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Essential Oils
Herbal Extracts
HOW IT’S MADE:

Using steam to extract the highly fragrant and concentrated parts of plant roots, flowers, leaves, bark, and fruit.

By steeping a plant or flower in a solvent (usually glycerin, alcohol or water) to infuse the plant’s properties—kind of like making tea.

SKIN BENEFITS:

Has antioxidant and antibacterial properties that can protect against topical troublemakers (like fungi & yeast).

Has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can heal, calm and soothe the skin (without being too harsh and causing irritation).

SAFETY STUFF:

Because they are so concentrated and fragrant, they may cause irritation, allergic reactions, or general redness when applied directly onto the skin.

Because they are diluted, they can be used in higher quantities and are gentler on skin while still providing the plant-based benefits from which they are derived.

THE BOTTOM LINE:

Essential oils are pure and highly concentrated.

Extracts are diluted, though still highly-beneficial.

ONE LAST THING:

Don’t confuse essential oils with seed oils like Argan Oil, Rosehip Oil and Avocado Oil. These oils are derived from the seed of the plant and are not fragrant. Instead, they’re often used in skincare to hydrate and moisturize.

Water extracts, such as rose or lavender waters, are made from the water soluble parts of the flower (AKA the petals are usually steeped in water). They have many skin benefits and are far less irritating than essential oils (and they still smell amazing!).

Spot the Difference

Rose Oil

Rosehip Oil

Rose Water

Made from:

Steam-distilled rose petals

Pressed from seeds

Rose petals that have been steeped in water

Used for:

An antioxidant boost

Softening skin

Calming and balancing skin

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Lavender Flower Water

Raspberry Seed Oil

Willow Bark Extract

Made / Derived from:

Lavender flower petals steeped in water

Pressed from seeds

Bark steeped in glycerin

Used for:

Soothing skin

Moisturizing skin

Glowing skin