Here you can find information about the essential oils, natural preservative, and the emulsifier found in ElskaBody products.
Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils
I do use a limited amount of fragrance oils in some of the products, but it is clear whether you are choosing an essential oil or fragrance oil for your order. Essential oils come with a variety of therapeutic properties which you can find summarized below. The few fragrance oils that I use are phthalate free and safe for bath and body. Please note that the citrus oils, including lemon, lime, sweet orange, and grapefruit, can make your skin sensitive to the sun and as such, should not be used before exposing your skin to direct sunlight. Hence, if you love those scents, use those lotions in the evenings during the summer, or all through the winter months when we tend to bundle up!
Benzoin essential oil is extruded from the bark of Benzoin trees (styrax benzoin) and comes from Laos. Benzoin essential oil is thought to have antiinflammatory, antiseptic, antidepressant, deodorant, dieuretic, and expectorant properties. It is reported to help with respiratory ailments and skin conditions, including acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
Benzoin is a base note of a medium strength and has a sweet, warm, vanilla-like scent.
Bergamot essential oil is expressed from the peel of the bergamot citrus fruit (citrus bergamia). The bergamot tree has start-shaped flowers and its fruit is a citrus fruit that resembles a cross between a grapefruit and an orange. Bergamot essential oil is thought to be able to help with treatment of depression, stress, tension, fear, infection, anorexia, psoriasis, and eczema.
Bergamot is a medium strength middle note and has a citrus aroma that is fruity and sweet, with a warm floral spicy quality.
Black pepper (piper nigrum) is one of the oldest spices and is steam distilled from the dried pepper berries. It is known to have many therapeutic properties, including analgesic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, bitter, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, febrifuge, laxative, stimulant, stomachic, tonic, and vasodilative.
Black pepper is a medium strength middle note and has a sharp, spicy scent.
Cedarwood (cedrus atlantica) is a majestic, pyramid-shaped evergreen tree. The wood is strongly aromatic due to the essential oils it contains.
Cedarwood atlas is a stong middle note and has a woody, sweet scent.
Cinnamon (cinnamomum zeylanicum) essential oil is made from the leafs of the cinnamon tree. It can be used as a stimulant, antiseptic, antibiotic, astringent, and antispasmodic and it has natural insect repellent properties.
Cinnamon is medium strength middle note and has a warm and spicy scent similar to clove.
Eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus) is an evergreen tree commonly found in Australia. Its essential oil is often used in inhalants and vapor rubs. Among other uses, this oil offers analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antiviral, deodorant, decongestant properties.
Eucalyptus is a strong top note with a herbaceous scent with woody undertones. Eucalyptus should be avoided if you have high blood pressure or epilepsy.
Frankincense (boswellia carterii) essenial oil is steam distilled from the resin of a small scraggly tree indigenous to the Middle East.
Frankincense is medium strength base note with a warm, spicy, woody scent, sometimes with a hint of citrus.
Geranium (pelargonium graveolens) is thought to share many of the therapeutic traits as rose essential oil. In aromatherapy, geranium oil may be used to treat acne, sore throat, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It may also promotes emotional wellness, lift mood, and lessen fatigue. It may help reduce pain and inflammation and offers antiseptic properties which may help speed up wound healing.
Geranium is a strong middle note with a rosy flower scent
Ginger (zingiber officinale) is widely used for relieving ailments of the digestive system and to add an oriental note to fragrances. Ginger essential oil has among others analgesic, antibacterial, anticoagulant, antiinflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic antispasmodic, aperative, aphrodesiac, astingent, difestive, stimulant, and vasodilator properties. Ginger essential oil may aid in treatment of arthritis, bronchitis, bruises, chills, colds, colic, congestion, constipation, coughs, cramps, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, flatulence, flu, hangover, headaches, indigestion, loss of appetite, muscular aches and pains, nausea, nervous exhaustion, poor circulation, rheumatism, sinusitis, sore throat, sprains, toothache, travel sickness, varicose veins, and vomiting.
Ginger is a medium strength middle note with a warm, spicy, woody scent and a hint of lemon and pepper.
Pink grapefruit (citrus paradisi) essential oil is cold pressed from the peel of pink grapefruit. Pink grapefruit essential oil is believed to be spiritually uplifting, ease nervous exhaustion, and relieve depression and may ease muscle fatigue and stiffness. It can help purify oily, acne prone skin, and is sometimes used as a natural cellulite treatment.
Pink grapefruit is a medium strength middle note with a fresh, sweet, citrus smell.
Lavender 40/42 (lavendula angusifolia) is steam distilled from lavender flowers. Its therapeutic properties include analgesic, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, diuretic, deodorant, hypotensive, insecticide, and parasitical.
Lavender is a strong top note and has a consistent strong floral, herbaceous, fresh scent with a balsamic earthy back note.
Lemon (citrus limonium) essential oil is expressed from the peel of lemons. Is is recognized as a cleaner and has antiseptic, refreshing, and cooling properties and may enhance the ability to concentrate.
Lemon is strong top note with a strong citrus scent.
Lime (citrus aurantifolia) is expressed from the peel of of limes. Lime is a small evergreen tree that makes small, bitter, green coloured fruit, similar to lemons. Lime essential oil is used as an uplifting oil with revitalizing properties and can act as an astringent to help clear oily skin.
Lime is a medium strength top note with a crisp, sweet, fresh citrus scent.
Litsea cubeba (litsea cubeba) essential oil is extracted from the flowers of litsea cubeba, a small plant found in tropical areas. It it also known as May Chang and has calming and antiinflammatory, as well as astringent, antiseptic, insecticide, hypotensive, and stimulant properties.
Litsea cubeba is a medium strength top note with a crisp, citrus smell.
Do not use litsea cubeba (may chang) oil if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Sweet orange (citrus sinensis) essential oil is expressed from the peel of oranges. Sweet orange is derived from an evergreen tree that is smaller than the bitter orange tree. Sweet orange essential oil has antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, deodorant, digestive, stimulant (nervous), and tonic (cardiac, circulatory) properties. It may be used to fight colds, constipation, dull skin, the flu, slow digestion, and battle stress.
Sweet orange is a medium strength middle note with a sweet, citrus scent much like the orange peel, just more intense and concentrated.
Patchouli (pogostemon cablin) is steam distilled from the leafs of the patchouli herb. Its essential oil has many therapeutic properties, including antidepressant, antiinflammatory, antiemetic, antimicrobal, antiseptic, antitoxic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, deodorant, digestive, diuretic, fungicidal, and stimulating properties.
Patchouli is a medium strength base note with a warm, earthy characteristic aroma.
Peppermint (mentha piperita) essential oil is steam distilled from the peppermint plant. Peppermint essential oil is useful in combating stomach ailments and also has antimicrobial properties. It has a cooling effect in skin care product due to its high menthol content.
Do not use peppermint oil on or near children under 6 years of age.
Peppermint is a strong top note with a sharp, sweet, penetrating mint scent.
Pine Needle (Scotch)
Pine needle (pinus sylvestris) essential oil is extracted from the needles of the evergreen scotch pine. This is a very versatile oil that has analgesic, antibacterial, antibiotic, antifungal, antiseptic, and antiviral properties.
Pine needle is a strong top note with a crisp, fresh, and sweet forest like scent.
Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) essential oil is steam distilled from the leafs of the aromatic rosemary shrub. Rosemary essential oil stimulates cell renewal and improves dry or mature skin, and eases lines and wrinkles. It may also clear acne, blemishes, and dull skin, improve circulation, and reduce the appearance of broken capillaries and varicose veins. In addition, rosemary essential oil may help overcome mental fatigue and enhance mental clarity, alertness, and concentration.
Rosemary is a strong top note with a strong, clear, penetrating herbaceous scent.
Tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia) is distilled from the leaves of the tea tree plant, which is indigenous to Australia. Tea tree essential oil is widely used for its antimicrobial properties and has been used to battle a variety of ailments, including, acne, dandruff, lice, eczema, and psoriasis.
Tea tree is a medium strength middle note with a fresh scent.
Ylang ylang (cananga odorata) essential oil is steam disitlled from the flowers of the cananga odorata troical tree. This essential oil is though to assist with high blood pressure, rapid breathing, and heartbeat, nervous conditions, as well as impotence.
Ylang ylang is a medium strength base note with a floral, sweet, excotic scent reminiscent of lilies.
A fragrance oil with an beautiful fragrance of rose bouquet with deep notes of roses and base notes of sweet citrus.
A fragrance oil with hints of ripe strawberry and juicy orange blended into sweet coconut base that smells like suntan lotion.
A fragrance oil with a strong, true vanilla scent.
Preservative Used in ElskaBody Lotions
Most of ElskaBody products are completely preservative free. However, to protect the water based lotions from spoiling within a couple of weeks from production, a preservative is needed. I looked at many, many options and settled on Leucidal Liquid. I feel comfortable with this natural preservative.
You will find it listed as Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate on the ingredients list for the body lotions, hand lotions, foot lotion, and the soothing lotions.
If you want too read more about this naturally derived preservative you can find information here: activemicrotechnologies.com/?product=leucidal-liquid
Emulsifier Used in ElskaBody Lotions
EmulsiMulse is a natural source self-emulsifier for oil in water emulsions. In other words, it works in the ElskaBody hand and body lotions to keep the oils and water together. It is ECOCERT approved for use in Certified Organic products. EmulsiMulse, when used in lotions and creams, will provide a soft, conditioned, talc-like feel to skin.
On ElskaBody ingredients labels, EmulsiMulse is listed as: Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl
Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate.