Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Facial scrubs: Adding essential oils to an oil based scrub
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Once you've chosen an essential oil that has some properties you like, the first thing to check is the fragrance. Things that might smell nice after a shower or in the air of a room might not be as nice under your nose all day! You might love the properties rosemary essential oil adds to your scrub, but if you can't stand the smell consider using a powdered extract or hydrosol in your product.
If you want to use water soluble extracts or hydrosols, you will need to put an emulsifier into the product or make a lotiony type product. More about that shortly...
Second - Check the suggested usage rate and don't exceed it. Make sure it is safe to add this essential oil to a leave on product.
Third - Check there aren't any major warnings like avoiding sun for some citrus types or not using it in leave on products, like lotions. And make sure your skin can handle it. You can apply some oils neat - check the one that interests you before doing this - and others not. But before adding essential oils to a huge batch of lotion, take some out and do a test batch. I know, I know, it's a pain to have to wait to see how you react to something, but it's better to spend a week trying out a lotion than to waste all that time and all those supplies putting menthol in a facial product that everyone hates!
tea tree essential oil in products because it can be effective against the bacteria involved in acne, and studies have shown that up to 2% can be quite effective...but can you stand the smell? And consider that if you think the type of lavender essential oil you have is too camphorous, there are other types you could use!
Are you a fan of essential oils? How do you use them in your facial products? Share your thoughts!