Geranium essential oil is one of my top 3 favourite essential oils, but it’s often forgotten because lots of people don’t know what geranium smells like. Not only do I find the aroma especially unique and refreshing—with its dynamic combination of floral and pepperminty undertones—there are so many ways to use it in your beauty and wellness routines. This makes geranium a travel essential for me on any trip I’m on, whether I’m away for 1 night or on the road for work for 3 weeks.
Geranium is a floral, but the aroma comes off as refreshing and slightly herbal and minty, as opposed to the sweeter tones of most floral essential oil extracts.
ON MY SKIN:
Being a floral essential oil makes geranium especially balancing to the skin and great to integrate into a skincare routine. I use it when I wipe my face in the morning—adding just 3 drops to a warm and wet face cloth along with 2 drops of sweet orange. The invigorating aroma of sweet orange paired with the fresh and calming scent of geranium has become a morning ritual I never skip, regardless of how hectic my morning is or where I’m waking up. It’s truly a 3-second spa moment that makes my morning hustle a little more luxurious.
IN THE BATH:
The bath is also a perfect place for geranium. It’s safe for the skin and 5-10 drops added to a bath is an ultra-feminine way to unwind after a long day. I’ll usually sip on a small glass of red wine or a cup of sake while enjoying my geranium bath.
IN A DIFFUSER:
Geranium is a component of our Quiet blend and pairs beautifully with other essential oils. I also love highlighting the herbal qualities of it by pairing 8 drops of geranium with 6 drops of eucalyptus for a fresh and inviting home aroma.
The practical and functional uses of geranium make is something that’s always in my make-up bag. I also use it from time to time as a natural perfume replacement when I need a quick pick-me-up on my wrists and neck before meetings or freshening up at the office before heading to dinner.
If I were to pick one ‘treat yourself’ oil this V Day, it would be geranium.
Words by Sara Panton, Photo by Nicole Wong.