What Are Essential Oils?

what is essential oil

You've most definitely heard about the term Essential oils, but do you know what they are? Here is what you need to know about Essential oils before you join the Skin18 community. Essential oils are a common ingredient in beauty, health, and household products. Peoples use them commonly through inhalation or topical application depending on the purposes.

These oils are available in many stores in different locations worldwide, with many kinds to choose from: from highest to lowest quality, from most expensive to cheapest in the market. Even though they are already a common thing in the public, but not all people know the correct way to use them. Essential oils can be a bit tricky if you don't know how to use it.


Skin18 has always been interested in healthcare and skincare benefits. Based on 3 years of research, investigation, factory visits, testing, and quality control, we finally decided to move from Korean skincare to collaborate with Young Living because of their historical development, highest quality control, and excellent compensation plans.  Young Living and Skin18 hold the same company's goal – we test, use, and share through education. 


Many companies dilute Essential oils with cheaper filter and vegetable glycerine, which completely degrades their effectiveness. Young Living's products carry the highest quality in the market, which is why we choose this brand. 


Before Essential oils education, you need to understand what they are. Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids taken from the specific plant's parts like flowers, leaves, roots, seeds, and other components. The process of concentration done in various ways.

  • Distillation Process: Usually, the oils extracted through the distillation process. The producer will use the pressurized steam system to evaporate the oils; then they have the device to capture the oil and steam to turn them into liquid.
  • Solvent Extraction process: Besides distillation, there is another method called solvents. The producer will use the solvent residue that can add to perfumes or diffusers. The oils are usually available for inhalation. These are not prevalent for topical use.
  • Carbon Dioxide extraction: Then, there is the third method called carbon dioxide extraction.  This process creates phase changes in carbon dioxide utilizing temperature and pressure.
  • Cold-pressed extraction methods: The last method is cold-pressed methods. In this case, the Essential oils are coming from the ground fruit. Peoples are still using this method for a more natural result.

Essential oils are condensed and consistent. You can refrigerate these oils if you are planning to use it in the future. However, you need to know that Essential oils have a different shelf life. Some oils will lose their effects in months. Some oils can cater to your needs for years.

If you plan to use the Essential oils, it is necessary to understand these are wellness alternatives. That means you need to have ample knowledge and skill to use them. When misused, these oils can lead to side effects. For instance, some oils can make the skin burn or red.

The misconception that you need to avoid is that the users can use the Essential oils without diluting them in advance. No Essential oils are prevalent for direct application to the skin. It is necessary to read the label of the original oil products when you shop around. Stick to the well-developed branded essential oils like Young Living for the safer measure. With the right method, you can safely use essential oils for healthcare and skincare.

So what is the best part of Essential oils? They are the seed for many DIY (do-it-yourself) homemade products on healthcare and skincare. 

For example aromatherapy, aroma candles, body massage oil, perfume, air freshener spray, pain relief products, skincare products (face cleanser, serum, lotion, cream, lip care), hair care, soap, household cleanser, disinfectants, insect repellent, etc

DIY homemade products might seem impossible or difficult to learn; this is why Skin18 provides education to users/bloggers/partners.

The process might take more time then buying a ready-made item from the beauty store. The pros are more than cons includes how products are 100% organic, natural with healing power, and personalized scent with custom-made shape/ingredient.


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