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What’s an Essential Oil?

And why is it so essential?

Next time you’re using one of Seacret’s products, take a look at the list of ingredients. Chances are, you’ll find that it contains some type of oil, and sometimes up to 4 or 5 different types of oil. Those are Essential Oils, and Seacret makes use of over 25 of them throughout its product line.

People have known of the health benefits of plants for centuries, often making teas, salves, or pastes out of them for old home remedies. Take Chamomile for example: it’s well known for having anti-inflammatory properties. Another example might be Rose Hips, which are packed with Vitamin C and has antioxidant properties.

So, if different plants provide different health benefits, then Seacret should just add plants to their product formulations, right?

It’s not quite that simple. Can you imagine what it would be like if your Facial Cleansing Milk contained actual Sesame Seeds instead of Sesame Seed Oil?

This is where Essential Oils come in to play.

What is an Essential Oil?

Through distillation or cold-pressing, it’s possible to extract the beneficial compounds from a plant or nut. Whether it be fatty acids from olive pits, Vitamin E from argan kernels, or emollient compounds from carrot seeds, these compounds are the Essential Oil.

But, plants contain a very small amount of Essential Oil by weight, meaning a large amount of plant material is needed to produce a small amount of oil. This makes the oil highly concentrated—depending on the plant source, an ounce of Essential Oil may have the beneficial compounds of several pounds of plant material. This makes Essential Oils ideal for use in Seacret’s skin health products.

What makes these oils essential?

Essential Oil is actually a shortened form of Quintessential Oil. The word “quintessential” stems from quintessence, a term that dates back to the days of Aristotle. Aristotle theorized that all matter was made up of four elements—fire, air, earth, and water—in addition to it’s quintessence, or “life force.”

So when we say “Essential Oil,” we’re not saying that it’s an oil you can’t live without, we’re saying that it’s the essence of the plant.

Fun Fact: Centuries ago, distillation was thought to be the method of removing a plant’s life force, or spirit, which is why we often refer to distilled alcoholic beverages as “spirits” today. Keep that in mind the next time you have a cocktail—you’re consuming the spirits of plants!

Where Science meets Nature

Seacret’s skin care products are all based on a combination of cutting edge skin science and the best ingredients nature has to offer. Essential Oils allow us to incorporate a wide variety of beneficial and natural plant compounds into our products to give you truly health skin!

Seacret's Essential Oil Arsenal


Almond Oil

Argan Oil

Avocado Oil

Black Currant Seed Oil

Borage Seed Oil

Carrot Seed Oil

Chamomile Flower Oil

Chamomile Leaf Oil

Coconut Oil

Coriander Seed Oil

Evening Primrose Oil

Geranium Oil

Grape Seed Oil

Jojoba Seed Oil

Linseed Oil

Olive Oil

Orange Peel Oil

Palm Oil

Palm Kernel Oil

Rapeseed Oil

Rose Hips Oil

Sea Buckthorn Oil

Sesame Seed Oil

Sunflower Seed Oil

Tea Tree Oil

Wheat Germ Oil