Where can I find more product information?
You will find product information, such as directions for use, cautions and the list of ingredients on the product’s page. There’s is also an ingredients page.
You are welcome to email with any questions you may have.
How do I know which products are right for me?
The key to the selection of products is to correctly work out your skin type and what texture will suit your skin best. There is a thorough description of the skin types, ingredients, properties and directions for use on each product page.
If you are unsure what to choose we recommend that you try the light and silky formulas which are suitable for all skin types except for dry skin will benefit from the protective rich texture of the rich and velvety formulas and the balms.
If you have tried the product and you feel it is too heavy, use less of it and make sure you are applying the moisturiser to a warm and damp skin as this helps the absorption. If it still feels too rich/heavy we will be happy to exchange it for a lighter textured formula and you will be able to tell the difference after a few applications.
If your chosen product is too light, please ask to exchange it for a richer textured formula.
If you need more help, please do not hesitate to email us.
How long is the shelf life of your products?
The shelf life of our products is 12 months Our products are designed to be used immediately after purchase 12 month may seem like a short period of time but we simply want you to benefit from the products being as fresh as possible to ensure the highest possible amounts of nutrients naturally present in the oils.
Due to the nature of our products they are completely free from any preservatives. The shelf life is extended by anti-oxidants naturally present in the oils, natural vitamin E and the containers.
How do the vitamins in the plant oil benefit my skin?
Vitamins are involved in maintaining healthy skin. Unfortunately the Western diet can be poor in the provision of vitamins. Busy lifestyle and our environment make the vitamin requirement higher.
When consumed vitamins are usually used in different areas of the body. Applying vitamins to the surface of the skin ensures that they are delivered where they are needed - to the skin.
Why are your products in the form of oils?
We want to create products that are as natural as possible. This type of formulation allows us to stay away from many unwanted ingredients. The correct selection of oils make efficient cleansers and moisturisers.
Cleansing with oils may seem out of the ordinary. However, oils not only easily mix with the skin oil (sebum) and lift the make-up and dirt off but, as opposed to harsh, detergent based cleansers, help the skin retain its precious natural protective sebum.
Why do you use only natural oils?
Around 6000 different chemicals are found in modern cosmetics. Only around 2000 of them have been researched and only a small percentage of those were found to be safe. Many components are not actually used for the skin benefit but to preserve, scent, colour, etc. the product. Unfortunately, many of those cosmetic ingredients are associated with skin irritations, allergies and other health issues.
Interestingly, up to as recently as the 1970s’, it was still thought that skin was inert and was not able to absorb any chemicals. Perhaps this is the reason why so many controversial ingredients are still in use. The way to avoid these ingredients is to use 100% natural products.
Plant oils have a very long history of use and we now have a good understanding of their composition as well as activities. We have selected oils for our formulations for their properties to provide pure, effective and skin-type suitable skincare.
Have all the oils in your formulas been researched?
The oils have all been researched and they are not known to cause any problems.
Are your products organic?
The majority of the plant oils in the products are certified organic, some are wild crafted. The percentage differs from product to product and sometimes from batch to batch. I am extremely fussy about the quality of the oils I choose, so it goes beyond just organic certification, but this can be a good starting point.
Are your products certified organic?
No, maybe in the future, however I change my formulations depending on the quality of available oils each season. Going through reformulating, testing and notification is a time consuming and expensive procedure, organic certification even more so, it would only be worth doing for a product that remains the same for several years.
I have an oily/combination problematic skin. I have tried many products and nothing works. Why will your product work?
There might be many reasons why the problems persist – our diet and lifestyle can also affect the skin condition. Some chemical constituents found in cosmetic products may also be comedogenic (pore clogging) and exacerbate the problem.
Skincare is my passion and I like taking on challenges. It has taken years of research and hard work to perfect the formulations. It was a most interesting journey, which eventually lead to a range for all skin types. All blends were trialed by our individual clients. To our delight, we found that our blends were helping individuals with various skin issues.
The light and silky formulations were actually developed for a client who suffered for years with congested skin. They were so successful that I offered the formulations to other clients with problematic skin, the results were so impressive, that I decided to launch a range of lightweight, easily absorbed skin care oils.
How did you determine the oils to be used in each product?
I have been making bespoke skin care with plant oils for over 20 years, I understand which plants oils to choose to suit each skin type and their possible conditions and issues.
What does ‘cold pressed unrefined oils’ mean?
The majority of the ingredients in the skin care oils are cold pressed unrefined plant oils, other ingredients are Co2 extracted organic plant oils, distilled essential oils and natural antioxidants.
When plant oils are ‘cold pressed’ it means that they are extracted under a certain temperature, therefore heat sensitive nutrients, such as vitamin C and omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids are not affected.
Refining oils can rob them of the skin beneficial nutrients and it may even leave undesirable chemical residues. Refining plant oils is a common practice as it leads to an extended shelf life. Refining also involves bleaching to remove what some consider undesirable colour and reduces aroma (some seed, nut and fruit pulp oils such as rosehip have rather strong smells). Although such processed oils could still be an effective cleanser and even moisturiser it would lack the nutrients to repair and nourish the skin.
I do not mind the natural colours or the aromas as they actually show that the oils are in their raw, unrefined form and, most importantly, they are nutrient rich, a true food for the skin. Addition of carefully chosen essential oils helps improve the aroma and further adds to the beneficial value of the formulations. The essential oil free range includes a kernel oil, that naturally smells of almond.
The shelf life of some unrefined oil is shorter, because they are rich in easily oxidised essential fatty acids. This issue is addressed by including other anti-oxidant rich oils in the formulas. They not only benefit the skin but also add to the stability of the products.
‘Distilled essential oil’, what does this mean?
A true essential oil is extracted from plant material by one of the following two methods - distillation or expression.
Some essential oils expressed from citrus peels are known to be phototoxic. The citrus oil we use is distilled to naturally exclude the photo toxic components.
Other types of oils, sometimes referred to as essential oil, but not ‘true’ essential oils are absolutes and CO2 extracts.
Absolutes, such as rose and jasmine, are extracted using solvents and alcohol. We do not use absolutes in our formulations.
CO2 extraction involves the use of carbon dioxide instead of solvent – it is a good method of extraction from organically grown plants.
Are all the products you sell cruelty free?
The products have not been tested on animals, they are 100% plant based, therefore vegan friendly. The products do not contain palm oil.
The oils are carefully sourced, I check the red list for endangered species regularly.
Can I use Vedani Botanicals products if I have sensitive skin?
Free from common allergens, such as artificial preservatives, colours and fragrances, the products do suit most sensitive skins. However, everyone's skin is unique and it would be impossible for us to predict how your skin is going to react. Even the most 'gentle' ingredients can cause a reaction in some cases so in recommend patch-testing which the chosen product at least twice for those with sensitive skin. See below for how to patch test.
I find that many clients who are extremely sensitive to various other products can use our formulations not only without any problems but are also over the moon with the results.
Here is an example:
A client of mine had to use an anti-histamine drug every day, just to be able to use a moisturiser. Over the years she had tried many products but could not find one that she would not react badly to. She now uses Vedani Botanicals Rich and velvety oil every day and has not had a reaction since.
Many clients are aware of what they are reacting too – perhaps an essential oil or a nut derived oil. We do not use peanut oil in our products (as it is a well-known allergen) and display the full ingredients list for each formulation within the product page on our website to enable customers to make an informed choice before purchase.
How do I carry out a patch test?
The skin on the inside of the wrist or the forearm is the best area on which to carry out a patch test. It can also be carried out on the skin behind your ear, especially if you suspect that only your face is sensitive. Simply apply the product to the area and if any irritation occurs, such as a rash, a burning, prickly or tingling sensation, redness or any other temporary discoloration of the skin, remove the product immediately with warm water and a damp cloth. Try and leave the patch test on for 48 hours and perform this test twice.
What if I have an allergic reaction to a Vedani Botanicals product?
Should you experience an allergic reaction, itching or burning sensation, gently wash the product off with warm water. Please do not use the product again. In severe cases, swelling or breathing difficulties, please consult your doctor or hospital immediately.
Can I use Vedani Botanicals’ products if I am pregnant or breast feeding?
Some of our products contain a small amount of essential oils. A 30g bottle of Vedani Botanicals skincare oil will contain less or equal that of a single application of an aromatherapy massage oil for a whole body massage, so a minute amount will be absorbed with daily application of a face and or body oil.
The essential oils in the formulations are currently considered safe to use in pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Essential oil free formulas are also available.
Do you sell products without essential oils?
Yes, there is a fragrance free range, the aroma is slightly seed/almond like due to the natural aroma of the seed and kernel oils, the balm has a slight cocoa aroma.