Top 10 essential and carrier oils for your skincare rituals
Looking younger. It’s been a human pre-occupation for thousands of years.
- 5000 years ago, Ancient Egyptians used sesame, castor and moringa oils to smooth out wrinkles, and clay for face-cleansing masks.
- 4000 years ago, in China, beauty rituals included the use of jellyfish, seaweed, crushed pearls mixed with egg whites, and Goji berries.
- 700 years ago, during the European Renaissance, people used mixtures of lead, arsenic, and mercury on the skin. Inconceivable now!
- In the 1800s, hygiene and beauty products become more widely available. With the advent of medicated lip balm in 1937 and sunblock in 1944, the beauty industry shows no signs of slowing down.
Everyone’s skin is different, and there are thousands of products to choose from. So, here we cut through all that noise and share our top 10 pure and natural essential and carrier oils to support your beautiful skin.
JOJOBA OIL: GOLDEN
The most hydrating oil in the world, Jojoba is a liquid wax rich in antioxidants,
Omegas and Vitamin A, D and E. It’s exceptionally light, gentle and nourishing
for all skin types. It’s also a great treatment for dry hair and an excellent carrier
oil. It’s very protective and a fantastic carrier to use in bespoke blending. In
addition, it’s a natural UV blocker making it great for wearing under sunblock
ROSE HIP OIL: VIRGIN
Rich in Vitamins A, C and E, Rose Hip oil is renowned for its anti-inflammatory
properties and ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scars. In
addition, it’s wonderfully regenerative for mature skin.
ALMOND OIL SWEET: VIRGIN
Rich in Vitamin E and K, Almond oil is easily absorbed, promotes skin
elasticity and is very soothing. It’s gentle enough to use on newborns and
toddlers as the composition of this oil is very similar to infant’s skin. Its natural
emollient properties deeply moisturise and nourish the skin, leaving it soft,
supple, and radiant.
4. LAVENDER SWEET
Gentle, soothing and cleansing, Lavender Sweet has antioxidant and
antimicrobial properties, making it great for calming skin irritations such as
bites, burns and pimples. The smell itself is very relaxing, so it helps calm both
mood and skin.
5. GERANIUM ROSE
Sweet, soft and gently astringent Geranium Rose helps soothe irritated skin,
balance hormones in menopausal women and is suitable for most skin types.
It’s lovely to use in bespoke blending for skincare creams and therapeutic
The oil from this precious resin has excellent anti-inflammatory properties and
is very good for rejuvenating dry skin, reducing wrinkles, and helping minimise
the appearance of scars. It can also help alleviate stress which helps soften
those frown lines.
7. SANDALWOOD AUSTRALIAN
An excellent oil to use for calming skin conditions like eczema and sunburn. It
helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and is great for relieving stress. It has
a warm, creamy chocolate aroma that promotes calm and is a welcome
addition to bespoke massage oil and moisturiser blends.
8. IMMORTELLA / EVERLASTING
With a scent reminiscent of maple syrup with a hint of smoked wood,
Immortella has a wonderfully preserving effect on the skin. This oil's
regenerative anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties also help to fade
scars and ease bruising.
This legendary oil offers excellent natural support for conditions such as
mouth ulcers and eczema. The sweet musky aroma is also calming for the
mind. When blended into your night cream, it makes for an incredibly soothing
experience that will help ease you off to sleep.
10. CHAMOMILE GERMAN
An exceptionally gentle and soothing oil, Chamomile German supports overall
skin health by improving elasticity. It is strongly anti-inflammatory, helps
balance hormones and to calm red, itchy, flaky skin. The warm, herbaceous
aroma promotes calm and composure to the body and mind.
To delve deeper into the uses and history of these skin-loving oils, check out our encyclopedia.
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