What is Vetiver and What is It Used for?

What is Vetiver and What is It Used for?

If you happen to take a glance at our ingredient lists, and you'll see that vetiver root extract is in many Spongellé products. Needless to say, we are obsessed with this hydrating and invigorating oil. In fact, two of our current favorite products, Tobacco Vanilla Boxed Flower and our Night Jasmine Buffer for FabFitFun, both have vetiver!

Filled to the brim with ultra-calming, nourishing, and soothing products, these buffers also boast paraben-free, cruelty-free, vegan ingredients, and manufacturing right here in the US.

But what gives these products that little bit of je ne sais quoi?

Vetiver is a root extracted essential oil with excellent skin benefits, an irresistible scent, and sustainable production practices. Vetiver is just one of the quality ingredients infused into both buffers with their powerful and natural skin-loving skill sets. 

We'll be pulling out all the stops to explain why vetiver is beyond amazing for your skin and luxury worthy of adding to your regular bathing or showering experience.

So, what is vetiver?

Vetiver oil is extracted from a perennial grass which is grown mainly in Haiti, India, and the Philippines. This beautiful, sustainable grass product can grow and regrow to be up to six feet tall, and it has been known to live for up to fifty years. The grass itself seems to have some real powerful age-defying genes! 

Vetiver is processed into an essential oil from the root of the grass. Essential oil is the concentrate extracted from a sustainably-grown plant that contains some volatile aroma compounds.

To make vetiver oil, producers age the grass before soaking them in water. While the plant soaks, this highly-concentrated oil which is cultivated carefully is released and skimmed off the top off the water's surface. 

It has a sweet, but smoky, earthy scent with a woody, musky undertone. The use of vetiver is spreading through Western skincare products mainly because of its radiant age-defying properties. It has become an important and powerful age-defying product for those who need a natural solution to an age-old problem: skin issues. Vetiver oil rejuvenates and revitalizes the skin and we’re all for it!

What are the benefits of vetiver oil?

Vetiver is full of incredible, revitalizing benefits, including:

  • Antiseptic and anti-microbial properties - Vetiver is a natural organic fighter of bacteria. It is naturally great for wound dressing and can even be used in homemade antimicrobial household cleaners as a safe alternative to bleach.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties - Vetiver has a naturally cooling and soothing effect. It can work as a topical solution for inflamed joints or even sunstroke.
  • Immune-boosting properties - Because it has a high amount of antioxidants, vetiver can improve your body’s immune response while also improving skin quality by fighting off free radicals and helping to push toxins from your body.
  • Focus-boosting properties - the intoxicating scent of the concentrated oil in this product can actually help improve cognition by stimulating the brain's action centers and has been tested and proved to enhance concentration in patients.
  • Healing properties - It is even said the vetiver can help to break down the scar tissue that can form after an injury, improving and texturizing damaged skin tissue conditions over time as it helps move the old skin cells up and out of the top layers of the epidermis.

How is vetiver oil used?

In its most basic usage, the vetiver oil is released into the air using a diffuser, allowing you to inhale its healing and intoxicating scent. This scent can be both therapeutic and useful in your day-to-day tasks. Inhaling diffused vetiver is especially helpful if you are trying to stay focused on a common daily activity. 

Vetiver can also be made into a simple mixture that can be absorbed topically through the skin using a carrier oil. A carrier oil is a base oil, like coconut, avocado, grapeseed, or even common olive oil you can find in your kitchen, that is used to dilute intensely concentrated essential oils before it is used on the skin. Using essential oils directly on the skin can be irritating or harmful because of their high concentrations, so make sure you always dilute first!

Vetiver has also been widely used in many cosmetic applications for several decades. Vetiver's free-radical fighting and anti-microbial properties make it a hard hitter in the world of skincare. It is used everywhere from lotions to scrubs to face peels. This product is a powerful force in the age-defying skincare industry.

Because vetiver is filled with natural, restorative, complexion rebuilders and has the innate ability to assist in replacing new skin cells and healing scars, you will commonly see vetiver used in various cosmetic applications like the following:

  • Stretch Mark Cream
  • Anti-aging Masks
  • Toners 
  • Acne Treatments
  • Moisturizers
  • Anti-bacterial Creams

Not only can vetiver help even out your skin tone, reduce the appearance of your pore size, and help heal scars, but just basking in its relaxing scent will refresh and rejuvenate your mind as well as your body!

Vetiver Infusions on the Market

With such mighty skills in one tiny drop of vetiver, it is a wonder we don't slather ourselves in this gorgeous oil every day, inside and out. 

These regenerative qualities have throttled vetiver to the front of the cosmetic world, making it regularly available to those interested in using it! It might even be an active ingredient in your body lotion!

Here are just a few products on the market that we absolutely love for their unique blend of the anti-microbial, age-defying, concentration inducing, anti-inflammatory, luxurious, and intoxicating vetiver scent right into products that are easy to use to improve your skin health through a regular weekly exfoliating and buffering routine.

Vetiver has so many beneficial and healthful properties on its own--just imagine the work it can accomplish when vetiver is blended with other hard-hitting extracts and vitamins to make incredibly nourishing skincare products!

This incredible plant's benefits are why you'll see vetiver show up time and time again on the ingredients list of so many Spongellé products. Its powerful healing attributes are unparalleled and are also incredibly accessible, and its natural and attractive scent only helps to round out and expand the experience of its other essential oils and fragrances. 

Don't worry. We have pulled together the best of the best and created a list to take the guesswork out of your next shopping trip!

Our Top Picks! 

Sensual scents blend with powerful antioxidant-rich skin healing strength in this line up of products boasting none other than, vetiver!

Florals, Juicy Lemon, and Vetiver

Not a fan of the fall-scented goodies we have on offer? It's okay. We absolutely get you. That's where the Spongellé Wild Flower Collection comes in, whether you want to be transported to a quiet private island bathed in the Coconut Verbena's juicy citrus and floral vibes or a relaxing day at the spa with beautiful French Lavender

You can always be sure that these buffers not only smell absolutely incredible but are packed with the skin-enhancing goodness of vetiver. They will be sure to make you shine and buff off any stressors or residual feelings of the day. Leaving you with fresh, smooth, clean skin and a healthy habit!

Wrapping It Up

No matter your favorite scent or type of escape, Spongellé has a wide variety of products that showcase the powerful and skin changing properties of vetiver to calm the senses and invigorate your biggest assets — your beautiful skin! 

Keep your skin healthy and happy forever while transforming your shower into a home spa treatment like no other with the perfect choice of exfoliating body buffer for your tastes and desires.

Do the properties of vetiver strike a chord with your skincare needs? If so, which vetiver infused buffer will you be choosing for your next exfoliating home spa treatment?