Essential oils have become a favourite in the beauty world – and for good reason. But which ones should you be using for what? Find out in our guide to essential oils…

The highly concentrated plant extracts that are essential oils have been popular for centuries – and for good reason.

The fact that they are all natural and chemical free have made them super appealing in the beauty world, but with so many options out there, how are you supposed to know which to choose to use in your beauty regime? We’ve rounded up a few of our faves to help you find the best essential oils for you…

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Lavender

Besides smelling amazing, lavender has both hydrating and healing properties, making it your skin’s best friend. Use it on any skin irritations or inflammation – yip, even pesky pimples – as well as dry skin. Lavender is also super relaxing (which is why it’s regularly used in spas), so a few drops on your pillow (or a tissue near your pillow) should help that beauty sleep come ‘round with ease.

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We love Soil Lavender Essential Oil (R99), or try Coconut Collection Face Oil with Lavender & Rosemary (R69)

Tea tree

This essential oil is great to use if you’re struggling with breakouts or acne since it has both antiviral and antibacterial properties, reducing inflammation and treating clogged pores. Winning!

Mix it into your existing moisturiser or dab it on problem areas. If it’s our first time using tea tree oil, start slow so your skin can get used to it.

If you’re looking for a gentle, all-natural range of products that use tea tree oil, try Earthsap Tea Tree face wash (R65) and Earthsap Tea Tree Toner (R76). We love that they’re budget friendly and perfect for teens too!

Ylang Ylang

You’ve certainly heard this buzz word in the beauty world, and for good reason. If you’ve got oily skin or skin prone to acne and breakouts, ylang ylang is the essential oil for you. It is also great to help combat those signs of ageing as it stimulates cell growth and cell regeneration.

Try Soil Ylang Ylang Oil (R99) if you’re looking for concentrated oil or Bee Pure Face & Body Cleansing Bar (R62) for a mild cleansing soap with the added benefits of ylang ylang.

Chamomile

We all know this as a calming warm beverage, and the essential oil version is just as nifty. Chamomile oil is great for treating a range of skin irritations such as eczema, rosacea and acne, and can be used to calm down inflammation and soothe sensitive skin.

For sensitive skin, we love The Victorian Garden Rose & Chamomile Day Cream (R140) and for dry lips, try Oh Lief Roman Chamomile Lip Balm (R60)

Frankincense

If it was good enough for the wise men to take along as a gift, it’s got to be good enough for your skin. It has fab anti-ageing properties as it regenerates skin cells and helps with skin elasticity, while also helping with pigmentation and reducing the appearance of scars.

Try Rosemary & Frankincense Night Cream (R152), for a really rich night-time moisturiser or Rose en Bos Orange & Frankincense Soap Bar (R40).

Jasmine

If you’re looking for a youthful skin injection, jasmine is the essential oil for you. It helps with skin elasticity and plumps it up, helping with the signs of ageing. Jasmine also helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks, so apply it to any area you may be concerned about.

Get ready to fall in love with Nautica Organics Jasmine Oil blend (R132) and Bee Natural Body Butter Jasmine (R109).

Lemongrass

If you struggle with large pores – which often means breakouts and acne can be a problem for you – lemongrass could be your new miracle oil. It can also be used as a toner, making it incredibly versatile.

For pure lemongrass oil, try Soil Lemongrass Essential Oil (R37), or give Pure Simple Lemongrass Castile Soap (R46) a go – the olive oil makes it a very moisturising cleansing soap.

Rosemary

We all want thick, glowing, luscious locks, right? Well, rosemary oil is the essential oil to use. Lather on your scalp to improve the thickness of your hair and increase hair growth as it promotes cell regeneration.

Shiny hair loves The Victorian Garden Rosemary & Vanilla Hair Shampoo (R138)  and The Victorian Garden Rosemary & Jojoba Hair Masque with Peppermint (R135) 

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