My essential oil complex:
I've chosen the following essential oils for their various benefits to skin and hair:
Bergamot: The benefits of bergamot include easing stress due to it's calming and centering scent. It has traditionally been used for oily and troubled skin. Bergamot essential oil is what gives Earl Grey Tea its fantastic and unique flavor!
German chamomile: German Chamomile essential oil has been used to support the body’s natural response to irritation. This oil contains chamazulene, a compound studied for its ability to support the body’s natural response to irritation. German Chamomile also supports healthy skin. And clears the mind and creates patience and peace.
Lavender: Some of the most important health benefits of lavender include its ability to relieve stress, reduce inflammation, lower skin irritation, prevent infections, and eliminate dandruff.
Clove: The health benefits of clove oil can be attributed to its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral and stimulating properties. The oil is used for treating a variety of health disorders including toothaches, indigestion, cough, asthma, headache, stress and blood impurities.
Cypress: Cypress Essential Oil is beneficial for oily or troubled skin.
Thyme linalol: Because of its gentle nature, Thyme linalool is an excellent component in facial toners and cleansers. Unlike some other germ-fighting oils, it will help soothe problem skin without causing irritation.
Thuja: An excellent astringent in facial toners and cleansers. This oil reduces irritation on the skin and stimulates the circulation of blood below the skin.
Ylang Ylang: Ylang Ylang Oil has been used to balance male and female energies so one can achieve a state of harmony.
Magnesium Chloride: Magnesium plays a role in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body, including the metabolism of food, synthesis of fatty acids and proteins, and the transmission of nerve impulses.
Bentonite: An electropositive clay that swells when wet. Acts as an astringent, literally squeezing dirt and toxins from the skin's pores.
Behentrimonium methosulfate: Oil and silicone free skin conditioner. Emulsifier.
Squalane: A natural moisturizer, antioxidant and repair ingredient; found in human skin lipid barrier
Sodium PCA: Humectant.
Panthenol: Vitamin B5; Humectant. Improves skin hydratrion, reduces redness and inflammation, increases wonud healing by stimulating skin epitheliazation, improves skin barrier mechanism repair, mitigates itching and soothes irritation.
Tocopherol: Vitamin E, this vitamin is lipid-soluble, which means that it helps in cell-membrane stability. The antioxidant content in Vitamin E protect our cells from the negative effects of free radicals.
Polyquaternium-51: Cationic polymer derived from sugar. A powerful humectant and protective film former. Stabilizes epidermal phospholipids while significantly improving moisture retention.
Sodium hyaluronate: has been observed to increase the rate of cellular repair while minimizing the formation of scarred tissue, sodium hyaluronate is intended to facilitate cellular repair and renewal to minimize cracking and damage.
Cetyl alcohol: This short chain, saturated, fatty alcohol imparts an emollient feel to lotions and creams and works with cationic quaternary compounds to super-charge conditioners.
Butylene glycol: Humectant; most resistant to high humidity than other glycols, which means it's great for very humid areas.
Glycol distearate: Emollient, emulsifier.
Urea: Urea is capable of binding water in the stratum corneum to prevent water loss while effectively moisturizing the skin. Urea also functions as an effective exfoliating agent to help smooth and soften the skin, which normally becomes rough and flakey after desiccation. Both sodium PCA and urea are components of the body’s natural moisturizing factors (NMF), which function as the body’s methods to retain moisture.
Trehalose: Trehalose is a glucose disaccharide that facilitates osmo-regulation, and it can be found in fungi, bacteria, some amphibians and many invertebrates that are forced to survive in desiccating environments. It functions as a carbohydrate reserve in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to stabilize proteins during heat shock and suppresses denatured protein aggregation. Trehalose is also important for overcoming environmental osmotic and oxidative stresses. Topical application of the disaccharide may improve epidermal barrier function, and possibly prevent heat shock.
Sorbic acid: Preservative.
Caprylyl glycol: Preservative.