I have believed in the power of essential oils since I was a child and my school (The International School of Geneva) went on a field trip to Grasse, France, the epicenter of the perfume industry. I will never forget standing in the fields of jasmine, rose and lavender and breathing in the scent of those flowers. I later learnt about the incredible antiseptic, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties of essential oils.
When I started formulating my products in 1986, I immediately looked to pure, botanical ingredients and created OSEA Essential Hydrating Oil: a blend of lavender, chamomile, calendula and geranium oils. I have used it religiously everyday since.
Back then everyone thought I was crazy for putting oils on my skin, but today these oils are the mass beauty sector’s favorite new ingredient. From the beauty aisle, to the household cleaning aisle, to the baby care aisle, you will find body lotions, counter-top sprays, plug-in air fresheners and baby shampoo all claiming to contain ‘essential oils’. Yet, there is no governing body to oversee or certify essential oil production and sales. Often, the labeling is deeply misleading.
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