Essential Oils 101: Everything You Need to Know

Find out which essential oils you can use to look and feel your best.

Essential Oils 101: Everything You Need to Know

By Reina Berger

Essential oils have been around for thousands of years and yet after all this time, it seems as though they are still shrouded in mystery. With so many different types of oils out there it can feel intimidating trying to navigate that world to find the one that suits you best. We spoke with beauty expert and celebrity skincare specialist Susan Ciminelli to learn more about essential oils and find out about the benefits and uses. Check out this guide to become an expert on the subject and be sure to read The Ciminelli Solution: A 7-Day Plan for Radiant Skin to discover more useful tips!

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Carrier Oil

While we call them oils, essential oils are actually highly concentrated plant derivatives that can cause a powerful reaction when applied to the skin. The key to getting the most out of your treatments is to dilute the oil of your choosing with a carrier oil such as jojoba, coconut oil, shea butter, or grapeseed oil. While essential oils have a strong fragrance, the carriers are muted and meant to aid in the safe transfer of the oil to your skin, rather than imparting a scent of their own. Try out different carrier and essential oil combos to find the mix that suits you best.

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