Monday, June 11, 2012

Review - Aura Cacia Essential Oils

 

         Aura Cacia is an aromatherapy company that was founded in 1981 in Weaverville, California. Aura Cacia has several standards/policies that make it such a success including: the Source to Shelf Strategy, the pure-as-can-be ingredient standard, full ingredient disclosure, animal-friendly products, and environmental-friendly policies. Each of their essential oils are sourced from a single origin (they must travel to many countries in order to find sources), and they give 15 of sales back to the farmers and communities that help produce the oils. Aura Cacia provides ORGANIC essential oils, which are grown pesticide free and chemical free, on USDA certified land. Their oils are never diluted, and uphold a high standard in testing for purity. Aura Cacia is environmentally conscious in the fact that use recycled materials and minimal packaging whenever possible.

 Aura Cacia products

This company has a wide variety of aromatherapy products based on their organic, essential oils. They have massage creams/oils, skin care oils, body creams/butters, mists/sticks, bath salts, and body washes. Aura Cacia offers several baby-related products such as baby oil, a calming milk and oil bath, or a nursery diffuser. They also have foaming bath packets for children. There is something for every occasion, and for every mood; they have sales periodically, and close-out items to browse through. Aura Cacia suggests integrating essential oils into your yoga routine, to reap the benefits of calming your body, mind, and spirit. Each essential oil has a different effect on your yoga pose and your mindset.


 From Aura Cacia, I received three awesome products along with an informative guide book and a coupon: the Chill Pill Essential Solutions Mist, the Pep Talk Essential Solutions Mist, and Bergamot organic oil.



The Essential Solutions Mist collection includes Chill Pill, Cool Hottie, First Response, Panic Button, Pep Talk, and Pillow Potion. Each 2 oz mist is designed to create a specific mood -- whether it is for your room, or your body. To refill your spray, you can purchase the Aura Cacia Essential Solutions oil, and combine 30 drops with 2 ounces of water. These mists retail for just $7.99 in the Aura Cacia online store. The Chill Pill Essential Solutions Mist provides a sense of harmony. As the website states,

"Chill out with this blend of calming lavender, refreshing citrus and balancing patchouli to diffuse anger, quiet arguments and create harmony. Don't let road rage or conflict get the best of you – just chill..."

Ingredients WATER (AQUA), CITRUS SINENSIS (SWEET ORANGE) OIL, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) OIL, POGOSTEMON CABLIN (PATCHOULI) OIL, MENTHA X PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL, OCIMUM BASILICUM (SWEET BASIL) OIL, CHAMAEMELIUM NOBILE (ROMAN CHAMOMILE) OIL

This product is not tested on animals, is verified for purity, and does not contain ANY synthetic ingredients. To use the Chill Pill Essentials Mist, you simply shake and spray the space around you. I really like the scent that this specific blend of oils makes. I have always thought of lavender as a particularly calming oil. I have been using this spray in the bedrooms of my home, because I think it helps me relax and fall asleep. Really, it could be used in any room -- I could see it being a nice air freshener in the bathroom as well. I would use it in my car in the future; especially if it can really help with my road rage! :) I love the scent and the fact that I can spray this around my animals without feeling as though I have to worry about the chemicals irritating them.

The Pep Talk Essential Solutions Mist provides a sense of motivation and positive thinking. As the website states,

"Put some pep in your step with this blend of spicy cardamom, invigorating peppermint and energizing citrus to clear the cobwebs, inspire decision making and dissipate the doldrums. Perk up with Pep Talk!"

Ingredients: WATER (AQUA), ELETTERIA CARDAMOMUM (CARDAMOM) SEED OIL, CITRUS SINENSIS (SWEET ORANGE) OIL, CITRUS X LIMON (LEMON) OIL, MENTHA X PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL

Like the other Essential Solutions Mists, Pep Talk is tested for purity isn't tested on animals, and has no synthetic ingredients. Of course, I have been using this spray in any room that I decide to study in -- for the aspect of motivation. The scent is definitely empowering and awakening! I thought it might be a little strong for my taste (sometimes certain blends of dominant oils can irritate me), but it was surprisingly refreshing. It definitely made me feel more alert, and I hope that it is affecting my study habits positively. You will definitely not be disappointed in the Essential Solutions Mist collection, even if you are simply looking for an air freshener with a twist! The impacts these mists have on your mood is an added benefit.


The organic Bergamot oil that I received came in a .25 fl oz container. Aura Cacia sells almost any oil that I can think of on their website. This particular oil retails for $12.99. Bergamot comes from the fruit peel of the plant, and its single source is Italy. As the website states,

"The fresh, fruity scent of this uncommon citrus fruit makes a refreshing room spray. Combine with water in a spritzer to help discourage mold and mildew and remove odor. (Substitute bergaptene-free bergamot for natural bergamot in any skin application.)"

Bergamot is supposed to have an uplifting benefit; it definitely delivers a nice, fruity scent. When it comes to yoga, Bergamot has a "mind benefit" of consciousness expanding, a "body benefit" of nourishment, and a "spirit benefit" of fulfillment. In the booklet that I received, Bergamot is suggested for enhancing creative visualization; all you need to do is take a whiff of it. For those of you who follow yoga, Bergamot is helpful for the third eye chakra -- suggested poses are half warrior, forward bends, and corpse. The third eye chakra is for "intuition, wisdom, and focusing on inner spiritual development". You can dilute one drop of Bergamot, vanilla, and lavender in 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil and dab on your forehead for clarity for the third eye.

I have always wanted to get into yoga, and I had no idea that essential oils could enhance the experience. I am excited to learn more about the different chakras and how I can use the oils. On Aura Cacia's website, there are also a variety of recipes, so you can learn about other ways to use essential oils -- you can search by oil or by what type of product you are looking for. Bergamot can be used in several recipes, to create concoctions such as massage oils, oily facial masks, bath blends, and room sprays. I want to try and create the Refreshing Eau de Cologne Mist. I love that Aura Cacia sells organic oils that are pure; I can tell that I received a high quality product, and I am not afraid to use it in my home, bath, or on my body.

All-in-all, I fully recommend this company! The products are top-notch, the blends have a great smell, and they have really fast shipping. The environmentally-conscious aspects of Aura Cacia are also a definite plus. I would purchase more oils from them.

If you're interested in learning more about Aura Cacia, or purchasing their products online, you can always visit their website here. While you are there, make sure to check out their great sales and coupons. If you sign up for their monthly e-newsletter, you will be notified about products and savings. Aura Cacia also has a Facebook fan page where you can connect with them, as well as a Google + account and a Twitter page. If you have an iPhone of an iPod Touch, you can look for the free Aura Cacia Aromatherapy App.

Also, Aura Cacia is currently holding a sweepstakes ("Om is Where the Heart Is") on Facebook which is active until June 20th. The daily prizes include daily essential oils, and the grand prize winner will receive free yoga for one year ($1,000 gift card), a Yoga Journal subscription, yoga accessories and Aura Cacia essential oils. Also, if you happen to know someone who owns a yoga studio, there is the option of nominating one. The yoga studio that receives the most votes will receive an Aura Cacia gift basket full of goodies! The contest is easy to enter, so you have nothing to lose.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

13 comments:

  1. Aura Cicia - Thanks For Your great Contribution.I have also heard an another company name,those who are salutable like you for making pure essential oils,the company name is Celestrial Essential.

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  2. A big warning to me about this company is all of their oils are labelled "Not for Internal Use". To me that is a huge red flag.

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    1. Certain essential oils are toxic and a few are highly toxic when they're taken internally in amounts over a few drops. I'm sure the warning label is to prevent lawsuits from idiots not knowing how to measure correctly, or accidental overdosing.

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    2. Actually there is a essential oil company that is so pure that you can take them internally and it has suppliment facts right on the label. It is called doTERRA. It is amazing!

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    3. I agree with Cathie... There are certain essential oils that are toxic and YES even doTerra carries oils that are NOT for internal use.

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    4. All oil companies have to put that to protect themselves. Eden's Garden mentioned it on another source. My personal opinion, after some research, in the U.S., the pharmaceutical companies are in bed with the FDA. In order keep to that financial relationship going there are regulations that even doctors must go by. That's just a little I have learned. I use Aura Cacia and rather pleased.

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    5. I have been doing a lot of research on essential oils as well as the ability to ingest them. The oil companies who label their oils as ingestible have to pay A LOT more money for insurance and the ability to put the nutritional facts on their bottles, therefore increasing the price that they must charge for the oils...ie. doterra.

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    6. I have been doing a lot of research on essential oils as well as the ability to ingest them. The oil companies who label their oils as ingestible have to pay A LOT more money for insurance and the ability to put the nutritional facts on their bottles, therefore increasing the price that they must charge for the oils...ie. doterra.

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  4. I used to like Aura Cacia but then they let me know they were hacked for months and had no idea. So many costumers had there credit numbers and addresses compromised.

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    1. Hi Just found this review, I'm wondering, what did you do? Just discontinue using the oils? I'm also wondering, did you ever take Aura Cacia oils internally? The comment about a potential lawsuit makes sense, but some companies have oils that are really not for internal use. I use my oils internally, currently I'm using Young Living and Ananda Apothecary, but looking for other options as well.

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  6. Here are Aura Cacia's own words about why they don't label they products as safe for ingestion: https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=81396974540

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