Cosmetics vs. Essential Oils - What Should I Watch Out For?
Updated: Nov 22, 2020
So what are cosmetics? Everyone uses them, but what are they really? We get asked a lot by individuals why our products are labeled as cosmetic when they have nothing to do with make-up. One of our missions is to support individuals to become more aware of essential oils, aromatherapy and safe usage.
** Technical content alert!
First, let me start by giving a brief explanation of what is an essential oil...
Essential oils are a 100% plant-based oils retrieved through various distillation processes such as steam or cold-pressed. They are primarily used in natural cosmetics due to their various health properties. However, the difference between cosmetic and pure essential oil is not always clear. These are highly concentrated and not the same as a carrier oil or cooking oil, typically applied in larger doses.
Definition of Cosmetics:
Cosmetics are basically any product that goes on the skin. This can be make-up, yes. However, this can also be essential oils that are diluted with a carrier oil, blended, and then applied to the skin.
Creation of Cosmetics:
When creating cosmetic products such as roll-ons, it is essential to respect certain recommendations, for example, from the IFRA or analysis performed by independent laboratories. These regulations which are in place may seem extremely rigid. However, they are in place for the safety of your body. For example, in Switzerland, essential oils may be used in a maximum 3% concentration rate within cosmetics. They are never used pure, and knowing the regulations depending on your country is really important. Especially if you are interested in working with oils to support yourself or your loved ones.
Due to the properties of essential oils, it is crucial to respect dosage to avoid skin issues or other reactions due to its concentration.
The European Union Cosmetics Regulation listed 26 fragrance allergens. In 2012, the SCCS “Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety” identified 100 additional allergens.
This regulation is being reinforced to allow consumers to be better informed about what goes into their skin and to be aware of what is safe and what is the best dosage.
All people who experience trouble with the following issues should avoid essential oils or consult before using them:
Babies and children
High blood pressure
Low blood pressure
We want you to be knowledgeable, informed, and happy using your essential oils. This is why we have developed aroma care cards that support you in better understanding the benefits of your oils and the usage.