Grace loves this... because aromatherapy's skin-perfecting
powers know no bounds. Aromatherapy is an oft-maligned and
misunderstood area of health and beauty. It's gone from being a
hippy dippy alternative medicine to being thrust into the mass
market in half the shampoos, body creams, air fresheners and soaps
Thankfully, there has been a big revival of using oils in
skin and haircare, and off the back of this oil
comeback, those impeccably trained blending experts are now
enjoying the limelight once again - channelling the superior
potency of essentials oils into skincare products that really
"Basically, I would say in a pure form aromatherapy is the same
as it ever was," says aromatherapist, Kirstie Garrett. Kirstie's
client list includes Gywneth Paltrow, and she was one of the
founders of the aromatherapy-based Balance Me skincare products.
"The thing that's changed is its price point, availability, press,
packaging, and coming out of the 'specialist health store'
bracket." Sadly, in many cases this translates as a dilution of
what's an incredibly potent discipline. It's tricky to navigate
without the right know-how, and like the trend for 'natural'
and 'organic' skincare, so many established brands are popping up
with claims to aromatherapeutic values, but many of these are
synthetic replicas of natural aromas.
Don't be fooled! Here's a cheat sheet to make aromatherapy an
easy addition to your skincare routine.
Kirstie Garrett, Gywneth's masseuse, offers
seasonal and problem-specific essential oil blends, as well as
custom-built aromatherapy retreats in South-West France. www.prendsletemps.co.uk
Kate Logan uses pure essential oils in her
comprehensive skincare range, Kate Logan Beauty, with detailed
instructions as to how to maximise their efficacy through
application. She is launching a new range, Beatific Beauty in
September that channels oils into a scent therapy arena. www.kateloganbeauty.com
Amanda Lacey blends oils on a bespoke basis at
her exclusive clinic in Chelsea. Models, actresses and beauty
editors alike count on her for unbeatably glowing skin. www.amandalacey.com
Solyvia provides organic aromatherapeutic
solutions in handy roll-on form. Pulling ingredients from the
Corsica's nutrient-rich soils, each dry oil is loaded with
essential extracts to tackle skin complaints, minor burns, bites,
stress and moderate pain. www.spacenk.com
Tip off: We heard on the grapevine that legendary
aromatherapist Michelle Rocques O Neil has a new product range due
out this autumn… Because will have the scoop.
Text: Grace Timothy