New Skin Care Blends for Acne, Acne-Prone Skin, and Reduction of Acne-Scarring

Well, it took long enough :)  We get a lot of requests for what the best essential oils are for acne care, and now we have a blend for a variety of acne-care conditions. One for "aggressive" anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory use, one more gentle for daily care, and one for reduction of appearance of acne scars, where acne breakouts are still a possibility.

Just in time, a scientific report has come out describing a perfect combination of oils that are both active to directly eradicate the P. ancnes bacterium, and reduce the inflammation they cause in the skin. The report (at the bottom of this page) notes the combination of Palmarosa and Thyme high in Thymol (which our "Benchmark" thyme is) addresses two important aspects of acne care -- to this we've added Myrtle and Lavender essential oils, both considered antseptic and balancing of the hormones of the skin (which can cause an over-production of sebum).

Read more about each formula here: Clearest Skin Acne Care Formulas.

Cedar Tree Cedarwood Tree, Similar to those which are the source of our "true" Moroccan cedarwood oil.

To complement our wildcrafted Cedrus atlantic Cedarwood from Morocco, we've added both a Virginian "blood cedar", and a wildcrafted Texas cedar. Further, we've included a Cedarwood Extra - a fantastic combination of the wildcrafted Moroccan and Texan oils that may have the most fantastic Cedarwood aroma we've ever experienced. Very highly recommended, if you're a cedarwood fan. Interestingly enough, these cedarwood trees are actually from the Juniper family, but each has the classic "cedar chest" aroma which is not as pronounced in the true Moroccan oil (though when using cedarwood for strictly therapeutic actions, this is the cedarwood to use).

More new oils are on the way, and we'll keep you up do date on the blog. Thanks for reading!


The scientific abstract regarding Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii) and Thyme oils.

"Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, and Anti-Inflammatory Activities of Essential Oils from Five Selected Herbs." Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2011 Oct 7. [Epub ahead of print]Tsai ML, Lin CC, Lin WC, Yang CH. Department of Cosmetic Science, Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science.


Eucalyptus bridgesiana, Cymbopogon martinii, Thymus vulgaris, Lindernia anagallis, and Pelargonium fragrans are five species of herbs used in Asia. Their essential oils were analyzed by GC-MS, and a total of 36 components were detected. The results of our study indicated that, except for the essential oil of P. fragrans, all of the essential oils demonstrated obvious antimicrobial activity against a broad range of microorganisms. The C. martinii essential oil, which is rich in geraniol, was the most effective antimicrobial additive. All of the essential oils demonstrated antioxidant activities on 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical scavenging assay, β-carotene/linoleic acid assay, and nitric oxide radical scavenging assay. Furthermore, the T. vulgaris essential oil, which possesses plentiful thymol, exhibited the highest antioxidant activity. For P. acnes-induced secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines, the essential oils of P. aeruginosa, C. martinii, and T. vulgaris reduced the TNF-α, IL-1β, and IL-8 secretion levels of THP-1 cells.