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Are Essential Oils good or bad for the skin?

I feel this is a very commonly asked question and generally people are wary to try it out. It is quite understandable, as some essential oils are powerful and potent, and why not? These essential oils are usually extracted by steam distillation of flower petals, leaves, bark or certain other parts of the plant. It is a tedious process, where a tiny amount is extracted at the end of this process- which consequently makes them expensive. Imagine 3000-4000 kg of rose petals yields just 1 kg of rose essential oil. They are extremely volatile, highly concentrated and capture the essence or scent of the plant, which can easily evaporate and lose its potency when exposed to air or diluted with carrier oils. Beware that some essential oils are synthetically derived to mimic the “scent” or “fragrance” of the naturally derived ones; and these in turn donot have any other (medicinal or beautifying) properties other than just lending a ‘mimicked’ fragrance.


Every essential oil has its own set of characteristics and can be potentially beneficial for medicinal use (when ingested), aromatic use (smell), or beautifying skin (topical). since EO (essential oils) are extremely potent, they must be diluted with a carrier oil.
Are Essential Oils good or bad for the skin?

So are all naturally derived essential oils good?


Every essential oil has its own set of characteristics and can be potentially beneficial for medicinal use (when ingested), aromatic use (smell), or beautifying skin (topical). We are here to talk about the use of essential oils in skincare. Firstly, since EO (essential oils) are extremely potent, they must be diluted with a carrier oil. For eg. Tea Tree Oil when used on its own can cause a burn or irritation. Therefore only a few drops of EO are added to a carrier oil. Please donot use a pure EO directly on your skin. Again, a high amount of EO should not be diluted with a carrier oil. It must be in recommended ratios. Secondly, always do a patch test to a small area of skin to test for any reactions. Some people have a ‘known’ reaction to certain EOs. For eg. Grapefruit EO is one of the most powerful ones, and at the same time it doesn’t suit everyone. Thirdly, any EO should not be used on eyes or lips.


Why do we at Herbis include EO in some face oils and omit in some others?


Superlunary- is primarily formulated for Oily and Acne prone skin type. Tea Tree is added in a very small ratio, only because its extremely potent. It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and purifying properties which are key to keeping the pores clean. We want you to gain from the benefits of this Oil, instead of causing a burning sensation- thus a tested and recommended ratio of this EO is used in Superlunary making it safe whilst fully utilising its benefits.


Superhero- We purposefully created 2 variants of this face oil.

1. Superhero Sensorial – has a very small amount of Gardenia EO making it mild and floral. We added this to lend a beautiful sensorial fragrance to the oil that instantly uplifts your senses, and alleviates mood. We use 100% pure naturally derived EO from the gardenia flower.

2. Superhero – does not have any EO. We understood that some people are allergic to fragrance and cannot tolerate EO whatsoever. So if you have normal to dry skin, and you cannot tolerate fragrance, you should go for this variant.


Laguna – this is the first product where we added more than one EO, only because we wanted everyone to make the most of all these beautiful oils. We have 3 EO from the Chamomile family – Blue Tansy, German Chamomile, and Yarrow. All 3 have a deep blue inky color with a sweet, camphorous aroma. They have excellent skin friendly properties. Apart from these, we used Helichrysum also known as ‘Immortal of EO’, Gardenia and Geranium. Read here for more details on these oils. Once again, we use a small and recommended ratio of EO in Laguna. However if you have a known reaction/ allergy to Chamomile EO, you should go the face oil mentioned below.


Cacay Nut Oil- is a 100% cold pressed carrier oil extracted from the nuts of the Cacay fruit. This oil individually has such amazing properties that we could not help but release a separate oil without any dilution. It is rightfully called ‘Amazonian Gold ’and is apt for anyone with extra sensitive skin. It is extremely gentle and can be safely used on eyes and lips too, as it does not have any EO in it.


Hope this blog has helped you understand EO, and clarify some myths around it.


Tell us your favourite EOs and perhaps some that don’t work for your skin type too in the comments below. Do let us know, if you want to know more about specific EOs.


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