The beauty industry—like food, architecture, and even fashion—is currently digging all things natural. Skincare brands like Tata Harper and Indie Lee are fuelled by organic farms, while LA-based Beautycounter is trying to revolutionise eco-conscious colour cosmetics. So it’s no wonder it feels like everyone’s suddenly talking about aromatherapy. We hear Donna Karan has a penchant for Young Living’s Thieves Oil ($45) while Eva Chen, Lucky’s Editor-In-Chief, swears by H.Gillerman’s Sleep Remedy ($48).
“Essential oils are very powerful substances extracted from plants that have been evolving for eons,” says H.Gillerman founder and holistic healer Hope Gillerman. “You can use them to process what your mind and body are going through.” That includes calming anxiety, curing jet-lag, soothing your skin, improving circulation, or strengthening both your memory and immune system.
You’ll find seven of our favourite above. Some are applied topically and some take their effect when inhaled—but all smell delicious.
When added to a bath, this warming mix of rosemary, pepper, lavender, and ginger essential oils will help to relax your muscles.
This massage oil features basil, tangerine, ylang ylang, and rosemary to stimulate energy, increase vitality, and sooth chronic fatigue.
A blend of olive oil, lavender, birch, orange, cedar and other essential oils to help your body adjust to a new climate and time zone.
Sure, eating carrots is good for you, but the plant’s essential oil is anti-aging, and balances both dry and oily complexions when applied topically.
Four different eucalyptus oils combine to promote easier breathing alongside peppermint and myrtle extracts.
If you’re going to stash an oil in your bag, make it this one. The rosewood, lavender, and peppermint oils will soothe even a pounding headache.
Rub this blend of chamomile, marjoram, sandalwood, and vanilla on the soles of your feet before bedtime to calm you down and encourage sleep.