Do You Know About Photosensitizing Agents?

When I first started researching about working with essential oils, I came across the term photosensitizing agents. Photosensitizing agents are agents that react to cells triggered by light, such as UV ☀️ light. Citrus 🍊 essential oils can create photosensitization, but not all of them. Here's a list of oils, but not limited to, that are not considered to trigger photosensitization. 

  • Bergamot oil (FCF)
  • Lemon oil (steam distilled)
  • Lemon leaf oil
  • Lemongrass
  • Lime oil (steam distilled)
  • Mandarin oil
  • Orange oil (sweet)
  • Orange leaf oil
  • Satsuma oil (expressed)
  • Tangelo oil
  • Tangerine oil
  • Yuzu oil (expressed or steam distilled)

We have fragrance essential oils in our Qrema Body Balm Collection that can cause photosensitization ☀️, such as sweet orange essential oil. One of them being one of my favorites - Qrema BLOSSOM Body Balm. Let me share with you a personal experience I had with Qrema BLOSSOM Body Balm.

After researching oils that can cause photosensitization ☀️, I took a good sniff of our Qrema BLOSSOM Body Balm & fell in love with the smell. I was so excited about how soft & refreshing Qrema BLOSSOM Body Balm felt that I started using it on my face. After a couple of months or so, I started noticing my cheek had a darker spot 😮, nothing super dark but enough to stand out. It took me a good 2 days for the answer to come to me. I remembered 🤔 about photosensitization ☀️ & the Qrema BLOSSOM Body Balm is a blend of orange 🍊 & vanilla 🤍.

 I immediately switched to Qrema UNSCENTED Face & Body Balm and then went back to Qrema CALM Face & Body Balm, a coconut 🥥 lavender💜 combination. The darker spot went away in about a week. It confirmed it was the orange oil element in Qrema BLOSSOM Body Balm that caused it.

I decided 🧐 to write this blog to tell everyone about photosensitization. ☀️ To properly use any of our products that may contain elements that can cause this reaction, such as orange essential oil. We recommend these products be used during your nighttime 🌛 regimen 🧖🏽‍♀️🧖🏽‍♂️.

However, we do have a few Qrema Face & Body Balm that is ok to use on your face, such as: