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So little for A LOTof $$$...I will make my own
on August 8, 2011
I have used an entire 33ml bottle with minimal results on my spider veins, but at least I did get results. I have had sclerotherapy, laser treatments for a over a year, bought all kinds of vitamin K and horse chestnut creams, etc. Mine seem to be more stubborn than usual cases (the Dr. said this), they keep coming back, so I thought I could keep them from getting as bad as they were before the laser treatments by using this product. It seems to be doing that, but not getting really rid of them (so far). I think if I would use this product religiously and in copious amounts, it might just work. The problem is that it is $69.95 for a mere 33ml!!! ($29.95 for 11ml!). I would spend about the same or less $ going back to laser at $145/every 6 weeks. Fortunately, law requires the ingredients to be listed on the bottle. They were printed almost microscopically, and in the botanical/scientific names, but I deciphered it.
The carrier oil used is a blend of Triticum Aestivum and Prunus Amygdalus (sweet almond and wheat germ oil). The essential oils in order are: Cupressus Sempervirens (cypress oil), Cymbopogon Martinii (palmarosa oil), Matricaria Chamomilla (chamomile oil/German variety), and Lavandula Officinalis (lavender oil). That's it. I believe its the German chamomile that gives it the blueish coloring, and this the most expensive component. It does not appear from the color or aroma of the product that the makers were stingy about the essential to carrier oil ratio, so I am not knocking the quality. It is very aromatic, and has a distinctive, though pleasant smell (IMO). I make my own now and use jojoba as the carrier oil and added a little helichrysum and geranium essential oils to the mix since they are also supposed to be good for varicose/spider veins and circulation.
Buying all the essential oils separately costs a bit more than $69.95, but I can make a whole lot more than 33ml for the investment. Sorry to the company to let the 'secret' out, but the oils used in this product are already widely known in aromatherapy to be used for this purpose, especially the cypress oil. I thought for the price, there was a more exotic mix than what I received. I think its kinda of a rip-off to pay that much for so little despite that it is well made. Half of that would probably be fair, I would pay $35-$40 for 33ml, but not $70! Thats why I took a star off
I have been using the blend I mix myself and it is working extremely well, most of them have faded to the point of being hard to see. These results are from just using it once a day after showering, and every now and then in the evening. I quit applying it in the evening for the most part because hubby doesn't really like the smell of the cypress oil in it. HOWEVER, my blend is probably stronger than what this product is. I use 50/50 ratio of essential oil blend to the carrier oil, and that is a bit stronger than a QUALIFIED aromatherapist would recommend for topical application (which I am NOT). I've been reusing the bottle the original product came in since it has the reducer and purchased an empty 2oz (60ml) amber glass bottle with a dropper from ebay (the droppers are already calibrated to draw 1ml at a time so measuring is easy). I also buy the essential oils in 1oz (30ml) to 0.5oz (15ml) bottles at a time from either ebay or amazon. I make 2oz of essential oil mixture in the dropper bottle and fill the product bottle to half with it and top it off with the carrier oil.
My essential oil blend is: 20ml of cypress + 10ml each of the palmarosa, chamomile, and lavender oils, + 5ml each of helichrysum and geranium oils to make 2oz. I can refill the product bottle up approximately four times this way, or many more times if I reduce the essential oil to carrier oil ratio. I probably will since I have good results now and just need to maintain them. Make your own and $ave money, because it has just went up in price since I wrote my initial review--and you will need much, much more than 33ml if you have you a large area to treat. That said, I feel this product would probably work if you have the disposable income to afford to buy it in sufficient amounts, apply it 3X per day as the manufacturer recommends, and have patience. Essential oils are powerful substances.