My review of Infinity Jars UV filtering glass oil bottle, glass roller bottle and wide-mouth glass cosmetic jars.
Growing up I never worried about the products I used. Either they were better back then or more chemicals and such have been added. Possibly I simply didn’t notice. But my respect for herbs, esp home grown, essential oils etc has grown. The challenge is changing habits.
I have rosemary, thyme, oregano, lemon balm, peppermint doing well right now. Winters aren’t bone chilling every day, but my peppermint and lemon balm were gone for a few months. Spring came early, my peach tree is in full bloom, daffodils, azaleas, other flowering trees too. Just ask my husband, he can tell without taking a step outside. If it is green and it grows the pollen will bother him.
So I have all these cool plants, when cooking I just step out, grab the herbs I need, add them fresh to whatever I’m cooking. That doesn’t work so well during the winter. Fresh basil is awesome, but some recipes need dried. Basil loves the hot sun, and isn’t around in the winter. A great reminder I need to be saving and drying my herbs.
Another challenge is how to save such so it will be ready to use when you want it. Sassafras leaves dried become file, great for gumbo, in fact gumbo isn’t really gumbo without it. Currently I have a grocery sack with dried sassafras leaves sitting in a grocery sack inside a cupboard. Nope not a good plan, but at least it is out of the sun. Sun really ages my herbs.
So when Infinity Jars contacted me, asking if they could send me some jars to review their product, I said yes. Now your clear glass jars have to be kept out of the light if you want your stuff to stay fresh. One great thing about infinity jars is that they filter out ultra-violet light so your herbs can be readily accessible in your kitchen.
My Infinity Jars arrived in a couple of days, the UPS driver carefully handing me the box. Inside I found a few extras, a cleaning cloth and some labels which will be quite useful. Everything was individually “super bubble wrapped” as my daughters remarked. You could probably drop the box and nothing would break.
The glass is beautiful, very dark. Holding one up to the light and I can see a faint bit of dark blue, but mostly little light passes. Filled up with water, put lid on and nothing leaks out. Sadly when I was taking photos of the jars, wiping off some fingerprints, the tall jar fell onto my hard ceramic tile floor. I thought it was a goner. Nope, it did have a chip off the bottom, but otherwise still intact and leak-proof. Whether or not it had something to do with the glass or I just got lucky, I do not know. I do know when my Corelle dishes fall on that floor they shatter into a million pieces.
First is my glass oil bottle with spout. These are cool. We often cook with olive oil, from a large bottle from Sams. Having this next to the stove is easier than pulling out the large container to when I need a bit of oil in the bottom of a pan. So I decided to get fancy and make some basil garlic infused olive oil from some high quality olive oil. Now a couple problems with the infused oil, you have to be careful that there is no moisture in your oil, no need for botulism. I was careful with the oil, and one of the best ways to keep infused is to refrigerate the oil.
I’ve decided that infused oil in my fridge was not the best use for my bottle as it is away from sunlight and defeats the purpose of having oil ready to use when cooking. So it is now an olive oil container. Making my life easier. I simply poured in the oil and labeled. (note to self, next time place label other direction and use felt tip pen.) Bottle also comes with a lid. Choices.
I imagine it would also work well as a herb infused vinegar container. That doesn’t need refrigeration. My mom has an awesome salsa recipe using infused vinegar.
Next is the glass roller bottle. I’ve always wanted one of these too, actually several. Great way to create and use essential oil blends. We’ve been using straight peppermint for years for sinus headaches, etc. Love essential oils, but you have to respect them. Using straight from the bottle is often not the best choice. After using tea tree oil on a bad case of poison ivy, I discovered that I am so sensitive to tea tree that it is worse than poison ivy. Most people do not have this problem, whether using it straight caused me to be sensitive to it, or I was already sensitive, I don’t know. But using essential oils with a carrier oil is the smart thing to do. Glass is best!
I don’t wear perfume. Most tend to set off my husband’s and daughter Nicki’s allergies. Why not wear a blend of essential oils instead. Not only smells nice but provides a benefit. Nicki would take peppermint oil with her everywhere. Sadly, she broke her whole bottle in the swim teams’ locker room one year, and another place. Made for a very minty locker room but hard to keep her in peppermint oil. Less loss if she’d carried a blend. Why not wear essential oils instead.
These glass roller bottles come in various sizes, so pick which fit your needs. I’ve not compared to other roller bottles yet. I do know you can find less expensive ones on Amazon nor may it filter out UV. However, many had bad reviews of the rollerball part, how they did not always fit right, leaked, cracked, broke, etc.
Now Infinity Jar’s roller ball was easy to put in. Screw the whole thing on extra tight, then when you unscrew the lid it comes off leaving the roller ball behind. You will need to pry it off when refilling, but you simply put the rollerball into the lid and screw back on as the first time.
Last I checked out one of Infinity Jars’ Wide Mouth Glass Cosmetic Jars. Make your own lotions, creams, scrubs? These are great to store such and come in a variety of sizes. I’ve not made something to go in mine yet. I have some lavender scrub which is almost gone or I’d move it to this jar. Anything I make to use in the bathroom is out in the open, not behind closed doors and blocking out the sunlight has to be a good thing.