Disclaimer: compensation for this review was in the form of the essential oils via Brandbacker & InstaNatural, but opinions are all mine.
I'm going to be real honest here... I've heard about all the hype surrounding essential oils, but before I tried the oils I am reviewing, I never actually used or had the inkling to use them. So why did I sign up to try them, you ask. Well, that one is easy- my mom.
I was telling my Mom about the types of products that Bloggers are able to get and review and what not, and she asked me if I had any access to essential oils. I told her about a campaign via Brandbacker, and yes, she told me to sign up. She told me that essential oils happen to be extremely useful due to their anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, etc, ect, properties, and that they happen to be all over Pinterest. Parents, I tell ya.
But my Mom was right. As soon as I signed up for the campaign, I took to Pinterest, and enlightened myself.
InstaNatural is a cruelty-free company that produces products that are free of harmful alcohols, parabens or sulfates, and currently, "InstaNatural is a leading online distributor of a collection of nature-inspired beauty and cosmetic products. All of InstaNatural's products are produced in small batches and packaged in FDA-certified facilities in the USA to ensure freshness and safety for customers. With results-driven products backed by a lifetime satisfaction guarantee, InstaNatural is focused on providing the best collection of beauty products to address a wide variety of skincare needs." (http://instanatural.com/pages/our-story)
The company features body care, hair care, and essential oils. I have tried their eye serum, eye gel, retinol serum, retinol moisturizer, emu oil, and now two of their three scents of essential oils.
What is an essential oil? According to Google, an essential oil is "a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted". They have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic, medical, and cleaning purposes, and are made by careful steam distillation or cold pressing.
InstaNatural sent me their lemon and peppermint essential oils. I was also supposed to get their lavender oil, but due to issues, I was unable to.
Both oils were, quite frankly, rather strong. When I received the box of oils from Amazon, I could already smell the lemon, and it wasn't even opened. Once I opened both bottles, I really liked their smells. Each one was crisp, fresh, and fragrant.
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Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways. Possibly the most common way, is to use the oils in conjunction with a diffuser. A diffuser creates a mist that purifies the air- basically you fill with water, and then add a few drops of the essential oil.
You can also use the peppermint oil as a standalone product to soothe nausea and motion sickness, clear your sinuses, relieve headaches, clean your toilet, provide allergy relief, and more; and the lemon oil for cleaning due to it's antibacterial properties, to refresh your house, banish cold sores, clean leather, lightening hair, to clean gum out of somewhere, etc.
I used the lemon oil for cleaning. I added a few drops to a bucket of water and vinegar, and went to town on my cabinets, and stove. Yes, my house did smell like lemon for about twenty-four hours, but I loved the fact that if my son put his hand on the stove after I cleaned it, he would be ok. And I didn't have to use bleach or any thing else. Plus the scent was nice for Spring.
I used the peppermint oil in the shower. Several times, I ran a hot shower and added some drops. Why? Because I was having sinus issues. After breathing in the diffused oil and water (steam), my sinus cleared up and I have unfailing optimism about the products.
I really liked the idea of using essential oils for cleaning, due to their non-toxic nature. I do recommend the lemon and peppermint oils from InstaNatural and believe that they are worth the money. Plus, I will be Spring cleaning very soon, and I have a feeling my house will be smelling like lemon.
If you want to grab your own essential oils from InstaNatural, they run about $20 for a 4 fl oz bottle, and you can do so from the InstaNatural website or Amazon.
Have you ever tried essential oils?