What are essential oils and what are they for?

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More and more people are using essential oils in their daily routine, both in aromatherapy and applied to the skin. But what are essential oils and what are they for?

Essential oils are substances that can come from flowers, stems, barks, fruits of plants, seeds or even roots. They are very volatile non-fat substances that are used both in the perfumery industry and on a therapeutic level.  They are a source of both physical and psychological well-being. They help to balance, purify and hydrate your skin.

How are essential oils extracted?

Different methods are used, including extraction (by unheated pressure), solvent extraction, CO2 extraction, flowering, steam distillation and maceration.

How are they used?

There are several forms, including topically (mixing a small amount with body creams or oils) or orally (under medical prescription as they may be toxic) and by respiratory route (inhaling the essential oil in steam produced by diffusers, humidifiers or aromatherapy burners).

Essential oils in cosmetics

Essential oils are used in different therapeutic areas, from aromatherapy to natural and regenerative cosmetics. They have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, relaxing, toning, antiradical and antibiotic properties. They are also immunostimulators, cellular regenerators and activate blood and lymphatic circulation.


In Mediterranean Spirit all our fragrances come from essential oils that besides providing a pleasant aroma give our products extra properties in addition to those that provide their ingredients.

We use orange and mandarin essential oils in our anti-aging facial serum, spearmint essential oils in our micellar cleansing gel and lemon essential oils in our anti-aging eye contour cream – you won’t resist trying them and you’re sure to repeat them!

Lemon Essential Oil has antifungal properties, is repairing and healing and is indicated for different skin problems – a unique fragrance with fantastic properties – ideal for a mesmerising look!

Orange essential oil relaxes the mind and spirit while mandarin essential oil has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. It is also a great remedy for acne and skin impurities and helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars. The combination of both oils will lift your spirit while taking care of your complexion, leaving it soft and velvety!

We chose spearmint essential oil for our micellar cleansing gel because it improves blood flow, relaxes and is a good remedy for skin irritations. Also, this scent will transport your mind to our Mediterranean countryside!

The benefits of the essential oils we use

These health benefits will depend on which plant we are using. Some reduce stress and anxiety, purify the air and there are even others that help you fall asleep, have countless properties.

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Mediterranean Spirit

In Mediterranean Spirit we elaborate natural and ecological cosmetics inspired by the beauty of the Mediterranean. We extract the best of its nature to pamper your skin. We care about our products being of high quality, being honest with the benefits of the ingredients. Mediterranean Spirit is designed for people who are aware of the environment and sustainability.