wellness Spa in Takoma Park, MD, dispenses essential oil from a burette.
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Your customizing system may be purchased through an essential oil company with pre-selected essential oils in a simple display, or it can be designed to your specific needs by a qualified consultant well-versed in the set up and instruction of essential oil customizing stations. The basic needs—beyond an appropriate space for setup—for an authentic essential oil aromatherapy bar, include the following.
A set of authentic, high-quality essential oils from a known, qualified source. Your collection should contain diversity in therapeutic function and fragrance profiles.
Natural and organic bases and carriers free of petrochemicals or other questionable ingredients. The most useful and versatile carrier is a vegetable oil, such as olive, sunflower or coconut, or a mix of organic vegetable oils. Truly natural botanical base creams, lotions, masks and sprays can be purchased through several reputable manufacturers.
An essential oil delivery apparatus. Essential oils generally come in amber bottles suitable for presentation and use. There are several alternative decorative bottle options for your essential oils that can be purchased with orifice-reducers (droppers that fit into the neck of the bottle), or pipettes can be used for delivery of the essential oil drops. In a more elaborate setup, you may use scientific lab-quality burettes that hold and deliver precise drops of the oil.
Blending tools, containers and labels as established by service and retail needs. Supplies would include mixing containers and utensils appropriate for the product used in the service, retail containers, and customized labels that further brand the service and skin care facility.