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Why you need terpenes to transform your skin and possibly your life...


“the energizer”
Helps with: Give your mood a sunny boost with d-limonene, common in citrus fruits and said to relieve depression and anxiety*. This terpene can also act as a "penetration enhancer" to help other terpenes absorb into the skin. Think of this one as the swiss army knife of terpenes
Found in: lemons, oranges
Aroma profile: bright, citrus
Mood benefits: uplifting, promotes happiness


“the soother”
Helps with: Gentle and sweet, bisabolol is like the grandma of terpenes. With powerful soothing and nurturing properties, it is stressed out skin's best friend and is also no wonder chamomile flowers make the most comforting tea
Found in: chamomile
Aroma profile: floral and sweet
Mood benefits: soothing and promotes relaxation


“the hoppy one”
Helps with: Triple IPA anyone? Humulene is what gives beer its “hoppy” taste and literally gets its name from hops plant's formal name: homulus lulupus
Found in: hops, coriander
Aroma profile: woody, earthy
Mood benefits: supports feelings of happiness and memory function


“the thinker”
Helps with: Have a big presentation or test coming up? Then pinene might be your best friend. Known to stimulate memory and alertness*, consider this terpene your ally next time you're ready to get s*** done.
Found in: pine needles, pine cones, rosemary, sage
Aroma profile: sharp, woody, pine-y
Mood benefits: heightens focus, calming


“the sleepy one”
Helps with: Known to ease discomfort and relax muscles*, this is the go-to terpene when you're looking for a lazy Sunday. One of the key players in the entourage effect, Myrcene has been shown to lower the blood/brain barrier, giving itself and cannabinoids a fast pass to the bloodstream.
Found in: hops, mango, eucalyptus. bay leaves, and lemongrass
Aroma profile: herbal, balsamic, rooty, or spicy
Mood benefits: sedating


“the activist”
Helps with: Ever wonder why they recommend mixing turmeric with black pepper for more bioavailability? The answer is beta-caryophyllene! This strong terpene (found in black pepper) has been used for centuries to enhance the nutritional impact in foods. It is also the only terpene known to directly activate our CB2 receptor.
Found in: clove, black pepper, basil, oregano
Aroma profile: spicy, pepper, woody
Mood benefits: helps lift you out of the blues


“the chiller”
Helps with: Looking for a chill pill? Linalool may be your answer! Linalool is the most prominent terpene in lavender, is very common in aromatherapy, and offers a calming, relaxing sensation to the body and mind*.
Found in: lavender, citrus, mint, cinnamon, and birch
Aroma profile: foral, citrus, spice
Mood benefits: calming and sedating


“the rosie one”
Helps with: If you like your Rose's floral, then you're probably attracted to Geraniol! Known to give a soft floral taste to beer and wine, Geraniol adds a femenine touch to beverages, perfumes, and skincare.
Found in: geraniums, wine grapes, roses
Aroma profile: rosy
Mood benefits: relaxing


“the tropical one”
Helps with: Kind of like a vacation for your nose, this one is bursting with a sweet, tropical aroma. If you like your IPA’s or your perfume on the fruity side, then ocimene is your friend.
Found in: tea tree oil, lemon, ginger, cumin seeds, celery, coriander, grapes and tea
Aroma profile: woody, citrus
Mood benefits: energizing


“the refresher”
Helps with: As its name implies, this one is responsible for the ultra-uplifting effects of eucalyptus. Its common in mouthwashes, cough suppressants, as well as spas.
Found in: eucalyptus, tea tree
Aroma profile: sharp, minty, camphoraceous
Mood benefits: Quenches anxious thoughts


“the tcm one”
Helps with: It's name in Chinese (Bing Pian) translates to "Slice of Ice", Borneol has been used used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) since the early 1600's to relieve aches, reduce swelling, lower anxiety, and promote overall cooling and healing to the body*.
Found in: thyme, mugwort, marjoram
Aroma profile: cool, camphoraceous
Mood benefits: soothing, calming


“the breakout buster”
Helps with: Terpineol (specifically the isomer terpinen-4-ol) makes up over 40% of tea tree oil. It is responsible for its powerful antibacterial qualities and is the reason it is so helpful for banishing breakouts*.
Found in: tea tree, cajeput, pine
Aroma profile: fresh, pine-y
Mood benefits: relaxing, restoring


“the mercenary”
Helps with: If you ever need to send a terpene into battle, send Nerolidol! Bacteria, fungi, parasites, head lice, and malaria all quail in the face of this mighty terpene. Despite its mercenary qualities, humans can safely use it to their advantage for many skin ailments*.
Found in: orange blossom, ginger, jasmine, lavender
Aroma profile: floral, citrus, woodsy
Mood benefits: sedating


“the sporty one”
Helps with: Feeling extra sore? Meet camphene, a powerful antioxidant with muscle soothing properties*, this terpene will get you back up and running after that hard workout.
Found in: camphor trees
Aroma profile: pungent and musky odour
Mood benefits: uplifting