Why We Use Es­sen­tial Oils in THREE

The four key es­sen­tial oils in our skin, hair and body prod­ucts

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Es­sen­tial oils are special

De­fined as hy­dropho­bic liq­uids with volatile aroma com­pounds from plants, they have a com­plex com­po­si­tion and can­not be im­i­tated in a lab. For ex­am­ple, in a syn­thetic for­mula of 10 com­po­nents, you get 10 ac­tive in­gre­di­ents. With es­sen­tial oils, each type has be­tween 100 and 400 com­po­nents. When a for­mula has a blend of 10 es­sen­tial oils, you get be­tween 1,000 and 4,000 com­po­nents.

They are es­sen­tial to our well-be­ing in ev­ery way

Of our five senses, smell af­fects us the most – phys­i­cally, men­tally and emo­tion­ally. The scent of es­sen­tial oils has a great in­flu­ence on al­le­vi­at­ing stress, anxiety and de­pres­sion. It has been sci­en­tif­i­cally proven that it has a pos­i­tive ther­a­peu­tic ef­fect on our au­to­nomic ner­vous sys­tem: it soothes the body by de­creas­ing our breath­ing, heart rate and blood pres­sure, and helps us achieve the bal­ance we need in our mod­ern lives.

Berg­amot

It is one of the most pop­u­lar cit­rus oils, and is well known for giv­ing Earl Grey tea its dis­tinct aroma. Its oil has a fresh, sweet fra­grance that calms and re­freshes. It has var­i­ous ac­tive in­gre­di­ents that are com­posed in a well-bal­anced way. This en­hances its ef­fec­tive­ness in pro­mot­ing sta­bil­ity for the mind and body. On the skin, it’s an ideal skin-con­di­tion reg­u­la­tor, pre­vent­ing dry­ness while nor­mal­is­ing se­bum pro­duc­tion, has as­trin­gent prop­er­ties, and heals dam­aged cells.

Frank­in­cense

Also known as olibanum, it is ex­tracted from tree resin and has a sweet, spicy yet fresh scent. The oil is ef­fec­tive in as­sist­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion of oxy­gen around the body. Frank­in­cense also pro­motes cel­lu­lar ac­tiv­ity and is re­garded as an anti-age­ing oil.

Green Tea Seed

It is a com­mon prac­tice to use only green tea leaves and dis­card the fruits. THREE an­a­lysed the fruit from Maki­no­hara, Shizuoka Pre­fec­ture, and found that the seeds have a highly emol­lient and per­me­able oil – with linoleic and olein acids – that’s closer to the skin’s nat­u­ral humec­tants and se­bum than jo­joba. It helps skin re­tain mois­ture bet­ter, and is also high in an­tiox­i­dants that pro­tect the skin.

Mar­jo­ram

The herb has been used as a medicine and for cook­ing since an­cient times. In An­cient Greece, mar­jo­ram was con­sid­ered an em­bod­i­ment of hap­pi­ness with di­vine pow­ers. The sweet and warm, spicy aroma of the oil is re­lax­ing; it re­duces anxiety and stress. The oil can warm the mind and body, im­prov­ing blood circulation, which is vi­tal for healthy body func­tions. It can also re­duce mus­cu­lar and menstrual pain, and swelling, and stim­u­late skin func­tions so that the skin ap­pears more ra­di­ant.

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