Rosemary essential oil for the skin is not a standalone idea or marketing tactic. Essential oils, aside from rosemary, have been increasing in popularity for years. They provide powerful benefits to those who incorporate them into their daily routines. Essential oils have been positioned as an advantageous edge in cosmetics, cleaning, aromatherapy, and more. Common essential oils included skin care products and beyond include lavender, lemon, and tea tree oil. Essential oils can be made from virtually any plant – and there are brands offering hundreds of different essential oils in their products and as oils alone. Essential oils are incredibly concentrated plant matter, which is why they are so potent. 

Rosemary Essential Oil as an Additive in Skincare

Rosemary essential oil is one that just doesn’t garner enough attention. It possesses amazing benefits, just like the herb rosemary itself. Gone are the days of rosemary being known as just a flavorful ingredient in cooking, the essential oil of the herb provides powerful medicinal benefits. Rosemary essential oil boasts antifungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. These qualities make rosemary essential oil a perfect addition to many skincare products and may allow for a less harsh alternative to many products designed for problematic skin types. Rosemary essential oil piques the curiosity of those looking to eliminate artificial ingredients from their skincare routine. The properties act as a natural preservative for these skincare and cosmetic products, slowing and killing the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms. Rosemary essential oil also acts as an agent to combat complex skin conditions caused by an excess of bacteria on the skin, like eczema and staph infections.

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On a simpler and more cosmetic level, rosemary essential oil use on the skin may improve the skin of those battling acne. Some acne is caused by an overabundance of harmful bacteria and microorganisms on the skin, in which all three of these properties can work to diminish. These properties may seem similar in nature, and they do work together to promote healing value, but each compound carries its own unique weight and purpose. Antibacterial agents kill off the harmful bacteria entirely, antiseptic properties slow the growth of microorganisms, and antimicrobial compounds slow the spread of bacteria, fungi, and some viral organisms.  

Rosemary essential oil can also be used as an astringent. The purpose of an astringent is to balance, tone, and refresh the skin. Rosemary essential oil is also known for providing oxygenation, stimulation, and overall increased circulation to the skin. The stimulation it provides to the skin’s tissue makes the essential oil a popular ingredient in many under-eye creams. The increased circulation of the skin can lead to the improvement of dark under-eye circles and general puffiness. Being a member of the aromatic and therapeutic mint family, rosemary essential oil also gives a general feeling of refreshment to the skin, similar to mint. 

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Board-certified cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Peterson Pierre was quoted in an article by Huda Beauty as saying, “[Rosemary essential oil’s anti-inflammatory action allows it to soothe and even treat dry skin and dry scalp, [and it can also help soothe and treat] eczema and acne. Also, rosemary oil is known to stimulate hair growth and can also condition the hair to help it look and feel healthy.” 

Like Dr. Peterson Pierre said above, rosemary essential oil is thought to stimulate hair growth. One study showed rosemary essential oil to perform as well as minoxidil, a common hair growth treatment. The study noted that rosemary essential oil users experienced less scalp itching than those using minoxidil. Haircare giant Suave and others like Aveda offer hair care treatments and shampoos with rosemary essential oil as a primary selling point. Rosemary essential oil is also known for its role in improving dry and flaky scalps. Suave markets their rosemary shampoo specifically to consumers looking to hydrate their scalp.

Essential Oils Generate Incredible Profit

The market value of essential oils is thought to be about 27 billion dollars by 2022, showing astronomical growth. Europe accounts for the largest share of the global essential oil market, representing 50% of the total market. European brands looking to add a rosemary essential oil product to their portfolio need to ensure they partner with a company familiar with the strict European market. E5 Chem is very experienced in the European CPG market, and each product formulated by us meets the EU GMPs’ rigorous standards. This means products must be “of consistent high quality, are appropriate for their intended use, and meet the requirements of the marketing authorisation or clinical trial authorisation.”

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