I Bought Essential Oils…Now What Do I Do With Them?
This is what went through my head when I first bought my oils. When I look back at how wasteful I was with my beloved Frankincense, I cringe. That is why today I will share methods for 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
Rewind to about 5 years ago. I went to a home party. Actually, I hosted a home party for my sister’s friend. I was feeling supportive and intrigued so, I purchased a kit. Prior to that I knew nothing at all about essential oils. Like MOST 😉 of my purchases, I try to choose wisely and get the most value out of my choices. The kit I chose was comprised of many “workhorse” oils. I recall looking at the catalog and thinking how versatile the oils were and how many things I would be able to make with them.
Family Essentials Kit
I decided that if I was going to try essential oils, I was going to get a kit that would cover a lot of the basic home 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.
Yep, I admit. I was a little overwhelmed by all these options. I didn’t really know how to put them to good use in my home or in aromatherapy. 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.
These are the oils I recommend to begin using in your skincare routine.
Lavender | Frankincense | Melaleuca (Tea Tree) | Copaiba
Oils for Beauty
Some of the best oils to use for beauty and skincare are: Lavender, Frankincense, Geranium, Yarrow/Pom Body Renewal Serum, Immortelle Blend*, Copaiba, Roman Chamomile.
First I have listed the skincare products also offered by doTERRA called Verage and Immortelle. These are prepared blends you can purchase if you don’t plan to mix your own oils. Keep reading to learn more about beginner oils for beauty.
Immortelle Anti-Aging Blend
*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.
Buy Verage Skin Care Collection
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.
Buy Yarrow Pom Skin Care Collection
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 and these oils, while natural, are concentrated and powerful and need to be used with care.
There are hundreds of books on the topic of aromatherapy and essential oils. Skin sensitivities do occur in some people. Some oils shouldn’t be used in the sun. 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. But don’t let that scare you!
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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
I have since added many new oils and blends to my collection, from TerraGreens to an Adaptiv Rollerblend, 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. It’s a really great starter kit. Buy Oils
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.
Girl’s Night Recipes from doTERRA.
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
Hi, I’m Jessica. My blog Sweet & Spicy Essentials is all about things I’m doing to make myself a happier, healthier more focused Mom. Whether you’re searching for good tips on starting your own blog, running your household, getting organized or just trying to get in some “me” time, I’m right there too and I’m keepin it real.