Essential oils in cosmetics

Essential oils are known worldwide since the antiquity. Loved because of their virtues in therapy and cosmetology, these are also very much used in fragrances. Essential oils are extracted from flowers, leaves, fruits, peels, seeds or roots. These are mostly obtained through distillation and pressure in the case of citrus fruits.

What’s the utility of essential oils in cosmetology?

Essential oils take care of every part of beauty. These take care of the skin and its disorders (acne, frowns, etc.) hair (dandruff, breaking hairs, dull, dry or greasy, etc.) and of the silhouette (cellulitis, stretch marks, etc.). Essential oils work on the psycho and emotional level too: calming, aphorizing, aphrodisiac, etc. the positives virtues are numerous. The actives of essential oils go through the skin barrier quite rapidly and are gently absorbed by the body.



How to use and store essential oils?

Essential oils are never used purely for they could irritate the skin. They should be diluted in an oil, a milk, a cream depending on the use intended. Essential oils should be conserved in good conditions in order to retain every property, these must be protected from the heat (between 5° and 35°), from light (a colored glass flask or an aluminum one hermetically sealed). Correctly stored, an oil can be stocked up to 5 years.



Are essential oils efficient?

There are no worries and no concerns to have whether essential oils are efficient or not as these are very highly concentrated in actives, essential oils are sure allies to take care of one’s skin, beauty and youth in complete safety. One shouldn’t pay attention to those rural names, essential oils bear powerful actives that can even become toxic. Aromatherapy is far from being an old timer remedy pulled back to a fashionable one by some newly convinced therapists. Laboratories gather botanist and therapist passionate about their job, working relentlessly to perform better.



What a chemotyped essential oil (C.T.E.O.) actually is?

A chemotype is the scientific denomination of an essential oil, a sort of I.D that define the exact effect of the product on the body. That classification is accounting climate, the country, the soil, the exposure, the environment et the harvest period of the plant; all of these factors influence the effect. The composition of some oils is various and their effects are sometimes even completely opposed, this is why it is very important to differentiate theses.



Why should you be suspicious toward cheap essential oils?

Because these are made of a poor quality. If the essential oil of Rose is expensive, it is because you need 20.000 roses to have 1L of the preparation. Its low productivity explains it expensive price. Some other oils it is because of the rarity of the raw material which justify the effective cost. This is why we should avoid cheap oil as these are probably fricated, meaning mixed with poor quality oils or chemicals. Moreover, the mode of production is made through chemicals et the incomplete origins and information can’t give you all the affects you should expect from the oil. Aromatherapy can’t find a seat on the cheap row as it is a product with a high added value with an interesting price for quality range.



Why would you choose an organic essential oil?

Conventional cosmetics manufacturers sometimes abuse of the “natural” image given by essential oils, they only actually need 0.0001% of essential oil in their products to have it on the list of the ingredients, the issue is that at this level of concentration, there aren’t any effects on the skin nor the hair: between 0.5% and 2% for the face, 2% and 5% for the body and up to 10% for some localized treatments. Organic essential oils should be selected because of that organic label as this label is a guarantee that the oil was cultivated in a state of the art production, meaning ecologic, durable, without any fertilizer and pesticides.



Are “Home-made products” efficient?

Nowadays it has become a true fashion to DIY (Do It Yourself) your products, discovered on blogs or magazines. You can also add a touch of essential oil to these recipes and products you use daily (cream, shampoo, shower-gel, etc.) But the safest and efficient way is to trust the range of products proposed by laboratories for their formulas are perfectly dosed to be efficient et their presentation to ease the application.



A funny experience to erase any doubts toward essential oils’ efficiency

Essential oils applied directly on the skin are quickly absorbed by the body. A simple friction on the feet with eucalyptus essential oil used pure in for the sake of the experience, and 15 minutes later your breath should smell eucalyptus! A proof that the skin is a great receptor, which explain why you should think twice before you apply any conventional cosmetics made of chemicals with harmful side effects.