Essential oils: The good, the bad and the confusing?

A skin care secret or an allergy waiting to happen? Here Cosmetics Business explores the complex and often confusing world of essential oils

They are claimed to soothe, energise, prevent wrinkles and heal cystic acne. Devotees say they can treat cancer, and mega-influencer Michelle Phan told her two million followers that burning them could even curb the coronavirus. But it's not a new wonder ingredient Cosmetics Business is talking about – it’s essential oils.

More popular than ever, new figures by Allied Market Research predict the global essential oil industry will grow 8.7% a year to US$15.1bn by 2026. But this isn’t . . .

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