Smells Like Plant Spirit - The Essence of Essential Oils

by Mollie Jensen December 21, 2017

Essential oils smell wonderful, but have you ever wondered what they are and what, exactly, they do? More than just pretty natural fragrances, essential oils are powerful fluids that act as regulators—much like our hormones do for us—for the plants from where they are extracted. The oils can come from a variety of sources: citrus peels, plant leaves, stems, roots, seeds or flowers, or tree bark or resin. If you’ve ever noticed tiny drops of liquid coming from an orange peel when you press it, you’re seeing an essential oil. Breathe in the sweet orangey scent and you’re experiencing the uplifting effects of aromatherapy.

Squalane + Essential Oils

Each oil has its own unique properties, and while they can provide us with a myriad of benefits, they must be used with care. A tiny amount of these highly concentrated fluids goes a very long way—less is definitely more when working with essential oils. In fact, overusing an oil can have the opposite effect of what you’re trying to do. For instance, too much of a calming oil has the potential to cause skin irritation and the aroma can overwhelm the senses.

So why do we use essential oils in some of our products? Because we know the value of what these powerful little extracts can do. Take rose oil, for example. Rose is, not surprisingly, in our Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil. Revered for centuries as a beauty ingredient, we chose it for its ability to boost healthy-looking radiance and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. And yes, it also smells divine. When developing our products, we choose essential oils specifically for their particular benefits—their gorgeous aromas being an exceptionally nice bonus. Plus, we test all of our formulas for potential irritancy, so we know we’re using the oils at levels that are both safe and efficacious.

Though sometimes creating an essential oil blend with the aroma first in mind can be a beautiful thing. Recently seven of our favorite bloggers came to visit us here at Biossance and we surprised them with a fun essential oil blending activity. They got to choose from a variety of skin-friendly essential oils to create their own custom blend in our 100% Squalane Oil. With oils like mood elevating grapefruit, balancing lavender and sensual jasmine (just to name a few) they created our seven limited-edition Squalane + Essential Oils, now available for purchase. In addition to smelling fabulous, the blends are part of our Giving Tuesday campaign that continues until they sell out.

 Cheers to Squalane + Essential OilsDesigned to be used as a luxurious body and hair oil, each Squalane + Essential Oils blend has its own aroma personality and gives a unique sensory experience. We invite you to check them out for yourself and discover the aromatic properties essential oils have to offer. Whether you need a little calming, mood boosting or to create some balance, we’re sure there’s the right Squalane + Essential Oils blend for you. Your skin and senses will thank you—which is really what aromatherapy is all about.

Mollie Jensen


Mollie Jensen
Mollie Jensen

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My lifelong obsession with the world of beauty started at an early age and kicked off right out of high school as a makeup artist. My dreams of being the next big thing in Hollywood took a detour as I discovered esthetics and became fascinated with how the skin functions. From there I worked post-operatively with patients in a burn trauma unit, helping them care for their skin and conceal their scars. This led to product formulation and the world of aromatherapy where I began my career in product development. As a consultant for several years working with many startups, I quickly became the go-to in helping launch and rebrand product lines, my specialties in product formulation, regulatory compliant copywriting and building cohesive brand personalities. My love of natural and sustainable beauty led me to Biossance, where I happily reside as Senior Marketing Manager for new product development.


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