Essential oils have been around since prehistoric times, and there's evidence that essential oils were used for cave paintings and wall art. The Egyptians used essential oils in aromatherapy as far back as 4500 BC.
Today, we continue to utilise essential oils, and studies have shown there are positive benefits in doing so.
We use essential oils to naturally scent all our shampoo bars, conditioner bars, and our Turmeric soap bars. We have six essential oils to pick from. We have listed each essential oil we include in our bars below and why we use them.
So, what are essential oils?
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are typically extracted from plants (fruits, flowers, leaves, and bark). A mechanical press or a distillation process is required to extract the oil from the plant.
Most plants chosen for essential oil extraction will have many beneficial properties. Each essential oil's benefits vary and differ from plant to plant. We will dive more into the benefits of essential oil below.
Typical uses of Essential oils
The extraction process of essential oils captures the plant's fragrant aroma, which is why it is widely used for aromatherapy.
Using a diffuser is an excellent way to bring out the aroma in your living area. A few drops of your
favourite essential oil are enough to benefit from the sensual aromas.
It is commonly used in massages, where some essential oils benefit the skin. The pleasant aroma of the essential oil help relaxes the body and mind. Essential oils relieve stress and anxiety, and when combined with a body massage - wow.
Many products that you find in your day-to-day life will contain essential oils. Cosmetic products are an obvious choice, from creams and balms to face masks and makeup. Essential oils are even found in some foods and beverages.
Benefits of Essential OilsStudies and research have found that essential oils can produce multiple benefits. Depending on the essential oils, the following benefits are typically quite common:
- Enhances your mood.
- Reduces stress and anxieties.
- Help to improve sleep.
- Anti-bacterial properties.
- Fungicide properties
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Natural insect repellent
- Promotes stronger and healthier hair
- Soothes itchy scalp and skin
- Reduces and prevents the buildup of dandruff
- Stimulates hair growth
- Provides shine and volume to hair
- Reduces oil buildup in hair, less oily hair
- Have beneficial vitamins like Vitamin C and E
Essential oils in Washla's shampoo and conditioner barsWe have six variants of our shampoo bars and conditioner bars. Each variant is a selected essential oil for added hair and scalp benefits and its fragrant aroma.
We do not use any chemically produced perfume, as many people are sensitive to harsh chemicals or fragrant.
Our six variants you can choose from are:
- Sweet Orange essential oil
- Lemon essential oil
- Eucalyptus essential oil
- Peppermint essential oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Tea Tree essential oil
Below you will find why we use these six essential oils and why they are excellent to add to our shampoo and conditioner bars.
Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Sweet orange essential oil is extracted from Oranges, as you would imagine. The sweet citrus scent of these oranges is carried into the essential oil. This makes sweet orange essential oil one of the most popular due to its wonderful aroma.
Sweet orange essential oil is excellent for those who are prone to dandruff. Sweet Orange essential oil is also known to soothe itchy scalp and skin. With its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, this essential oil will help with damaged skin or scalp, reducing the need to touch your head.
As in oranges, the vitamins are carried over to the essential oil. Sweet orange essential oil is rich in Vitamin C, promoting healthier and shiner hair.
Sweet orange essential oil removes excessive oil from your hair and helps moisturise your hair follicles.
Buy our Sweet Orange essential oil shampoo bar here.
Buy our Sweet Orange essential oil Conditioner bar here.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil is extracted from lemons, having a wonderful lemon-flavored aroma. It is an excellent addition to our Lemon shampoo and conditioner bars, as the Lemon essential oil helps clean away excess oils, dirt, and dandruff.
Lemon essential oil also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in Vitamin C. It is an excellent essential oil to rebalance your hair and scalp, removing excess oils while replenishing any moisture loss. Your hair and scalp will feel clean, healthy, and radiant.
Buy our Lemon essential oil shampoo bar here.
Buy our Lemon essential oil conditioner bar here.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus is our clear favourite of all essential oils. It has many benefits and excellent properties that are great for your hair, skin, and general well-being.
Eucalyptus oil is extracted from the leaves of the Eucalyptus tree. It has a pleasant distinctive aroma, and insects, particularly mosquitoes, are repelled.
Eucalyptus oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and analgesic properties. Great for relieving itchy scalp, improving skin health, and reducing acne. Eucalyptus essential oil is packed with nourishing properties, promoting healthy, shiny hair, and can stimulate hair growth.
Buy our Eucalyptus essential oil shampoo bar here.
Buy our Eucalyptus essential oil conditioner bar here.
Peppermint Essential Oil
A well-known aroma and is widely used in many products. Peppermint essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the Peppermint plant.
The characteristic cool tingly sensation provides nice relief on hot days and increases your senses, relieving stress and anxiety. Peppermint essential oil improves hair growth and provides your skin and scalp with increased circulation and stimulation. It may prevent hair loss and is great for people with oily hair.
Buy our Peppermint essential oil shampoo bar here.
Buy our Peppermint essential oil conditioner bar here.
Lavender Essential Oil
Extracted from the stalk and flowers of Lavender, Lavender essential oil has a calming floral aroma. With anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties, it helps relieve itchy and dry scalp. Lavender essential oil has great moisturising properties and encourages hair growth while preventing hair loss.
Buy our Lavender essential oil shampoo bar here.
Buy our Lavender essential oil conditioner bar here.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea Tree essential oil is another one of our favourites. It is extracted from the leaves of the Tea Tree plant and has a pleasant earthy warm aroma.
Tea Tree essential oil is excellent for treating dandruff due to its nourishing, moisturising properties. Tea Tree essential oil stabilises the scalp's pH level and prevents excess oil production. It promotes healthy hair and prevents hair loss. It has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties, making this an outstanding essential oil in our shampoo and conditioner bars.
Buy our Tea Tree essential oil shampoo bar here.
Buy our Tea Tree essential oil conditioner bar here.
Shampoo and Conditioner BarsAs you can see, there is plenty of reason why we decided not to use any chemically produced perfumes. We loved what natural essential oils can do for the mind and body.
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