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Workshops in Holistic Health

Aromatherapy - How to use Essential Oils in Cosmetics

Aromatherapy - How to use Essential Oils in Cosmetics

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This one day workshop teaches how to safely add essential oils to skin, hair, body care products plus, if making cosmetics such as lip gloss or lipsticks, which essential oils you can use and how much you can add. 

With the popularity of Aromatherapy ever growing, it is inevitable that the use of essential oils in cosmetics would become a reality.

It is not a new concept, indeed there was a company that bought out “Aromatherapy Makeup” in the mid-1980’s. As a practicing Aromatherapist at the time, I was so excited and couldn’t wait to receive and sell “Aromatherapy makeup” in my salon.

What a disappointment to find that the lipsticks were all scented with fennel essential oil. Now sweet Fennel essential oil is a wonderful essential oil to use in treatments, but in lipsticks?

As a teacher and practitioner of Aromatherapy and Holistic Skin Care since 1982, I have used essential oils in all my treatments and products.

Finally, the cosmetics industry is slowly catching on with the notion that cosmetics don’t just have to “look good” but can “feel good” and also “do good” at the same time.

The Marriage of Mind, Body and Spirit

With this in mind, my concern is that a cosmetic formulator is going to come along, (which indeed has happened!) and decide that they are going to launch an Aromatherapy Makeup Line.

Using essential oils in cosmetics is a powerful tool and this works well for the growing trend in cosmetics which is to deliver not just a pretty cover up, but to also have a positive effect on the skin and emotions as well.

Imagine a makeup that can cover up a condition whilst healing it at the same time!

Be aware that although essential oils are a powerful aid in helping with certain skin conditions, they are not a cure-all for all diseases that some sellers of essential oils would have us believe!

Some essential oils are very gentle whilst others can be very irritating and could possibly cause serious damage if used incorrectly. In lieu of that, it is extremely important to know which essential oils can be used safely on the face, especially around the eyes and in what percentages!


Ideally, one would want Aromatherapy Makeup to:

Look Good – To conceal any blemishes, wrinkles, and redness, evening out the skin tone without looking like one has any makeup on. “The No Makeup Look”, whilst leaving the skin feeling smooth and silky.

Feel Good – The aroma to have a positive effect on mood whether it be to relax or to feel energized.

Do Good – By adding the correct essential oils to makeup will do good, whether it be by using Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) for its anti-ageing properties, or Immortelle (Helichrysm italicum) for its healing effects on rosacea.

Recipes will be given and students will have the opportunity to make and take home their own skin care products with essential oils added for their own individual use. 

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