What is an essential oil?
Essential oils are concentrated volatile (quickly evaporating) aromatic compounds found in the leaves, seeds, stems, roots, bark, flower and other parts of the plant. They are responsible for giving the plant its characteristic odour and carry within themselves the therapeutic power of the plant. They occur in such a highly potent form that even a single drop of the essential oil is equivalent to multiple cups of the dried herb from which it was extracted (for instance, a single drop of peppermint oil is extracted from 25 cups of peppermint leaves making the oil up to 75x more potent compared to their dried herbal counterpart). Essential oils have been extensively used for over thousands of years across various cultures for their therapeutic and medicinal benefits.
What are the different methods of extraction?
Steam Distillation: This is the most common process for extraction of essential oils. In this method, steam is passed through the plant material, vaporizing the volatile aromatic compounds which are then condensed back to liquid and then collected in the receiving vessel.
Cold Pressed: This extraction method is predominantly used for citrus fruits like orange and lemon where the essential oil is stored inside tiny pockets of the peel or rind of the fruit. Oils extracted by cold pressing are the most volatile of essential oils and can evaporate quickly when exposed to air.
Solvent Extraction: Flowers too delicate to be processed with heat or pressure are soaked in a spirit of solvent that extracts the volatile elements. The solvent is then evaporated at high temperatures, leaving only the most fragrant constituents behind. This process produces what is called an "absolute".
CO2 Extraction: The CO2 extraction method yields a greater number of aromatic compounds than any other distillation process. In certain conditions at a low temperature Carbon Dioxide or CO2 can be pressurized to become a liquid. This liquid then acts as a solvent and is used to extract the oil from plants. After extraction is completed, the extraction vessel is brought back to normal temperature and the CO2 rapidly converts to gas leaving behind a high quality oil that is free of solvents.
Your essential oils cost less than your competitors, how can you offer such low prices?
Besides manufacturing a major proportion of our products ourselves, we procure the remaining from certified and ethical essential oil producers across the world. At Paras, we’ve created long-standing direct buying relationships with farmers and essential oil vendors, and we purchase these oils in large quantities that qualify for bulk discounts, which we then are able to pass on to our customers.
Are your oils diluted or watered down in any way?
No, our 100% pure and natural essential oils are never diluted or watered down. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize the superior quality standard of our 100% pure and natural essential oils. We also do offer a range of essential oil blends, some of which are combined with carrier oils such as those of olive or jojoba, but these blends are clearly labeled as such to avoid any confusion.
What are your criteria for testing essential oils?
Our Quality Assurance team consisting of highly qualified chemists and experts adhere to the strict standards used by the global Essential Oils and Flavor Industry and as illustrated in The Essential Oils guide by Guenther.
These references of comprehensive scientific information, detail specific physiochemical properties of all the essential oils. Some of these important parameters include Refractive Index, Specific Gravity, Optical Rotation, Flash Point, Acid Value, Ester Value, Infrared Absorption, Ultraviolet/Visible Spectroscopy (UV/Vis) for pigment detection, Solubility, Colour/Appearance, Taste/Odour, presence of Heavy Metals, and proportion of Predominant Active Chemical Components.
Our in-house laboratory is equipped with the state-of-the-art analytical equipment allowing us to carry out highly specialized analyses, such as Gas-Liquid Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry. We use these analyses results to ascertain the quality of our essential oils as well as to confirm specification sheet reports and certificates of analysis received from third party vendors.
What does it mean when an oil is "photosensitizing"?
Photosensitizing means that an oil can cause skin to become more sensitive to the sun. This is true of many of the citrus oils, especially Bergamot, which contains bergaptene, a constituent that causes photosensitivity. Our offerings include offers both traditional Bergamot, and Bergamot FCF, which is bergaptene-free.
Are your essential oils therapeutic grade? Can they be ingested?
We offer 100% pure and natural essential oils. Our essential oil offerings is suitable for aromatherapy, cosmetics, and for the production of personal care and home care products. Due to regulatory concerns, we cannot recommend them for internal use. Pure essential oils are highly concentrated and many of them are unsafe if directly ingested.
Do you test your essential oils for heavy metals?
Heavy metals are typically not found in the distilled essential oils as these metals are usually not volatile enough to get vaporised during the distillation process. For other cold-pressed oils such as those of citrus fruits, we perform routine heavy metal testing, though this not a very common industry practice.
Are your essential oils cruelty free?
Yes. All our essential oils are 100% vegan and we do not conduct any animal testing for our products.
Do you accept International Orders?
Yes. All our orders are shipped internationally from our warehouse in New Delhi, India to your provided shipping address via FedEx, DHL, UPS, TNT or India Post. Due to the nature of international shipping, occasionally a customer may have to pay additional import duties and taxes which are levied once a shipment reaches your country. The large majority of orders will not have to pay any additional fees.
How long will it take for the order to reach me?
Most orders take around 2-3 business days to leave our facility once we have receive the confirmation of the payment. Rest assured, we send you an email with your tracking details so that you are able to track the shipment during transit. If you have any questions about the status of your order, don’t hesitate to call our customer service team.
For deliveries in the Delhi: three working days unless we are exceptionally out of stock in which case we will let you know in advance.
For deliveries in the rest of India: five to six working days unless we are exceptionally out of stock in which case we will let you know in advance.
For deliveries in the rest of the world: five to fourteen working days unless we are exceptionally out of stock in which case we will let you know in advance.
What is your sample policy?
We can supply the samples of our products but the customers will have to pay the sample cost as well as the shipping cost.
Why don’t you offer free shipping?
We calculate the shipping rates directly from UPS, FedEx, or the Postal Service based on the package’s weight or dimension and the shipping destination. Rather than incorporating the cost of the shipping within our product pricing and offering free or reduced shipping rates, we opt for a more transparent pricing system.
What methods of payment do you accept?
We accept payments through Pay Pal, Certified Cheque, Wire Transfers, Direct Bank Deposits and International Money Orders. Unfortunately, we cannot accept personal or business cheques.
Do you have a physical store that we can visit?
No, we do not have a retail store currently. But you can visit our office in Delhi with prior appointment.