Essential oils are found in a variety of beauty products and for good reason — they can be anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, have healing and antioxidant properties and even help transform your health and happiness by triggering and strengthening your own system. The best way to get the therapeutic benefits of essential oils is through a combination of these two delivery systems:
Inhalation: When you breathe in essential oils, your nerves signal the limbic system of your brain which handles emotional and psychological responses. Depending on the specific essential oils and the qualities they possess, your response can vary from calming to energizing followed by a specific physiological response that will stimulate changes in your body’s immune or other systems.
Topical Application: Essential oil molecules are extremely small so when they’re applied topically, they can pass through the outer layer of the skin and into the bloodstream. These 5 factors play a role in how well your essential oils will be absorbed:
- Freshly cleansed skin absorbs best because there’s nothing to impede it.
- Thinner skin is more permeable than thicker skin, making your scalp, inside wrist, palms, soles and area behind your ears ideal application spots.
- Massage can increase absorption since it warms your skin and increases blood flow.
- The larger the area of skin that is covered, the more essential oils will be absorbed.
- When mixing your own blends of pure essential oils, use thinner carrier oils like Grapeseed Oil or Sweet Almond Oil instead of thicker ones such as Avocado or Olive Oil.
PREMIUM PRODUCTS Beauty products that are infused with essential oils can help you feel like you’ve taken a trip to the spa — they smell incredible, can be therapeutic and will feed your senses as they give a boost to your complexion, hair or body. Here, some of our favorite essential oil-infused products:
Fig + Yarrow Pink Love Salts ($32) combines Himalayan pink salts with pure essential oils of patchouli, yang yang, bergamot, orange and geranium bourbon for a therapeutic soak in the tub. It detoxes and mineralizes your body as it calms and soothes your muscles and your mind.
Lavanila Fresh Vanilla Lemon Fragrance ($58) blends juicy lemon, watery fruits, fresh bamboo and Madagascar vanilla for a warm, energizing and addictive scent. Organic sugar cane alcohol is blended with essential oils for a healthy take on fragrance.
L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil ($22) This new gentle cleansing oil is enriched with high percentage of nourishing shea to swipe off all traces of makeup in a single step. It turns into a soft emulsion when it comes into contact with water, and is not heavy or greasy as some facial oils can be. Leaves skin clean and fresh.
Blackbird Square Soap ($12 each) is loaded with pure essential oils plus coconut, olive and palm kernel oils for a luxurious skin softening experience. Try Blood Countess (a spicy and comforting scent), Eucalyptus Clay (to purify the skin and wake up your senses) or Izba (to detox). These nutrient-rich soaps are made in small batches with the highest quality natural ingredients.
Limn Organic Face and Body Oil ($120) with wild absolutes and essential oils multitasks withe the best of them. Use it as a face and body moisturizer, under eye treatment, makeup remover and even to your hair to add some sheen to dry ends.