We use lavender essential oil in STEAMCREAM to calm and balance your skin and for its beautiful herbal scent. Lavender oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, deodorising, relaxing and soothing properties. It helps to balance sebum production and calms redness.
There are around 25-30 species of lavender belonging to the Labiatae family, of which we use a carefully selected few.
We use French lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) which comes from Provence. Lavender oil is the most versatile essential oil, obtained from the flowers through steam distillation. This oil can be used to soothe burns, muscular pain, skin complaints, cold sores, and insect bites. It can also be used to calm the mind and aid restful sleep.
An early 20th century French chemist, Rene Maurice Gattefosse, once burnt his arm during an experiment and accidentally put it in a vat of pure lavender oil, thinking it was a vat of cool water. He was later amazed at how quickly his skin healed and how little scarring was left. As a result, Maurice became extremely interested in the properties of essential oils. He is credited as ‘the father of modern aromatherapy.’
Some essential oils are classed as synergistic in aromatherapy. This means that when mixed, oils take on the characteristics of each other and have a stronger effect on the body. For example, neroli and lavender are reputed to have a strengthening effect on the elasticity of the skin.