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Learn what essential oil does what and what it can do for you.

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P.S. EO = Essential Oil.

Clary Sage EO
Serious Name: alvia sclarea
Smells like: A calming breeze in a red wood forest around spring.
Find It In: Be Pure Clary Sage Oil
This essential oil is used for a lot of things. We use it for its inherent calming, sedative affect on the body and mind. Its soothing, woody aromas are particularly good at helping ease menstrual cramps and menopause symptoms, alleviate pain, and even set your body up for a peaceful night’s sleep. As for your skin, it’s known to calm, soothe and rejuvenate, whilst working to tone and tighten.


Clove Bud EO

Serious Name: syzgium aromaticum
Smells like: Wearing a salsa dress, drinking sangria at dusk.
Find It In: Be Pure Clove Bud Oil
Its antibacterial properties are ideal for treating acne. It’s also quite a good breath freshener and remedy for toothaches. Just one small drop to the sore area is enough.




Cumin EO
Serious Name: cuminum cyminum
Smells like: A spicy warm breeze of a coming fiesta to wake you up from your afternoon siesta.
Find It In: Be Pure Cumin Oil
Cumin is pronounced a few different ways, some funnier than others. It’s used for a few things, too. Like how just one drop of the essential oil can ease digestive discomfort, and how one too many can give you the reverse effect. It’s also used as an antiseptic, making it beneficial for treating infections and wounds. We also love it for its calming properties, helping to relieve anxiety, stress and nervous tension.



Eucalyptus EO
Serious Name: eucalyptus radiata
Smells like: A deep, clear breath in the middle of the bush on a clear blue sky day.
Find It In: Be Vibrant
You would know it as the Australian native food of choice for the squishy Koala bear. Capable of a lot, this essential oil’s most common use is for treating cold and flu symptoms because it acts as a great decongestant. It’s also an excellent antiseptic for cuts and open wounds, and for getting rid of moldy smells, like the ones you’d find in your shoes.
Important: Please don’t directly ingest Eucalyptus Essential Oil. You may be full of Aussie grit, but only Koala’s are capable of metabolizing it.


Geranium EO
Serious Name: pelargonium graveolens
Smells Like: A cup of tea on a pretty pink saucer covered in flowers.
Find It In: Be Sensual, Be Serene
More than just a crowd favourite at flower shows, this Egyptian native is renowned for its uplifting and calming effects on the nervous system, making it a go-to essential oil for remedying stress, anxiety, and even time-of-the-month or menopausal tension. It also helps to balance oil production in your skin, no matter your skin type, and target cellulite and fluid retention.



Immortelle EO
Serious Name: helichrysum italicum
Smells Like: Driving with a sexy, Italian stallion along a floral Mediterranean coastline in a yellow convertible, and somewhere someone has spilt a jar of honey.
Find It In: Be Pure Immortelle oil
Immortelle is often referred to as the curry plant because if its strong scent, however it offers a lot more than just a pleasant aroma. Some call it one of the rarest, most powerful healing oils on the planet. It has a powerful affect on the body, helping to ease inflammation, pain, tissue injuries and post-surgery wounds and recovery. As well as reducing the appearance of blemishes, redness, fine lines, wrinkles and ageing skin, simultaneously working to promote soft, glowing, youthful skin. Hence its name.


Jasmine EO
Serious Name: jasminum grandiflorum
Smells Like: A day spa with fluffy towels and a trickling water feature.
Find It In: Be Sensual
This popular little petal is found in hand creams, soaps and incense sticks all over the world due its beautiful fragrance. Known for helping dry and irritated skin, it’s also a great comforter of emotions, making it effective for remedying anxiety and depression, particularly in relation to relationships and sex.




Lavender (Maillette) EO
Serious Name: lavandula angustifolia
Smells like: A walk down a French country lane.
Find It In: Be Tranquil
This French native is used all around the world, loved by bees and mature women with pantyhouse drawers alike for it’s smooth, pollenating aroma. It’s considered great for relaxing bodily nerves, making it a first choice in treating insomnia. It’s also great for your skin, treating acne, eczema and psoriasis, and healing burns, sunburn and any abrasions.


Lemon EO
Serious Name: citrus limonum
Smells like: A fresh summer breeze that’s just sailed through your kitchen whilst you’re grating the rind of a lemon.
Find It In: Be Pure Lemon Oil
This essential oil is notorious for purifying the air and any surfaces - which is why you see it featured on cleaning products. When inhaled, it works to uplift your mood and enlighten your senses making it a favourite at Be genki.




Lemon Myrtle EO
Serious Name: backhousia citriodora
Smells Like: A walk through a Queensland rainforest holding a lemon.
Find It In: Be Vibrant
This Aussie local hit stardom after Jamie Oliver used it on his show, so naturally the plant sold out across London. Apart from cooking with Jamie, it’s most common use is helping to relieve chest congestion, balancing oily skin and killing acne-causing bacteria. It’s also popular for improving concentration and uplifting your body.




Mandarin EO
Serious Name: citrus reticulata
Smells Like: An afternoon on a Mediterranean hillside making jam.
Find It In: Be Effective Body Oil [for stretch marks]
More than a delicious cousin to the orange, mandarin offers a bunch of things for your skin and mind. It’s great for preventing stretch-marks during pregnancy and for balancing other skin conditions, like acne, and oily and mature skin. It’s also an effective aroma to balance, uplift and calm your body’s nerves, even beneficial for treating fluid retention and insomnia.



Neroli EO
Serious Name: citrus aurantium amara
Smells Like: An afternoon watching a sweet and spicy sunset in Italy.
Find It In: Be Serene
Whilst this essential oil is rumoured to be one of the key ingredients in Coca-Cola’s secret recipe, it’s most popular in creating perfumes. We like it for its sedative and antidepressant properties, which can help with states of anxiety and depression. It’s also used for treating dry, sensitive skin, improving the appearance of broken capillaries and stimulating the growth of healthy new cells.



Palmarosa EO
Serious Name: cymbopogon martini
Smells Like: A sweet stroll through tall grass in India with fingers outstretched.
Find It In: Be Serene
Derived from India and Nepal, this essential oil ticks a lot of boxes in the helpful department. It’s used for hydrating and treating undernourished skin, stimulating healthy cell regeneration, and balancing oil production. It’s also commonly used to remedy stress and anxiety, thanks to its calming, soothing properties.




Patchouli EO
Serious Name: pogostemon cablin
Smells Like: A walk through a green, mossy English woods after the rain.
Find It In: Be Serene
Loved by perfume creators everywhere, this essential oil is a delicious component to any fragrance. We love it because it works to remedy tense or nervous emotions, as it’s considered to help manage fatigue, stress, anxiety and depression. And your skin loves it, too, thanks to its renowned regenerative properties, which works to protect aging skin.



Peppermint EO
Serious Name: mentha piperita
Smells Like: A fresh morning dip, looking at a snow tipped mountain.
Find It In: Be Vibrant
Famous as the middle part of an aero or the classic bowl of lollies sitting at reception, Peppermint is more than just a delicious treat. For centuries it has been used to improve concentration, alertness and mental fatigue, and even relieve headaches. As well as giving you a clear head, it’s also great to rub into your skin for a cooling and refreshing tingle.



Roman Chamomile EO
Serious Name: chamaemelum anthemis nobilis
Smells Like: An afternoon wander in a meadow wearing a white dress.
Find It In: Be Tranquil
This dainty little flower is great for having picnics around and for making flower wreaths. It’s also renowned for its calming and soothing effects on the body, and is commonly used to help with anxiety, stress, headaches and insomnia. It’s used to treat dry and sensitive skin, too.




Rose Otto EO
Serious Name: rosa damascena
Smells Like: A rich, warm hug and half a dozen red roses.
Find It In: Be Serene and Be Sensual
Rumoured to have featured in Cleopatra’s cosmetics case, this Bulgarian beauty has long been used to treat all skin types, especially dry or aging skin, as well as remedying broken capillaries, redness or inflammation. Offering a romantic aroma, it’s also used as a gentle but strong relief for stress and depression, creating feelings of warmth and openness.



Rosemary EO
Serious Name: rosmarinus officinalis
Smells Like: An afternoon gardening with your aunt.
Find It In: Be Vibrant
Not only is it an excellent herb to use on roast potatoes, this essential oil is well regarded for its ability to improve concentration and memory, thanks to its stimulating effects on the central nervous system and brain. It gives your skin a healthy glow, improves your skins elasticity, and can balance out any dry or oily skin issues. It’s also good for the head renowned for helping to stimulate hair growth and help prevent dandruff.



Sandalwood EO
Serious Name: santalum spicatum
Smells Like: Curling up under a woven rug in a wood cabin in Autumn.
Find It In: Be Tranquil
Popular as a spiritual element and loved for its aroma, sandalwood offers a range of benefits to the body, too. It’s considered to be effective in relaxing the body, helping agitation, insomnia and nervous tension. When it comes to skin, its soothing and moisturising properties make it great for remedying dry, cracked skin, rashes, eczema, as well as helping to balance oily skin.



Sweet Orange EO
Serious Name: citrus sinensis
Smells Like: A lady wearing a beautiful apron and peeling oranges in Italy.
Find It In: Be Tranquil
We all love a fresh glass of OJ at breakfast, but we love this essential oil a little bit more. It offers mild sedative, relaxing and antidepressant properties, making it great in the treatment of insomnia and nervousness. As for your skin, it works to sooth dry, irritated and acne-prone skin, and regenerate aging skin.




Tea Tree EO
Serious Name: melaleuca alternifolia
Smells Like: A swim through a rainforest lake in Queensland.
Find It In: Be Pure Tea Tree Oil
This is Australia’s natural antiseptic. It inhibits a broad spectrum of infections, bacteria and fungi when applied topically, like athlete’s foot - though that doesn’t mean you should stop wearing your flip flops in the public showers. The oil helps to cleanse and protect skin abrasions, and treat blemishes. As well as providing relief to minor cuts, abrasions, bites and stings (the insect kind, not the sting you feel when the grocer says theirs no avo’s left).



Ylang Ylang EO
Serious Name: cananga odorata
Smells Like: A boat drifting down a Madagascan stream surrounded by exotic flowers.
Find It In: Be Sensual
This essential oil has an intoxicating aroma that is renowned for awakening your senses and enriching your body, potentially acting as an aphrodisiac. It’s often used to treat stress and anxiety, support healthy skin and nails, and even help balance your hormones during PMS. That doesn’t mean you have to put down the chocolate though.



Vanilla oleoresin
Serious Name: vanilla planifolia
Smells Like: A delicious scoop of ice cream in a freshly pressed waffle cone.
Find It In: Be Sensual
‘Vanilla planifolia’ is an oleoresin as contains a mix of essential oils and resin. It’s a delicious ingredient in any dessert or snack, but what attracts us to this particular oleoresin is that it’s considered to have aphrodisiac properties that comfort and uplift the body, just like a piece of a vanilla slice would. We like both equally.