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A Guide to Creating a Blending Bar With Essential Oils

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During her session "Create You Own Blending Bar With Therapeutic Essential Oils," Kim Manely, founder of KM Herbals, shared with Face & Body Midwest attendees a variety of skin care applications that utilize essential oils. 

Therapeutic Essential Oils for the Face

Carrot Seed

  • Actions: Balancing, clarifying and rejuvenating
  • Skin types and conditions: All, mature, sun damage, scarring and improves skin tone/texture

Chamomile, Roman

  • Actions: Soothing, cleansing and balancing
  • Skin types and conditions: All, sensitive, irritation, nausea, stress/anxiety and improves skin tone and texture

Frankincense

  • Actions: Soothing, balancing and rejuvenating
  • Skin types and conditions: All, mature, dry, sensitive, scarring, stress/anxiety and improves skin tone/texture

Geranium, Rose

  • Actions: Rejuvenating, uplifting, balancing and clarifying
  • Skin types and conditions: All, mature, oily/congested, sensitive, dehydrated, stress/anxiety and fatigue

Immortelle 

  • Actions: Soothing, clarifying and balancing
  • Skin types and conditions: Mature, dry, oily/congested, sensitive, scarring, sun damage and improves skin tone/texture

Lavender

  • Actions: Soothing, balancing and clarifying
  • Skin types and conditions: All, mature, oily/congested, dry, sun damage, sensitive, stress/anxiety and improves skin tone/texture

Neroli

  • Actions: Soothing, toning and aphrodisiac
  • Skin types and conditions: All, mature, oily/congested, sensitive, dehydrated, stress/anxiety and improves skin tone/texture

Rose

  • Actions: Soothing, hydrating, rejuvenating, toning, uplifting and aphrodisiac
  • Skin types and conditions: Mature, dry, sensitive, irritation, dehydrated, stress/anxiety and improves skin tone/texture

Rosemary ct. Verbenone

  • Actions: Stimulating, cleansing, clarifying and rejuvenating
  • Skin types and conditions: All, dry, mature, sun damage, dull skin, stagnation, fatigue, respiratory support and improves skin tone/texture

Tea Tree

  • Actions: Cleansing, stimulating and immune support
  • Skin types and conditions: All, oily/congested, sun damage, broken skin and respiratory support

Manley explained that a majority of essential oils are too active to be applied neat. She recommended that sensitive areas like the face should require blending essential oils with carrier oils at a 1% dilution.

One drop of essential oil is equivalent to 25 mg. Manley stated that a 1% dilution would be five to six drops in a 1 oz. unscented base. 

Carrier oils include:

  • Apricot
  • Avocado
  • Borage
  • Cocoa butter
  • Virgin coconut
  • Evening primrose
  • Golden jojoba
  • Extra virgin olive
  • Pomegranate seed
  • Rice bran 
  • Rosehip seed
  • Safflower 
  • Fair trade shea butter
  • Sunflower seed
  • Sweet almond
  • Tamanu/foraha

Applications of Therapeutic Essential Oils and Dilutions for the Face

  • Facial cleansers: 20-25 drops per 4.oz unscented base
  • Toners: 25-30 drops per 4 oz. herbal infusion/tea, aloe vera or spring water
  • Masks: 5-6 drops per 1 oz. liquid/powder
  • Steams: 5-6 drops into hot water
  • Massage oils/cremes: 5-6 drops per 1 oz. unscented base

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