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The Right Essential Oils for You - Essential Oils by Skin Types


By simply adding just one drop of essential oil to your masks and scrubs, your home spa experience is lifted to another level.  Which oil to use is a question.

Lavender is a must-have as it is versatile and calming and can be used by all skin types. If you have an extra penny to spare, the anti-depressant and uplifting aromas of rose and neroli bring you the best getaway from the hectic world.


Dry Skin
chamomile, lavender, jasmine, neroli, rose, sandalwood   

Oily Skin
cedarwood, cypress, geranium, lavender, grapefruit, sandalwood     

Dehydrated Skin
geranium, lavender, chamomile, neroli, rose  

Aging Skin / Wrinkles Skin
carrot-seed, lavender, neroli, geranium, jasmine, neroli, rose, sandalwood  

Whether ancient Egyptians were the first to use essential oils is still open to debate; the potent therapeutic properties are proven and the aesthetic appeal is immediate.  For safety reason, ONLY use oils with care.     

Oils to avoid during pregnancy 

Less is more 
The high potency levels of essential oils means that most oils can NEVER be used neat on skin.  Always follow the instructions on the labels. When adding essential oils to a recipe in a very small batch like Home Spa Series | Pamper Yourself with this 5-minute Facial Scrub at home under 10 cents, follow every amount as mentioned.

There are essential oils you need to stay away from during pregnancy: basil, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, geranium, jasmine, juniper, marjoram, myrrh, peppermint, rosemary, tarragon, thyme   

Oils to avoid during the first three months of pregnancy
There are essential oils you need to stay away from or used with extra care, especially during the first three months of pregnancy: 
camomile, geranium, lavender, rose

Use photosensitising oils with caution 
Some essential oils can only be used at low dilution or they will increase your skin’s sensitivity towards ultra violet light:    
bergamot, lemon, orange   

Some oils can be skin irritating and skin sensitising. These oils are to be used at very low dilutions:  
angelica, bergamot black pepper, citronella, clove, ginger, lemon, lemongrass, lemon verbena, orange, nutmeg, peppermint    

Reference | Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy An A-Z. UK: Vermilion 





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