Holistic skin care is more than skin-deep. Approaching skin care from an integrated and holistic view is good for your entire body and every aspect of your health and well-being.

And, as you explore the concept of holistic skin care, you will begin to realize that it benefits your household, your community, and our global ecosystem.

Many skin care products appeal to the consumer on a purely cosmetic level. Many contain sweet artificial perfumes which, though irritating to the skin in the long-term, have undeniable consumer appeal. Many are scented to smell like baked goods, for instance. Not beneficial to the skin, since the source of the aroma is synthetic, but appealing on an olfactory level.

Many other skin care products appeal to consumers purely on the basis of bright packaging, celebrity endorsement, and brand affiliation. Again, not great for your skin, but sometimes as irresistible as junk food.

Holistic skin care approaches the product from a more comprehensive point of view. ESSIO aromatherapy products for the shower begin with the premise that whatever goes on your skin has to offer integrated, holistic health benefits. This is the reason that our formulas contain only 100% USDA certified organic essential oils. No artificial perfumes, dyes, parabens, or any of the other common irritants and fillers found in non-holistic products for skin, bath and body.

Our holistic approach also is based on the health benefit of inhaling essential oils. especially in the steam of a warm shower. Many studies demonstrate that essential oils reduce stress, and produce endorphins, naturally elevating mood.

On an even broader level, ESSIO creates an approach to holistic skin care which is good for the planet. Our packaging is biodegradable, recyclable. Our botanical ingredients are sustainably sourced, meaning that we do not use ingredients which de-forest the earth, such as Palm Oil. Our corporate mission requires that we choose botanical ingredients which may be grown and harvested without damaging the soil, air or water, and which support safe working conditions and create fair-trade wages for the people who do the work, worldwide.

After all, essential oils are the natural essences of plants, so if plants and other aspects of the ecosystem, such as bees, are in jeopardy, we’re out of business. We depend upon plants, their ability to photosynthesize, and upon bees and other pollinators to keep everything in bloom. Our business thrives because the earth thrives– leaves, twigs, bark, flowers, roots, seeds, buds– nourished by clean water, sun, and soil which is not poisoned by herbicides, insecticides, etc.

In this sense, creating a holistic skin care product literally is good for the birds and the bees, as well as for you. We are inspired by many other brands with a similar vision, such as Burt’s Bees, whose fine products and strict manufacturing code support the health of honeybee colonies in North America.

Feel like taking your own holistic skin care to the next level? Bee experts say that creating even a small (12 inches by 12 inches– a balcony or windowbox!) garden habitat with bee-friendly flowering plants like marigolds and daisies can help sustain honeybees in your community.