The difference between pure essential oils and fragrance oils is the difference between natural and synthetic. Essential oils are naturally derived while fragrance oils are synthetic chemical creations. Typically, it takes hundreds of pounds of plant material to make one pound of essential oil. Fragrance oils are used in most everyday products, everything from commercially produced soaps, cleaning products to perfumes. While scientists can duplicate the fragrance of essential oils, they have so far been unable to duplicate the benefits.
Organic plant oils in Tierra Mia Organics™ products
One of the most important aspects to healthy balanced skin is moisturization. There are many ways to approach this. At Tierra Mia Organics, we believe the best way to moisturize the skin is with natural oils. Not any oils will do. With decades of our own research, we have chosen a specific few oils that are most beneficial for the skin. We carefully source these oils, selecting food grade oils, because we strive to make skin care products so safe and gentle you could eat them. At this time, a few of our products are actually edible and if you carefully read the ingredients in our creams you will see that the ingredients we use are NSF approved. Oils in each of our products serve a purpose. Most commonly we use Castor, Coconut, Olive, Grape Seed and Rice Bran. There are certain oils we will never use in our products such a mineral oil, palm oil or canola oil. Theses oils are not good for the skin and we can not condone the way they are sourced.
Tierra Mia Organics is aware of the palm oil industry and it's impact on the planet. The unchecked agricultural expansion threatens the forests and the wildlife that call it home, which is why we do not purchase palm oil, or use its derivatives in any of our products. While palm oil can be produced sustainably, much of the palm oil found today is still done so in an unregulated fashion. We simply choose not to use palm oil. It's is our opinion that there is nothing healthy or beautiful about harming our planet and our fellow earthlings.
The essential oils used in Tierra Mia Organics™ products
LAVENDER (Lavandula) -Lavandula is a genus of 39 known species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is native to the Old World and is found from Cape Verde and the Canary Island. Most commonly known for its relaxing effects.
LEMONGRASS – Used in making vitamin A and natural citral and is a natural antiseptic and astringent.
CINNAMON - Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamon.
VANILLA - The word vanilla, derived from the diminutive of the Spanish word vaina, is translated simply as "little pod"
PATCHOULI -Patchouli is a species of plant from the genus Pogostemon. The strong sweet, spicy and musky aroma of this essential oil eliminates and mask body odor and has been used for centuries in perfumes and, more recently, in incense.
SPEARMINT - As both an anti-fungal and antiviral, it makes an excellent disinfectant. As an antispasmodic, it creates a relaxing and cooling effect on the nerves and muscles.
ROSEMARY - The astringent properties help to ease congestion, puffiness and swelling making it beneficial in skin care for treating acne, dermatitis and eczema.
BLACK PEPPER - Black pepper is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit, which is usually dried and used as a spice and seasoning.
ALMOND - The March 2007 issue of the "Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology" reported a study that stating that applying almond oil to the skin will not only protect it, but can also reverse sun damage that may have already occurred.
TEA TREE - From the leaves of a tea tree plant a colorless and clear oils is extracted with a fresh camphoraceous ordor.
CLOVE - are the aromatic flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae, Syzygium aromaticum.
ORANGE - Packed with alpha hydroxy acids, orange fruit extract has demonstrated significant effects on keratinization.
GRAPEFRUIT - A tart and tangy citrus fruit rich in oils and excellent source of vitamin C.
WHITE SAGE - is an evergreen perennial shrub that is native to the southwestern United States. The seed was a main ingredient of pinole, a staple food.