Thirteen years ago, while studying in Paris I fell in love with the holistic approach to wellness. I used to wander through the local organic food markets, quietly sit in the beautiful gardens, and stop into corner pharmacies. Yep, you heard that right. Pharmacies are a lot different in France. Each one I visited had a compounding area lined with herbs, homeopathic remedies and essential oils instead of shelves lined with over-the-counter medications. Ok, there were some OTC medications available, but holistic remedies were just as well represented. This completely inspired me as a budding esthetician. What impressed me so much about observing French culture was this inherent knowledge of the importance of self care. Yes, the French are known for smoking and drinking lots of red wine…but they are also known for eating local organic food, spending time outside daily, taking good care of their skin, and using herbs and essential oils as medicine. Bien-etre is a French term meaning “to be well.” It was something I very much wanted to incorporate into my work as an esthetician in the States.
I was especially drawn to the use of essential oils in skin and body care, so I became certified in aromatherapy and started using oils in my facials. The oils that came most highly recommended by my school and the therapists working with me were Young Living Essential Oils. They were recommended because of their potency and purity. Ten years later (after working in several prestigious spas and as an national skincare educator), I started my own holistic skincare practice…and named it bien-etre.
I am still using these oils regularly to help nourish skin, reduce stress and calm the mind in my facial treatments and I am excited to announce that bien-etre skincare is now offering Young Living essential oils for home use as well! I have used these oils for the past decade because of their quality and strength. Yes, there are other essential oil companies I also love. However, Young Living’s experience, quality, organic farming practices and ease of use make them my personal and professional choice. (They are currently used in more than 50 hospitals in the country and well respected by thousands of professionals.) These are the oils I use on my skin and on my family. There are special oils that can be used for everything from wrinkles and Acne to Eczema and irritation.
If you are interested in using essential oils to enhance your skincare routine, I’d be happy to show you the ropes and get you started with some essential oils you can use at home in between your facials! You can contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By the way…here’s a much younger version of myself soaking up the Parisian experience. Enjoy!