I use essential oils / I make my own products, are they biome-friendly?

Tina Adoniou

Here’s a quick list of common products/ingredients and their biome-friendly status:


  • Provided they are pure oils, preservative-free, and added-fragrance free; vegetable or seed oils such as coconut, almond, and olive oils, along with Argan and Jojoba oils appear to be generally biome-friendly.
  • Thus far, we have tested and qualified rose oil, rose hydrosol, and ylang-ylang as being biome-friendly and compatible with AOB.

Not biome-friendly:

  • Citrus oils such as lemon, orange, and grapefruit oils tend to be antibacterial and toxic to AOB so we recommend that you avoid citrus oils if you’d like to maintain a biome-friendly routine.
  • Many, if not most of essential oils, are antibacterial and antifungal to some degree. Short of testing each one, it is hard to generalize and predict whether the essential oils that you are using will be biome-friendly.

When using products that are not biome-friendly, we highly recommend applying our AO+ Restorative Mist as the very last step in your skincare routine, after all other products have been absorbed.

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