I love lavender essential oil; it’s the dream when it comes to essential oils because it’s pretty much good for everything – mature skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, babies, dogs, calming, you name it. But as our business grew, I wanted to expand our fragrance options while still offering natural scent.
When I first began, I was afraid to play with essential oils for two major reasons: cost and warnings. I always wanted to toy with Rose and Frankincense, but with Rose essential oil costing over $200 an ounce and Frankincense essential oil costing around $70 an ounce, I felt that it wasn’t worth the cost to fail.
I was wrong. The beauty of these two particular oils goes far beyond their price. Their scent and the properties they bring to skincare is simply amazing and absolutely worth the cost of experimentation.
Rose Essential Oil
An interesting fact about Rose Essential Oil, which also explains the cost: It takes 60,000 roses to create one ounce of rose essential oil!
For skin, it is said to act as an astringent and improves skin texture, promoting the appearance of youthful, glowing skin. Rose essential oil is also said to have many other beneficial properties, as can be found across the web, but it’s important to note that this information has not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
According to a study published by the Iran J Basic Medical Science Journal, Rose essential oil, or” R. damascena, is an ornamental plant and beside perfuming effect, several pharmacological properties including anti-HIV, antibacterial, antioxidant, antitussive, hypnotic, antidiabetic, and relaxant effect on tracheal chains have been reported for this plant.”
Rose essential oil also has a powerful, beautiful aroma, which makes it especially alluring in perfumes and cosmetics. A little goes a long way!
We use rose essential oil in our newest formulation of Evanescence, our supreme luxury facial serum.
Frankincense Essential Oil
An interesting fact about Frankincense Essential Oil: According to the New Testament, Frankincense oil was one of the three gifts given to the Child Christ from the Three Wise Men (or Magi). The other two gifts were Myrrh essential oil and gold. (Read more in our blog post about perfuming.) Because of this story, we have a limited edition soap that will debut for the holidays called “Gifts of the Magi” which includes a fragrance and essential oil blend of Frankincense and Myrrh, and colored with gold cosmetic glitter (stay tuned, as this is only a holiday limited edition product).
According to Organicfacts.net, Frankincense essential oil: “As a Cytophylactic, Frankincense Oil promotes regeneration of healthy cells and also keeps the existing cells and tissues healthy. When you combine this aspect of frankincense oil with its powerful astringent capabilities, you have a potent anti-aging quality that frankincense oil is often used for. It can help you to eliminate sun spots, remove micro-wrinkles around the eyes and cheeks, and generally tone and tighten skin all over your body, while simultaneously replacing old or dying cells with new, healthy ones!” Please note, these statements have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Interestingly, in a Chinese study, found in the Journal of Chinese Medicine (2014 July 2), the article concludes that Frankincense essential oil helped isolate and destroy cancer cells found in the bladder.
As a fragrance, Frankincense is very light, earthy, slightly green, and blends well with a number of different oils, especially sandalwood, myrrh, clary sage, and lavender.
We now use Frankincense essential oil in our Face the Day Sugar Face Scrub.
As we stated earlier, the US Food and Drug Administration has not approved any medicinal properties of these essential oils. However, even at their very core, the ancient use of these oils proves one fact – they must be bringing something quality to the table for them to still be in circulation and widely used amongst perfumers and aromatherapists.
We use essential oils, and particularly love this group of them, for their beautiful, natural fragrances. Any benefits that may come from these oils is just a pure bonus.
What are your favorite essential oils?