Organic vs. Non-Organic Essential Oils
Certain face oils are made primarily from essential oils (a combination of essential oils is sometimes called aromatic oils), while others are made from 100% organic oils.
Organic oils are those that have undergone specific farming or foraging practices that actively aim to preserve the quality of the soil and the end product. Organic oil is, therefore, free from pesticides, chemical fertilizers,and hormones. Extra-virgin, cold-pressed, unrefined organic oils such as olive and coconut oils are preferred for facial oil products over refined versions of these ingredients, as they are unprocessed or untreated, providing higher quality and more effective products.
With natural, clean, and green trends influencing the popularity of vegan-based, cruelty-free, CBD, and “skinmalism” formulations, consumers want products that use environmentally-friendly practices and contain plant-based ingredients.
Essential oils are potent and aromatic liquids that are obtained from plant materials through a process of steam distillation. The category of ingredients can either form as products or mixtures of fragrant substances or include both fragrant and odorless substances. Essential oils, such as peppermint, lavender, tea tree, argan, and lemon oil, are rising in popularity in skincare products.
What are the advantages of essential oils for face oils?
Essential oils can be antibacterial and antifungal to help keep skin healthy. This popular ingredient group can also help moisturize skin, retain its hydration, and reduce inflammation and redness, thanks to their soothing properties.
What are the disadvantages of essential oils for face oils?
There is the potential for adverse effects, including skin irritation and allergic reactions, so consumers with sensitive and/or irritated skin are recommended to avoid them. However, for oily, dry, and even acne-prone skin, essential oils are known to provide hydration, moisturization, and soothing benefits.
Formulators can also diffuse essential oil-based formulations by combining essential oils with a carrier oil (an organic oil), like coconut oil. A carrier oil acts as a neutral base for an essential oil to dilute before applying it to a facial oil product formula.