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Essence Dilution Do’s and Don’ts

Posted by admin on Oct 25, 2009
By Deborah Bier, PhD, Publisher and Co-Editor of this Blog

Did you know there are ethical and unethical ways in which essences may be diluted and given or sold to someone who did not purchase the original stock essences? That there are ways in which those who dilute and sell essences could be breaking the law — or several laws, for that matter? This article is meant to help raise readers’ awareness about these issues.

19979015.thbWe consulted with several essence makers and an essence distributor for this article, as well as read literature published by other makers. While we are not lawyers and cannot not offer legal advice or interpretation, we present their reactions and opinions here.

Custom Dosage Bottles Made by Practitioners for Individual Clients

Essence practitioners often purchase stock bottles of essences which they either resell whole, or from which they may make customized dosage bottles for clients. These dosage bottles may be blends of essences made by either one or several companies. While they usually label the bottle to show its contents, they do not pass off the essences as their own manufacture.

And this is all well and fine with all the essence makers we consulted. However, some other makers do not permit dosage preparations to be made and given to clients by practitioners. Do read the literature or websites published by the manufacturers whose work you use.

Other essence makers take it as a violation of their trademark if the practitioner labels the bottle with the maker’s name. They interpret this as using their proprietary name without permission. While this is an understandable point, some essence makers we contacted disagreed, and would prefer being given credit for their products. One way to compromise may be to give the client a slip of paper which contains more information about what is in the dosage bottle.

Selling Dosage Essences Rebottled Under a New Label

This practice can take two forms we know of. One is that a product manufacturer purchases stock essences for use with other types of ingredients in a new product which contains an essence, but is not just an essence. The second version is that the essences are diluted to dosage strength (either several blended or just one) and then rebottled and sold under another company’s label.

16575297.thbIf this is done with permission and/or by license from the essence maker, I think this helps spread the goodness of essences throughout the world in new and beneficial ways. So, for example, if you are making bath salts and want to add an essence someone else makes to your product, you must get that maker’s permission. Ditto, if you are making blends from one or several makers’ products and are bottling them under your own label.

Some makers will be open to this idea; others will not be, but all should respect being asked for permission. If it is a go, expect there may be a written agreement to sign, and expect there may be a fee beyond the cost of the stock essence.

If this reuse is done without permission, agreement, or license by the original maker, there the trouble starts. All makers consulted were outraged that some might misuse their products in this way and view it as theft of their property. Some essence companies told me they would seek legal solutions — some with demands for damages and percentages of sales already made — if they found their products had been misused in this way.

The position some makers take is that stock essences are bottled and sold by them with the sole intention that they are to be used by consumers or resold whole in retail or professional outlets. Rebottling their products under another name is taking credit and making profit from that which is not the rebottler’s own. This is understood for many other manufactured products packaged and sold for consumer use only; essences are no exception.

Another past article on ethical issues for essence users: Must We Always Ask Permission? (http://www.floweressencemagazine.com/aug03/ethics.html)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Deborah Bier, PhD is co-editor of Vibration Magazine, and  a holistic healthcare practitioner in private practice in Concord, MA. She is the author of Flower Essence Practice: For Students, Essence Practitioners & Other Healing Professionals (Windfall, 2008). She is also the author of Healthy Connections: Flower Essences for Better Family, Friend and Work Relationships; The Encyclopedia of Vibrational Essences, and Learning About Vibrational Essences (find all these titles here). She is the maker of Whole Energy Essences, and is a district director for Caring Companion Connections.

The World Wide Essence Society does not mean to imply any recommendation of nor give certification to any individuals or companies whose articles or comments appear on this blog.  Articles are provided purely for informational purposes. We ask consumers to make their own determination as to quality of the services and products described. Articles are not meant to be advice, and the information is not meant to replace medical or psychological treatment. All articles and comments offered by readers do not necessarily represent the views of Vibration Magazine.


I am Disciplinary Officer for the British Flower and Vibrational Essences Association (the UK governing body for essence practitioners). I am also a member of the British Association of Flower Essence Producers (the UK governing body for Essence Producers). We have come across this problem several times in the past few years.

In the UK, if you buy essences from producers, create a new blend from them, then give them new names and sell them on as your own range of essences, you can be sued by the Essence Producer. You could also be in trouble with Trading Standards for misleading the public (who may think these are original essences created by you). Under UK law your literature will need to detail every ingredient you have used, who the Essence producer is and their contact details.

The most important thing is to communicate with the Essence producer/s, some of whom may be more than happy for their products to be used in a new way as long as they receive full credit for it and your customers know who has provided the ingredients.

Essence producers put a great deal of time, energy and love into birthing each new essence. They provide us with a wealth of material to help our clients live healthier, happier lives. They and their essences deserve respect.

To protect yourself and the public, join the Essence associations that can help you to be aware of the latest legal implications of essence production and essence therapy work. In the UK these are;
For Practitioners: http://www.bfvea.com
For Producers: http://www.bafep.com
Both associations welcome overseas members particularly those who are Essence Producers selling to the UK market.

October 26th, 2009 | 1:57 pm

Deborah, Thank you SO much for writing this article. I have had to have this discussion so many times over the years with people surprised that essences cannot be used as ingredients just as essential oils are. I have explained it this way; If I were to cut up a Da Vinci work of art and use pieces of it to create a collage and call it “my work of art” most would understand that there is a serious infringement happening. The same is true with essences and I have tried to explain that they too are a work of art, born out of a profound connection between human, spirit, environment and plant. Thanks again for the article. Blessings, Kathrin

November 4th, 2009 | 4:06 am