Essential oils - super potent plant power

Essential oils are highly concentrated herbal active ingredients. They are popular for aromatherapy and a common representative in natural cosmetics. Because these ingredients are super complex, there are a few things to consider when using them. We will tell you here how you can safely use this flower power.

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What are essential oils?

Essential oils are the language of plants. They communicate via the scent of these signaling substances, telling bees "Come here" and predators "Get lost!" Many of these messagesare also understood by our nervous system. Certain essences have an invigorating effect, others have a calming effect, and so on.

🌹 Fragrances have a different effect than other sensory impressions. They skip a processing step in the brain and go straight into the limbic system, which controls our emotions and hormones. That is why essential oils in cosmetics are not just a matter of skin.

But your scent is not everything. These highly complex ingredients also bring special abilities to skin care. However, they are not suitable for everyone. That's why we're taking a look at where essential oils get their super power from, what needs to be considered when application on the skin and what role they play in the FIVE products.

Highly concentrated multi-talents

Essential oils have an ancient tradition in medicine, much longer than for cosmetic purposes. Each one of them consists of several hundred chemical compounds. So they are super complex and incredibly versatile. They generally have an antimicrobial effect and are rich in antioxidants. Depending on the plant, essential oils can also relieve inflammation, promote wound healing, refine the complexion and much more.

☝️ Compared to vegetable base and active ingredient oils, essential oils are much more complex and intense .

The only thing they can't do is grease. In contrast to nourishing lipids such as jojoba wax or argan oil, essential essences are super light . They also dissipate quickly. They are therefore dissolved in base oils for care products. There is another reason for this, because they would be much too irritating on their own. Which brings us to a common question: are essential oils even good for the skin?

Yes, essential oils are allowed in skin care

Almost 100 essential oils are used in dermatology. So they are anything but forbidden for the skin. Still, many have concerns. There are two reasons for this:

Dosage too high

For example, if you put pure tea tree oil on your skin - it's good for pimples - you're not doing it any favors. The essences are far too hot for that. They should always be diluted generously. This is already the case with “finished” cosmetics. When it comes to your own creations, thrift is a must – less is more!

👊 The rule of thumb is: Only 4 drops of essential oil for 1 shot glass (2 cl) of base oil.

Allergies

Essential oils are plant-based active ingredients, each of which consists of up to 200 chemical components, some of which can have an allergenic effect. The EU has defined 26 allergens that are always shown separately in the INCI list for cosmetics. This is how people with allergies see which products they should avoid.

💡 1 ingredient, multiple allergens, eh? Yes, it can happen. Because essential oils are so complex, a single one may contain multiple allergenic components. For example our neroli oil. This is only 1 ingredient, but counts 4 allergens to be reported (linalool, limonene, farnesol and geraniol).

Can I use essential oils during pregnancy?

Yes, but not unconditionally. There are essential oils that specifically alleviate certain discomforts during pregnancy. But you should now avoid others, especially very stimulating ones. The application also plays a role. So you can use them in personal care products and as a fragrance, but not internally. If you want to know exactly, it is best to contact a midwife with an additional qualification in aromatherapy. She will tell you exactly which essential oil you can take, how and for what.

🤰FIVE loves Moms: Our products are all suitable for pregnancy. My personal recommendation is the FIVE Shea Cream with essential neroli oil. It is perfect for abdominal and breast massages and, according to customers, should also help prevent stretch marks.

Are essential oils something for baby care?

Experts advise against using essential oils for children and especially babies. How much power is in them has been shown here several times. Its effect is correspondingly complex. Not just on the skin, but above all on the nervous system. And that is still developing in children. So don't just experiment. If so, then you should seek advice from specialists with special training.

Which essential oils does FIVE actually use?

Nice of you to ask! We rely on essential oils for three reasons:

  1. Because of their effectiveness - that's why the choice is always perfectly tailored to the care goal of each individual product.
  2. Because they conserve. And quite naturally, which is important with our minimalist formulations.
  3. Because of the scent, because skin care should also touch the senses.

You can find these essential oils in our products:

Neroli oil
In FIVE Make-up Remover and FIVE Shea Cream

Neroli oil is one of the most valuable essential oils of all. It is obtained from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree and smells like a Mediterranean garden: fresh, delicately sweet, slightly tart. In addition to the aroma, we use the precious neroli because of its good skin tolerance.
Quality & production: organic, steam distillation of the flowers

Lavender oil
In the FIVE facial oil - dry skin

Lavender oil promotes collagen synthesis and thus wound healing. This supports the regeneration of dry and stressed skin. The scent of lavender is only very faintly present in the product.
Quality & extraction: organic, Distillation of the flower spikes

Grapefruit oil
In the FIVE facial oil - impure skin

Its particularly strong antibacterial effect helps to contain skin impurities. We also love the subtle, bitter-sweet scent.
Quality & production: organic, Pressing from the fruit skin

Conclusion: fragrant active ingredients, but not for everyone

Let's reiterate: with up to 200 individual chemical compounds, essential oils contain the concentrated power of plants. This makes them so effective for different skin needs but also for aromatherapy. Because of their intense smell, they not only have an effect on the skin, but also in the brain. Because of their complexity, they should be consumed with caution by people with allergies and not for babies and children.

However, most of the others benefit from their special abilities, which should always be tailoredto the respective need. Soothing, regeneration, pimple gone? Tell your skin through the flower. 😉
Your Anna

Sources

Commercial Essential Oils as Potential Antimicrobials to Treat Skin Diseases. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2017; 2017: 4517971. Published online 2017 May 4. doi: 10.1155/2017/4517971

Essential Oils as Natural Sources of Fragrance Compounds for Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals. Molecules. 2021 Feb; 26(3): 666. Published online 2021 Jan 27. doi: 10.3390/molecules26030666

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