Product Review / Skincare

How Essential are Oils?

After doing a little more research into the multiple benefits of essential oils, I was inspired to incorporate them into my daily skincare regimen. This little extra step has made a noticeable difference in my skin’s recovery and I’ve enjoyed the results so much that I am continuing to use it even though my breakouts and inflammation have disappeared.

One of the perks about this formula is the vegetable-derived Squalane, which protects the skin against hyper-pigmentation. While my old scars fade, this will come in handy as I suit up to man the fort against future spots. You may be wondering, am I going to turn blue after slathering that on my face? Save the Smurfette costume for Halloween, dears. The deep blue color you see is a natural result of the Azulene derived from the Blue Tansy, known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Last but not least, can we talk about the divine scent of Jasmine Sambac Oil? The smell of thousands of jasmine petals distilled into a tiny bottle isn’t just there to satisfy our noses – it increases the skin’s moisture content and elasticity.

A little goes a long way, but the nice thing about this product is the way it absorbs into the skin’s natural lipid layer (similarly to the way coconut oil does). Patience is key when it comes to working with oils, so don’t expect to walk out the door without looking a little glossy. I usually pat a few drops over my face, then finish my morning routine around the house and by the time I’m done it’s usually well-absorbed.

Despite having what I thought to be a well-rounded understanding about skin, I learned the hard way that essential oils had gotten a bad rap for causing oily skin types to break-out. I had bought into every acne-be-gone product on the market only to discover that the daily bombardment of oil-stripping was causing my skin to to produce even more oil in my T-zone while becoming extremely dry and red in the cheeks (a common side-effect to using salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide).

My experience with essential oils lead me to question many of the acne treatment products I had purchased, including those claiming to be evidence-based. Even with my scientific research background, I admit that I still fall victim to savvy packaging and advertisement. In the end, I ditched my acne products and opted for a purely organic, essential oil skincare regimen for 30 days. The result? An overall glowing complexion, reduced redness and hyper pigmentation, no more irritation, fading scars, and best of all? Bye-bye to enlarged, clogged pores! Okay, commercial time over, let’s get to the real heart of this…

Contrary to what my acne products made certain, my acne did not return once I stopped using the products. The changes happened slowly at first, and believe me, there were days where I would find myself kneeling next to the bin, in hopes of digging up my thrown-away on-the-spot blemish remover. But determined to give this an honest test run, I was committed to using nothing but 100% natural ingredients and continued focusing my attention on the other essential parts of skincare that I had control over, among those being: staying hydrated, getting adequate sleep, feeding my body with nutrient-rich foods, and exercising consistently.

Before reaching the end of my 30 days, I was already showing signs of improved skin (see gallery below). More importantly, with this minimalist routine now in place, I felt less dependent on products to keep my skin clear. What started as a quest for curing my acne ended up resulting in so much more than what I could have imagined, and the best part of it all is – it cost me less than what I had spent in IPLs, facials, and acne products combined!

As always, I can’t wait to share more tips with you in future posts! For now, I hope to have inspired you to give essential oils a try, and look forward to hearing about whether you’ll be including this new step to your skincare routine!

Feature image and ingredient descriptions provided by Herbivore Botanicals at

Links above are not affiliate links. Products in this post were purchased solely by me and opinions expressed are 100% straight out of Compton my noggin.


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