Beginners Guide to Essential Oils

essential oilsNow, maybe we’re biased, but here at Tender Essence we’re pretty fond of essential oils. Frankly, we think that the whole world should be using them, and not just because they smell good! Even though they can definitely make your nose happy, these little miracle drops are a power product that can do so much more than just that. Whether it’s concentration, detoxification, clearer skin or stress reduction, there’s an oil for everything. And we mean everything.

Over the past few years people have really started to care about what it is exactly they’re putting onto their skin. Gone are the days when brands could get away with having ingredients lists longer than your arm full of words that you wouldn’t even want to attempt to pronounce. People are starting to take matters into their own hands by jumping into the wonderful world of homemade cosmetics. We’re glad to see people ditching the shop bought products in favour of organic, DIY cosmetics that incorporate essential oils. We love that the world is learning just how life changing they can be! But we also know that it can be pretty overwhelming when you first start exploring how to use them and why you should. So, if you’ve ever stared at a soap bottle in utter bewilderment or wondered why on earth that Pinterest article is telling you to put Ylang Ylang on your hair, we’re here to help.

Let’s start with the basics! To get from plant or seed to sweet smelling bottle, distillation is usually used by essential oil manufacturers. Not only does this get rid of impurities, but it means that the oils are characterised by the scent of the plant that they come from. A lot of the raw material is needed in the process and so essential oils are powerful little things, with a small amount of product going a long way. Of course that’s one of their main benefits – thank you, distillation for making our rooms smell like a garden in spring even though we can’t keep a single plant alive! – but due to their strength, it’s also important to understand how certain essential oils should be used and that you should never use them neat on the skin. But don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of helpful advice and glorious DIYs coming up soon to help you dip your toes into the world of natural cosmetics.

essential oils in 10ml bottlesNow onto the really fun bit: using your oils from Tender Essence. This is the part where you can put your creative hat on (or use Google) and really go to town. But first, let’s start with the simplest of DIYs. If you find an oil that you love the smell of and would happily douse your whole house in, you might want to grab yourself an oil burner. Just mix a few drops of the essential oil with about a table spoon of water and be prepared to be in nose heaven. Alternatively, although it does look slightly less pretty, sprinkle some of the good stuff onto a tissue and put it on top of your radiator. However, one of our ultimate favourite ways to enjoy essential oils is to pop a few drops of a relaxing scent like lavender or chamomile into a nice hot bath before bed. Who needs bath bombs, when you’ve got mother nature? 

So now that you’ve got the basics down (don’t worry, we’re not going to quiz you), make sure you stay tuned (either by bookmarking the 'making cosmetics blog' or adding us to social media).

We’ve got some super exciting and gorgeous smelling posts coming your way.

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