Essential oils are frequently used in handmade cosmetics. The oils bring healing and protective qualities to skin-care products, as well as enhancing products with their lovely fragrances. Essential oils are highly potent, as can be seen by the fact that it takes thousands of petals to produce a single drop of oil. This concentration must be respected, and so how you handle essential oils is important. Because essential oils are powerful and concentrated, they can be toxic if used incorrectly though if you handle essential oils carefully and follow this simple guideline, they are perfectly safe for all your homemade cosmetics.
Do not take essential oils orally. It is illegal for a qualified aromatherapist to even suggest this. Avoid all contact with the mouth and eyes.
Some essential oils can cause skin irritation if they are in the undiluted form. Therefore, it is not recommended to allow contact with skin. Apply only properly diluted essential oils to the skin.
Some essential oils, such as bergamot, ginger, and lemon, may cause skin irritation for those with sensitive skin. A slight redness or itchiness may occur from using these oils. If this happens, apply some base oil, such as almond oil, to the affected area and place a cold, wet cloth on the affected area until the redness or itchiness disappears.
Do not be tempted to increase the amount of essential oils used in recipes and follow the instructions carefully.
If you accidentally splash a drop of essential oil in your eye, use a small amount of base oil to dilute the essential oil, absorb this with a soft cloth, then rinse the eyes with cold water.
A few essential oils, such as bergamot, lemon, and the other citrus oils, are phototoxic. This means they might cause skin discoloration when exposed to bright sunlight, though once incorporated into skin-care products they are diluted and quite safe. however it is best to avoid using face creams and body lotions containing bergamot and other citrus oils if the weather is hot and sunny.
Essential oils are Mother Nature’s gift. They are extracted from aromatic plants. Many essential oils are distilled from organically grown plants, and these are the best to use for handmade cosmetics. There are many essential oils but the main oils used in cosmetic recipes are listed below. The list below of these oils consists of the characteristics and benefits, as well as warnings for each oil.
Basil (ocimum basilicum)
Basil is a popular culinary herb. It has sweet top notes with spicy undertones. This essential oil should not be used during pregnancy.
Bergamot (citrus bergamia)
Bergamot is one of the finest citrus oils and is grown exclusively in Italy. It has lemon top notes with floral undertones. It can cause skin irritation for people with sensitive skin.
Chamomile Roman (anthemis nobilis)
Chamomile has a calming effect. The fragrance has flowery top notes with bitter apple undertones. It should not be used during pregnancy.
Frankincense (boswellia carteri)
Frankincense was used in ancient Egypt in the embalming process. It has citrus top notes with undertones of camphor and balsamic wood smoke.
Geranium (pelargonium gravolens)
This essential oil helps regulate sebum production in the skin and is a balancing oil. It has rosy undertones with light, green top notes. It should not be used during pregnancy.
Ginger (zingiber officinalis)
Ginger is good for digestion. It is used in cooking and teas to help stimulate digestion. The oil has sharp, green top notes and fiery, spicy undertones. Ginger can cause skin irritations for people with sensitive skin.
Jasmine (jasminum officinale)
Jasmine has superb properties for dry, sensitive skin. It has a heady fragrance. The oil combines floral top notes with honeyed undertones. Jasmine should not be used during pregnancy.
Lavender (lavandula vera)
Lavender is by far the most popular essential oil. It has anti-inflammatory properties. Its calming properties help promote sleep. It has clean, floral top notes with herbaceous undertones.
Lemon (citrus limon)
The scent of lemon is a familiar one. It has a clean, light top notes with sweet, citrus undertones. Lemon is also an astringent, which is beneficial for people with greasy, oily skin. Lemon essential oil may cause skin irritation with sensitive skin.
Neroli (citrus bigardia)
Neroli calms and soothes the skin. The light fragrance has elegant, floral top notes and bittersweet undertones. This oil was traditionally used in wedding bouquets.
Orange (citrus sinensis)
Orange shares some of the properties of neroli, and works well in skin toners and deodorants. It has sensuous undertones with sweet, fruity top notes.
Palmarosa (cymbopogon martinii)
Palmarosa essential oil is distilled from a grass similar to lemongrass. It has sweet, floral top notes with lemon undertones.
Petitgrain (citrus aurantium)
Petitgrain shares characteristics with neroli essential oil. It has a relaxing quality and is used primarily in skin care products. It has citrus top notes and woody undertones.
Rose (rosa centifolia)
Rose essential oil is one of the most popular in skin care. It has deep floral top notes with honeyed undertones.
Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosemary acts as a mental stimulant. It has woody undertones with sharp, green top notes.
Rosewood (aniba rosaeodora)
Rosewood has soft, floral top notes with sweet, woody undertones. Rosewood is endangered. Make sure the oil comes from a sustainable rosewood plantation.
Sandalwood (santalum album)
Sandalwood is beneficial for all skin types. It has sweet, woody top notes with spicy undertones.
Ylang Ylang (cananga odorata)
This essential oil is used for its alluring, delightful fragrance. It has intense almond, floral, and tropical top notes with creamy, spicy undertones.