Amor Aromatherapy Ltd

Essential oil supplier since 2000, allergen free cosmetic ingredients supplier since 2005. Author and supplier of natural DIY Cosmetic Kits

Created & Owned by Tania Cottew, Medical Aromatherapist and Natural Therapist. I stock a wide range of products for the whole family, therapists and anyone wanting to discover the world of creating their own bodycare and household products.

Scentillating handcrafted aromatherapy products with therapeutic grade essential oils, plant bases and fixatives. All natural, sometimes organic. Consultations by appointment.

Mission: To supply natural bodycare products and remedies that are low allergen - free of nuts, gluten, dairy, parabens synthetic and animal ingredients and petrochemicals. To educate people in how to create their own products safely.


It's time for a giggle ๐Ÿ˜Š

This is exactly how they would be ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

[05/08/19]   Tomorrow is #FAQFriday.
Do you have an unanswered question about Aromatherapy, nutrition, natural health or cosmetic ingredients?

Darkstar Violet Mica... I feel an eyeliner recipe coming on...

Wellness Wednesdays
This month is Maternal Mental Health. This also coincides with Maternal Mental Health Week and Day which also take place during May.
In many countries, as many as 1 in 5 new mothers experience some type of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMD). These illnesses frequently go unnoticed and untreated, often with tragic and long-term consequences to mothers, children, and fathers alike.

From personal experience, alongside my work with Miscarriage Support Auckland back in the days before the website was written, PND was closely linked with miscarriage, and more common after having a baby that did make it through kicking and screaming, however would have health problems... with a common thread being Mum's wondering "what if" about their babies who didn't due to abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth and postpartum.

Another trigger is guilt, feeling guilty about their child being unsettled due to something they may have eaten or drunk whilst pregnant.

And then there's the difficult birth... the baby that took days and wore Mum out, or the one that put one or both of their lives at risk.

There are so many factors to consider, and the above doesn't include any preexisting mental health issues the mum may already be experiencing.

When it comes to Dad's, a factor can be about wondering if they're ready for the responsibility of supporting a new family, and sadly, some don't realise this until after Bubs arrives.

Luckily, we have science, nutrition and essential oils these days to help boost self-awareness and self esteem.

With pregancy supplements (Radiance do a really good one if PractitionerOnly options aren't available), the brain and body are supported with nutrients to help minimise the post natal hormonal drop.

With essential oils and Aroma Psychology, we can create blends that address the individual feelings that the parent is experiencing, because each person's scenario is different.

My favourite oils to use to counteract the negative feelings are :
* Neroli (grief, fear, anxiety, shock, emotional crisis, sadness)
* Petitgrain (exhaustion, depression, insomnia, disharmony)
* Bergamot (helpessness, apathy, exhaustion, grief, hoplessness)
* Cardamom (confusion, self-pity)
* Carnation (detachment, neglect, disregard, mental loneliness, self-criticism)
* Sandalwood (dwelling on the past, insecurity, distressed, uneasy, aggressive)
* Thyme (physical exhaustion, nervous debility, blockages)
* Rose (self-destruction, bitterness, resignation)

One I like to use is Ylang Ylang... especially with men. It helps bring out their nurturing side if they come across as being withdrawn or distant around baby, or are feeling left out.

#WellnessWednesday #MaternalHealth

Yesterday I posted my recipe for a moisturiser for mature skin on my Amor FB group as part of #MondayMakes.

If you'd like to have access to weekly recipes for skin care and cosmetics, join my group. :-)

Power of Positivity

Is this you or someone you know?

8 Signs You Have A Gluten Intolerance, according to Science...

Hello fellow Amorians!

I've just put a post on the group page asking them what they want to see in their space.

I would like to keep the group separate from this Amor page, and am thinking of running some regular posts here... however was wondering if my idea of Manufacturing Mondays (or Monday Makes?) would be better off in the group where ideas can be discussed?

Please let me know your preference (and which name you like best).
It will be a combination of recipes and videos that will be posted each week.
I'm also thinking about Wellness Wednesdays for the group.

For this page my ideas are to do FAQ Fridays where i can post most commonly asked questions, along with new ones that you ask.

I'd like to do some posts on an essential oil each fortnight, alternated with a cosmetic ingredient, and throw in the odd clinical study, although maybe that should be in the group....

I would love to hear your feedback on this ๐Ÿ˜

Do you get Food Cravings and wonder about healthier choices? This little chart may help ๐Ÿ˜

I know, I've been quiet again. It's taking me days to update the mica listings... I totally underestimated how much work was involved with updating photos, ingredient codes, particle sizes and usages as well as keywords. Multiply that by 118 and hence my rapid speed of input... NOT ๐Ÿคช

Here's one of my new colours. It's by KTZ and is a multicolour pigment that blends well into wet formulas. Oh yeah, I've been updating Manufacturers where I've been able to source them too.

Meet Bolero!

I Trusted an Essential Oil Distributorโ€™s Advice & Poisoned Myself

Another story about the misuse of essential oils due to untrained sales people.

Please do not ingest any essential oils unless you have been prescribed them by a practitioner trained in essential oil ingestion. Self medicating is dangerous. Multi-level marketing companies like DoTerra and Young living promote the ingestion of their essential oils. However, they what they fail to disclose is that ingestion can lead to poisoning and death.

Fantasy Collection : Amor Aromatherapy, The Art of Bespoke Aromatherapy

The Fantasy Sample Collection is now available...

With a dash of magic dust, transport yourself to the wonderful world of colour where you will find dragons, fairies, mermaids and unicorns

Dusky Unicorn Dusky Unicorn Mica colours [CIY.M.DU] - $17.94 : Amor Aromatherapy, The Art of Bespoke Aromatherapy

What have I been doing lately?

Creating a lymphatic drainage massage manual (I'm teaching it to a fellow practitioner tomorrow) and playing with mica colours with young Charlette as it's the school holidays.

This is the first of our fantasy series... there's 5 all up. Do you think you can guess the others?

[04/11/19]   My clinic hours over the next few weeks are limited due to my elderly mother injuring her shoulder, so I'm currently her chauffer taking her to medical appointments, etc in her mobility vehicle.

Sucks to be a paraplegic with bursitis in your shoulder! ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ
The upside is parking outside the door! lol

I'm trying to keep my calendar on here as accurate as possible, however she is springing some trips on me, so please don't be upset if I say I can't do your preferred time when you book. ๐Ÿ’

Blue Lotus Flower in full bloom

Chemistry of Essential Oils: Why the Functional Group Theory is Wrong?

This is very interesting reading, especially when I consider how many hours I had to spend learning the effects of the chemistry of essential oils to achieve my qualification as a medical Aromatherapist.

Please comment below, I would love to read your thoughts, observations and/or opinions on this.... A critical take on the theory after almost 30 years of its existence, featuring 6 international experts in aromatherapy and essential oil research.

FIW Researching Claims Regarding Essential Oils as Endocrine Disruptors

My Personal and Professional opinion is that children should only be exposed to any essential oils when medically required.

Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils are the equivalent of analgesics and antibiotics, and you don't give them to your child every day ! FIW Leading Research Project on Essential Oils as Endocrine Disruptors The FIW Research Department is investigating the proposed link between lavender and tea tree oils and endocrine disrupting outcomes such as prepubertal gynecomastia in children. Through a partnership with the National Association...

Blue Lotus flower. Very pretty, and yes I do have this in my essential oil collection however I use it for perfumery.

I will try and create a bio identical version this winter for you to use, like my carnation and rose oils.

Last day of our Australian excursion which has gone well, back home in a few hours.


This brings back memories of my youth... the only two I didn't know was milk on tired eyes as I have always used cucumber slices, and banana for the feet.

Which is your favourite?

8 unusual beauty hacks with food!

Conjure Queen

Pretty much sums it up, however I have a hubby instead of a dog ๐Ÿ˜Š

Life as an Empath... ๐ŸŒธ #empathsbelike #conjurequeen

It's not fair ๐Ÿ˜ž

Celiac India

Just found this interesting link about how much gluten is in a slice of bread! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

If you're not coeliac, please take note and understand why Coeliacs are always at risk of cross contamination from the teeniest crumb, whether it's on your kitchen bench, in your spreads and on your fingers or face when you greet them.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’‹

As my husband always says "if it was poop would you be as careless and eat from the same surfaces?" ๐Ÿ‘€ Celiac India

So this is the latest lot of idiot info doing the rounds... please do NOT use these essential oils on your infant or child. Some of these are for children 13+ years old!

A newborn does not need essential oils unless they are being treated by a qualified Aromatherapist who has studied the appropriate area in pathology as part of their diploma.

Applying essential oils neat can cause liver and kidney damage in adults.... how is a newborn baby going to be able to detox them?

Welcome: EOs with the Pros

Who would like to join me on this?
It's a free online course, and I'm doing it as a refresher as Aromatherapy professional development once qualified is hard to find here in NZ. Youโ€™ve successfully signed up in time to start 'EOs with the Pros'. Starting on April 8th 2019, youโ€™ll learn new concepts on essential oil blending, (bio)chemistry and (literally) see it all in Dropsmith. This will bring up the quality of your practice while helping you save precious time.

The Humane League UK

Awwww, sooo cuuutte! ๐Ÿ’ž

Some days you just need a video of a dog feeding carrots to his friends ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿฅ•

It's been a busy day so far with orders and appointments, and I finally finished my Autumn newsletter after some final product shots...
Sitting down to relax and have some lunch and just realised I forgot to put in the newsletter that Amor is officially 21 years old this month... oops!

Magnesium relieves depressive symptoms in two weeks - research - BioConcepts

Magnesium deficiency and overdose have the same symptoms, so before supplementing, see a practitioner or your GP for blood tests to measure your existing levels. Moderate daily doses of elemental Magnesium have been found to improve depressive symptoms for peo... ... the rest of this article is only available to approved practitioners

Companies pushing dangerous essential oil use - practitioner

Great to see that Radio New Zealand are raising awareness on the unsafe use of essential oils. Multi-level marketing companies are promoting essential oils strong enough to strip oil from an engine as natural therapies, a qualified practitioner says.

Amor Clinic Red Beach, Auckland

Consultations also available via Skype or Messenger ๐Ÿ˜Š

[02/26/19]   I'm going live in 5-10 minutes to show off my clinic...

Amor Aromatherapy Ltd's cover photo

[02/24/19]   New Packaging - Lips & Palettes!

Gisborne at Sunset

[02/15/19]   Feeling tired and drained after the silly season?
Auckland Clinic reopens on Tues 26th Feb, book now to refresh your life!

I'm in Napier and it is art deco week so thought I should look the part...

Today is the last chance to book in for a workshop for my upcoming trip... and you get to play with pretty colours like these.

Is it hot enough for you today?

I love the heat, don't like wind, although am thinking a sea breeze would be nice about now, however, we don't seem to have one today....

What's it's like at your place?

I've finished packing orders for today (and the courier has just collected) so am debating between retreating to my clinic and doing a workout followed by a meditation, or flopping into the paddling pool...

and I just have to share these pics of my gorgeous frangipani I took over the weekend as the buds started to open - it smells divine and I'm in a quandary - do I pick them and infuse them or do I enjoy looking and sniffing them?
(also playing with FBs new photo functions)

So, you know how I said before I don't use FB very often... well I've stuffed up my Inbox with the new Pages Manager app ๐Ÿ˜•, and have lost a message from one of you about wanting prices for ingredients for your daughter's project... โ˜น๏ธ๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿค’
I am soooo sorry, the message has completely disappeared along with about 30 others for 2018 ๐Ÿคฌ, so if you are still needing this information, can you please send me a message so it either
a) brings that one back to me out of nowhere land, or
b) creates a new one.

I totally understand if you have found the info somewhere else, although I have been enjoying Christmas break until this week as all my suppliers have been closed too.๐Ÿฅณ

Mineral Makeup Intro Kit - Small Amor Mineral Makeup Intro Kit - Small [CIY.MineralKit.IntroSm] - $103.50 : Amor Aromatherapy, The Art of Bespoke Aromatherapy

A big thank you to all my likers... ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฅฐ

Amor has had an FB presence for quite a while, however with so much going on behind the scenes, I'm a bit slack with social media... ๐Ÿ˜€

Today, I'm busy making up cosmetic kits....I have bulk quantities of lipgloss and lipstick base quietly melting in the background whilst bagging and labelling 250 bags of 1gm micas and oxides - there's quite a few to be done so it will keep me busy for 2-3 days ๐Ÿ˜ต

Introduction to Natural Mineral Cosmetics - Napier 10 Feb 2019 Introduction to Natural Mineral Cosmetics - East Cape Feb 2019 [WS:MinCos] - $184.00 : Amor Aromatherapy, The Art of Bespoke Aromatherapy

I'm busy this week making up kits, and have added dates for Gisborne (19 Feb) and Tauranga (21 Feb), which are now online to book your place.

Please share with anyone you know who is interested in cosmetics, suffers from allergies and struggles to wear makeup - this is the course for them!

All ingredients are low allergen, and suitable for very sensitive skin, dematitis and other inflammatory conditions, and with some practice, you can also create a foundation that will help hide scars and pigmentation if you prefer to cover them up.

Come join me!
Tania :-) Have you always wanted to learn how to make your own cosmetics? Come along and learn how to make your own range of cosmetics including SPF Foundation, Blusher, Bronzer, Eyeshadow and Lipstick using the Small Mineral Makeup Intro Kit (Day - Matte) ~ Value $69, which you will receive before the class....

I have been working out the itinerary for our trip to Napier and back, and can also do workshops in Taupo, Gisborne and Tauranga during February.

I will post up dates and details later today once I have assessed my stock levels. If you're interested, please comment below so I can message you.


[01/04/19]   Happy New Year Amorians ๐Ÿ˜Š
Normal hours will resume next week
(some appointment times have already been filled)

When we lose weight, where does it go? Nearly all the weight we lose is exhaled.

[12/28/18]   Season's Greetings everyone.

Hopefully you are having the opportunity to have some downtime and relaxing your adrenal glands ๐Ÿ˜˜

Aroma Safety

If you're thinking about taking essential oils internally, or adding them to your food read this first!

Still on the fence regarding the ingestion of essential oils? Being told that they are safe for use in foods as many companies do it?

Consider this.

Did you know that Wrigleyโ€™s uses essential oils to flavour their chewing gums? Must be a safe right?

Itโ€™s all about the amount. All about safe dosage levels.

Wrigley's use 1 tablespoon of peppermint essential oil to flavour 135,000 sticks of chewing gum.

If 1 tablespoon contains approximately 15 mls of essential oil, then that works out that each stick of gum contains 0.002 of 1 drop of peppermint essential oil.

Two thousandths of one drop of oil.

This is the dilution that is meant when an oil is identified as "Generally Regarded As Safe" (GRAS) by the FDA.

If you put a drop of peppermint oil in water or in a capsule, you are getting a dose roughly 500 times higher than the what is deemed safe. You are also doing it via a manner that the oil is not emulsified. The oil sits on top of the water.

Still think a drop of Peppermint to flavour your water is safe?
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