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Cedarwood

cedarwood bark and pine

What is cedarwood and where does it come from? 

Cedrus is an evergreen tree growing up to 30–40 m tall with spicy-resinous scented wood, thick ridged or square-cracked bark, and broad, level branches. Cedarwood bark oil is steam distilled from the bark of the cedarwood tree.The tree from which the oil is derived determines its composition, which can affect the oil’s usefulness for specific conditions. Found all over the World, hot climates, such as Morocco provide a high source of cedarwood. There are two types of cedarwood depending on where in the world it originates from. Either Moroccan or American. Both are excellent blending oils and partner particularly well as a stable partner to very fragrant oils. 

How is cedarwood used in organic and natural beauty products?

This soothing oil has a beautiful woody aroma and is used in many ways. When used in skincare, cedarwood bark oil provides anti-inflammatory benefits, has anti-septic properties and can have a tightening effect on the skin. It’s also great for balancing and toning your skin and has additional purifying and cleansing properties. Cedarwood is rich in antioxidants which is a huge benefit to modern lifestyles by preventing pollution damage, premature ageing and lacklustre skin.

In aromatherapy, cedarwood is also used as a stress reliever, in natural body products, to help with muscle-soreness and even arthritis, due to its natural sedative compounds. Its fragrance is very purifying, and can be used to help with many issues, such as respiratory issues or stress. 

You’ll find cedarwood in organic cleansers and natural soaps as well as muscle balms and oils.

Which skin type is cedarwood suited to? 

All skin-types. It is specifically helpful to assist eczema flare ups or acne prone skin.

Not suitable for children under two years old. 

Don’t use cedarwood oil if you are allergic to cedar.

INCI name: Cedrus atlantica

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Sources
https://www.decleor.com/en/oil-effects/antioxidant/cedarwood.html
https://www.healthline.com/health/cedarwood-essential-oil
Milady Skincare and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary 4th Edition; M. Varinia Michalun, Joseph C. Dinardo

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