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APPLICATION METHODS

Multiples uses

Our skin and hair are infinite variables - products of our genetics, environment, nutrition, habits, and more. Some oils work better for us than lothers. Or there may be times an oil works better for us than other times.

 

While Deer Heart Solutions' formualtions were designed for particular uses, the majority of our oils can be used in multiple ways. We will tell you if there are application methods we advise against. And, we use icons throughout the site to indicate the intended use for a product as well as other suitable and safe uses. Below are instructions on various application methods.

FACE SERUM

A 1-ounce bottle will last around 4 months (or longer) if used daily at the advised amount.

  1. Cleanse and tone your face and neck. Pat dry with a towel.

  2. Put one pump of serum (a pea-size amount) on your fingertips. Rub your fingers together to warm and evenly distribute the serum.

  3. Tap your fingertips around face and neck. Avoid applying on the soft tissue around your eyes.

  4. Lightly brush your fingertips across your skin to spread the serum. (If using the recommended amount, you won't need to rub the serum in.)

  5. Allow the serum to fully absorb then apply your favorite moisturizer or night cream.

 

EXFOLIATING OIL

Use our exfoliating oil 1-3 times per week to exfoliate your face and neck before cleansing. You can also use on body and scalp. We recommend using it before shaving.

 

A 1-ounce bottle will last approximately 3-4 months if used on your face twice per week.

  1. Before using, shake the bottle so the Jojoba beads are evenly distributed throughout the oil.

  2. Apply to dry skin.

  3. Put 1 dropper full or a quarter-size amount of oil in the palm of one hand. Rub your hands together to evenly distribute the oil, then massage onto face and neck. 

  4. Leave on for 2-10 minutes.

  5. Rinse your face and neck with warm water. 

  6. Follow by cleansing and toning. 

 
 

FACE STEAM

Face steams are great for clearing pores, removing toxins, and boosting collagen production

CAUTION: There is a risk of scalding, which can be painful and cause lasting damage. Be extremely careful when face steaming. Place your face at a comfortable distance - at least 6 inches above the water. We give a suggested time to steam, but never steam longer than is comfortable. Do not transfer the hot water to your bowl until the bowl is in position. Do not steam if you have rosacea, eczema, psoriasis or other inflammatory diseases because steaming can dilate blood vessels and contribute to redness. Similarly, be very careful steaming if you have severe acne with inflamed skin, such as nodules or cysts.

  1. Find a place where you can safely and comfortably lean over a large bowl of water, whether seated at a table or standing at a counter. 

  2. Gently cleanse and exfoliate your face and nec and tie your hair back so it doesn't fall into the water.

  3. Boil about 6 cups of water.

  4. Place the heat-safe bowl in position and then carefully transfer the hot water into the bowl. 

  5. When you are ready, add 3-5 drops of essential oils to the water. Unlike herbs, essential oils do not need to rest in the water and will begin to evaporate immediately.

  6. Lean your face 6-10 inches over the bowl and drape a towel over your head. 

  7. If you are new to face steams, start by steaming for 3 minutes. Never steam longer than 10 minutes.

  8. Rinse your face with cool water to close the pores. Pat dry with a soft towel.

  9. Your skin is primed for applying your favorite toner and face serum.

Some of our Synergy Blends that would be good to use as a Face Steam are Oso Good (good for all skin types), Lightness of Being (good for acne-prone and oily skin), and Repose & Resilience (good for all skin types.)

BEARD OIL

 

A 1-ounce bottle will last 2-4 months (or longer) if used daily, depending on the amount needed for your length of beard. Shorter beards and new beards will need 1 pump (a pea-size amount). Longer beards will use 2-3 pumps. 

  1. After your morning shower, towel dry your beard but leave it slightly damp.

  2. Put one pump of serum (a pea-size amount) on your fingertips. Rub your fingers together to warm and evenly distribute the oil.

  3. Massage the oil onto your skin and hair roots. Work across the grain and with the grain to ensure full coverage.

  4. Brush your fingers along the sides and front of your beard.

  5. Finally, from the bottom, bring fingers up and through your beard.

BODY OIL

 

Use daily on areas that tend to be drier - hands, forearms, legs, and feet. Apply to full body 2-3 times per week. 

A 1-ounce bottle will last around 4 months.

Body Oils are best when applied after a shower, but can be used any time. Applying before bathing can be helpful for very dry skin. It creates a barrier that prevents loss of your natural oils. 

  1. After a shower, blot excess water off with a towel but leave your skin damp. Our oil blend absorbs quickly, but this method will help prevent any lingering oily feeling. 

  2. Rub 1-2 pumps of oil (a nickel-size amount) in the palms of your hands to warm and evenly distribute the oil.

  3. Massage into skin, working in small sections. Add more oil as necessary.

  4. Allow to absorb then apply your favorite lotion.

HAND OIL / CUTICLE CARE

 

You only need to use 1-2 pumps of oil per application. Under certain circumstances, such as frequent dishwashing or working with your hands, you may want to apply multiple times a day.  

 

Use a little extra and gently massage around cuticles and nails to ease dryness and add a subtle sheen

HAIR CONDITIONER BOOST

 

Add 1 pump of oil to your conditioner to help detangle and to boost softness. 

HAIR SEALANT

Locking in moisture does not require much oil.

  1. Put 1 pump of oil (a pea-size amoun) on the palms of your hands and rub together to warm and evenly distribute the oil.

  2. Focusing on the middle and lower lengths of hair, grab a small section of hair and run through your hand.

  3. Run your fingers through your hair. 

  4. Apply any remaining oul to the ends of your hair. 

You can finish with a low-heat blow out for smoother, shinier hair.

 

Reduce frizz and fly-aways or just enjoy the aromatherapy treatment. 

  1. Put 1 pump of oil (a pea-size amoun) on the palms of your hands and rub together to warm and evenly distribute the oil.

  2. Lightly brush your palms over the full length of your hair then run your fingers through your hair, focusing on the middle and lower lengths.

HAIR STYLING AID /
FRAGRANCE

 

PRE-SHAMPOO / OVERNIGHT
HAIR TREATMENT

 

This method is one of the best ways to use hair oil - especially if you have dry, damaged, highly porous hair. It prevents dehydration, prevents your hair from getting water-logged, and prevents shampoo from stripping your narural oils.

Use 1-2 times a week or just as needed. The amount used per application will vary depending on the density and thickness of your hair, the length of your hair, and how much of the length of your hair you apply it to.

  • Short hair might use 1-2 pumps (a nickel-size amount). A 1-ounce bottle will last 6 months or longer. (Please make sure to check the Best By date on the back of the bottle.)

  • Thin / Fine hair might use up to 1ml. A 1-ounce bottle will last around 5-6 months.

  • Medium hair might use 1-2 ml. A 1-ounce bottle will last around 3-5 months. 

  • Thick / Course hair might use 2-3 ml. A 1-ounce bottle will last around 2-4 months.

  1. Put a 1-2 pumps of oil (a nickel-size amount) in the palms of your hand then rub together to lightly warm the oil.

  2. Grab a small section of hair and run the lower part through your hand to coat with oil.

  3. Repeat until all ends have been coated. Add more oil as necessary. No need to saturate. 

  4. Leave the oil in for 1 or more hours. If your hair is very dry, you can leave in overnight.

  5. Shampoo and condition as normal. (You may need to wash twice or use a clarifying shampoo.)

SCALP SERUM

 

The frequency of application varies by serum, but in general, a 1-ounce bottle will last around 4 months.

  1. Rub 2 pumps of serum (a nickel-size amount) with your fingertips to warm and evenly distribute the oil.

  2. Massge your scalp with both hands. Exert some pressure to aid circulation. Use circular motions and move in different directions. Add more serum, as necessary, to ensure full coverage.

  3. Leave the serum in overnight then shampoo and condition as normal. (You may need to wash twice or use a clarifying shampoo.)

TOPICAL AROMATHERAPY &
FRAGRANCE

Topical aromatherapy works in two ways. You get the immediate benefit of the aroma. And, the essential oil's chemical constinutents enter your bloodstream through your skin.

 

Rub the roller ball on any of these pulse points so the scent will be released for longer periods:

  • inner wrists

  • base of the throat

  • behind ears lobes

  • the top, back of ear

  • in the cleavage

  • behind knees

  • inner elbows

 

SYNERGY BLENDS

 

Synergy blends are pure essential oils. They must be diluted to safe levels if you intend on applying to your skin. Safe dilutions vary depending on the essential oils being used, how frequently you apply, the method of application, and where you will apply them. We advise against using our Synergy Blends in topical applications if you do not have experience working with essential oils.

Our Synergy Blends can be safely used in aromatherapy diffusers/humidifiers. Add the amount recommended by the manufacturer.

SAFE DILUTION LEVELS

Essential oils are potent and can be toxic if applied to skin without diluting. Some oils are not safe to use unless at a very low dilution level. All of our Synergy Blends were developed to be safe at the following dilutions. Please spot test prior to using topically at any level.

1.5% to 1.75%

This dilution is safe for daily, on-going use, including facial applications.

  • 0.5 ml Essential Oil / Synergy Blend

  • 1 ounce Carrier Oil

 

3%

This dilution is safe for intermittent use.

  • 0.9 ml Essential Oil / Synergy Blend

  • 1 ounce Carrier Oil

 

5%

This dilution is safe for localized discomfort and short-term use. Do not use at this level for more than 2-weeks.

  • 1.5 ml Essential Oil / Synergy Blend

  • 1 ounce Carrier Oil

DIFFUSER

Add amount recommended by the manufacturer of your diffuser.

FACE MASK

  • 1 to 2 drops Essential Oil / Synergy Blend

Add the oils to the outer layer of your face mask.

AROMATHERAPY ON THE GO

Dilute at 1.5% to 3% and put in a roller bottle and apply to pulse points:

  • inner wrists

  • base of the throat

  • behind ears lobes

  • the top, back of ear

  • in the cleavage

  • behind knees

  • inner elbows

CLEANING SPRAY #1
  • 0.5 - 1 ml Essential Oil / Synergy Blend

  • 2 tablespoons Castile Soap

  • 2 cups Water

 

Add the soap, oils, then water to a 16-ounce spray bottle. Shake it up and use on counters, sinks, etc.​

CLEANING SPRAY #2

  • 1.5 - 2 ml Essential Oil / Synergy Blend

  • .5 cup Hydrogen Peroxide

  • .5 cup Isopropyl Alcohol

  • 1 teaspoon Dawn Dish Soap

  • Water

 

Add to 16-ounce spray bottle. Slowly fill the rest of the bottle with water. Use on counters, sinks, etc.​