There is something about aggressive fake smells that gets me. I can smell it from a mile away and it instantly gives me a behind-the-eye headache and my sinuses close. If I were to use products that have artificial scents in it, even hand soap, I get this red, inflamed rash.

Besides the fact that its the only scent I can handle, there are many therapeutic and beauty benefits to using essential oils in skincare products. 

What are essential oils and why are they used in skincare?

Essential oils are plant-derived, highly concentrated oils that contain the natural aroma and flavor of the plant they are derived from. They are used in skincare for a variety of reasons, including their potential to:

  1. Moisturize and nourish the skin: Some essential oils, such as lavender, are rich in fatty acids that can help to moisturize and nourish the skin.

  2. Protect the skin: Some essential oils, such as tea tree oil and clove oil, have natural antimicrobial properties that may help to protect the skin from bacterial or fungal infections.

  3. Soothe and calm the skin: Essential oils like chamomile and lavender have natural calming properties that may help to soothe and calm irritated or inflamed skin.

  4. Improve skin tone and texture: Certain essential oils, such as frankincense and geranium, may help to improve the tone and texture of the skin by reducing the appearance of fine lines and uneven skin tone.

Why essential oils can be dangerous in your products

It's important to note that essential oils are highly concentrated and should be used with caution, as they can be irritating to the skin if used undiluted or in large amounts. It is generally recommended to dilute essential oils in a carrier oil, such as almond oil or jojoba oil, before applying them to the skin. It is also a good idea to do a patch test on a small area of skin before using an essential oil to ensure that you do not have an adverse reaction. Some essential oils should not be used during pregnancy either, to learn read our article on what essential oils are okay for pregnancy.