Let's talk about product labeling and presenting ingredients on your websites and online stores. The vast majority of witchcraft related products do not tell you whats in them or they only partially list the ingredients citing them as "propriety blends" of herbs and essential oils. I come from the professional aromatherapy, perfuming, and herbalism field where there are very specific FDA regulations in how you list the ingredients of the products. This is for two main reasons: safety and correct ingredient identification. Listing Eucalyptus is not specific enough as there are over 400 species of Eucalyptus. The botanical specification is very important and product labeling should adhere to International Nomenclature (INCI) which would make a listing for "Lavender" look like Lavandula aungustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil as opposed to Lavandula stoechas (Spanish Lavender) Flower Oil. While they are both types of lavender, they have different therapeutic properties and safety precautions.
I had an experience at an event last year with a fellow crafter that really frustrated me. They were very inconsistent with their product labeling and I asked a question about their use of a Sassafras, which comes in two varieties one of which is safe and is used in food flavoring and the other is toxic due to the saffrole content and it should not be used topically or ingested. They brushed off my question like of course it’s safe to use. I asked another question about some liquid potions that were meant to be ingested. They wouldn’t even tell me the base liquid and did the zipper lips gesture that it was secret, which really put me off. I’m not trying to steal your products, I just want to know if they are safe to consume. I loathe the taste and smell of apple cider vinegar so I would’ve been rather displeased to spend over $20 on something I couldn’t use or what if I was an alcoholic in recovery and it had a alcohol base? While I make a lot of my own products, I do buy things from other businesses or individuals from time to time.
I have formal training and education in proper product labeling, FDA regulations and the fine line between that defines something as a cosmetic or medication, and product safety when using essential oils, herbs, and other ingredients. I always put a complete list of ingredients for my products on my website, online stores, and on the product labels. Transparency is very important to me. In this day and age, there are very few "secret" recipes and formulations out there. If you Google "fast luck oil recipe" you are going to find various ingredient lists that will help you guide your way. So, yes, your particular blend might be proprietary for you, but hundreds of other people are making the same thing. I don't know how much of each herb is used in those blends and how much of each essential oil is used, but my version is my version based on my knowledge base and experience.
I've taken my study of aromatics, essential oils, herbs, botanicals, perfuming and have prepared my products with that knowledge. I am open about the ingredients that I use, so that my customers can be well-informed... Don't take a salt bath with rue, hyssop, wormwood, or mugwort if you are pregnant or nursing as they are abortifacient or fetotoxic. That is pertinent safety information to disseminate. Safety is extremely important when you make witchcraft oils and powders with toxic ingredients or when you make entheogenic flying ointments using plants like Belladonna and Datura. That information needs to be known as well as potential side effects. As a business owner and product designer, my customers safety has to come first. They need to be informed in case they are allergic to an ingredient. Even if you are just dressing a candle with a ritual oil, you still should be aware if you need to wear gloves for your own personal safety.
an eclectic witch, certified aromatherapist, herbalist, perfumer, skincare formulator, and incense crafter who specializes in unique creating handcrafted perfumes, bath products, skincare products, soaps, shampoo bars, aromatherapy products, incense blends, ritual oils, botanical charms, candles, and ritual and spell supplies.