Essential oils are obviously the only skin care I will ever use. Secretly Obvious clients and friends agree that essential oils have not only transformed our skin and by proxy our self confidence, but our overall health has dramatically improved.
I’m so grateful and honored to know that many clients are now pursuing careers in the healing arts as a result of these oils changing their lives. Some have lost significant weight (I've lost 35 pounds myself), others have been able to have children and reverse diagnoses of all kinds. All agree that our essential oils and our creations have been the key to taking their health care into their own hands due to access to their authentic purity.
In my experience using other supposedly natural products, including essential oils from large brands and stores, I was always disappointed with their inability to get rid of my chronic cystic acne, much less anything else I was suffering with. We still have yet to find a brand that we can trust as an alternative to Richard’s soap and skin care.
The key to using essential oil products is to eventually completely cross over and eliminate all synthetic products from your routine. Once you get started it becomes easy to see why. I still have a box of cosmetics I used to use before Richard and I met, all of them are full of toxic ingredients that I don’t even know what to do with. I don’t even want to give them away, I’d rather provide others with a better and more affordable option!
Nobody is in charge of setting rules for how humans use nature's tools and gifts. I have experimented with putting pure lemongrass oil on my face, and I not only survived, I do this every few months as it functions like a peel for me. After a week of peeling I have a new younger face. Essential oils are not dangerous to use topically, but unlike any other products you will find in stores or from large brands, they actually effect your skin and body, and there will be a real effect.
Don't ever ingest essential oils without a healthy education on these methods, do not use them on children as KIDS DO NOT NEED ESSENTIAL OILS! Also, it's very important to humble yourself while using nature's products and trust that the source has something to ultimately teach you.
There are so many essential oils products I have used and developed myself with great results. The creation process is free flowing, safe and healthy. I encourage every woman to take her health into her own hands and create her own products for her whole family made from real essential oils.
To get you started, here are my favorite products out of the many I have tried over the years…
Ever since I started using this hydrosol spray, my cycle is exactly 28 days long and always on time. After withdrawing from 17 years of hormonal birth control, words cannot explain the range of new emotions I feel for the first time since 12 years old. I'm glad that what feels like a late puberty as a grown woman is being helped with access to authentic rose oil products.
Hydrosols are like essential oils but in far less of a concentration. Rose oil and its hydrolate counterpart, rosewater, with its complex chemical profile of at least 275 compounds, possesses a vast number of therapeutic applications. My skin has never been more soft and clear, and I love the cool feeling of a spritz on my face i the morning.
BEST USES: Spray directly onto skin concentrating on areas of acne, and/or dryness. Saturation is optimal, I spray about 4 times once daily, or twice daily during the week before my period. I notice it calms me down enough to make it through my PMS without driving Richard crazy.
Spray onto abdomen and massage for relief of cramping, fatigue, and encouraging hormonal balance. I even spray it on my yoni after a shower and I notice it has helped at preventing ingrown hairs!
*Keep from children, pets, and men. External use only. Consult physician if pregnant.
2. acne control Regimen with Sunscreen
These are the products that started it all. When I met Richard in 2014 I was suffering with chronic cystic acne and still taking Ortho tricyclene, I also had polycystic ovarian syndrome and weighed about 35 pounds more.
My mother put me on the pill for acne at age 12 (very bad idea don't drug your kids!) and I thought my acne would never go away. Deep down I knew my lifestyle and makeup use to cover my acne was making it worse, but I couldn't find a way out of the cycle even at age 27 because I was modeling at the time.
Within 1 month my skin was completely clear of acne, within 4 months all of my hyperpigmentation and scarring was gone, if you follow me on instagram you may remember my journey. I did not change my diet until later on, and now it prevents my acne from returning. I still use the products if I end up with a pimple, and they work every time.
BEST USES: After washing with the Secretly Obvious Citrus Soap, pat your face dry with a clean cloth. Apply the Acne Control Essential oil formula directly to pimples, whiteheads, scars, and cysts (even the deep ones) not much is needed at all. You may feel tingle or cooling sensation, the formula smells so wonderful and will help you sleep well so be sure to apply it before bed. Let the formula dry and then apply the Acne Control Shea butter on top to your entire face and neck.
Alternatively you can apply the butter to your face and neck and then apply the formula to the spots, just get it on your skin and figure out what you like best!
Everyone's reaction is a little bit different: You may notice your skin may peel or flake after a few uses, deep cysts may just disappear, white heads may purge and dry up, the changes will be transformative either way. Don't get it in your eyes, keep away from kids and pets and don't use if your pregnant since there are strong oils in the formula. Check out pregnancy safe alternatives here.
This regimen has eliminated even the most stubborn acne and scars, even red hyperpigmentation marks and scars. Check out more testimonials here.
3. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Bar Soap
All of Richard's soap creations are amazing and wonderful, but this soap is truly unique and smells so beautiful. A very floral Chinese Ylang Ylang essential oil is added to the shea, tamanu and sweet almond oil to give the soap a light and natural scent that carries in your hair. Ylang Ylang is a women's oil which naturally balances the endocrine system through inhalation and topical use.
Check out all natural Ylang Ylang oil products here. I love the way this soap gently removes makeup, grease, even my work dirt and glue, tar, etc. I even use it as a shampoo bar, and it leaves my skin and hair softer than ever. Using it to shave prevents ingrown hairs as well. Richard even offers this soap in a loaf form (10 bars $160) for on the product page.
4. Lavender Flower herbal tea
Lavender tea is mostly used for relaxation, digestion, and hormonal balance in women. By steeping soft whole lavender flowers, the resulting tea is very concentrated and not much is needed, the 16 oz will last you months and months.
As you may imagine, my mood and emotional range is far more unpredictable now that I am off the pill for the first time since 12 years old. Since I started drinking this tea, it relieves my anxiety and anger issues I have been struggling with. I now try to drink it every day and add a little honey or rose petals sometimes. I love using these lavender flowers in a number of different ways:
5. essential oil diffuser blend concentrate
This concentrated blend of only peppermint & orange oil is the perfect combination for any occasion. The peppermint will clear congestion, relieve anxiety, and even relieve nausea. The orange oil will relax the body and mind aiding in sleep, and brighten the mood like no other oil. Since this is a blend of pure and concentrated oils, you can even dilute it with a carrier oil for topical application to aid in digestion, insomnia, and nausea, even acne and scars will be helped with this oil.
I recommend a few drops in any diffuser to bring vapor therapy to any room which will relieve cold, cough, and congestion within minutes. Regular use has prevented us from being sick for years.
6. Geranium EO travel roller ball blend
I absolutely love the feminine floral oil of geranium. This roll on is travel size, and being that pure geranium oil should be diluted with a carrier oil for topical application, Richard offers this blended option ready for use.
From the product description: "This fresh essential oil has a firm place in aromatherapy for women, as it helps to balance the mind and emotions, while stimulating the adrenal cortex and balancing the hormonal system, stimulating the lymphatic system. On the other hand, it balances the production of sebum in the skin, while keeping it supple and helping with the healing of wounds."
I use it directly on my face by rolling it onto my cheeks and then rubbing it all over. It is a lovely scent but the effects have given me a tighter complexion and firmer skin. I've noticed the fine lines I have already developed at age 29 are less noticeable and seemed to have fill in more.
I highly recommend this oil blend and all geranium essential oil products.
7. 100% Pure Cypress Essential oil
This oil is an absolute MUST-HAVE for women. I have used this oil to combat the very painful cramps I get as well as PMS from being post pill. Simply applying the pure cypress oil to my abdomen will relieve cramping within 5-20 minutes. By applying it after every time I use the bathroom (every couple hours) I can stay cramp free and even shorten my period significantly. The oil also relieves congestion and has numerous wellness benefits for women.
I recommend only using this during your cycle, one week out of the month to prevent over saturation. It is nice to have something special for that time because my periods are very painful now and render me useless for the first day.
I was very glad to have this oil on hand when Richard and I had terrible food poisoning last year. After 3 days of uncontrollable vomiting and diarrhea, 1 drop of this cypress oil in a glass of water eliminated all symptoms within a half hour and they never came back.
Here's why from the product page: "Cypress Essential Oil has been used to combat excessive perspiration (particularly feet), hemorrhoids, menorrhagia, oily skin, rheumatism, and varicose veins. Aromatherapists also commonly credit Cypress with being a relaxing, nerve soothing essential oil. It has the properties of an astringent and has been used in skin care applications.
BEST USES: When you feel your period cramps coming on, quickly apply a generous amount to saturate your lower abdomen and lower back and buttocks even. I cover from my belly button to my thighs and notice a reduction in cellulite.
For painful and heavy periods or even hemorrhaging, use 10 drops in a warm bath or 5 drops in a distilled water douche. This may stop your period altogether but will definitely slow blood flow significantly.
*Do not use if pregnant, consult your doctor in all emergencies and do not hesitate to seek medical attention or advice from a doctor.
8. Forest freedom eo kit
From the product page: "There are many uses for each of these essential oils and they blend very well together to create the perfectly woodsy aromas that benefit you mind, body and spirit. By blending them with your selection of carrier oil, these potent and concentrated roll-on oils are ready for topical application on any areas of concern according to their desired effect. *External use only. Not for small children.
INCLUDED IN YOUR BUNDLE:
I have used this kit on friends who come over congested and by the time they leave they are a new person! Having them on hand is very helpful and provides a great therapeutic aroma for both men and women. Check out all the EO blends offered by Secretly Obvious here.
9. 100% Pure moringa Seed oil
This is by far my favorite carrier oil. My favorite used to be black cumin seed, which is also very nice, but now I prefer the slightly thinner consistency of the Moringa oil. I love the lather of the oil when I rub it directly on my skin, it seems to dry very fast and over all it is perfect for any blend I'm trying to make, but especially for my face blends. When I use this oil as a face moisturizer at night, any signs of acne are gone, my skin is soft and tight and overall more youthful. I'm so glad to find this oil!
From the product page: "Moringa oil has been used in skin preparations and ointments since ancient Egyptian times. Antioxidant-rich Moringa Seed Oil curbs the activities of free radicals and can be considered an anti-aging emollient. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which quickly help heal minor skin problems such as bruises, cuts, insect bites, rashes and scrapes. Unlike any other plant-based oil, when you apply Moringa Seed Oil to your skin and rub it in, it produces a rich and creamy lather adding to its cleansing ability. Moringa Seed Oil will help clear pimples and prevent their recurrence if used regularly. It helps clear blackheads and spots, tighten pores, and will give your face a youthful glow.
Moringa oil is a very stable carrier which is highly nutritious for the skin, similar in composition to olive oil, but much lighter. It is a powerful natural antioxidant with excellent skin smoothing properties. The skin smoothing and moisturizing benefits are derived from the fact that moringa seed oil is high in vitamins A, C, mono-unsaturated fatty acids, copper, and calcium.
It has a mild nutty smell. It is also edible and non toxic. It can be in every first aid kit for cuts, scrapes, wounds, burns, rash, bites, stings etc. Most cosmetic companies have it in their anti-aging formulas, their research proves the healing effects of Moringa on the skin. This is truly an amazing oil capable of eliminating scarring and quickly regenerating skin for any wound. It is very emollient so a little goes a long way. It can also be used for inflammation, psoriasis, eczema and shingles.
10. 100% pure orange oil
Orange oil is the most used oil in our home, we use it for cleaning just about everything. I have a bottle filled with orange oil by the sink in the kitchen and even the bathroom. I use orange oil to create my household multipurpose cleaner which is a combination of peroxide, white vinegar, and orange oil.
I even use orange oil to clear stubborn clogged drains: simply pour a half cup down the drain and wait for the drain to clear.
Orange oil is a happy and mood elevating oil, I use it in the diffuser by itself to brighten the ambiance. Being that the oil is a sedative this also helps us fall asleep easier, so applying it directly to the feet with actually eliminate fungal infection and help you sleep as well. You can apply it to pimples, cuts, scrapes, wounds, bug bites, and any skin inflammation.
Orange oil has so many uses and is quite affordable in larger quantities. Secretly Obvious offers orange oil from all over the world, this is the most cost effective selection:
And with this list of 10 items, you will have all you need to get started using Essential oils regularly. You may notice some changes immediately, but over all essential oil usage has prevented illness, eliminated my acne and skin issues, and also allowed me to balance my hormones naturally and get off the pill. I am now 1 year post pill with no symptoms of Polycystic ovarian syndrome, blood work confirms I am healthier than I have ever been in my life.
I absolutely owe my health transformation to Secretly Obvious oils in particular. You can save 10% on your order today with the code FIRSTORDER10 to get started.
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Michelle Renee Godfrey
San Diego native and SDSU alumna, Michelle received her BA in Graphic Design in 2011 and has been developing health and wellness brands ever since.
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