Welcome to one of our Ingredient Spotlight posts and this time it’s all about Ginger. These posts are designed to add to your essential oils knowledge database, whether you work on the technical or creative side with raw materials.
Ginger had been used for a thousand years or more in China, India, and other areas of Asia before Europe and the rest of the world discovered ginger through trade.
A Brief History
Ginger has been consumed in Asia and India since Antiquity, most often in tropical and subtropical regions. Historians know that ginger had made its way to the Mediterranean by the first century, A.D.
Ginger was one of the first oriental spice introduced to Europe. By the 1100s, it was well known in parts of Europe, including England and during the Middle Ages, ginger was considered to be a magical, aphrodisiac plant. During the Spanish conquest, it was introduced to the West Indies and Mexico to the extent that in the mid-16th century, Spain imported precious spice from that part of the world.
Nowadays, Ginger is generally cultivated in China and India.
The power of Ginger
Ginger has an abundance of healing properties and is thought of in Ayurveda as “universal medicine.” Referred to as ardrakam or shuntha in Sanskrit, ginger is pungent (spicy), while at the same time sweet and warming. The perennial ingredient, native to Southeast Asia, has long been used as a spice and a herbal remedy for a number of ailments and symptoms.
Ginger is loaded with antioxidants and compounds that prevent stress and damage to your body’s DNA. They may help your body fight off chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diseases of the lungs, plus promote healthy aging.
Iconic fragrances and new product launches
In 2003, Roger & Gallet was one of the first brands to bet on ginger as a key ingredient with the iconic Gingembre: “At its heart, an extract of ginger mixed with precious essences of eucalyptus and benzoin gum, infused with the vibrant freshness of orange. Inspired by a trip to India.”
Some key launches that star ginger include: YSL L’Homme (2006), Kenzo Ginger Flower (2006), Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men (2008), Chanel Bleu de Chanel (2010), Nest Ginger & Neroli (2019), Azzaro Pour Homme Ginger Lover (2019), Hugo Boss The Scent Pure Accord for Him (2020) and James Heeley Zeste de Gingembre (2020).
In 2021 we are seeing Ginger move away from ‘Christmas only’ scents, such as Gingerbread, and hit the world of skincare and haircare as a key ingredient.
This year we are already seeing Ginger inspired launches hit the shelves, so adding to your essential oils knowledge & product database (which is why we produce our Ingredient Spotlights) we want to share 3 new key launches with you, as this megatrend ingredient starts making a stand in the consumer world.
Firstly, is the new shampoo and conditioner from Unilever’s Love, Beauty, and Planet, which includes Black Tea Kombucha & Red Ginger, to clarify and nourish hair, whilst providing an energizing zing of radiance. Ginger in haircare isn’t new – The Body Shop has a cult following of its Ginger haircare collection – even more so these days with its scalp healing benefits, but it’s definitely an ingredient we are going to see more in new ranges.
Then we have the new Sweet Chef Ginger + Vitamin C Bright Spot Tonic from a much-adored Korean beauty brand. The product blurb reads “brighten the look of dark spots and even out skin tone and texture with a healthy, potent dose of this ginger-powered, oil-free toner! This bouncy liquid quenches skin with hydration while targeting and helping to fade the appearance of dark spots and smoothing the look texture. Packed with antioxidant-rich ginger, 2 types of brightening vitamin C, and soothing turmeric, ‘Ginger Tonic is about to change your skincare game”.
Lastly, we have the ESPA Yuzu & Ginger Cleansing Sorbet “enriched with zingy Ginger and luxurious Yuzu Oil, it helps to melt away impurities and leave skin with a radiant, healthy-looking glow. The softening effects of Yuzu and the reinvigorating properties of Ginger are blended with a Mango-derived cleansing agent, to remove dirt from the skin and provide a deeply purifying action”.
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