Are You Loving Your Essential Oils Yet?…
I am and I’m excited about sharing and learning about them too! Today I want to talk about incorporating them into your skincare and beauty products. There are single oils mentioned in this article and also blends that you can buy or create yourself.
My first kit
So taking a quick look back, about 5 years ago I went to a home party. I was feeling supportive and intrigued so, I purchased a kit. Like MOST 😉 of my purchases, I try to choose wisely and get the most value out of my choices. The kit I purchased was not inexpensive, but it was comprised of many workhorse oils. I recall looking at the catalog and thinking how versatile the oils were and how many things you could do and make with them.
Family Essentials Kit
I decided if I was going to try essential oils, I was going to get a kit that would cover a lot of the needs I was searching for. I had an interest in using them for non-toxic cleaning and in place of some over the counter medicines. At the time, the kit I bought had a different name, but it is now called the Family Essentials Kit. Included in this kit are: Frankincense, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Melaluca, Oregano, DigestZen, Breathe, Deep Blue and OnGuard. I couldn’t be happier with my choice and this kit. That is, now that I know what I’m doing with all these little bottles, which at first all seem similar and a little scary.
Now, the reason I mention this is because, at first, I was a little overwhelmed by all these options. I didn’t really know how to put them to good use. I set them aside too often because I didn’t want to waste them. If you’re new to oils, I don’t want you to feel this way after you make a purchase.
- I would say if you want to try out a few for use in your beauty routine, begin with:
- –Tea Tree (Melaleuca)
- –and Copaiba
Oils for Beauty
So, what are the best oils to use for beauty and skincare? Lavender, Frankincense, Geranium, Yarrow/Pom Body Renewal Serum, Immortelle Blend*, Copaiba, Roman Chamomile (blended with Cedarwood and Lavender for kids or sensitive skin) are some of the best.
I have since added many new oils and blends to my collection, from TerraGreens to an Adaptiv Roller, several citruses, oils I use in my kitchen and some I can use for natural protection against insect bites. I own clove and cinnamon and some Christmas blends. Looking back, I would definitely recommend the oils I initially purchased. Buy Oils
*Immortelle: “The oils in this blend have been studied for their abilities to help reduce inflammation, protect skin from UV radiation and promote healthy cellular function and proper hydration of the skin.” (Modern Essentials, page 173)
Ingredients in Immortelle are: Frankincense Resin, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Lavender Flower, Myrrh Gum Resin, Helichrysum Flower and Rose Flower.
doTERRA Beauty Collections
Veráge is an exclusive system of natural skin care products that nourish and hydrate skin and reduce the visible signs of aging. The advanced plant technology used in Veráge promotes the appearance of an optimal lipid balance—the same balance found in healthy, youthful-looking skin. Each product is composed of true gifts from the Earth: nourishing plant extracts, pure and potent CPTG® essential oils, and select natural ingredients. The doTERRA Veráge Skin Care Collection delivers results you can see and feel, naturally.
The Yarrow|Pom trio of products were scientifically developed to work synergistically to provide powerful support to the skin and promote ageless radiance. Yarrow|Pom Active Botanical Nutritive Duo activates skin-protecting proteins with the added benefit of promoting collagen production for young and healthy-looking skin.* Yarrow|Pom Cellular Beauty Complex combines clinically studied extracts and a powerful blend of CPTG® essential oils to provide powerful antioxidant support for healthy, luminous skin from the inside.* Yarrow|Pom Body Renewal Serum is packed with powerful bioactive compounds and skin-protecting proteins that increase skin luminosity and promote the appearance of firmer, smoother, younger-looking skin. The Yarrow|Pom trio is a fresh, revolutionary approach to beauty inside and out.
Beginner’s Guide to Using EO for Beauty
Two of my favorite oils for my face are Lavender and Frankincense. There is much debate about the benefit of using essential oils in skincare and beauty. I’m guessing this is because, as with anything, there will always be people who don’t follow the warnings or instructions.
There are hundreds of books on the topic of aromatherapy and essential oils. Skin sensitivities do occur in some people. You will find oil users who will encourage you to use oils for every little thing and diffuse them on top of that. That is not recommended, just as you would not burn a candle 24/7 in your home.
All About Copaiba
Botanical Family: Copaifera Officialis
Can be applied NEAT (without dilution) Use a carrier oil with it for sensitive skin.
Common Uses in beauty/skincare for acne, inflammation and anti-microbial (effective against staph/strep but not against all bacteria) and wound healing. Buy Copaiba
All About Lavender
Botanical Family: Labiatae (mint)
Can be applied NEAT (with no dilution)
Steam distilled from flowering top
Common Uses in beauty/skincare for bites, stings, burns, cuts, dandruff, dry hair, dry lips, rashes, dry or sensitive skin, stretch marks, sunburn, wounds, wrinkles. Buy Lavender
All About Frankincense
Botanical Family: Burseraceae (resinous trees and shrubs)
Can be applied NEAT (with no dilution) Use a carrier oil with it for sensitive skin.
Stem distilled from gum/resin
Common Uses in beauty/skincare…Anti-inflammatory oil used to soothe inflamed skin. Properties in frankincense stimulate the generation of new cells. Natural astringent properties. It is effective in shrinking pores, preventing wrinkles and healing acne marks. Buy Frankincense
All About Melaleuca/Tea Tree
Botanical Family: Myrtaceae (Myrtle: shrubs and trees)
Can be applied NEAT (with no dilution)
Steam distilled from leaves
Common Uses in beauty/skincare for acne, canker sores, cold sores, dermatitis, eczema, rashes, sunburn, wounds. Buy Melaleuca
Easy Things You Can Make
Notes for the following recipes for safety. Lip Stain: depending on the oils you choose, lemon, lavender, grapefruit or peppermint, remember lemon and grapefruit are mildly phototoxic in the sun, so if you make this stay out of the sun or choose lavender or peppermint. Orange Creamsicle Balm: Wild orange/sweet orange are not phototoxic so it is ok to wear in the sun. You will love these DIY recipes for fun beauty products you can make with doTERRA essential oils. You can check them out later (see link below) but first we will learn about CARRIER OILS.
Carrier oils to mix with an essential oil
Dry Skin: rosehip seed oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil
Oily Skin: grapeseed, tamanu, apricot kernel oil
Normal/Combination Skin: jojoba, coconut and sunflower seed
Carrot Seed Oil, Monoi Oil
The essential oil, Carrot Seed Oil, is used cosmetically to repair skin damage, tone muscles and tissue, and tighten skin. It is considered one of the best to rejuvenate and regenerate skin tissue. It is also known as Wild Carrot or Queen Anne’s Lace. I don’t believe doTERRA offers it, but you can buy it from Plant Therapy. Monoi Oil is a perfumed oil made from Tahitian gardenias soaked in coconut oil. It is rich in methyl salicylate, a skin soothing agent.
other natural things to use in skincare
Don’t overlook some of natural beauty products you probably already have in your pantry. Honey, oatmeal, yogurt infused products, pomegranate, soy, green tea, apple cider vinegar (diluted with water as a toner)
The Essential Girl
Modern Essentials, 7th Edition by aromatools.com