Our Decléor Skincare Specialist Fiona Brackenbury knows a thing or two about Essential Oils. Having worked in the industry for over 25 years, she is a fountain of knowledge on all things skin! Here she shares with us the lowdown on the best Essential Oils, and which ones to try for your skin type.
“Essential Oils are one of the most powerful part of the pant and can be extracted from the roots, blossoms, leaves and fruits of plants. Mostly famously documented the Egyptians used Essential Oils in the mummification process to preserve the organs. Each has 150 active molecules and is a potent power packed ingredient.
Essential Oils have the same molecular structure as our blood and lymph. Therefore the body recognises them and can absorb them into the skin to the deepest layer – the dermis. They are one of the quickest ingredients to be absorbed into the skin. Essential Oils are effective in addressing skin, body and mind disorders thanks to their rebalancing properties. Impermeable to water but permeable to gases and oils, the epidermis can easily absorb Essential Oils through the hair follicles and sweat glands to allow them to penetrate deep down. The rapid absorption of these oils allows us to turbo boost the effectiveness of other products by acting like a magnet and drawing them deeper in the skin to the dermis. This gives us magnified results and is why they are at the heart of every Decléor product.
Essential Oils can enter the body through application to the skin or inhalation.
Inhaling Essential Oils take 4 seconds for them to stimulate the highly sensitive cells at the back of our nostrils and send signals directly to the brain. These signals alert our limbic system which is directly connected to the parts of the brain that controls our memory, stress levels, hormonal and emotional balance. The limbic system in the brain is responsible for controlling all the physical, physiological and emotional responses that the body performs based on stimulus from the outside. This makes Essential Oils a powerful tool in treating our emotional state and can change and recharge your life. Next time you apply on of our Aromessence oil serums , take a deep breath and inhale the before applying it to the skin.
So you’ve heard all the benefits – now let’s take a look at which ones are right for you.
Best Essential Oil for my Skin Type
For Dehydrated Skin:
Neroli Essential Oil is at the heart of many Decleor products. Known for its benefits to increase hydration levels and improve the complexion of the skin it also leaves skin glowing. Neroli is ideal for those who have a dehydrated skin type or find that skin is lacking lustre and looking dull. Neroli Essential Oil is obtained from fresh flower buds of the bitter orange tree, cultivated in Tunisia. The fresh flower buds are harvested in late April/early May. Harvesting is delicate due to the risk of frosts before and during the harvest. 1 ton of flowers yields 500g of Neroli Essential Oil. Its composition comprises 120 molecules.
For Skin that’s lacking firmness, with slackened skin or wrinkles:
Iris Essential Oil has 3 main benefits on the skin. Iris Essential Oil is beneficial to target lines and wrinkles and loss of collagen and is suitable for a mature skin type with a skin age of 40+. It reduces the glycation ageing (the sugar damage build up), it increases the quality of the elastin fibers and has a boost on cell proliferation. Iris Essential Oil takes 6 years to create; 3 years to grow the root of Iris and 3 years to dry the root before distillation.
For Sensitive, Fragile, Reactive Skin:
Essential Oil of Damascena Rose is the queen of roses and comes from Turkey. It is a large pink potent flower and it is proven to strengthen the skins protection barrier. This makes it the ideal ingredient to use if your skin is suffering with sensitivity (through hormones, pregnancy, stress, hereditary) or if you notice that your skin type needs calming and soothing due to adult acne or rosacea. Damascena Rose helps to relieve sensitivity, soothe and calm the skin and reduce redness and inflammation whilst building the skin’s tolerance.
Very Dry Skin:
Marjoram is the Essential Oil of choice for those suffering with dry to very dry skin. Due to its natural affinity with the skins fluids, the Essential Oil can penetrate into the dermis and influence the genes of the skin (the genes can alter the way our skin behaves). Marjoram encourages your genes to make more lipids (oils) to lubricate, nourish and soften a very dry skin, treating the heart of the skin condition from within.
Oily and Combination Skin prone to Breakouts:
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil comes from Malaysia and is clinically proven to help reduce our own oil flow by 20%, limiting surface oiliness and shine. It is 1.5x more effective than salicylic acid to help refine the skin’s texture. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is suitable for people suffering with breakouts and acne as it has antibacterial and antiseptic properties to deeply cleanse the skin. Essential Oils are a great treatment for an oily skin as oil attracts oil (fight fire with fire).
First Signs Of Ageing (expression lines, dehydration):
Mandarin Essential Oil has a triple action performance on stimulating the youthfulness of the skin. Mandarin Essential Oil helps the skin to repair from damage and protect and repair the skin cells whilst hydrating. It can alter the way that the skin behaves and helps to prevent wrinkles from appearing whilst correcting the appearance of those that have.
For Mature Skins (Loss of contour, loss of density, loss of colour and definition):
Magnolia Essential Oil is clinically proven to stimulate your body’s production of collagen and fibrillin (responsible for giving the skin elasticity) and also helps to increase the decorin in the skin. Magnolia Essential Oil acts like a support mattress for a more mature skin by helping to hold everything up. Magnolia Essential Oil helps to re shape, re cushion and re densify the skin.
For Anti-Oxidant Protection and Release of Mind Tension:
Sweet Orange Essential Oil is rich in antioxidants which help to protect our skin against harmful Free Radical Attack. It is also proven to help decrease wrinkles brighten the complexion, increase the circulation and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Sweet Orange Essential Oil is also proven to help ease anxiety and has a beneficial effect on people suffering with mind tension.
Discover our full range of Aromessence Oil Serums , which consist of masterfully blended Essential Oils ready to help treat any skin type, pick yours today.
Decléor Beauty Expert: Wendy Rowe
Wendy Rowe is an internationally renowned makeup artist and author, with a passion for skincare and wellness. A pioneer with skin, she is famous for popularising facial massage – something she does religiously with all her clients. Wendy believes in caring for the skin from the inside as well as the outside, and has a very holistic approach to skincare. With a host of A List clients including Victoria Beckham, Cara Delevigne, Sienna Miller and Anja Rubik, her work draws a constant stream of beauty questions from everyone she meets. Honest, frank and trusted – Wendy is both inspiring and down to earth. Wendy has adored Decléor since first discovering Aromessence Neroli, and her favourite body oil Aroma Nutrition Oil.
“I believe that beautiful skin comes first. I work with people at the highest level within their field, who have to look their absolute best every day, so learning how to achieve great skin has become a big part of my life.”
Decléor Skincare Specialist: Fiona Brackenbury
Fiona is Head of Training and Education, Treatment Development and Product Development for Decléor. After working in the industry for over 25 years, Fiona has a wealth of skin science knowledge and has been credited for giving superstar singer Adele her signature glow! The face of Decléor for QVC, she is a trusted voice in the industry due to her supreme understanding of what skin really needs. As part of Fiona’s role, she has not only developed products for the brand such as Aroma Cleanse 3 in 1 Hydra-Radiance Smoothing & Cleansing Mousse, but she also develops Decléor treatments too.
“Beauty and well-being are intrinsically linked, and I believe caring for your skin, body and mind is the key to flawless looking skin. A plant maintains its balance by selecting the best elements from its environment. Likewise, our skin also has its own natural ecosystem.”
Decléor Massage Development Specialist: Chico Shigeta
Acclaimed by the Paris elite, Chico Shigeta is the mastermind behind Decléor’s new spa protocols. As a devoted admirer of Solange Dessimoulie, the founder of the Decléor, Chico didn’t hesitate when she was given the opportunity to develop massage rituals for both Aroma Blend Refine & Firm and Facial Pilates. For months, in a laboratory, the Japanese masseuse perfected the customised rituals in association with essential oils, resulting in treatments that transform silhouettes and facial profiles. Working out of Paris, Chico is also a naturopath and author of books on detoxification. Chico Shigeta has trained managers of Decléor spas by teaching them about the importance of breathing to relax the body, and in working on aligning the body.
“For me, beauty cannot exist without a balanced body. Massage techniques allow us to activate the body from within, revealing a healthy foundation.”
Decléor Aromachology Expert: Patty Canac
Aromachologist Patty Canac’s olfactic journey began working with perfumers, testing and researching raw materials and mastering the world of scent. Her teachers passed on their knowledge which enabled Patty to develop her sense of smell and look deeper into the power of active scents to deeply re-balance emotion. Professor at the Higher Institute of perfume Versailles (ISIPCA) since 1991, Patty Canac also does public speaking on the subject.
“My life path has taken me from the realm of fragrance testing to that of Essential Oils and their olfactory properties. I have learned to open my mind and breathe in the very soul of the plant.”
Long work days followed by late evenings out. We all want to look our best and shine throughout the night. But we all know the struggle when it is time to get rid of our foundation and eye shadow that has been piling up on the skin. Do you dream of easy cleansing? Well double cleansing is definitely for you. And it’s easily included in your aromatherapy skincare routine.
What is double cleansing?
This Asian skin-care trend has recently known a peak of popularity among South Korea beautistas seeking the perfect skin. But it goes back a long way – in Korea, but also in Japan, from where the ritual might originate centuries ago. It was supposedly born out of necessity, to get rid of the oshiroi, the white powder the Japanese women covered their faces with to enhance their beauty. This very sticky, paint-like make-up was impossible to clean off with the usual cleansers while still preserving a perfect skin.
And so double cleansing was born. The effectiveness of this two-step face wash is a simple question of chemistry. Keep in mind that water and oil don’t mix: to remove one, you can’t use the other. That is why the oil-based cleanser is used to remove oil-based impurity: sebum, sun cream, make-up… And following this first clean-up, the water-based cleanser gets rid of water-based impurities: sweat, old skin cells, bacteria and dust. Thanks to double cleansing, you’re only two cotton pads away from a pure and perfect skin!
Aromatherapy skincare & double cleanse
It is no secret that cleansing is the most essential step of a beauty routine – especially before going to bed. By addressing and removing every type of impurity, double cleansing leaves the face glowing and maintains a perfect skin, day after day.
For every skin type, from oily to extremely dry or sensitive, double cleansing is an essential step to include in the beauty routine, and in the aromatherapy skincare routine in particular. Find the cleanser that suits you best. Our water-based cleansers come in various textures: do you prefer a creamy mousse or a micellar water? Our oil based Micellar Oil attracts and removes impurities and is perfect for all skin types. You will surely find your happiness among our Aroma Cleanse range.
Besides making it pure and flawless, this two-step ritual also prepares your skin to make the most out of the other products of your aromatherapy skincare. The pores are neat and clear, and all the active ingredients are quickly absorbed, penetrating deeply and efficiently in the epidermis. Apply your night balm, after double cleansing to magnify its benefits: you’ll feel the difference almost instantaneously!
Every month Decléor puts an essential oil into the spotlight. Here’s why Peppermint Essential Oil is our favourite for the summer!
Origins: In Greek mythology, the nymph Minthe was transformed into a plant by Persephone, the jealous wife of a god. Hades was so sad about what happened to Minthe that he gave the plant its particular aroma. In fact mint has been cultivated as a medicinal plant ever since antiquity and Romans would add it to wine believing that mint would heal the spirit and give courage.
Provenance: Mentha Piperata is most often grown in England, Italy, India and France. The essential oil is extracted from the capillaries in the leaves through steam distillation
Benefits: It revitalises, tones, stimulates the nervous system and diminishes physical fatigue with an immediate refreshing and reviving effect on the body. Menthol is a vasoconstrictor
When to use it: Anaesthetic, antibacterial and emollient, it’s the perfect skin toner. Peppermint essential oil is also very useful to prepare the body for sports, for physical therapy or if you suffer from muscle cramps. It is a corporal stimulant, antispasmodic and antiseptic.
The thing you didn’t know about it: It has anti-aging properties as it stimulates production of pro collagen.
Decléor’s expert advice:
“Peppermint essential oil is anaesthetic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory. Toning and stimulating, it aids the digestive system: just a drop can relieve nausea, indigestion or a bad breath. It’s not phlebotonic but the effect is a feeling of freshness. If you mix it with basil it can relieve a headache. A drop on your forehead and another on the temples alleviates tension. The refreshing sensation is dramatic when used on the legs. On a psychological level peppermint acts as an olfactive stimulant and will clarify comprehension and help you let go,” says Pierre Albano
Seasonal effect: Refreshing! Spray Aurabsolu Refreshing Mist on your face or massage feet and back with Circulagel. You’ll be as addicted to peppermint as we are!
Pollution, aging, lack of sleep… To fight the beauty enemies, Decléor has 3 secret weapons.
And that secret is the Aroma Duo. What is it? A day cream AND a serum. The equation is quite easy to understand: together is better. “In the seventies, we applied a moisturising cream and we realised that it evaporated quickly,” comments Solange Dessimoulie, brand ambassador. “So we needed to offer a serum incorporating the wealth of vitamins and omega 3’s that botanical plant oils possess to be both vector and carrier for the essential oils. That’s how the Aroma Duo was born” Forty years ago the first Aromessence Oil Serums were elaborated by Decléor, a pioneer in the research of botanical heroes. And now Decléor has developed three winning combinations to fight the main beauty enemies: “Detox Angel Pollution,” “Wonder Youth” and “Sleep Saviour”.
“Detox Angel Pollution” is dedicated to fighting pollution with intense hydration. How? Aromessence Neroli Serum softens, relaxes and restores skin’s radiance, while Hydra Floral Hydrating Light Cream drenches skin with 24 hour moisture and refreshes with its delicious floral fragrance. A real anti-pollution barrier, Hydra Floral is made of 3 botanical pillars: Wild Pansy, Neroli essential oil and Moringa oleifera that specifically protects the skin from micro-particules.
Losing resilience? “Wonder Youth” concentrates on firming skin and gives all of the benefits of Iris, Rose, Egyptian Geranium and White willow (against sagging). Iris Concrete reboots skin’s internal youth mechanism while Prolagene Lift - Lift and Firm Day Cream improves elasticity, lifts contours and visibly reduces wrinkles.
“Sleep Saviour” focuses on giving skin a rest. Tired looking, dull skin? Aurabsolu Intense Glow Awakening Cream renews and revitalises skin’s resplendence, evens the complexion, and is a real anti-fatigue weapon with the help of Jasmine absolute which helps to normalize the skin tone. A perfect match with Aromessence Neroli !
Great news, ladies, here are two fabulous offers! When you purchase one of the botanical wonder hero duos you can enjoy a 15 minute Acupressure Points Massage created by the famous beauty guru Chico Shigeta. Stop by for a consultation at your Decléor retailer, go home with samples to test and find your perfect botanical heroes!
Invented by Decléor in the 1970’s, the Aromessence range incorporates the fundaments of aromachology to performing skincare. Aromessence Neroli, the first serum-oil created, paved the way for the six other Aromessence. It also managed to break down the barrier that made people weary of using oils during the skincare ritual.
100% pure, natural and active
Made up from a careful balance of 100% natural essential and botanical oils, the Aromessence are quickly absorbed and leave no shine or residue on the skin. The botanical oils used have a natural composition close to skin’s sebum, which helps essential oils and their active molecules penetrate the epidermis. Skin is left feeling soft and velvety.
Fusion of mind and body
Thanks to its floral fragrance, Aromessence Neroli acts upon the nervous system to help unwind and relax while rebalancing the epidermis, preserving the skin’s natural ecosystem and boosting the effects of usual skin care. Visible radiance and a soothed spirit leave you glowing inside and out.
Beauty tip: Warm a few drops in your hands to release the natural olfactory molecules that act upon the senses for total relaxation.
This aromatic plant has a long history. Its many benefits make it a widely used ingredient in aromatherapy and phytotherapy, as well as in numerous applications around the house. We take a closer look at this truly “essential” oil.
A member of the same family as sage, thyme and basil, lavender is an aromatic plant offering many benefits – as testified by its inclusion in countless cosmetics, sanitation and household products. Used since Antiquity, the name lavender is derived from the Latin word “lavare”, meaning “to wash”. This plant was part of everyday life even in Roman times – for washing laundry, bathing and as a fragrance.
Its fragrance can be summed up in one word – relaxation! Lavender is known above all for its calming properties and its essence has been found to be very effective in phytotherapy and aromatherapy.
Essential oil of lavender is used to alleviate both minor sleeping disorders and stress. This relaxing oil helps you unwind before going to bed and can also provide a boost in the morning in the form of an invigorating lavender shower gel.
An essential oil for the home
Essential oil of lavender brings a sweet fragrance of cleanliness and holidays in the sun to the heart of your home. A few sprigs of lavender or a few drops of essential oil in a wardrobe give clothes a lasting fragrance and a fresh feel. A couple of drops in the washing machine have the same effect. Another useful household application: lavender helps to repel insects!
A flavoursome aromatic plant
Lavender also comes in very handy in the kitchen for adding extra flavour to certain foods. A sprig of lavender in a jar of sugar gives it a delicately fragranced aroma. It gives a surprising note to fruit salads, puddings, cakes or for decorating desserts. It short, it’s our all-round star!
With the help of qualified professionals, Decléor has created an exclusive at-home treatment application the "2 technique”, which helps you find vitality and pleasure. Based on the Chinese “Do In” ritual, this self-massage technique rebalances energies by stimulating the major body functions. Performing the “2 technique” not only encourages you to relax, it also allows you a time-out from your daily life to focus on your inner-self.
How-to: Start by warming a drop of Aromessence in your hands. Gently inhale to let the aromas act on the psyche. Then using the finger or palm of the hand apply pressure on each spot according to the illustration. Begin between the eyes, then move slowly upwards above the eyebrows, around and down towards the nose to finish on the lower side of the face taking as long as you like on each zone. The effect on mind and body is immediate.
This small fruit native to North America is a true concentrate of culinary and cosmetic benefits. Its multi-purpose oil is ideal for pampering all skin types, even the most sensitive.
The cranberry is grown only in the northern hemisphere, mainly in the United States and Canada. Widely appreciated in these regions for many years, its consumption has become more widespread in Europe over the past fifteen years or so.
Its berries are harvested in early autumn and processed to make juice, sauce, oil or food supplements. Cranberry oil is derived from the first cold pressing of the seeds and is used in extract form in cosmetic products or food seasonings.
The ultimate regenerating oil
A real shield against the cold, cranberry oil helps the driest skin. As well as having a softening effect on the epidermis, it also helps to alleviate minor irritations. Its balance of omega 3, 6 and 9 makes it a perfect anti-inflammatory oil and one of the most effective emollient oils. In addition, its rich vitamin E content gives it a strong antioxidant power, making it a perfect ally for mature sensitive skin. Its benefits are also used in dietary supplements to boost the epidermis and restore hair strength.
An antioxidant on the table
Cranberry is highly appreciated and in different forms, in particular in the United States, where it is even the star berry served with the traditional Thanksgiving turkey. It can be processed to make a delicious jam, sauce or an oil to season salads and raw vegetables. It is also found in a vitamin C-rich juice, an ideal breakfast choice thanks to its antioxidant and invigorating properties. A delicious taste with an added health benefit.