THE PHILOSOPHY OF LIVING LIBATIONS
Good Manufacturing Practice
The FDA maintains a quality assurance recommendations check-list for the food, drug, and cosmetics industries called the Good Manufacturing Practice. The GMP check-list offers guidance on record keeping and controls, manufacturing facility suitability, equipment appropriateness, personnel and training, processing standards, laboratory hygiene, the storage and handling of products and ingredients, and customer service administration. Participation in the GMP is voluntary, and Living Libations adheres to its industry recommendations. In fact, our quality control exceeds these recommendations.
Beware of the natural-speak catchwords that line the labels of many “health” products: natural, eco-friendly, cruelty-free, pure, non-synthetic, certified organic, ‘therapeutic-grade” and A-grade ratings. (If you say too many of the words together you may feel as though you should be sitting in a forest playing a harp while drinking herbal tea and discussing your aura with a rabbit.) These phrases are devoid of scientific foundations or official regulations, yet they are frequently used to market products and promises.
Every component of a Libation is an active ingredient. We put the ingredients list on the front of the bottle as an invitation to be read. We make each formula with care and attention, and we want Libations lovers to easily find and understand what is in each product.
Our essential oils and supercritical extracts are highly concentrated; we preserve purity, space, and resources by offering full potency products without fillers, diluters, artificial colors, or petrochemicals.
Global Responsibility is a popular marketing trend and for this we are deeply grateful. Living Libations’ rigorous standard of purity honors the health and preservation of forests, lakes and rivers, farms, the people who cultivate and distill for us, our families, our neighbors, and our clients.
For over 20 years we have nurtured personal relationships with artisan distillers and family farmers around the globe to secure authentic oils and extracts that are purely and fairly produced. Many of the highest quality plants and flowers used in plant oils are indigenous to the developing world, and the people native to those regions learned from their families the ancient craft of distillation. We can trace the source of our oils from the plant growing in the field to the oil arriving on our doorway. It is our pleasure to observe fair trade practices so that our skilled farmers, harvesters, and distillers are safe and earn a fair wage for their labor and goods.
Essential oil yields vary from year to year depending on weather patterns, plant growth and health, and even political stability in some regions. As with wine, some years are just more fine than others. All of these factors influence the availability and the price of the botanicals we use.
Animal Testing is and always has been a non-issue for Libations creations. Botanical oils have blessed and benefited humans for all of recorded history, and this is copious proof of their safety and effectiveness.