Hell no, we won't EO!
E.O. is short for essential oils.
If you are reading this, you are probably interested in natural skin care, and if you are interested in natural skin care you probably know about essential oils. Most natural skin care brands use essential oils as a way to scent their products and everyone thinks essential oils do something good for skin. This is where we beg to differ. We refuse to use essential oils in our products.
While some essential oils have components that are believed to be good for skin due to the amounts of anti-oxidants they naturally carry, they also carry undesirable compounds that is already known to significantly damage the skin’s barrier. Some essential oils such as tea tree and rosemary or lemongrass etc. have been shown to help a bit with acne (depending on what type of acne), but are not nearly as effective as the standard benzoyl peroxide, and the amount of skin damage they can cause actually outweigh the small positives of using them.
We are very much against using essential oils for anything but aromatherapy and perfuming. We personally never use essential oils on our skin because the first rule of skin care is to make sure to protect your skin’s integrity. As we age our skin’s collagen matrix weakens naturally. There is no reason to speed that up by using volatile ingredients just because they are considered natural. Even the flower oils like lavender and rose are problematic because they contain both skin calming AND skin irritating compounds.
We researched over 400 new natural brands for one that didn’t use essential oils, and guess what? There weren’t any. There are dermal limits for most essential oils so legally, there can be more than 1% total for leave on products. Although it is a small percentage, using a face product everyday can have a cumulative effect and cause irritation and phytotoxicity over time. This means, that great all natural, organic face cream you’ve been using with essential oils in it is actually sensitizing your skin.
Besides all the things we know about essential oils, we also know many people have plant allergies and the amount of plant stems, roots, leaves, and flowers concentrated in an oil can be very allergenic as well. People can develop low-level chronic skin inflammation as a result of using essential oils on an on-going basis. So if you are using an all natural brand and your skin is STILL burning, stinging, itchy or dry, check to see if there are any essential oils in there.
Bottom line use essential oils for your candles, your diffusers, your perfumes or your hand soaps, even hand or body cream. We dont recommend essential oils on the face, especially if you have sensitive or aging skin! Look for moisturizers that are naturally scented without chemicals and without essential oils. We use a pure, unadulterated natural coconut oil in our Rehydration Cream and it smells of the dreamy, creamy coconut of the Hawaiian Islands (my long time home and husband’s hometown). Along with some pure unadulterated ocean ingredients like sea kelp and real crushed pearls, it has no known allergens, no volatile compounds and no irritants. Because what’s more natural than the ocean? Absolutely nothing!