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10 Must-Have Essential Oils

Posted on April 20 2017

Some essential oils are just that - essential. Any essential oils collection to be proud of just isn’t the same without some staple choices. Whether you’re simply searching for some wonderful scents, or looking for a variety of uses from your essential oils, check out our must-haves for inspiration.

The concentrated form of many plants, herbs and fragrances, essential oils can have all kinds of different applications, from giving your home a fantastic fragrance to aiding relaxation and even supporting skin healing.

Each essential oil has its own merits and our selection is by no means exhaustive; it can be helpful, however, to know more about an essential oil before making the investment for yourself.

Here at Soap.Club, we work with essential oils every day, adding precious drops of carefully chosen essential oils to our natural soaps. Used to fragrance soap naturally, essential oils are known for their various benefits - keep reading to find out more about ten of our favorites.

1. Lavender Essential Oil

Famously relaxing, lavender is one of the most popular essential oils worldwide - and not without reason. Long used in perfume production, lavender oil is known for its heady, deeply relaxing fragrance and balancing properties.

A few drops of lavender oil added to a carrier oil and burned can create a powerful aroma, associated with tension release. Often used as a sleep aid, lavender essential oil is also added to various products, such as natural soap, where it leaves a lingering scent.

2. Peppermint Essential Oil

Versatile and potently antimicrobial, peppermint essential oil is refreshing and naturally cleansing. The cooling effect of peppermint can help soothe sore, achy muscles, while the calming properties are associated with relieving digestive muscle spasms.

Thought to date back around 1,000 years, use of peppermint has been popular throughout the ages - the herb was used in various formats in ancient Chinese folk medicine and is even referred to in Greek mythology. Now, peppermint soap and products can help to cool and refresh tired or angry skin.

3. Lemon Essential Oil

Long associated with cleansing, lemon oil is a key ingredient in many household cleaning products but is also naturally cleansing in its natural state. Lemon essential oil has antifungal problems and can also be used to relieve pain naturally, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Powerfully uplifting when inhaled, the scent of lemon essential oil has been linked to relieving the nausea associated with morning sickness, as well as combating anxiety and stress to provide a mood boost.

4. Tea Tree Essential Oil

Gentle yet refreshing, tea tree essential oil is known for its skin protecting properties. Tea tree oil is often used as a natural remedy for acne, helping to unblock and disinfect pores. Naturally antiseptic, tea tree essential oil is proven to be effective against various types of bacteria and fungi.

Another benefit associated with tea tree oil is its ability to reduce skin inflammation - tea tree is often used as a natural treatment for skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis. For extra moisturization, try olive oil tea tree soap.

Sandalwood Essential Oil

One of the most popular essential oils worldwide is sandalwood, derived from the slow-growing trees through a process of steam distillation. Sandalwood is naturally antiseptic and has long been used in wound cleansing, also boasting cicatrizing properties that aid the healing of spots and scars.

Sandalwood oil can be used to deodorize the body as well as to moisturize the skin and to relieve irritation and inflammation.

Rosemary Essential Oil

The distinctive herbal fragrance of rosemary is as renowned as its benefits - rosemary has been used for centuries in health and beauty applications. Thought to help boost circulation, rosemary essential oil can also soothe muscle and joint pain and improve the appearance of cellulite and acne.

Proven to help reduce stress and anxiety levels, rosemary is also useful for maintaining mental health and wellbeing. Studies have shown that rosemary can also help enhance memory and alertness - try a bar of our all-natural rosemary soap and find out for yourself!

Chamomile Essential Oil

Soothing chamomile is not only a popular type of tea but also available in essential oil form. Chamomile is especially good for the skin in a variety of ways and commonly used to treat acne, dry skin, eczema, boils and dermatitis.

Chamomile is also associated with stress reduction and can be used to aid sleep and prevent insomnia. Irritability and depression are also reported to improve with use of chamomile.

Jasmine Essential Oil

Known for its wonderfully floral fragrance, jasmine essential oil has much more to offer than its appealing aroma alone. Rich in naturally fungicidal and antiviral properties, jasmine essential oil can help cleanse the skin and protect against infection.

Jasmine essential oil also helps stimulate the release of hormones like serotonin, potentially helping to relieve symptoms of depression, while it also aids the healing of scars and spots and treats dry or brittle skin.

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Invigorating grapefruit essential oil is known to stimulate the senses, which makes it the perfect addition to a morning shower in the form of grapefruit soap or shower gel. Actively antiseptic, grapefruit essential oil is also an effective cleanser for the skin.
Because grapefruit oil stimulates the circulatory system, it can help banish cellulite and also removes excess sebum from the skin to keep your complexion oil-free and less spot prone.

Rose Essential Oil

The process of making rose essential oil is so painstaking that this feminine and floral oil is known as one of the most precious in the world. Associated with women’s health, in particular, rose essential oil has a wide range of applications, from boosting mood to extracting toxins.

Rose oil is depurative and antiseptic - it can help cleanse the skin and also provide protection against skin disorders. It is also believed to help soothe inflammation and may be used in aromatherapy to treat depression.

Our selection of ten must-have essential oils includes some of our best-loved varieties - you’ll find all of the oils listed above in our natural soaps, just visit the Scent Store to find your favorite!

Don’t forget to head back to the Soap.Club blog regularly for the latest news and views, along with some fantastic cold process soap recipes.

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