Tony founder of krio skincare

Tony Johnson, krio skincare founder

Tony, holds a degree in Healthcare administration and has been in philanthropic software solutions for a number of years.

He developed krio skincare because most over the counter products available were not effective for his skin. Taking inspiration from his Sierra Leone roots, he researched the efficacy of plant-based ingredients such as mango butter and marula oil, as well as shea butter, which were used to treat dry skin and prevent wrinkles from the sun. 

This resulted in creating simple, plant-based products that people could read, understand and know exactly what they were putting on their skin while honoring his heritage.

Ingredients matter

That’s why we list every single ingredient we use in our products, so you know exactly what you’re putting on your body. And don’t worry, we didn’t leave anything out.

You may be familiar with many of the ingredients on this list. That’s because they’re all natural essential and botanical oils. No added fillers, parabens, SLS, chemicals, or any other unfamiliar toxins you do not want on your skin.

And you may find yourself asking, “Well, what makes these ingredients so great?” We invite you to click on each ingredient to learn more about their powerful properties: antioxidants, fatty acids, anti-inflammatories, antibacterials, vitamins A, B, C, D and E, and MORE.

juniper berry oil / acne-fighting - coumarins - flavonoid antioxidants - vitamin C 

what is it?

Juniper berry oil is extracted from the berries growing on the highly branched evergreen Juniper tree, native to North America, Europe and Southwest Asia.

skin benefits:

  • High in vitamin C, the oil also contains flavonoid antioxidants, volatile oils, and coumarins which all work to protect, repair, and strengthen the epidermis. 

  • The volatile oils contain monoterpenes, providing anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. 

  • Aside from this long list of benefits, juniper berry oil also helps regulate hormonal balances in the skin, preventing acne from oily skin. 


how to use it? 

  • Topical: Dilute 1 drop with a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil and apply to desired area as needed.

  • Aromatic: Diffuse up to 30 minutes 3 times daily.



kalahari melon oil / moisture retaining - omega-6 + omega-9 fatty acids - antioxidants - vitamins A, C + E

Kalahari melon oil’s benefits for your skin:

  • Anti-inflammatory: Kalahari melon oil reduces inflammation caused by acne while skin-friendly vitamins soothe.

  • Cleansing: Linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid works to unclog pores and remove excess sebum from your skin’s surface.

  • Anti-aging: Kalahari melon oil is tightening and wrinkle-reducing thanks to antioxidants and vitamins A, C, + E. Preformed vitamin A is a retinoid and your skin is a retinoid-responsive organ. Retinol stimulates the production of new skin cells and keeps skin hydrated. Vitamin C and vitamin E are antioxidants which help prevent and reverse free radical-induced oxidative damage, thus slowing down signs of skin aging. Vitamin C also improves elasticity and stimulates collagen production while vitamin E helps with atopic dermatitis and heals wounds.

  • Repairing: omega-6 and omega-9 essential fatty acids (EFAs) stimulate skin cell growth to help repair skin damage and scarring. Did you know that these aren’t created in the body naturally? So giving your skin these fatty acids is extra important. Most of us get these EFAs from fish, nuts, seeds, and oils, but if you don’t get enough, your skin may suffer from dryness, irritation, redness, scaliness, rashes, or poor wound-healing.

 

How to use kalahari melon oil:

Kalahari melon oil can be applied topically as is or as a carrier oil. Remember to always perform a patch test (on the inside of your wrist or arm) to detect any allergic or adverse reactions.



marula oil / acne-fighting - anti-aging - antioxidants - fatty acids - moisturizing - protecting

what is it?

Marula oil is derived from the African Marula tree, either from the Marula Nut or from the Marula fruit kernels.

 

skin benefits: 

  • The oil is rich in antioxidants and amino acids, which work to decrease the appearance of wrinkles, stimulate collagen production and reduce water loss while essential fatty acids and polyphenols improve elasticity. 

  • Marula oil is not greasy and will act as a good moisturizer for both oily and dry skin.

  • Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties help reduce redness and inflammation related to acne, while vitamin C and E help fight to neutralize free radicals from damaging your skin.

     

how to use it?

Marula Oil can soothe redness and inflammation while hydrating the skin to smooth the appearance of wrinkles. To apply it directly, simply massage 3-4 drops of Marula oil daily into the preferred area of skin.



patchouli oil / fights hair loss + dandruff - promotes hair growth

what is it?

The patchouli plant is native to the tropical regions of Southeast Asia. Today it is grown in a variety of places. Its name comes from the first Tamil people in southern India. The Tamils were connected to the deep and rich aromatic palette of patchouli. We obtain the oil by a steam distillation of the dry leaves.

 

hair benefits: 

  • For years, the use of patchouli oil has been known to treat hair loss. 

  • It is also an excellent remedy to improve hair growth and prevent dandruff. Patchouli is an antiseptic and fungicide. It is the perfect combination to help with severe scalp conditions like dandruff, eczema and psoriasis.

 

how to use it?

  • Patchouli oil scalp scrub: apply to hair and scalp and massage gently in circular motion before rinsing properly.



pomegranate seed oil / soothing - hydrating - antioxidant - anti-aging - nourishing - regenerative - anti-inflammatory / fights dandruff - promotes hair growth

what is pomegranate seed oil?

Pomegranate is native to the region extending from Iran to the north of India and has been cultivated since Antiquity throughout the Mediterranean region. It was introduced to America in the late 16th century and to California in 1769. Nowadays, it is grown all over the world

Pomegranate seed oil is obtained from its ripe seeds by cold pressing, which preserves the oil's quality as well as its enzymes, nutrients, and vitamins by protecting it from heat.

skin benefits:

  • Anti-inflammatory: Omega-5 contained in pomegranate helps fight inflammation

  • Anti-aging: pomegranate seed oil stimulates Keratinocytes cells found in your skin. Those cells help rejuvenate your skin and reverse skin damage. Stimulating them helps keep your skin youthful

hair benefits:

  • Hair growth: pomegranate oil contains many antioxidants and vitamins like vitamin C. It helps stimulate your scalp, increasing circulation. This strengthens the blood vessels and improves hair growth. Pomegranate oil can also nourish brittle, dull hair

  • Antipruritic properties:  It clean your scalp and keep it clear from any bacteria, dirt. It helps cure conditions such as psoriasis and scalp eczema, soothing and alleviating redness, inflammation and itchiness

how to use pomegranate oil?

  • Cleaning your face with oil is the best way to nourish it. Pomegranate seed oil can be used as a cleanser 

  • Mix pomegranate oil in your shampoo and work it on your scalp and hair to help with dandruff

our product with pomegranate seed oil: 

  • Tacugama body oil

  • River No 2 face oil

  • Bintunami hair oil



rosehip oil / anti-aging - antioxidants - acne-fighting - fatty acids - vitamins A + C

what is rosehip oil? 

Rosehip oil is extracted from the seeds and hips of the rosa canina rose bushes, which are grown mostly in Chile. Unlike rose oil, which is extracted from rose petals, rosehip oil is pressed from the rose plant’s fruit and seeds. The oil is widely known to have powerful anti-aging effects and benefits for the scalp. 

 

skin benefits: 

  • Vitamin A works to smooth fine lines and thickens the dermis (deeper skin layers), firm and tighten the skin, even out skin tone and fade acne scars and dark spots.

  • Vitamin C stimulates collagen production and improves firmness and prevents fine lines.

  • Antioxidants such as tocopherols and carotenoids protect the skin from oxidative stress and neutralizes free radicals by donating an electron to each of them, cancelling out harmful skin damaging effects.

  • Antioxidant beta-carotene promotes renewal and growth of skin cells.

  • Anti-inflammatory fatty acids such as linoleic acid, alpha-linoleic acid, and oleic acid help reduce inflammation and redness that may occur from skin conditions like rosacea and eczema.

  • The fatty acids help to moisturize the skin by keeping skin cell walls strong so they can better retain moisture.

     

hair benefits:

  • Hair growth: rosehip oil contains vitamins C and A which work to stimulate collagen production. It also works to prevent damaging effects of oxidants that can damage hair and skin cells over time.

  • Essential fatty acids: rosehip oil contains essential fatty acids that aid in the renewal and healing of hair follicles which are essential for promoting hair growth. The fatty acids also deeply moisturize the skin underneath the hair an increase the hair’s elasticity, improving luster and shine

  • Beta-carotene assists in normalizing hair’s oil producing, helping to keep hair moisturized, flexible, and strong.

     

how to use rosehip oil?

  • Rosehip oil can be applied directly to the hair or it can be left on for several hours as a conditioning treatment.

  • You can apply rosehip oil directly to your skin (after doing a patch test to make sure you aren’t allergic) up to twice per day.

  • The oil can go bad quickly, so store in a cool, dark place or your refrigerator.



sea buckthorn oil / fights eczema, psoriasis + rosacea - acne-fighting - anti-inflammatory / hair growth - scalp health

what is sea buckthorn oil:

Sea Buckthorn tree produces orange-yellow berries and is native to northern Europe. It has been used in traditional medicine, and skin treatment in Mongolia, Russia for centuries.

 

skin benefits:

  • Sea buckthorn is a great anti-inflammatory, helping to fade scars and promote an overall better skin texture thanks to its hydration and cell regeneration properties.


hair benefits: 

  • It contains high levels of essential fatty acids and vitamin A that help support scalp health. Moreover, the vitamin E contained in sea buckthorn oil helps with scalp circulation, supporting hair growth and conditioning.



shea butter / fatty acids - anti-inflammatory - healing - toning - soothing

What is shea butter:

Shea butter is a vegetable oil, an edible substance extracted from the shea fruit. This tree grows mainly in the savannas of West, Central and East Africa. The name means "life" in the Mandinka language.

Shea butter’s benefits for your skin:

  • Softening: Shea butter has a high concentration of fatty acids and vitamins, which makes it an ideal cosmetic ingredient to soften the skin.

  • Healing: Shea butter also has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. 

  • Conditioning + toning: Using shea butter on your body, especially your face, can condition, tone and soothe your skin.

How to use shea butter:

Shea butter is a multifunctional ingredient, it can be used from head to toe!

  • In the bath by adding a tablespoon in water. 

  • On damaged hands or nails.

  • As a massage for the body, legs and arms, especially on dry areas.



sunflower oil / moisturizing - antioxidant - acne-fighting - healing - cell renewal - vitamins A, C, D + E

what is sunflower oil:

Sunflower oil is extracted from the sunflower seeds of sunflower plants, native to the Americas. 

 

skin benefits:

  • Antioxidant: its richness in vitamin E makes sunflower oil a perfect antioxidant to protect skin cells from the sun's UV rays while also acting as a perfect moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.

  • Acne-fighting: in addition to vitamin E, sunflower oil contains vitamin A, C and D. All those vitamins will help fight acne. The vitamins and essential fatty acids act as a powerful antioxidant to regenerate skin cells and prevent the formation of acne-causing bacteria. 

  • Sunflower oil is also a great source of beta carotene that works to protect your skin from external aggressions such as pollution and the sun while also promoting healing and cell renewal. 

 

hair benefits:

  • Vitamin E is known to have benefits for hair health. It is an antioxidant and it helps neutralize free radicals that can damage the hair and scalp.

  • Sunflower oil also contains oleic acid, which can stop hair breakage and may make it seem like hair is growing faster

  • It has anti-inflammatory properties which may help calm dandruff and relieve an itchy scalp.

 

how to use it:

  • Pour a little bit of oil in your palm and massage the irritated zone

  • Use it as a body moisturizer



sweet orange oil / antibacterial - promote cell growth - calm anxiety - reduces dark spot and blemishes - antiseptic

what is sweet orange oil:

Sweet orange essential oil is derived from the fruits of the Citrus sinensis botanical. We obtain the oil by centrifugation, producing a cold-pressed oil.

 

skin benefits:

  • Acne-fighting: acne is created when the sebaceous glands produce too much oil and clog your pores. It leads to the development of a bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes. The antibacterial properties of sweet orange oil help prevent bacteria and heal the skin. 

  • The oil is well-known to relieve stress and anxiety, and it offers the same benefits for your skin. It will calm your skin and help reduce redness, blotchy patches, and acne scarring. 

  • The vitamin C contained in the sweet orange oil reduces dark spots and blemishes.

  • Anti-aging: the oil produces collagen and promotes healthy blood circulation, an essential for anti-aging.


how to use it:

  • When combined with a carrier oil, orange essential oils can be applied directly to the skin at a ratio of one to two drops of essential oil to one teaspoon of carrier oil.

  •  Aromatherapy:  Orange essential oils can also be safely inhaled by sprinkling a few drops onto a cloth or tissue, or using it in  diffuser or vaporizer.



tangerine oil / reduces acne, stretch marks + scars - eases pain, nausea + anxiety - antiseptic - antispasmodic - calming

what is tangerine oil:

Tangerine trees come from Southeastern Asia and the Philippines. You can easily find them in Japan, Southern China, and India, and can reach up to 25 feet. Tangerine oil was used in traditional Chinese medicine for its healing and calming effects. 

 

skin benefits:

  • Tangerine oil is used for treating skin conditions like irritation and acne. Its anti-fungal and antiseptic properties help to prevent skin infections. 

  • It helps reduce stretch marks and scars on your skin. 

  • Antispasmodic: tangerine oil has calming properties to reduce anxiety and also reduce pain and promote sleep



vegetable glycerin / humectant - anti-aging - non-comedogenic - wound-healing - hydrating - moisturizing

What is vegetable glycerin:

Vegetable glycerin, also known as glycerol or glycerine, is a clear, odorless liquid with a syrup-like consistency, made from soybean, coconut, or palm oils. It was accidentally discovered more than two centuries ago by heating a mixture of olive oil and less monoxide. 

Vegetable glycerin’s benefits for your skin:

  • Moisturizing: Glycerine is a humectant, meaning it acts like a sponge and draws moisture to the skin’s surface and slows down evaporation of water on the skin, making sure it stays moisturized and hydrated. 

  • Anti-aging: Glycerine can help skin cells mature properly, slowing down signs of aging.

  • Non-comedogenic: Despite being an oil, glycerine is oil-free and noncomedogenic, meaning it’s gentle and won’t clog pores for acne-prone skin.

  • Healing: Glycerine can help heal wounds from cracked skin and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

  • Hydrating: Glycerine acts like a sponge and draws more moisture to itself and slows down evaporation of water on the skin, moisturizing skin and making sure it stays moisturized and hydrated. 

How to use it:

Vegetable glycerin can be used directly on your skin without washing it off right away to allow ample absorption.


watermelon seed oil / anti-aging - fatty Acids - vitamins A, B + E - minerals

what is it?

Watermelon seed oil is extracted by pressing from the seeds of the Citrullus lanatus (watermelon) particularly common in West Africa.

 

skin benefits:

  • Watermelon seed oil is high in fatty acids such as linoleic and oleic acid that battle signs of aging like wrinkles. Other fatty acids such as omega-6 and phytosterols increase new collagen production and cell regeneration.

  • In addition to fatty acids, the oil contains vitamin E which helps fight damage from free radicals like exposure from the sun. Vitamin E also promotes blood circulation which helps to reduce puffiness due to excess water retention. 

  • The oil is also known for fighting hyperpigmentation due to trace minerals and omega acids. 


how to use it?

Watermelon Seed Oil is also a perfect choice for inclusion in hair care formulations as it is non-greasy yet highly moisturizing. 

  • For face: A few drops are sufficient to apply on the whole face. 

  • For hair: Gently massage and rub the oil on the scalp.



avocado oil / moisturizing - wound-healing - acne-fighting - fatty acids - anti-inflammatories


What is avocado oil?

Avocado oil is obtained by pressing the fruit. It is an edible oil also use in cosmetics for its moisturize properties .

 

Avocado oil’s benefits for your skin:

  • Moisturizing: Vitamin E, potassium, and lecithin are moisturizing and healing nutrients that are easily absorbed by the skin’s epidermis.

  • Good for dry skin: Antioxidants and vitamins A, D and E help heal dry, itchy and irritated skin that comes along with eczema and psoriasis.

  • Anti-inflammatory: Essential fatty acids and oleic acid in avocado oil promote collagen synthesis and reduce inflammation, accelerating the wound healing process associated with acne and injuries.

  • Antioxidants: Antioxidants help ease the symptoms of sunburned skin from vitamin D and E, protein, lecithin, beta carotene and essential fatty acids. 

 

How to use avocado oil:

  • Add it to your best salad

  • Avocado oil can be massaged into the skin

  • Used in a face mask

  • Add it to your lotions, creams, shower gels, or bath oils to enjoy all the benefits 

  • Massage the hair tips with 2/3 drops of oil



argan oil / acne-fighting - antioxidant - anti-inflammatory - anti-aging - moisturizing

What is argan oil?

Argan oil, coming from the kernels on argan trees native to Morocco, is a nourishing addition to our skin care formulas that also packs a powerful punch.

 

Argan oil’s benefits for your skin:

  • The oil is acne-fighting as it regulates the amounts of sebum on your skin to control acne and oiliness, calming your skin's complexion.

  • It is also an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, fighting free radical damage from the sun and helping to reduce symptoms of psoriasis and rosacea. 

  • Argan oil contains vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant that works to improve water retention in skin and moisturizes, leaving your skin hydrated and soft.

  • The combination of vitamin E and antioxidants also help to heal wounds and cuts faster, including scarring from acne.

  • Additionally, argan oil increases the elasticity of the skin, promoting anti-aging.

     

Argan oil’s benefits for your hair:

  • Helps fight dandruff: argan Oil is a great moisturizer and can be used to fight both dandruff and dry scalp as it’s high in vitamin E and antioxidants.

  • Keeps hair protected from damage: one of the key benefits of Argan Oil for hair is that it's rich antioxidant properties help neutralize hair damage from free radicals. Our hair goes through a lot of damage with everyday pollution, chemical treatments… and the use of argan oil helps prevent damage.

  • With its high content of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamin E, the benefits of argan oil naturally help increase hair's elasticity and consistently restore shine to dull, lifeless hair.

 

How you can use argan oil:

  • Pour 1-2 drops of the oil on your palm and massage the product onto your face. The skin will absorb the oil fast and it will feel smooth and hydrated.

  • Hair mask: apply the hair oil strand by strand and wrap your hair in a towel. Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes before rinsing it.



baobab oil / moisturizing - anti-inflammatory - antioxidant - cell rejuvenation - protecting

What is baobab oil? 

This exquisite oil is cold-pressed from the seeds of baobab fruit trees growing in Africa, specifically Mozambique, Botswana, and South Africa. The normal lifespan of a Baobab tree is 500 years, with the oldest trees reaching the age of 5,000 years and a height of 20 meters. Known to the locals as "The Tree Of Life,” Baobab's bark, leaves, and fruit pulp are also used.

 

Baobab oil’s benefits for your skin:

  • Packed with nutrients: Baobab oil contains a lot of nutrients and minerals such as fatty acids, vitamin E, calcium, alfa and beta carotenes, uronic acid, tannins, and phytosterols.

  • Antioxidants: Antioxidants such as vitamin E and beta carotenes help protect our skin from harmful free radical damage.

  • Moisturizing: Baobab oil is an excellent moisturizer for your skin and nourishes the epidermis while anti-inflammatory properties help soothe conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

 

How to use baobab oil?

Gently massage the oil into damp skin and rinse thoroughly with warm water


bergamot oil / antioxidant - anti-inflammatory - antibacterial - antifungal - energizing scent

what is bergamot oil:

Bergamot oil comes from the citrus fruit of the bergamot plant and contains tons of beneficial compounds. It contains high contents of compounds limonene, linalool, and linalyl acetate. 

skin benefits:

  • Limonene is a strong antioxidant known to calm the skin

  • Linalyl Acetate balances the natural oil on our skin while also reducing inflammation, redness and healing rashes. Other compounds, citropten and begapten, have anti-inflammatory properties, too. 

  • Flavonoids in bergamot oil possess strong antimicrobial activity on bacteria and yeast, potentially helping with dermatophytosis.


how to use bergamot oil:

  • Mix bergamot essential oil with a carrier oil to use as a body lotion or for massage.

  • Add two to five drops of bergamot essential oil to products such as body wash, shampoo, and facial scrubs.

  • Use it as an ingredient in aromatherapy.



broccoli seed oil / antioxidant - regenerating - vitamin C

What is broccoli seed oil:

Broccoli is originally from Italy where its species was actually created by the Romans from another type of wild cabbage. The broccoli oil is obtained from its seeds after cold pressing.

Broccoli seed oil’s benefits for your skin:

  • Nutritious, hydrating: thanks to its richness in fatty acids, broccoli vegetable oil maintains perfect hydration of the skin. It contains unsaturated and essential fatty acids to provide care and protection to the skin.

  • Regenerating, antioxidant: Broccoli vegetable oil is rich in vitamins, thus giving it very interesting antioxidant and regenerating skin properties. The vitamins it contains participate in the elimination of free radicals which can contribute to the appearance of wrinkles. Vitamin C, for example, is a major antioxidant that helps protect cells. In addition, one of its main functions is to contribute to the production of collagen, a protein essential for the development of skin tissue, among others.

How to use it:

Broccoli vegetable oil is particularly suitable for dry skin or a tendency to redness. 

  • Nail care: apply 1 to 2 drops of broccoli oil on each nail, then massage until penetration. Repeat 2 to 3 times a week for better efficiency.

  • Regenerating affect: in the morning and evening, put a few drops of broccoli oil on your mature skin or to prevent the appearance of wrinkles.



castor oil / anti-inflammatory - hair growth

what is it ? 

Castor oil is a vegetable oil pressed from castor beans. Castor grows in the South Eastern Mediterranean basin, in East Africa and India. It is especially prevalent in tropical regions.

 

hair benefits:

  • Castor oil restores shine and softness to hair. It has the effect of stimulating regrowth by promoting blood circulation.

     

how to use it ?

  •  It can be used in scalp massage to grow hair faster or fight against hair loss.



clary sage / astringent - anti-inflammatory - acne-fighting - antibiotic - antioxidant - hair strengthening

What is clary sage oil:

Derived from the celebrated medicinal Salvia sclarea herb, which is native to Italy, Southern France, and Syria, clary sage oil receives its name from the Latin word “clarus,” meaning “clarifying” or “cleansing.”

Clary sage oil’s benefits for your skin:

  • Anti-inflammatory: clary sage oil contains an ester called linalyl acetate. Essentially, this powerful compound works to reduce skin inflammation, heal the epidermis and soothe skin.

  • Balancing: Balance the natural production of oil and sebum on our skin  

  • Antibacterial: Antibacterial properties fight off skin infections such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. 

  • Anti-aging: Clary sage oil is known to decrease the signs of aging.

Clary sage oil’s benefits for your hair:

  • Hair growth: the linalyl acetate in clary sage oil helps to strengthen the hair and promote healthy hair growth. The oil can prevent breakage, especially with frequent heated styling. 

  • Not only does the oil have powerful properties to strengthen your hair, but it also provides a relaxing and pleasing aroma known to relax and soothe one’s mind and body.

How to use it:

There are multiple ways to use clary sage oil

  • Breathe the scent in deeply to relax

  • Add three to five drops in an ounce of carrier oil for a massage oil or body cream. Apply the mixture directly on your skin. The pulse points at your wrists and temples or behind your knees and ears are all good spots.

  • Add clary sage oil onto faded potpourri to make drawer sachets

Always do a patch test to check to see if you’re sensitive to this essential oil.



coffee grounds / imported directly from Sierra Leone

what is it?

We imported coffee grounds directly from Aromatic Coffee in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

skin benefits:

  • Anti-aging: decreases the appearance of sun spots, fine lines, and redness by stimulating circulation and promoting tightness.

  • Soothing: flavonoids (antioxidant) soothe irritated, inflamed skin while also preventing sunburn.

  • Firming: the caffeine in coffee boosts circulation and tightens skin.

  • Naturally nourishing: antioxidants nourish skin cells by strengthening them and protecting your skin from free radical damage.

  • Reduces puffiness: the caffeine in coffee also reduces blood vessels and removes water.

  • Brightens + tones: increased blood flow and skin cell stimulation helps to boost your skin’s glow and even out skin tone.

  • Cellulite reducing: the caffeine content in coffee helps reduce the appearance of cellulite by dilating blood vessels and improving blood flow.



frankincense oil / anti-inflammatory, anti-aging

What is frankincense oil?

Frankincense, or olibanum, is made from the resin of the Boswellia tree, typically growing in dry, mountainous regions such as India, Africa and the Middle East. Frankincense is an ancient oil boasting beauty benefits, used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine since 500 BC. It has a woody, spicy smell and can be inhaled, absorbed through the skin, steeped into a tea or taken as a supplement.

Frankincense oil’s benefits for your skin:

  • Limonene holds antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.

  • Anti-aging: Farnesol reduces signs of aging by smoothing the look of wrinkles and increasing skin’s elasticity through astringent and cytophylactic properties, which also help to improve discoloration and growth of new cells.

  • Anti-inflammatory properties soothe inflamed skin and reduces sensations of redness, swelling and itching.

  • Anti-fungal properties disinfect and tighten the pores, promoting healing of cuts, wounds and scars.

How to use frankincense oil:

Frankincense is a great additive to any body oil as it has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.

  • For body: A few drops are sufficient to apply on the skin. Always perform a patch test to ensure no allergic reactions will occur.



geranium oil / astringent - anti-aging - antibacterial - antifungal - antimicrobial - antiseptic - anti-inflammatory

What is geranium oil?

Geranium oil comes from beautiful geraniums, but it packs a powerful punch for your skin.

 

Geranium oil’s benefits for your skin:

  • The oil is an astringent, meaning it tightens skin, contracts muscles and reduces wrinkles. Because of this, it can even help to soothe any muscle aches or pains on your body.

  • Aside from being astringent, geranium oil is found to have antibacterial and antifungal properties against at least 24 types of bacteria and fungi.

  • Not only this, but the oil is also antiseptic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory, making it a strong agent against acne.

     

How to use geranium oil:

Geranium essential oil can be diluted with a carrier oil, such as sesame or coconut oil, and used topically on the skin. You can use it as a spot treatment for acne or itchy skin, or as a massage oil



grapefruit oil / acne-fighting - antibacterial - antioxidant - lower blood pressure - stress reducing

What is grapefruit oil:

Grapefruits came as the result of an accidental crossbreeding between sweet oranges and pomelo. The oil is a citrus-scented oil that is extracted and cold-pressed from the glands located in the peel of the grapefruit. The oil is commonly known to uplift moods through its energizing citrus scent as well as fight bacterial infections and ease pain.

Grapefruit oil’s benefits for your skin:

  • Antimicrobial: Antimicrobial properties fight harmful bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia coli and MRSA.

  • Antibacterial: Antibacterial activity against P. acnes (common acne).

  • Anti-inflammatory: Anti-inflammatory properties help reduce redness and swelling of acne, cuts, and blemishes.

How to use grapefruit oil:

Grapefruit oil is a great additive to any body oil as it has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

  • For body: Mix with a carrier oil like coconut oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil or argan oil and apply to affected areas.

grapeseed oil / acne-fighting - anti-inflammatory - antimicrobial - antioxidants - fatty acids - vitamin E

what is it?

Grapeseed oil is processed from the seeds of grapes, which are formed as a by-product of winemaking. 

 

skin benefits:

  • Grapeseed oil has antimicrobial properties that fight bacteria that causes acne as well as anti-inflammatory linoleic acid that treats swelling and redness associated with breakouts. Linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid also helps to decrease clogged pores.

  • Grapeseed oil also helps to even out skin tone thanks to a powerful antioxidant, proanthocyanidin. This antioxidant along with vitamin C and E prevent your skin from absorbing the full damage of UV rays. 

     

hair benefits: 

  • Grapeseed oil moisturizes, conditions and strengthens hair by treating frizz and split ends. The oil blocks the production of DHT, a hair loss causing hormone.

  • Vitamin E in grapeseed oil promotes the production of linoleic acid, helping to restore strength and shine to weak and brittle hair. 

  • Additionally, grapeseed oil fights dandruff and inflammation on the scalp from dermatitis. 

     

how to use it?

Grapeseed oil can directly be in contact with your skin, use it as moisturizer and massage oil. Mix it directly onto wet skin after a shower for further hydration.


hemp seed oil / omega-6 fatty acid - anti-aging - oil balancing

What is hemp seed oil:

Hemp seed oil, often referred to as “hemp oil,” is harvested by cold-pressing hemp seeds. It’s often unrefined and a clear, green oil with a nutty flavor. Contrary to popular belief, hemp oil does not contain any THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive component in marijuana. 

Hemp seed oil’s benefits for your skin:

  • Balances oil: hemp oil moisturizes without clogging your pores, balances out oily skin by regulating the skin’s oil production, and hydrating it too. 

  • Omega-6 fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory while encouraging skin growth and new cell generation.

  • Anti-aging: linoleic acid and oleic acids

How to use it:

If you have immediate irritation or dry patches of skin, you can apply hemp oil directly to your skin. Before using the oil, try a patch test to ensure you won’t have an adverse reaction. 


jojoba oil / acne-fighting - anti-inflammatory - vitamins B + E

what is it?

Jojoba oil is produced from the seed of Jojoba plant, a southern Arizona and California native tree. 

 

skin benefits:

  • Acne-fighting: it’s very similar to our skin’s oils and able to balance out oil production without promoting acne. This also allows for the oil to deeply penetrate the skin without clogging pores or leaving skin greasy. 

  • Jojoba naturally deters microbial growth while remaining gentle for the skin, fighting off acne and other compromising skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema without irritating skin. 

  • Alongside these benefits, jojoba oil reduces inflammation from eczema and rosacea while vitamin E and B help the skin repair and control damage.

     

how to use it? 

  • You can apply directly on your skin and hair: pour a few drops of jojoba oil in your hand and apply to hair avoiding the scalp, and work down evenly to hair tips. Leave in for about 20 minutes, and then use your usual shampoo and  rinse. You can also apply daily on your hair tips.

  • Add to products: mix a few drops of jojoba oil (about 3–5 drops) to your favorite shampoo or conditioner before use.

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