Cypress oil can be used topically on the skin to soothe sore muscles, increase blood circulation and help detoxify the skin. The main constituents are alpha-pinene, carene and limonene which give cypress oil its properties and its fresh, resinous scent.
Cypress trees are a coniferous evergreen that can be found in many parts of the world including the Mediterranean, Asia, Australia and North America. Lush use the Cupressus sempervirens, a species of the cypress tree native to the Mediterranean. These trees are tall, reaching heights of 140 feet, with small flowers and brownish-grey cones.
Cypress oil has a clean woody energising aroma which is used as part of perfume and aromatherapy blends. Aromatherapists believe it can be calming during times of emotional stress, making it a wonderful ingredient in bath products. It is particularly comforting during the winter season, stimulating feelings of joy and happiness.
Lush purchase cypress oil from Spain, where it is obtained by steam distillation from the young twigs, stems and needles of the cypress tree.