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Spotlight On: Essential Oils

Mandarin Essential Oil for skincare: history, benefits and use – Decléor UK

7 months ago

-ABOUT THE PLANT -

COMMON NAMES

Mandarin orange tree

LATIN NAME

Citrus reticulata

BOTANICAL FAMILY

Rutaceae

PLANT DETAIL

The fruit is tender, easy damaged by cold and drought.

-ABOUT THE MANDARIN ESSENTIAL OIL -

INCI NAME

CITRUS NOBILIS PEEL OIL

ESSENTIAL OIL NAME

Yellow Mandarin Essential Oil / Green Mandarin Essential Oil

ORIGIN

Sicile / Bresil

PART USED

Fruit peel, Zest

SCENT

Fresh, fruity, acidulous

EXTRACTION METHOD

Cold pressing

PRODUCTION

Between 0.5 and 3 ml of Essential Oil per kg of Mandarin*

*Franchomme, P. La science des huiles essentielles médicinales. (Guy Trédaniel, 2015).

Our expert Docteur Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about Essential Oils.

Extracted from the outer rind of the fruit, Mandarin Essential Oil has a multitude of benefits for the mind, body and skin. Here’s all you need to know about Mandarin Essential Oil and how to incorporate this aspect of aromatherapy into your daily rituals.

What is Mandarin Essential Oil used for?

  • Anti-ageing: Rich in antioxidants, Mandarin Essential Oil has been shown to help neutralise free radicals that can damage skin cells and often act as the primary cause of early signs of ageing. For additional anti-ageing effects, look to Geranium Oil to achieve a youthful glow.
  • Rejuvenating: With its ability to renew your complexion, Mandarin Essential Oil can be used to help to even out the skin tone . Whether the problem is pigmentation or other blemishes, its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties can help to protect your complexion.
  • Brightening: Using Mandarin Oil to boost your circulation and blood flow can leave your skin looking plumper, brighter and more radiant.

Benefits of Mandarin Essential Oil

  • Promotes cellular growth: Mandarin Essential Oil has a high content of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. From soothing damaged skin to reviving your complexion, Mandarin Oil gives your epidermis a boost from all angles.
  • Detox: Packed with antioxidants, Mandarin Essential Oil provides effective purifying and detoxifying effects. To maximise this effect, look to other Essential Oils such as Lemon Oil or Bergamot Oil.
  • Anti-inflammatory: Around 75% of Mandarin Essential Oil’s composition is d-Limonene: a compound with potent anti-inflammatory effects, leaving your body and skin feeling its best.
  • All-round relief: Mandarin Essential Oil is perhaps one of the best oils to aid in calming your mood, along with Lavender Oil and Ginger Oil
  • Improves blood circulation: Mandarin Essential Oil can help to stimulate blood circulation and movement within the lymphatic system, which is great for improving your body’s immune processes, as well as renewing your skin.

Where does Mandarin Essential Oil come from?

Cultivated for over 3000 years, Mandarin Essential Oil derives from the delicate evergreen tree in the oriental climes of China, Vietnam and Japan.

History of Mandarin Essential Oil

  • A powerful name: The Mandarin fruit owes its name to the high officials of the Chinese empire, thanks to its vibrant colour reminiscent of their regal orange robes.
  • The gift of good luck: During the Chinese New Year, gifting a Mandarin is a traditional symbol of fortune and prosperity. If you’re really looking to impress, gifting Mandarins in pairs demonstrates the ‘doubling’ of wealth.
Boost your skin, body and mind with the rejuvenating effects of Mandarin Essential Oil.

Iris Essential Oil for skincare: history, benefits and use – Decléor UK

7 months ago

-ABOUT THE PLANT -

COMMON NAMES

Dalmatian iris, Sweet iris / Bearded iris, German iris

LATIN NAME

Iris pallida / Iris germanica

BOTANICAL FAMILY

Iridaceae

FLOWERING PERIOD

May-June

PLANT DETAIL

The rhizomes are underground and represent a storage organ.
Furthermore, it takes approximately three years to obtain a mature rhizome, and then the drying process can begin that lasts around three years too.

-ABOUT THE IRIS ESSENTIAL OIL -

INCI NAME

IRIS PALLIDA ROOT EXTRACT

ESSENTIAL OIL NAME

Iris Essential Oil

ORIGIN

France, Italy, Morocco, China

PART USED

Rhizome

SCENT

Powdery, green, woody

EXTRACTION METHOD

Steam distillation

PRODUCTION

2 ML of Iris essential oil with 1 KG of iris

Our expert Docteur Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about Essential Oils.

Not just a beautiful plant to admire, Iris Essential Oil has a multitude benefits. Used for centuries and still just as relevant today, here’s all you need to know about Iris Oil in aromatherapy.

What is Iris Essential Oil used for?

  • Lifting: Iris Essential Oil has unparalleled abilities. Research has shown that the active plant cells in Iris Oil help renew and re-energise the epidermis to leave your skin looking tighter, firmer and more youthful.
  • Toning: If anti-ageing is your primary concern, then Iris Oil will be ideal. As we age, our skin can start to look dull and lacklustre, but Iris Essential Oil works to detoxify the skin as well as helping the epidermis to appear tightened, to transform your complexion.
  • Nourishing: Iris Essential Oil contains potent moisturising properties to soften and plump the complexion. Whether your skin is dry or oily, Iris Oil injects hydration into the epidermis to nourish and renew.

To give your skin a burst of youthful energy, Frankincense Oil is also highly effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Benefits of Iris Essential Oil

  • Antibacterial: Iris Essential Oil has potent antimicrobial properties, which not only kill bacteria but also inhibit its growth. Ideal for topical use, Iris Oil protects the epidermis.
  • Detoxifying: A build-up of waste in our bodies can lead to a weakened immune system, excess water retention and problematic skin. Use Iris Oil to detoxify, flushing out toxins to leave your body feeling free to breathe.
  • Astringent: When used topically, Iris Essential Oil has the ability to contract the epidermis, to soothe skin and minor injuries.

If your skin is especially irritated, Rose Oil natural compounds to calm your skin.

Where does Iris Essential Oil come from?

The Iris originated in Southern Europe, with Iris Essential Oil still cultivated to this day in Italy as well as Morocco.

With around 300 species of the Iris plant, varying slightly depending on its geographical location, finding the best Iris Essential Oil for your needs is important.

History of Iris Essential Oi

  • Egyptian heritage: The ancient Egyptians cherished the Iris flower, believing that it symbolised power and majesty.
  • A colourful origin: Iris takes its name from the Greek word for ‘Rainbow’, also referring to the Greek goddess of the rainbow, Iris.
  • A royal plant: During the middle ages, the Iris plant became synonymous with the French monarchy. The national symbol of France, the Fleur-de-lis, is based on the figure of the Iris to symbolise royalty and heritage.
  • The ultimate environment: Although diverse in ecology, the iris is predominantly found in dry, semi-desert, mountainous regions.
  • An intriguing process: Contrary to the majority of Essential Oils, such as Chamomile Oil and Jasmine Oil, Iris Essential Oil is cultivated from the root, not the flowers.

In fact, it’s so important that the Egyptians placed Iris on the brow of the Sphinx and on their king’s sceptres to signify faith, wisdom and valour.

Facts about Iris Essential Oil

Furthermore, in order to create Iris Absolute Oil, the iris roots must be stored for up to 4 years before extraction takes place.

Adopt Iris Essential Oil to rejuvenate your mind, body and skin to look and feel younger than ever.

Rose Essential Oil for skincare: history, benefits and use – Decléor UK

8 months ago

-ABOUT THE ROSE PLANT -

COMMON NAMES

Damask rose, Rose of Castile

LATIN NAME

Rosa Damascena

BOTANICAL FAMILY

Rosaceae

PLANT DETAILS

The plant, a hybrid derived from Rosa gallica, Rosa moschatais and Rosa fedtschenkoana, is a shrub that can reach 1-meter high.

-ABOUT THE ROSE ESSENTIAL OIL -

INCI NAME

ROSA DAMANESCA FLOWER OIL

ESSENTIAL OIL NAME

Damask rose essential oil

ORIGIN

Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran

PART USED

Flowers

SCENT

Sensual, opulent

EXTRACTION METHOD

Steam distillation

PRODUCTION

1L of Rose essential oil requires 5 tons of rose petals

Our expert Docteur Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about Essential Oils.

The rose is widely considered the most beautiful flower in the world; however, it’s not only its physical beauty and fragrant aroma that’s enticing. The Essential Oil it produces has a myriad of benefits for the body and mind, and has been used in aromatherapy for thousands of years.

Here’s your complete guide to Rose Essential Oil.

What is Rose Essential Oil used for?

  • Calming: With its potent composition of anti-inflammatory elements, Rose Essential Oil is the ideal ingredient to harness your glow. Use topically to help reduce the appearance of redness and puffiness
  • Anti-ageing: With its ability to help heal and protect the surface of the skin, rose oil is a great ingredient to promote a youthful complexion.
  • Moisturising: Rose Oil has deeply nourishing properties that can help propel your skin to the picture of health. Replenishing your skin with this Essential Oil can help to leave your complexion appearing bouncier, brighter and more luminous.

Geranium Essential Oil and Sandalwood Oil are also prime combatters of the signs of premature ageing.

Don’t forget to lock in moisture with an Essential Oil such as Marjoram Oil.

Benefits of Rose Essential Oil

  • Antioxidant: Rose Essential Oil is full of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to detox your body and skin and promote healthy living. Many Essential Oils are rich in antioxidants, so look to others such as Lemon Oil and Peppermint Oil for ultimate rejuvenation.
  • Antimicrobial: The citral compound found in Rose Essential Oil is known to have antimicrobial properties. When applied topically, it can help to purify the complexion and boost skin health.
  • Boost your mood: Some people find the soothing properties of Rose to calm their mood and relax stress levels.
  • Relax your muscles: One of the main benefits of Rose Essential Oil is that it can effectively relax the body, relieving spasms.
  • Balances hormones: Rose Essential Oil has been shown to regulate hormone production and maintain balanced levels.

Where does Rose Essential Oil come from?

Rose Essential Oil has been used in beauty treatments and to treat health conditions for thousands of years. The rose itself, according to fossil evidence, is around 35 million years old, and its 150 species are thought to originate from throughout the Northern Hemisphere; from Alaska to Mexico and even northern Africa.

History of Rose Essential Oil

  • A worldwide phenomenon: Fossils have shown that the rose originated in Central Asia around 35 million years ago. Thanks to its unique beauty and scent, it was adopted by early civilizations such as the Chinese, Egyptians and Romans, who grew the rose widely as long as 5000 years ago.
  • The rose takeover: The gardeners of the Han dynasty were so obsessed with the beauty of the rose that their parks threatened to engulf the land that was required for farming.
  • The ‘wonder’ oil: The Incas adopted Rose Essential Oil in a variety of ways, using it as a cure-all remedy.

Facts about Rose Essential Oil

A careful process: Producing Rose Essential Oil is highly intricate. Harvesting the flowers is done by hand and before sunrise. The distillation process must take place the very same day to ensure that the infamous fragrance of the rose is locked in.

Do more than just appreciate the beauty and sweet aroma of this flower; incorporate this Rose Essential Oil into your daily rituals.

Lavender Essential Oil for skincare: history, benefits and use – Decléor UK

9 months ago

ABOUT THE PLANT

COMMON NAMES

True lavender, English lavender, Garden lavender, Common lavender, Narrow-leaved lavender.

LATIN NAME

Lavandula angustifolia

BOTANICAL FAMILY

Lamiaceae

PLANT DETAIL

Lavender is a shrub that can reach 1 meter tall

FLOWERING PERIOD

Blooming: April-May / Harvest: July-August

NATIVE REGION

South of France.

ABOUT THE LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

INCI NAME

LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA OIL

ESSENTIAL OIL NAME

Real lavender essential oil / Clonal lavender essential oil

ORIGIN

France

PART USED

Flower

SCENT

Sweet, floral, lightly aromatic

EXTRACTION METHOD

Steam distillation

PRODUCTION

Between 5 and 8.5 ML of lavender essential oil per KG of lavender*

*Faucon, M. Traité d’aromathérapie scientifique et médicale : fondements & aide à la prescription. (Sang de la terre, 2015).


Our expert Docteur Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about Essential Oils.

With its beautiful purple blossoms, powerful scent and extensive benefits, Lavender Essential Oil is highly prized within the world of aromatherapy.

Here’s all you need to know about Lavender Oil and how to incorporate it into your daily rituals for the ultimate skin rejuvenation, detox and mood booster.

What is Lavender Essential Oil used for?

  • Regenerate: Lavender Essential Oil has been shown to improve blood circulation and promote a youthful complexion. As an essential ingredient to restore and maintain the epidermis, its toning effect can help fight signs of aging and leave your skin feeling renewed.
  • Detox: Rich in antioxidants, Lavender Essential Oil protects and promotes the skin’s natural barrier as well as drawing out toxins and balancing pH levels for the ultimate skin detox.
  • Brighten: Thanks to its anti-inflammatory compounds, Lavender Oil can help improve tone, evenness and restore the skin’s natural luminosity.

For boosted results, look to Rose Oil’s anti-inflammatory benefits to soothe your skin.

Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

  • Antioxidant protection: Not only is Lavender Essential Oil packed full of antioxidants, its compounds also stimulate the activity of our body’s natural antioxidant processes. It provides an effective defense from the free radicals we encounter on a daily basis. To elevate your antioxidant protection, look to other Essential Oils such as Lemon Oil and Peppermint Oil as well.
  • Natural pain killer: Lavender Oil is recognized for its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties
  • Mood booster: Lavender Essential Oil has documented benefits in lifting your mood, thanks its ability to soothe and calm.
  • Target breakouts: With its antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities, Lavender Oil is one of the best Essential Oils to help fight breakouts, alongside Clary Sage Oil and Rosemary Oil

Where does Lavender Essential Oil come from?

With a history dating back some 2500 years in the Mediterranean, Middle East and India, lavender oil is a shining star among Essential Oils. The flower also served a few key purposes in Ancient Rome.

History of Lavender Essential Oil

  • Ancient origins: Deriving from the Latin word ‘lavare’, meaning ‘to wash’, lavender was an important part of Ancient Roman bathing rituals thanks to its potent antibacterial properties.
  • A happy accident: The power of lavender oil was initially discovered by René-Maurice Gattefossé. After an explosion in his laboratory he plunged his burning hand into the nearest container of liquid, which happened to be lavender oil. Gattefossé noted how quickly the pain subsided and how his hand healed with little scarring. He went on to devote his life to the study of Lavender Essential Oil.
  • A soldier’s secret weapon: During World War I, many soldiers carried lavender oil in their first aid kits, using it on the battlefield for its healing and antiseptic properties.

Facts about Lavender Essential Oil

  • A rare commodity: Yield is highly dependent upon good weather conditions.
  • Blue gold: Sought after by the world’s greatest parfumeries, Lavender Oil is nicknamed ‘blue gold’: a nod to its treasured place in French culture.
  • A natural insect repellent: While Lavender Essential Oil is instantly soothing for people, most insects are repelled by the scent; a quick and easy solution to keep those bites at bay!

Renew your skin, health and mind with the uplifting benefits of Lavender Essential Oil.

Neroli Essential Oil for skincare: history, benefits and use – Decléor UK

9 months ago

ABOUT THE NEROLI ESSENTIAL OIL

INCI NAME

CITRUS AURANTIUM AMARA FLOWER OIL

ESSENTIAL OIL NAME

Neroli Essential Oil

ORIGIN

Tunisia, Egypt

PART USED

Flower

SCENT

Refreshing, spicy, sweet, floral

EXTRACTION METHOD

Steam distillation

PRODUCTION

Between 0.5 and 1 ml of Neroli Essential Oil per KG*

*Franchomme, P. La science des huiles essentielles médicinales. (Guy Trédaniel, 2015).

ABOUT THE NEROLI PLANT

COMMON NAMES

Bitter Orange, Seville Orange, Sour Orange, Bigarade Orange

LATIN NAME

Citrus Aurantium

BOTANICAL FAMILY

Rutaceae

PLANT DETAIL

The tree can reach around 5 to 7 meters high and has evergreen leaves.

FLOWERING PERIOD

April-June

Our expert Docteur Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about Essential Oils.

Find out why Neroli Essential Oil (also known as Neroli Bigarade Essential Oil or Bitter Orange Essential Oil) is so essential, and learn how to incorporate this wonder oil of aromatherapy into your daily rituals for the ultimate skin hydration, glow and even mood boost.

What is Neroli Essential Oil used for?

With all its benefits, using Bitter Orange Essential Oil in your skincare regimen can be greatly gratifying, whatever your skin type. Here are just a few of its rewards you can reap.

  • Hydrate: Neroli Essential Oil is a hydration powerhouse, with an incredible ability to soften, replenish and lock in moisture. Applied topically, this Bitter Orange Oil will provide your skin with a protective barrier to ensure that your complexion remains radiant and dewy all day long.
  • Revive: Bitter Orange Essential Oil’s powerful skin-reviving properties can help accelerate your complexion to the picture of radiant health, leaving you with skin that glows. Not only will Bitter Orange oil re-energize your skin, it targets the epidermis for the appearance of skin rejuvenation.
  • Purify: With its antibacterial properties, Neroli Essential is the ultimate cleanser, thanks to its purifying citrus elements. However, unlike other citrus Essential Oils like Lemon Oil or Sweet Orange Oil, it is not phototoxic so doesn’t increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. It is, therefore, the perfect ingredient to rejuvenate your skin all year round!

Benefits of Neroli Essential Oil

  • Rejuvenate your skin: When applied on the skin, Neroli Essential Oil intensely moisturises the skin and boosts the epidermis’ natural processes. To maximise this effect, look to other Essential Oils such as Green Mandarin Essential Oil for a targeting of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Combat breakouts: Neroli Essential Oil comprises powerful antibacterial properties, which makes it a prime ingredient to target breakouts and balance the production of sebum. Rich in antioxidants, it combats free radicals, which can soothe breakout-induced inflammation and redness. If you’re really looking to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections, you can also look to Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil.
  • Get a better night’s sleep: Thanks to its calming effects, this Bitter Orange Essential Oil can help achieve a better night’s sleep.
  • Boost your mood: Look no further than Neroli Essential Oil for a simple mood boost. Inhale the powerful scent and breathe in deeply to instantly find your mind more relaxed and soothed.

Where does Neroli Essential Oil come from?

Sourced from the orange tree in the fruitful climate of the Mediterranean and Africa comes the hero ingredient: Neroli Essential Oil, also known as Bitter Orange Essential Oil. This powerful and curative oil has been used for centuries, for the body, mind and health.

History of Neroli Essential Oil

  • The tale of Princess Nerola: Dating back as far as the 17th century, Neroli Essential Oil has been adored by Italian aristocrats. The Duchess of Bracciano was famed for her use of the Bitter Orange Essential Oil, infusing her gloves with its aroma and adding a few drops to her bath – she loved it so much that she was even hailed as ‘Princess Nerola’.
  • The oil of romance: Neroli Essential Oil has long been used in weddings because of both its calming properties and its aphrodisiac effects.
  • Speed is of the essence: Small, white and beautiful to look at, the delicate Neroli flowers are hand-picked and distilled through low-pressure steam; however, it is imperative to move quickly as the petals quickly lose their famous fragrance.

Uplift your skin, body and mind with the abundant benefits of the rejuvenating and balancing Neroli Essential Oil.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil for skincare: history, benefits and use | Decléor UK

9 months ago

ABOUT THE EUCALYPTUS PLANT

COMMON NAMES Eucalyptus globulus, Tasmanian bluegum, Southern blue-gum, Fever tree
LATIN NAME Eucalyptus globulus
BOTANICAL NAME Myrtaceae
PLANT DETAIL There are about 500 species of Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus globulus being the most commonly used. This tree grows fast and needs lots of water, so it has been used to fight against anophele’s habitat, the mosquito responsible for malaria, and led to the “Fever tree” common name


ABOUT THE EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL

INCI NAME EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF OIL
ESSENTIAL OIL NAME Eucalyptus globulus essential oil
ORIGIN Portugal,
PART USED Leaf
SCENT Penetrating, refreshing, balsamic
EXTRACTION METHOD Steam distillation
PRODUCTION 20 mL of EO per kilogram of leaves*

*Faucon, M. Traité d'aromathérapie scientifique et médicale: fondements & aide à la prescription. (Sang de la terre, 2015).

Our expert Docteur Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about Essential Oils.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Instantly refreshing and revitalising, Eucalyptus Essential Oil has been around for hundreds of years. Native to Australia, this potent element has a myriad of benefits for your mind, body and health.

Here’s all you need to know about Eucalyptus Oil in aromatherapy.

What is Eucalyptus Essential Oil used for?

  • Heal: Eucalyptus Essential Oil’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and analgesic properties make this powerful element a natural healer. When used topically, Eucalyptus Oil provides the optimal environment and elements to help repair and strengthen the complexion.
  • Purify: Rich in 1,8 cineole, this active ingredient present in Eucalyptus Essential Oil is known for its antibacterial properties.
  • Nourish: Eucalyptus Oil is known to moisturise the skin. Not only does it deliver an intense dose of hydration, but it also locks in moisture to help your complexion glow.

To this end, Eucalyptus Oil can help cleanse the epidermis, ridding the pores of harmful impurities that can contribute to breakouts, pigmentation and dull skin. The result is a complexion that is purer and healthier.

If your skin leans dry, look to Sandalwood Oil and Neroli Oil to provide your complexion with extra hydration.

Benefits of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

  • Helps fight infection: ‘Eucalyptol’ is Eucalyptus Oil’s primary component and has been shown to have antimicrobial effects.

  • Anti-inflammatory: Whether used internally or externally, Eucalyptus Oil works to reduce inflammation and provide natural pain relief. Other Essential Oils such as Chamomile Oil also have potent anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Soothe headaches: Eucalyptus Essential Oil can reduce sinus pressure, which can often be responsible for the pain and tension that can cause headaches. Furthermore, Eucalyptus Oil also promotes relaxation of tense facial muscles which can also contribute to headaches caused by stress or exhaustion.
  • Boost mental clarity: Thanks to its invigorating, soothing and awakening properties, Eucalyptus Oil is often used to boost energy and mental clarity.

Where does Eucalyptus Essential Oil come from?

There are over 600 species of Eucalyptus, but only 20 types produce enough Essential Oil for commercial use. Eucalyptus Essential Oil is extracted from Eucalyptus Globulus.

Eucalyptus Oil is extracted from the fresh or partially dried leaves of the plant and the young twigs through a process of steam distillation.

History of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

  • An ancient remedy: The Australian Aborigines called Eucalyptus, ‘kino’, and was used as a cure-all remedy.
  • A widespread medicine: It was initially suggested by a German botanist and explorer that the scent of the Eucalyptus tree might be an antiseptic.
  • World War I: Eucalyptus Essential Oil was in huge demand during WWI, thanks to its ability to control meningitis outbreaks and influenza.

It was in 1855 that the French government sent Eucalyptus seeds to Algeria, which resulted in many infections being cleared up.

Facts about Eucalyptus Essential Oil

  • Otherwise known as…: Eucalyptus Essential Oil from the Eucalyptus Globulus is also known as Tasmanian Blue Gum.
  • A floral name: The ‘eu’ and ‘kalypto’ in the word mean ‘well’ and ‘covered’ in Greek. This refers to the delicate membrane that covers the flower bud, which falls off as the flower grows.
  • See right through: You can, in fact, see the oil in a Eucalyptus leaf. If you hold it up to the light, you can see tiny pricks of white or yellow, which is the Eucalyptus Essential Oil in the tissue of the leaf.

Similarly, if you crush the leaf in your fingers, you can immediately smell the invigorating aroma of Eucalyptus Oil.

Adopt the revitalising Eucalyptus Essential Oil in your daily rituals, and rejuvenate your skin, body and health.


Which Essential Oil is best for my skin type? | DECLÉOR UK

1 years ago

There is a lot of buzz around Essential Oils but what are they and why do you need them in your skincare routine?

What are Essential Oils?

Essential Oils are small but very powerful compounds - one single drop of Essential Oil contains 150 botanical actives.

Where do Essential Oils come from?

Essential Oils come from plants. They are grown in the heart of the plant but only 1 in 10 plants can produce them. They help the plant avoid disease, heal and defend themselves.

Why are Essential Oils good for my skin?

Because Essential Oils are only grown from the fittest of plants, they are incredibly powerful and are known to have the ability to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin that other chemical compounds can’t. They are highly volatile and lipophilic and have an incredible affinity to the skin. So, it’s not just the skin of today that is benefitting, but the skin of tomorrow too.

Which Essential Oils are right from my skin?

To find the right Essential Oils for your skin type, you first need to understand what your skin goal is; are you looking for glow, to reduce blemishes, or to target signs of ageing? At Decléor, we have Aromessence Oil Serums, each with their own specific blend of Essential Oils, to target specific skin needs:

Essential Oils for Oily Skin

Oily skin is caused by overproduction of sebum and it’s a common myth that using an oil-based serum will make your skin more greasy. Over-cleansing and using products that strip the skin will actually cause your skin to become oilier as the skin works to replace the lost oil. Try our Aromessence Ylang Cananga Oil Serum twice a day with Ylang Ylang Essential Oil to reduce shine, improve skin texture and reduce blemishes.

Essential Oils for Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated skin affects most women at some time in the year. Often, your moisturiser works in the morning but by lunchtime, your skin can start to look dry again. Try our Aromessence Neroli Amara Oil Serum to lock in hydration all day long, with Essential Oils of Sweet Orange this serum is clinically proven to protect against the signs of pollution whilst leaving your skin with a glow.

Essentials Oils for First Signs of Ageing

Our skin starts to age at about 25 years old, with the loss of collagen starting from 30 years old. It can be hard to know what to do when you start to see the lines and wrinkles appearing but it is important to target these signs of ageing when they first appear. Try our Aromessence Mandarine Oil Serum with Mandarine Essential Oil to target the first signs of ageing.

Essential Oils for Ageing skin

At certain times of the year and as we age, our skin can start to lose its plumpness and not feel as tight as it used to. Our Aromessence Lavandula Iris Oil Serum contains two key Essential Oils to counteract the loss of firmness: Lavendin Essential Oil to stimulate youth, limit collagen degradation & boost collagen; and elastin synthesis and Iris Absolute to reduce the cell degradation.

Essential Oils for Advanced Signs of Ageing

Many different factors can cause your skin to age, from genetics to environmental factors such as the sun, smoking, being outside in the elements, air conditioning and lack of hydration, all of which can cause your skin to age at different rates. Skin ageing is caused by a loss of collagen in the skin and Essential Oils can help to re-start the collagen production revive dull skin. Our Aromessence Magnolia Oil Serum contains Essential Oils to counteract the effects of ageing: Magnolia which initiates collagen production; Peony which works to re-plump the skin; and Lychee which reduces inflammation to revive rosy skin.



Explore all of our Aromessence Essential Oil Serums.

What’s the Best Essential Oils for my Skin Type?

2 years ago

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. Also watch our skincare expert, Fiona Brackenbury share how to apply your Aromessence each morning.

Spotlight on: Peppermint Essential Oil

3 years ago

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!

The power of Essential Oils in your Skincare

3 years ago

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.

Spotlight on: Lavender Essential Oil

3 years ago

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.

Soothing properties

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!

Spotlight on: Cranberry Essential Oil

3 years ago

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.

Essential oils to preserve your healthy glow

3 years ago

Essential oils of elemi, saro, lemon and carrot are key ingredients to maintain that rosy glow and help your body ward off a dull complexion.

Cleansed skin

A healthy glow is a sign of a good cleansing routine: remove your make-up thoroughly in the evening and, a step that is often overlooked, exfoliate your skin once or twice a week in the morning. To remove dead skin cells and boost radiance, treat yourself to a little massage. Apply the Life Radiance flash radiance mask scrub using small circular movements, pressing lightly with your fingertips, to infuse your skin with the benefits of invigorating essential oils of elemi and saro.

A healthy glow from your plate

To promote a healthy, glowing complexion, opt for red and orange fruits and vegetables which are rich in beta-carotene. For a beautiful complexion, create some vitamin-packed menus flavoured with essential oil of lemon to help flush away toxins.

A lighter complexion

Finally, as extra protection against a dull complexion, take two drops of essential oil of carrot in a teaspoon of honey at breakfast time. Carrot’s extraordinary detoxifying properties are very useful for eliminating toxins and strengthening your defence system. Repeat for a maximum of 10 to 15 days. Never take ingestible essential oils for any longer than this to avoid fatiguing your body.

Spotlight On: Essential Oils

Mandarin Essential Oil for skincare: history, benefits and use – Decléor UK

7 months ago

-ABOUT THE PLANT -

COMMON NAMES

Mandarin orange tree

LATIN NAME

Citrus reticulata

BOTANICAL FAMILY

Rutaceae

PLANT DETAIL

The fruit is tender, easy damaged by cold and drought.

-ABOUT THE MANDARIN ESSENTIAL OIL -

INCI NAME

CITRUS NOBILIS PEEL OIL

ESSENTIAL OIL NAME

Yellow Mandarin Essential Oil / Green Mandarin Essential Oil

ORIGIN

Sicile / Bresil

PART USED

Fruit peel, Zest

SCENT

Fresh, fruity, acidulous

EXTRACTION METHOD

Cold pressing

PRODUCTION

Between 0.5 and 3 ml of Essential Oil per kg of Mandarin*

*Franchomme, P. La science des huiles essentielles médicinales. (Guy Trédaniel, 2015).

Our expert Docteur Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about Essential Oils.

Extracted from the outer rind of the fruit, Mandarin Essential Oil has a multitude of benefits for the mind, body and skin. Here’s all you need to know about Mandarin Essential Oil and how to incorporate this aspect of aromatherapy into your daily rituals.

What is Mandarin Essential Oil used for?

  • Anti-ageing: Rich in antioxidants, Mandarin Essential Oil has been shown to help neutralise free radicals that can damage skin cells and often act as the primary cause of early signs of ageing. For additional anti-ageing effects, look to Geranium Oil to achieve a youthful glow.
  • Rejuvenating: With its ability to renew your complexion, Mandarin Essential Oil can be used to help to even out the skin tone . Whether the problem is pigmentation or other blemishes, its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties can help to protect your complexion.
  • Brightening: Using Mandarin Oil to boost your circulation and blood flow can leave your skin looking plumper, brighter and more radiant.

Benefits of Mandarin Essential Oil

  • Promotes cellular growth: Mandarin Essential Oil has a high content of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. From soothing damaged skin to reviving your complexion, Mandarin Oil gives your epidermis a boost from all angles.
  • Detox: Packed with antioxidants, Mandarin Essential Oil provides effective purifying and detoxifying effects. To maximise this effect, look to other Essential Oils such as Lemon Oil or Bergamot Oil.
  • Anti-inflammatory: Around 75% of Mandarin Essential Oil’s composition is d-Limonene: a compound with potent anti-inflammatory effects, leaving your body and skin feeling its best.
  • All-round relief: Mandarin Essential Oil is perhaps one of the best oils to aid in calming your mood, along with Lavender Oil and Ginger Oil
  • Improves blood circulation: Mandarin Essential Oil can help to stimulate blood circulation and movement within the lymphatic system, which is great for improving your body’s immune processes, as well as renewing your skin.

Where does Mandarin Essential Oil come from?

Cultivated for over 3000 years, Mandarin Essential Oil derives from the delicate evergreen tree in the oriental climes of China, Vietnam and Japan.

History of Mandarin Essential Oil

  • A powerful name: The Mandarin fruit owes its name to the high officials of the Chinese empire, thanks to its vibrant colour reminiscent of their regal orange robes.
  • The gift of good luck: During the Chinese New Year, gifting a Mandarin is a traditional symbol of fortune and prosperity. If you’re really looking to impress, gifting Mandarins in pairs demonstrates the ‘doubling’ of wealth.
Boost your skin, body and mind with the rejuvenating effects of Mandarin Essential Oil.

Iris Essential Oil for skincare: history, benefits and use – Decléor UK

7 months ago

-ABOUT THE PLANT -

COMMON NAMES

Dalmatian iris, Sweet iris / Bearded iris, German iris

LATIN NAME

Iris pallida / Iris germanica

BOTANICAL FAMILY

Iridaceae

FLOWERING PERIOD

May-June

PLANT DETAIL

The rhizomes are underground and represent a storage organ.
Furthermore, it takes approximately three years to obtain a mature rhizome, and then the drying process can begin that lasts around three years too.

-ABOUT THE IRIS ESSENTIAL OIL -

INCI NAME

IRIS PALLIDA ROOT EXTRACT

ESSENTIAL OIL NAME

Iris Essential Oil

ORIGIN

France, Italy, Morocco, China

PART USED

Rhizome

SCENT

Powdery, green, woody

EXTRACTION METHOD

Steam distillation

PRODUCTION

2 ML of Iris essential oil with 1 KG of iris

Our expert Docteur Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about Essential Oils.

Not just a beautiful plant to admire, Iris Essential Oil has a multitude benefits. Used for centuries and still just as relevant today, here’s all you need to know about Iris Oil in aromatherapy.

What is Iris Essential Oil used for?

  • Lifting: Iris Essential Oil has unparalleled abilities. Research has shown that the active plant cells in Iris Oil help renew and re-energise the epidermis to leave your skin looking tighter, firmer and more youthful.
  • Toning: If anti-ageing is your primary concern, then Iris Oil will be ideal. As we age, our skin can start to look dull and lacklustre, but Iris Essential Oil works to detoxify the skin as well as helping the epidermis to appear tightened, to transform your complexion.
  • Nourishing: Iris Essential Oil contains potent moisturising properties to soften and plump the complexion. Whether your skin is dry or oily, Iris Oil injects hydration into the epidermis to nourish and renew.

To give your skin a burst of youthful energy, Frankincense Oil is also highly effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Benefits of Iris Essential Oil

  • Antibacterial: Iris Essential Oil has potent antimicrobial properties, which not only kill bacteria but also inhibit its growth. Ideal for topical use, Iris Oil protects the epidermis.
  • Detoxifying: A build-up of waste in our bodies can lead to a weakened immune system, excess water retention and problematic skin. Use Iris Oil to detoxify, flushing out toxins to leave your body feeling free to breathe.
  • Astringent: When used topically, Iris Essential Oil has the ability to contract the epidermis, to soothe skin and minor injuries.

If your skin is especially irritated, Rose Oil natural compounds to calm your skin.

Where does Iris Essential Oil come from?

The Iris originated in Southern Europe, with Iris Essential Oil still cultivated to this day in Italy as well as Morocco.

With around 300 species of the Iris plant, varying slightly depending on its geographical location, finding the best Iris Essential Oil for your needs is important.

History of Iris Essential Oi

  • Egyptian heritage: The ancient Egyptians cherished the Iris flower, believing that it symbolised power and majesty.
  • A colourful origin: Iris takes its name from the Greek word for ‘Rainbow’, also referring to the Greek goddess of the rainbow, Iris.
  • A royal plant: During the middle ages, the Iris plant became synonymous with the French monarchy. The national symbol of France, the Fleur-de-lis, is based on the figure of the Iris to symbolise royalty and heritage.
  • The ultimate environment: Although diverse in ecology, the iris is predominantly found in dry, semi-desert, mountainous regions.
  • An intriguing process: Contrary to the majority of Essential Oils, such as Chamomile Oil and Jasmine Oil, Iris Essential Oil is cultivated from the root, not the flowers.

In fact, it’s so important that the Egyptians placed Iris on the brow of the Sphinx and on their king’s sceptres to signify faith, wisdom and valour.

Facts about Iris Essential Oil

Furthermore, in order to create Iris Absolute Oil, the iris roots must be stored for up to 4 years before extraction takes place.

Adopt Iris Essential Oil to rejuvenate your mind, body and skin to look and feel younger than ever.

Rose Essential Oil for skincare: history, benefits and use – Decléor UK

8 months ago

-ABOUT THE ROSE PLANT -

COMMON NAMES

Damask rose, Rose of Castile

LATIN NAME

Rosa Damascena

BOTANICAL FAMILY

Rosaceae

PLANT DETAILS

The plant, a hybrid derived from Rosa gallica, Rosa moschatais and Rosa fedtschenkoana, is a shrub that can reach 1-meter high.

-ABOUT THE ROSE ESSENTIAL OIL -

INCI NAME

ROSA DAMANESCA FLOWER OIL

ESSENTIAL OIL NAME

Damask rose essential oil

ORIGIN

Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran

PART USED

Flowers

SCENT

Sensual, opulent

EXTRACTION METHOD

Steam distillation

PRODUCTION

1L of Rose essential oil requires 5 tons of rose petals

Our expert Docteur Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about Essential Oils.

The rose is widely considered the most beautiful flower in the world; however, it’s not only its physical beauty and fragrant aroma that’s enticing. The Essential Oil it produces has a myriad of benefits for the body and mind, and has been used in aromatherapy for thousands of years.

Here’s your complete guide to Rose Essential Oil.

What is Rose Essential Oil used for?

  • Calming: With its potent composition of anti-inflammatory elements, Rose Essential Oil is the ideal ingredient to harness your glow. Use topically to help reduce the appearance of redness and puffiness
  • Anti-ageing: With its ability to help heal and protect the surface of the skin, rose oil is a great ingredient to promote a youthful complexion.
  • Moisturising: Rose Oil has deeply nourishing properties that can help propel your skin to the picture of health. Replenishing your skin with this Essential Oil can help to leave your complexion appearing bouncier, brighter and more luminous.

Geranium Essential Oil and Sandalwood Oil are also prime combatters of the signs of premature ageing.

Don’t forget to lock in moisture with an Essential Oil such as Marjoram Oil.

Benefits of Rose Essential Oil

  • Antioxidant: Rose Essential Oil is full of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to detox your body and skin and promote healthy living. Many Essential Oils are rich in antioxidants, so look to others such as Lemon Oil and Peppermint Oil for ultimate rejuvenation.
  • Antimicrobial: The citral compound found in Rose Essential Oil is known to have antimicrobial properties. When applied topically, it can help to purify the complexion and boost skin health.
  • Boost your mood: Some people find the soothing properties of Rose to calm their mood and relax stress levels.
  • Relax your muscles: One of the main benefits of Rose Essential Oil is that it can effectively relax the body, relieving spasms.
  • Balances hormones: Rose Essential Oil has been shown to regulate hormone production and maintain balanced levels.

Where does Rose Essential Oil come from?

Rose Essential Oil has been used in beauty treatments and to treat health conditions for thousands of years. The rose itself, according to fossil evidence, is around 35 million years old, and its 150 species are thought to originate from throughout the Northern Hemisphere; from Alaska to Mexico and even northern Africa.

History of Rose Essential Oil

  • A worldwide phenomenon: Fossils have shown that the rose originated in Central Asia around 35 million years ago. Thanks to its unique beauty and scent, it was adopted by early civilizations such as the Chinese, Egyptians and Romans, who grew the rose widely as long as 5000 years ago.
  • The rose takeover: The gardeners of the Han dynasty were so obsessed with the beauty of the rose that their parks threatened to engulf the land that was required for farming.
  • The ‘wonder’ oil: The Incas adopted Rose Essential Oil in a variety of ways, using it as a cure-all remedy.

Facts about Rose Essential Oil

A careful process: Producing Rose Essential Oil is highly intricate. Harvesting the flowers is done by hand and before sunrise. The distillation process must take place the very same day to ensure that the infamous fragrance of the rose is locked in.

Do more than just appreciate the beauty and sweet aroma of this flower; incorporate this Rose Essential Oil into your daily rituals.

Lavender Essential Oil for skincare: history, benefits and use – Decléor UK

9 months ago

ABOUT THE PLANT

COMMON NAMES

True lavender, English lavender, Garden lavender, Common lavender, Narrow-leaved lavender.

LATIN NAME

Lavandula angustifolia

BOTANICAL FAMILY

Lamiaceae

PLANT DETAIL

Lavender is a shrub that can reach 1 meter tall

FLOWERING PERIOD

Blooming: April-May / Harvest: July-August

NATIVE REGION

South of France.

ABOUT THE LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

INCI NAME

LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA OIL

ESSENTIAL OIL NAME

Real lavender essential oil / Clonal lavender essential oil

ORIGIN

France

PART USED

Flower

SCENT

Sweet, floral, lightly aromatic

EXTRACTION METHOD

Steam distillation

PRODUCTION

Between 5 and 8.5 ML of lavender essential oil per KG of lavender*

*Faucon, M. Traité d’aromathérapie scientifique et médicale : fondements & aide à la prescription. (Sang de la terre, 2015).


Our expert Docteur Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about Essential Oils.

With its beautiful purple blossoms, powerful scent and extensive benefits, Lavender Essential Oil is highly prized within the world of aromatherapy.

Here’s all you need to know about Lavender Oil and how to incorporate it into your daily rituals for the ultimate skin rejuvenation, detox and mood booster.

What is Lavender Essential Oil used for?

  • Regenerate: Lavender Essential Oil has been shown to improve blood circulation and promote a youthful complexion. As an essential ingredient to restore and maintain the epidermis, its toning effect can help fight signs of aging and leave your skin feeling renewed.
  • Detox: Rich in antioxidants, Lavender Essential Oil protects and promotes the skin’s natural barrier as well as drawing out toxins and balancing pH levels for the ultimate skin detox.
  • Brighten: Thanks to its anti-inflammatory compounds, Lavender Oil can help improve tone, evenness and restore the skin’s natural luminosity.

For boosted results, look to Rose Oil’s anti-inflammatory benefits to soothe your skin.

Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

  • Antioxidant protection: Not only is Lavender Essential Oil packed full of antioxidants, its compounds also stimulate the activity of our body’s natural antioxidant processes. It provides an effective defense from the free radicals we encounter on a daily basis. To elevate your antioxidant protection, look to other Essential Oils such as Lemon Oil and Peppermint Oil as well.
  • Natural pain killer: Lavender Oil is recognized for its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties
  • Mood booster: Lavender Essential Oil has documented benefits in lifting your mood, thanks its ability to soothe and calm.
  • Target breakouts: With its antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities, Lavender Oil is one of the best Essential Oils to help fight breakouts, alongside Clary Sage Oil and Rosemary Oil

Where does Lavender Essential Oil come from?

With a history dating back some 2500 years in the Mediterranean, Middle East and India, lavender oil is a shining star among Essential Oils. The flower also served a few key purposes in Ancient Rome.

History of Lavender Essential Oil

  • Ancient origins: Deriving from the Latin word ‘lavare’, meaning ‘to wash’, lavender was an important part of Ancient Roman bathing rituals thanks to its potent antibacterial properties.
  • A happy accident: The power of lavender oil was initially discovered by René-Maurice Gattefossé. After an explosion in his laboratory he plunged his burning hand into the nearest container of liquid, which happened to be lavender oil. Gattefossé noted how quickly the pain subsided and how his hand healed with little scarring. He went on to devote his life to the study of Lavender Essential Oil.
  • A soldier’s secret weapon: During World War I, many soldiers carried lavender oil in their first aid kits, using it on the battlefield for its healing and antiseptic properties.

Facts about Lavender Essential Oil

  • A rare commodity: Yield is highly dependent upon good weather conditions.
  • Blue gold: Sought after by the world’s greatest parfumeries, Lavender Oil is nicknamed ‘blue gold’: a nod to its treasured place in French culture.
  • A natural insect repellent: While Lavender Essential Oil is instantly soothing for people, most insects are repelled by the scent; a quick and easy solution to keep those bites at bay!

Renew your skin, health and mind with the uplifting benefits of Lavender Essential Oil.

Neroli Essential Oil for skincare: history, benefits and use – Decléor UK

9 months ago

ABOUT THE NEROLI ESSENTIAL OIL

INCI NAME

CITRUS AURANTIUM AMARA FLOWER OIL

ESSENTIAL OIL NAME

Neroli Essential Oil

ORIGIN

Tunisia, Egypt

PART USED

Flower

SCENT

Refreshing, spicy, sweet, floral

EXTRACTION METHOD

Steam distillation

PRODUCTION

Between 0.5 and 1 ml of Neroli Essential Oil per KG*

*Franchomme, P. La science des huiles essentielles médicinales. (Guy Trédaniel, 2015).

ABOUT THE NEROLI PLANT

COMMON NAMES

Bitter Orange, Seville Orange, Sour Orange, Bigarade Orange

LATIN NAME

Citrus Aurantium

BOTANICAL FAMILY

Rutaceae

PLANT DETAIL

The tree can reach around 5 to 7 meters high and has evergreen leaves.

FLOWERING PERIOD

April-June

Our expert Docteur Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about Essential Oils.

Find out why Neroli Essential Oil (also known as Neroli Bigarade Essential Oil or Bitter Orange Essential Oil) is so essential, and learn how to incorporate this wonder oil of aromatherapy into your daily rituals for the ultimate skin hydration, glow and even mood boost.

What is Neroli Essential Oil used for?

With all its benefits, using Bitter Orange Essential Oil in your skincare regimen can be greatly gratifying, whatever your skin type. Here are just a few of its rewards you can reap.

  • Hydrate: Neroli Essential Oil is a hydration powerhouse, with an incredible ability to soften, replenish and lock in moisture. Applied topically, this Bitter Orange Oil will provide your skin with a protective barrier to ensure that your complexion remains radiant and dewy all day long.
  • Revive: Bitter Orange Essential Oil’s powerful skin-reviving properties can help accelerate your complexion to the picture of radiant health, leaving you with skin that glows. Not only will Bitter Orange oil re-energize your skin, it targets the epidermis for the appearance of skin rejuvenation.
  • Purify: With its antibacterial properties, Neroli Essential is the ultimate cleanser, thanks to its purifying citrus elements. However, unlike other citrus Essential Oils like Lemon Oil or Sweet Orange Oil, it is not phototoxic so doesn’t increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. It is, therefore, the perfect ingredient to rejuvenate your skin all year round!

Benefits of Neroli Essential Oil

  • Rejuvenate your skin: When applied on the skin, Neroli Essential Oil intensely moisturises the skin and boosts the epidermis’ natural processes. To maximise this effect, look to other Essential Oils such as Green Mandarin Essential Oil for a targeting of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Combat breakouts: Neroli Essential Oil comprises powerful antibacterial properties, which makes it a prime ingredient to target breakouts and balance the production of sebum. Rich in antioxidants, it combats free radicals, which can soothe breakout-induced inflammation and redness. If you’re really looking to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections, you can also look to Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil.
  • Get a better night’s sleep: Thanks to its calming effects, this Bitter Orange Essential Oil can help achieve a better night’s sleep.
  • Boost your mood: Look no further than Neroli Essential Oil for a simple mood boost. Inhale the powerful scent and breathe in deeply to instantly find your mind more relaxed and soothed.

Where does Neroli Essential Oil come from?

Sourced from the orange tree in the fruitful climate of the Mediterranean and Africa comes the hero ingredient: Neroli Essential Oil, also known as Bitter Orange Essential Oil. This powerful and curative oil has been used for centuries, for the body, mind and health.

History of Neroli Essential Oil

  • The tale of Princess Nerola: Dating back as far as the 17th century, Neroli Essential Oil has been adored by Italian aristocrats. The Duchess of Bracciano was famed for her use of the Bitter Orange Essential Oil, infusing her gloves with its aroma and adding a few drops to her bath – she loved it so much that she was even hailed as ‘Princess Nerola’.
  • The oil of romance: Neroli Essential Oil has long been used in weddings because of both its calming properties and its aphrodisiac effects.
  • Speed is of the essence: Small, white and beautiful to look at, the delicate Neroli flowers are hand-picked and distilled through low-pressure steam; however, it is imperative to move quickly as the petals quickly lose their famous fragrance.

Uplift your skin, body and mind with the abundant benefits of the rejuvenating and balancing Neroli Essential Oil.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil for skincare: history, benefits and use | Decléor UK

9 months ago

ABOUT THE EUCALYPTUS PLANT

COMMON NAMES Eucalyptus globulus, Tasmanian bluegum, Southern blue-gum, Fever tree
LATIN NAME Eucalyptus globulus
BOTANICAL NAME Myrtaceae
PLANT DETAIL There are about 500 species of Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus globulus being the most commonly used. This tree grows fast and needs lots of water, so it has been used to fight against anophele’s habitat, the mosquito responsible for malaria, and led to the “Fever tree” common name


ABOUT THE EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL

INCI NAME EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF OIL
ESSENTIAL OIL NAME Eucalyptus globulus essential oil
ORIGIN Portugal,
PART USED Leaf
SCENT Penetrating, refreshing, balsamic
EXTRACTION METHOD Steam distillation
PRODUCTION 20 mL of EO per kilogram of leaves*

*Faucon, M. Traité d'aromathérapie scientifique et médicale: fondements & aide à la prescription. (Sang de la terre, 2015).

Our expert Docteur Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about Essential Oils.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Instantly refreshing and revitalising, Eucalyptus Essential Oil has been around for hundreds of years. Native to Australia, this potent element has a myriad of benefits for your mind, body and health.

Here’s all you need to know about Eucalyptus Oil in aromatherapy.

What is Eucalyptus Essential Oil used for?

  • Heal: Eucalyptus Essential Oil’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and analgesic properties make this powerful element a natural healer. When used topically, Eucalyptus Oil provides the optimal environment and elements to help repair and strengthen the complexion.
  • Purify: Rich in 1,8 cineole, this active ingredient present in Eucalyptus Essential Oil is known for its antibacterial properties.
  • Nourish: Eucalyptus Oil is known to moisturise the skin. Not only does it deliver an intense dose of hydration, but it also locks in moisture to help your complexion glow.

To this end, Eucalyptus Oil can help cleanse the epidermis, ridding the pores of harmful impurities that can contribute to breakouts, pigmentation and dull skin. The result is a complexion that is purer and healthier.

If your skin leans dry, look to Sandalwood Oil and Neroli Oil to provide your complexion with extra hydration.

Benefits of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

  • Helps fight infection: ‘Eucalyptol’ is Eucalyptus Oil’s primary component and has been shown to have antimicrobial effects.

  • Anti-inflammatory: Whether used internally or externally, Eucalyptus Oil works to reduce inflammation and provide natural pain relief. Other Essential Oils such as Chamomile Oil also have potent anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Soothe headaches: Eucalyptus Essential Oil can reduce sinus pressure, which can often be responsible for the pain and tension that can cause headaches. Furthermore, Eucalyptus Oil also promotes relaxation of tense facial muscles which can also contribute to headaches caused by stress or exhaustion.
  • Boost mental clarity: Thanks to its invigorating, soothing and awakening properties, Eucalyptus Oil is often used to boost energy and mental clarity.

Where does Eucalyptus Essential Oil come from?

There are over 600 species of Eucalyptus, but only 20 types produce enough Essential Oil for commercial use. Eucalyptus Essential Oil is extracted from Eucalyptus Globulus.

Eucalyptus Oil is extracted from the fresh or partially dried leaves of the plant and the young twigs through a process of steam distillation.

History of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

  • An ancient remedy: The Australian Aborigines called Eucalyptus, ‘kino’, and was used as a cure-all remedy.
  • A widespread medicine: It was initially suggested by a German botanist and explorer that the scent of the Eucalyptus tree might be an antiseptic.
  • World War I: Eucalyptus Essential Oil was in huge demand during WWI, thanks to its ability to control meningitis outbreaks and influenza.

It was in 1855 that the French government sent Eucalyptus seeds to Algeria, which resulted in many infections being cleared up.

Facts about Eucalyptus Essential Oil

  • Otherwise known as…: Eucalyptus Essential Oil from the Eucalyptus Globulus is also known as Tasmanian Blue Gum.
  • A floral name: The ‘eu’ and ‘kalypto’ in the word mean ‘well’ and ‘covered’ in Greek. This refers to the delicate membrane that covers the flower bud, which falls off as the flower grows.
  • See right through: You can, in fact, see the oil in a Eucalyptus leaf. If you hold it up to the light, you can see tiny pricks of white or yellow, which is the Eucalyptus Essential Oil in the tissue of the leaf.

Similarly, if you crush the leaf in your fingers, you can immediately smell the invigorating aroma of Eucalyptus Oil.

Adopt the revitalising Eucalyptus Essential Oil in your daily rituals, and rejuvenate your skin, body and health.


Which Essential Oil is best for my skin type? | DECLÉOR UK

1 years ago

There is a lot of buzz around Essential Oils but what are they and why do you need them in your skincare routine?

What are Essential Oils?

Essential Oils are small but very powerful compounds - one single drop of Essential Oil contains 150 botanical actives.

Where do Essential Oils come from?

Essential Oils come from plants. They are grown in the heart of the plant but only 1 in 10 plants can produce them. They help the plant avoid disease, heal and defend themselves.

Why are Essential Oils good for my skin?

Because Essential Oils are only grown from the fittest of plants, they are incredibly powerful and are known to have the ability to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin that other chemical compounds can’t. They are highly volatile and lipophilic and have an incredible affinity to the skin. So, it’s not just the skin of today that is benefitting, but the skin of tomorrow too.

Which Essential Oils are right from my skin?

To find the right Essential Oils for your skin type, you first need to understand what your skin goal is; are you looking for glow, to reduce blemishes, or to target signs of ageing? At Decléor, we have Aromessence Oil Serums, each with their own specific blend of Essential Oils, to target specific skin needs:

Essential Oils for Oily Skin

Oily skin is caused by overproduction of sebum and it’s a common myth that using an oil-based serum will make your skin more greasy. Over-cleansing and using products that strip the skin will actually cause your skin to become oilier as the skin works to replace the lost oil. Try our Aromessence Ylang Cananga Oil Serum twice a day with Ylang Ylang Essential Oil to reduce shine, improve skin texture and reduce blemishes.

Essential Oils for Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated skin affects most women at some time in the year. Often, your moisturiser works in the morning but by lunchtime, your skin can start to look dry again. Try our Aromessence Neroli Amara Oil Serum to lock in hydration all day long, with Essential Oils of Sweet Orange this serum is clinically proven to protect against the signs of pollution whilst leaving your skin with a glow.

Essentials Oils for First Signs of Ageing

Our skin starts to age at about 25 years old, with the loss of collagen starting from 30 years old. It can be hard to know what to do when you start to see the lines and wrinkles appearing but it is important to target these signs of ageing when they first appear. Try our Aromessence Mandarine Oil Serum with Mandarine Essential Oil to target the first signs of ageing.

Essential Oils for Ageing skin

At certain times of the year and as we age, our skin can start to lose its plumpness and not feel as tight as it used to. Our Aromessence Lavandula Iris Oil Serum contains two key Essential Oils to counteract the loss of firmness: Lavendin Essential Oil to stimulate youth, limit collagen degradation & boost collagen; and elastin synthesis and Iris Absolute to reduce the cell degradation.

Essential Oils for Advanced Signs of Ageing

Many different factors can cause your skin to age, from genetics to environmental factors such as the sun, smoking, being outside in the elements, air conditioning and lack of hydration, all of which can cause your skin to age at different rates. Skin ageing is caused by a loss of collagen in the skin and Essential Oils can help to re-start the collagen production revive dull skin. Our Aromessence Magnolia Oil Serum contains Essential Oils to counteract the effects of ageing: Magnolia which initiates collagen production; Peony which works to re-plump the skin; and Lychee which reduces inflammation to revive rosy skin.



Explore all of our Aromessence Essential Oil Serums.

What’s the Best Essential Oils for my Skin Type?

2 years ago

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. Also watch our skincare expert, Fiona Brackenbury share how to apply your Aromessence each morning.

Spotlight on: Peppermint Essential Oil

3 years ago

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!

The power of Essential Oils in your Skincare

3 years ago

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.

Spotlight on: Lavender Essential Oil

3 years ago

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.

Soothing properties

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!

Spotlight on: Cranberry Essential Oil

3 years ago

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.

Essential oils to preserve your healthy glow

3 years ago

Essential oils of elemi, saro, lemon and carrot are key ingredients to maintain that rosy glow and help your body ward off a dull complexion.

Cleansed skin

A healthy glow is a sign of a good cleansing routine: remove your make-up thoroughly in the evening and, a step that is often overlooked, exfoliate your skin once or twice a week in the morning. To remove dead skin cells and boost radiance, treat yourself to a little massage. Apply the Life Radiance flash radiance mask scrub using small circular movements, pressing lightly with your fingertips, to infuse your skin with the benefits of invigorating essential oils of elemi and saro.

A healthy glow from your plate

To promote a healthy, glowing complexion, opt for red and orange fruits and vegetables which are rich in beta-carotene. For a beautiful complexion, create some vitamin-packed menus flavoured with essential oil of lemon to help flush away toxins.

A lighter complexion

Finally, as extra protection against a dull complexion, take two drops of essential oil of carrot in a teaspoon of honey at breakfast time. Carrot’s extraordinary detoxifying properties are very useful for eliminating toxins and strengthening your defence system. Repeat for a maximum of 10 to 15 days. Never take ingestible essential oils for any longer than this to avoid fatiguing your body.

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