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Synergistic Organic Skincare

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Mixing essential oils correctly is both an art and a science.”

OLIVIA THORPE

Essential oils are complex mixtures of volatile constituents, biosynthesized by plants as a form of chemical defense – a natural response to the interaction with predators throughout millions of years of co-evolution. They have long been recognized for their antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidant properties and combinations of essential oils have been used widely in the medicine and food industry to take advantage of the synergistic and additive effects they have when their isolated components are combined.

Essential oils can be especially powerful as skincare agents, as mixing specific oils together with certain skin-healing properties can create a synergistic reaction, whereby the effect of the combined oils is greater than the sum of the individual effects. Essential oils contain phenols, aldehydes, ketones, alcohols, esters, ethers and hydrocarbons. It is the complex interaction between these compounds that allows for their healing activity.

Combinations of single essential oils can produce a range of interactive effects. The type of interactions and the mechanisms involved vary depending on the essential oils that are combined.

The sequence of the blend (ie. the order you add each oil to the mix) can change the therapeutic qualities and the fragrance of the oil. The volatility, viscosity and therapeutic qualities of each individual essential oil is vital in being able to harmonize and synergise with the other essential oils in the blend. One drop too many of any single oil can upset everything.

It has taken us over two years to reach the perfect synergistic blend to ensure that No.1 Nourishing Face Serum has the most potent skin-healing properties, together, importantly, with a scent that has the aromatherapeutic ability to lift the mind and promote feelings of calm and self love, whilst being gentle enough to use on even the most sensitive skin.