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Using essential oils in skin care

There are literally hundred of thousands of cosmetic ingredients and you may be at a total loss when looking at a cosmetic jar or bottle with the array of ingredients listed. With this in mind, we created Olinat pure natural facial cream - and our formula allows you to add your own essential oils to the cream. The formula of the Olinat cream is straight forward - and we give full disclosure of each cosmetic ingredient to our clients in order for you to make an informed decision before purchasing the face cream.

essential oils in skin care olinat natural base cream summary of essential oil therapeutic properties on this page

Personalizing your moisturizing facial cream by adding essential oils

When creating our organic face cream, we did so in order for the cream not only to be highly moisturizing and hydrating, but also being able to accommodate extra ingredients to be added by the consumer.

A maximum amount of 2 % essential oil should be adhered to when you add any essential oil to a face cream or massage medium. This is the recommended maximum of essential oil to add to any skin care product.

Since the Olinat is packed in 50 ml (1.69 fluid ounces) you only need to add 1 ml (about 16 drops) of pure essential oil to the cream in order to employ the therapeutic properties of the essential oil that you add.

With these 16 drops in mind, you need not only use one specific oil, but could divide the 16 drops over a couple of oils.

For instance - carrot seed oil - which is a VERY potent oil, can be added - at lets say 5 drops - and the remaining 11 drops can be made up from a different oil should you so require.


Essential oils are extreme potent compounds - and although you may be tempted to add more than that to your facial cream mixture - it should not be done.

Although essential oils can be extremely helpful to prevent or minimize the signs of aging, boosting skin health or sorting out a specific problems - it should NOT BE ADDED at a too high concentration, as there would be a risk of burning the skin or causing irritation or an allergic reactions.

To read more about essential oils - please visit our sister site Esoteric Oils...

Essential oils - a short summary adding essential oils to facial cream

Underneath we have compiled a very brief summary of some essential oils that can be used in skincare products, but please read more about any oil you may choose, as there may be some negative point to keep in mind - for instance - some oils cause the skin to be more sensitive to sunlight etc.

For full information on essential oils please visit our sister site Esoteric Oils...

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This is a most beneficial oil for dry cracked skin, cuts and wounds, as well as for acne and irritable itching skin, while at the same time benzoin oil will help improving elasticity of the skin.

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As a constituent in a blended base cream bergamot oil can be used for wounds and cuts, psoriasis, oily skin, scabies, eczema, acne, cold sores as well as for blisters caused by chicken pox.

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Black Pepper

It increases circulation to the skin and is therefore helpful in restoring proper functioning of the skin. Black pepper oil must be used very sparingly.

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When used as part of a formulation, cajuput oil can be helpful in sorting out persistent and chronic conditions such as acne and psoriasis.

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Chamomile - Roman adding essential oils to facial cream

It can be used for diaper rash, burns and sunburn, to calm acne, eczema, rashes, wounds, dermatitis, dry and itchy skin and Roman chamomile oil is also great for other allergic conditions in general.

When using essential oils for children and babies, the MAXIMUM use of essential oils should be kept to 0.4 % for babies and 1% for children older than 12. More on essential oil safety...

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Chamomile - German

On the skin, German chamomile oil is a miracle worker and calms red, dry and irritated skin, as well as calming allergies, eczema, psoriasis and all other flaky skin problems. It is high in -(-a)-bisabolol which promotes granulation (healing) and is also a great tissue regenerator.

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Although very small amounts of camphor oil would be included in any formulation, it does have value in fighting inflammatory conditions and reducing redness, making it useful for treating acne, burns and sore chapped hands.

BUT - be very careful - Camphor tends to create irritation and allergic reaction - so if you have a very sensitive skin, rather stay clear of this oil.

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When blended in a cream, caraway oil can help to fight itching skin, scalp and skin problems such as acne, reduce bruising and in general help with tissue regeneration, thereby helping to fight the signs of aging.

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Carrot seed adding essential oils to facial cream

It has an almost magical rejuvenating effect on the skin, to not only soften and smooth the skin, but to assist with cell growth and skin rejuvenation.

Carrot seed oil is a VERY POTENT oil - so do NOT include too much in your facial cream formula, as it will not only irritate the skin, but will also burn your face.

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When diluted in a cream, cedarwood oil is of great value to combat oily skin and related problems, as well as dermatitis and psoriasis, while bringing relief to the scalp from dandruff.

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Clary Sage

Used in a cream or lotion, clary sage oil can be beneficial for skin problems, back pain and a stiff neck, as well as for body odors, PMS, skin problems and cramps. It is particularly good for balancing the production of sebum (oil) of the skin and to clear greasy complexions.

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In a cream base, cypress oil can be used for varicose veins and broken veins, as well as clearing an oily and congested skin.

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Apart from giving pain relief to muscular spasms and rheumatism, eucalyptus oil can also help speed up the healing of slow healing wounds and ulcers, calm skin eruptions and clear congested skin.

Must be used in VERY small quantities.

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Used in a base cream or lotion, fennel oil can be helpful for general skin care and especially for dispersing bruises, livening up a dull complexion, clearing an oily skin and fighting wrinkles in mature skin. It is also useful for removing cellulite, to fight rheumatism and helps with edema (water retention).

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Frankincense adding essential oils to facial cream

When added to any formula, frankincense oil is of great help with general skin tone and condition while reducing oily skin, rejuvenating mature skin, while at the same time helping wounds, ulcers and sores to heal better. It promotes healing and prevents ugly scarring on wounds, and is useful for cracked skin and bed sores.

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As a constituent in a blended base cream, geranium oil can be used for eczema, repelling insects, shingles, burns and scalds, cellulite, ringworm, bruises and engorgement of the breasts. It will help to balance the oil production of the skin and help keep it supple, while the cicatrisant properties ensure that it is helpful in wound healing, including burns and ulcers.

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As a part of a cream or lotion ginger oil can be used for arthritis, muscle aches, rheumatism, and also to help with poor circulation and to disperse bruises. It is a strong oil, so be careful.

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Used in a base cream, lotion or as a wash, grapefruit oil can help to clear a greasy, congested and acne skin, while also helping the tissue get rid of cellulite and draining any excess of retained water.

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In a cream or lotion, hyssop oil can help and contribute to the skin healing without permanent scarring and can be used to help disperse bruising.

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Helichrysum adding essential oils to facial cream

In a cream or as a lotion, helichrysum oil can be beneficial for dermatitis, acne and the healing of scars as well as countering the effects of aging.

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When added to a base. jasmine oil can be used on all skin types dry, greasy or sensitive, as well as helping to reduce stretch marks and other scars.

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When used in a base cream or lotion, juniper oil can be useful for an oily skin and acne, as well as weeping eczema, dermatitis, blocked pores, psoriasis and other inflammatory skin ailments.

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When used in a cream or lotion, lavender oil is most helpful to relieve burns. Its cicatrisant properties help the skin heal faster, and the cytophylactic properties will help it do so with less scarring. The soothing and anti-inflammatory action of lavender oil also has a balancing action on the skin and can be used for dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, boils, carbuncles and acne. When employing the anti-inflammatory action of this oil, use in concentrations of less than 1%. Furthermore it will help ease the pain of sunburn and sunstroke and will also counter the itching effect of insect bites.

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When lavandin oil is used in a cream or lotion it is useful to help the skin heal wounds faster and also calms dermatitis.

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Lemon adding essential oils to facial cream

As part of a formula, lemon oil can be used in a cream or lotion to clear congested skin. The astringent properties are great for oily skin conditions. The antiseptic effect of lemon oil on the other hand, helps to treat any cuts, boils and minor wounds. The rubefacient action of the oil further helps to sort out cellulite, as well as helping with acne.

Do be careful when using lemon essential oil, as it can cause your skin to be more sun sensitive.

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Lemon Verbena

In a cream or lotion lemon verbena oil can help to reduce puffiness and soften the skin, but use with care as it can sensitize the skin and cause phototoxicity.

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When used in a lotion or a cream, lemongrass oil has value in clearing cellulite, as well as toning the skin, opening blocked pores and helping with acne. The antiseptic properties are useful in treating athlete's foot and other fungal infections.

Note - Some people may have an allergic reaction to lemongrass oil, most people do not experience an allergy when it is used in concentrations lower than 2%. The lemongrass oil sold by Esoteric Oils only contain trace amounts of citral - a noted irritant in lemongrass oil. West and East Indian lemongrass, (Andropogon flexuosus and A. citrates) contains nearly 79% citral, making our Lemongrass oil a much better choice.

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When used in a cream or lotion, lime oil is helpful to clear oily congested skin and is also often used to help fight cellulite and remove the cottage cheese effect from the skin. Can cause sensitizing - so keep inclusion low.

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Although the high aldehyde content of melissa oil may cause an allergic reaction in some individuals, it is useful to fight fungal infections, to check the blood flow in wounds and in some quarters it is also used to counteract baldness and hair loss.

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Myrrh adding essential oils to facial cream

When used in a cream or lotion, myrrh oil can achieve amazing results in the treatment of chronic wounds and ulcers. It accelerates wound healing and sorts out athlete's foot, as well as weeping eczema. Bed sores, deeply chapped and cracked skin, boils, carbuncles, acne, and all other skin ailments show dramatic results when myrrh oil is used to treat them, and it can also be applied with a cotton bud directly on sores, wounds and other skin infections.

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When used in a cream or lotion neroli oil not only fights stretch marks and broken capillaries on the skin, but also prevents ugly scarring. Its action of stimulating cell growth and cellular activity helps it to rejuvenate and regenerate the skin.

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In a cream or lotion niaouli oil is great to clear up inflamed problems, such as acne, boils, ulcers, burns, cuts and insect bites. It also helps to clear away congestion in an oily skin.

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When used in a cream or lotion orange oil assists the lymphatic system, helping to detoxify a congested skin and although it is a good general skin tonic, it is great for older more mature skin, dealing with dermatitis, as well as acne and soothing a dry irritated skin. The general tonic action seems to stem from the action it has on supporting collagen formation in the skin, which is required for a healthy, young-looking skin.

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This oil is great to help clear up infections and prevent scarring when added to water that is used to wash a wound. When palmarosa oil is included in creams and lotions, it has a moisturizing and hydrating effect on the skin, which is great to fight wrinkles. It also balances the natural secretion of sebum, which keeps the skin supple and elastic.

On cellular level, it helps with the formation of new tissue and for that reason is great for rejuvenating and regenerating the skin. It is most useful when used to treat dry skin and to sort out skin infections. Some people find that they have great results when applying palmarosa oil neat to the affected area of athlete's foot - but please keep in mind that we do not advocate the use of neat essential oils on the skin.

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Patchouli adding essential oils to facial cream

In a lotion or cream, patchouli oil can be used for general skin care, as it has superb tissue regenerating properties, to help rejuvenate the skin and stimulate the formation of new skin cells, while fighting infections. It also speeds up healing whilst preventing wounds from forming ugly scars. It is effective for acne, eczema, weeping sores, ulcers, slow healing wounds, scalp disorders, as well as other fungal infections, such as athlete's foot.

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When included in a cream or lotion, peppermint oil helps to ease the sting of sunburn, calms inflamed skin and soothes itchiness. It cools down the skin due to its vasoconstrictor properties. Use in moderation.

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When used in a cream or lotion, petitgrain oil helps clear up greasy skin, releasing the congestion of such skin, while at the same time helping to clear up acne, pimples and other skin blemishes.

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When rose oil is included in a cream or lotion, rose oil stimulates cell growth while moisturizing and hydrating the skin at the same time. It boosts all skin types and is particularly beneficial to dry, mature and sensitive skin. It helps to reduce skin redness, fights inflammation and repairs broken capillaries. It also acts as a general skin tonic with its astringent properties.

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Rose geranium

As a constituent in a blended cream or lotion, rose geranium oil can be used for clearing sluggish and oily skin, as well as for wounds, burns and ulcer healing, and has great value in treating eczema, repelling insects, shingles, cellulite, ringworm, bruises and engorgement of the breasts.

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In a cream or lotion, or used neat on the skin, rosehip oil is one of the most rejuvenating and regenerating compounds to be found, and for this reason, good quality anti-aging skin care products normally contain rosehip oil. It is a good source of vitamin C, which is essential in the formation and synthesis of collagen in the skin, without which the skin would not only age prematurely, but would have terrible tone and the elasticity and suppleness would also be impaired.

Rosehip is not an essential oil, and can be used neat on the skin, and is extremely useful for skin repair, pigmentation irregularities as well as wrinkles and lines.

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Rosemary adding essential oils to facial cream

In a cream or lotion rosemary oil is most beneficial for improving blood circulation and decongesting the skin.

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As part of a lotion or cream rosewood oil is most effective to stimulate the cells and regenerate tissue, therefore aiding rejuvenation of the skin and making it particularly attractive for use on mature and wrinkled skin.

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Although the risk of too much sage oil must be carefully weighed against the positive effect it can have, it can be used with success to reduce pore size, healing of sores, atonic wounds, psoriasis, dermatitis as well as ulcers.

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When used in a lotion or cream sandalwood oil can assist with chapped, dry or inflamed skin and has wonderful moisturizing and hydrating properties, which are great for anti-aging skin care. The toning effect is useful when fighting oily skin.

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When spearmint oil is used in a cream or lotion it can help for itching - especially when used in cases of pruritus or when scabs have formed, and for decongesting the skin. It also has minor positive effects when used to treat acne.

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When used in a cream or lotion, tagetes oil can have a most beneficial effect on fungal and microbial infections and is especially helpful when treating weeping wounds.

NOTE - it is NOT a very sweet smelling oil.

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Tangerine / Mandarin

In a lotion or cream, tangerine oil (also known as Mandarin oil) is used to help prevent stretch marks when pregnant, while increasing circulation and reducing fluid retention.

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Tea Tree adding essential oils to facial cream

When tea tree oil is blended into a cream or lotion and applied to the skin, tea tree oil will help to clear up any fungal, bacterial as well as viral infections - and can therefore be used for a variety of problems - ranging from boils, abscesses, acne, bite wounds from animals and humans (although a medical practitioner must also be consulted), dandruff and other scalp disorders and it is also effective to help sort out bed sores, diaper rash or any other rashes.

People with acne normally report good results when using Tea Tree oil - but use in moderation. It is a very strong and effective oil, but can cause dermatitis in some individuals.

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In a cream or lotion, vetivert oil can be used to moisturize and nourish the skin and is specifically beneficial for dry, irritated and dehydrated skin. It is also helpful in reducing wrinkles and stretch marks and to improve the tone of slack skin, as well as helping wounds to heal.

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Ylang Ylang

In a cream or lotion ylang-ylang oil is used to balance the production of sebum in the skin and thereby correcting and balancing overly-dry as well as overly-oily skin.

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