What are essential oils?

Often found in aromatherapy, essential oils have been used for thousands of years as they offer both a physical and emotional benefit.

Extracted from plants to capture scent and flavour, or ‘essence,’ they’re distilled and combined with oil ready for use.

How they Work

Inhaled or applied to the skin, essential oils act on the Olfactory System (sense of smell) to stimulate body and mind. With over 90 commonly used essential oils, popular oils within ESPA products include:

  • Peppermint – refreshes the senses
  • Lavender – soothing and restful
  • Sandalwood – calms and helps focus
  • Bergamot – uplifting and cleansing
  • Jasmine – uplifts and relaxes
  • Rose – helps improve mood
  • Chamomile – improves mood and aids relaxation
  • Ylang-Ylang – stimulates the senses and boosts wellbeing
  • Tea Tree – stimulating and invigorating
  • Lemon – revitalising and refreshing

Our Products

Found in many of our products from skin and body to haircare, most notably however, is our Face Treatment and Body Oils:

Face Treatment Oils

We have three Face Treatment Oils containing essential oils, including:

Replenishing Face Treatment OilRehydrate and smooth fine lines
Great for dry, dehydrated or skin showing early signs of ageing, Neroli, Sandalwood and Patchouli help revitalise and nourish skin.
Balancing Face Treatment Oil Balance and hydrate oily skin
Ideal for combination and congested skin types Lemon, Rose Geranium and Rose Damascena soothes unruly skin for a soft, supple, clear complexion.
Regenerating Face Treatment OilHydrate and protect
Suitable for maturing or stressed skin, Jasmine and Frankincense revitalise while toning for deeply nourished skin.

Body Oils

We have 6 body oils containing essential oils, these are:

SoothingUnwind body and mind
Sandalwood, Rose Geranium, Frankincense and Myrrh unite to calm while Sweet Almond Oil deeply nourishes for beautifully soft, supple skin.
ResistanceRevive and enhance natural defences
Tea Tree and Eucalyptus work powerfully together as natural astringents to cleanse and invigorate.
RestorativeRebalance emotional wellbeing
Sweet Orange, Rose Geranium and Lavender combine to uplift, soothe and bring about a sense of optimism.
DetoxifyingCleanse and purify skin
Cypress and Juniper Berry help cleanse and clarify the skin, while Grapefruit uplifts spirits.
Energising Invigorate the body and focus the mind
Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Rosemary come together to instantly enliven and revitalise sluggish bodies and weary minds.
FitnessWarm and soothe
Indian Bay and Clove Bud deeply warm and relax muscles ready for exercise, as well as soothing tired muscles afterwards, while Lavender calms the mind.

Not just effective in our skincare, helping to maintain a healthy body and mind, use our range of aromatic candles and reed diffusers to calm or invigorate your home too. Alternatively, add Restorative Balm to your breathing ritual to ease a busy mind.


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