The Tipping List
Just the Essentials
Incorporating oils into your beauty regimen
By: Reed Walton
Wanna get REALLY earthy? Put aside that hippy-trippy patchouli and follow me to the land of sensual and effective essential oils!
1. Clove oil. That little fragrant bud we mull cider with actually produces a powerful antiseptic. It makes a very inoffensive spot treatment for pimples. Dab a little on individual blemishes with a cotton swab, but don’t use undiluted clove oil over large portions of the body.
2. Bergamot oil. Yes, it’s the stuff that scents Earl Grey tea, and it can also serve as a nervous system wakeup call. Smelling like strong, sweet citrus peel (the bergamot is a relative of the orange), bergamot oil diluted in unscented carrier oil like jojoba or kukui nut and dabbed on the temples is a sensual treat. It also has antiseptic properties, making it a good wound soak or bath additive.
3. Frankincense oil. One of the three gifts the Magi are supposed to have brought to Jesus, according to Christian scripture, Frankincense oil is nothing like what you’d expect. It’s pressed from the resin of evergreen trees and as a result has a fantastic, rich, woodsy scent. Perfect sprinkled on a pillow at bedtime, it also fills a house with a wonderful scent when left on a light bulb oil diffuser or oil burner. Alternately, drop it in a pot of boiling water and breathe the steam for an invigorating steam facial and an airway-clearing treat.
4. Neroli oil. This powdery, exotic scent is like dessert for the olfactory senses. Just place a drop on potpourri or leave in an open container to sweeten a room. Make sure not to apply it on skin, though, because it can irritate.
5. Kukui Nut oil. Pressed from the “exotic” Hawaiian
kukui nut, this light, unscented oil is a perfect carrier oil and a moisture splash for skin. Unlike more concentrated oils, it can be used liberally anywhere–a special treat for legs post-shave when you don’t want an over-the-top scent.
6. Jojoba Oil. Jojoba is an herb whose seeds are pressed to produce the Howitzer cannon of skin moisturizers. Used in tons of skincare products, the amber-colored oil can be used practically all over the body to moisturize and tone. After shampooing, massage into the ends of hair to tame flyaways and prevent split ends. For a special moisturizing treatment, massage throughout hair and scalp before shampooing and leave in five minutes or more to maximize shine and minimize daily damage!
Tell us: Which essential oils have you incorporated into your beauty routine?