Geranium Oil (Pelargonium crispum)
Geranium belongs to the Geraniaceae plant family and originates from Egypt and South Africa. We use an Egyptian variety. It is usually cultivated in the Mediterranean.
The pale green oil is steam distilled from the whole plant (leaves, twigs and flowers) and it has a rich, green, rose-like aroma. The main constituents are geraniol and citronellol. It blends well with rose and is often compared to the rose family.
Geranium oil has a sweet, beautifully floral and slightly sharp fragrance.
Aromatherapists have used it widely for its antiseptic and astringent qualities and which is useful in skin products. The astringency of the oil (the ability to constrict tissues) can make geranium helpful for flushed skins with high color and it’s also often recommended for oily, pale or sluggish skins.
It is thought to have a balancing effect on the nervous system, sebum production and circulation.
The finest type of geranium oil is geranium bourbon, cultivated on the Reunion Islands in the Indian Ocean. It has a rich, rosy aroma and is grown there because of the perfect climate conditions.
For its balancing effects on the skin, we use geranium oil in our Charity Pot body lotion, a beautiful cream for the hands and the body. And all the proceeds (excluding the taxes!) go into the Charity Pot fund, finding their way into many charitable causes around the world.
We use geranium oil in our Whoosh shower jelly for its fragrance and toning qualities.