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Which Beauty Oil is the Best for Skin and Hair?

beauty oils for hair and skin


There are lots of oils out there for your hair and skin. The products range from fancy and highly perfumed to utilitarian and unscented. Some are blends and some are simply one type of oil. It’s hard to know which to pick! Let me break it down for you beauty bunnies!

Argan Oil

Argan oil is one of my favorites. Sourced from Moroccan argan tree kernels, it’s loaded with Vitamins A, E and omega 6 and 9 essential fatty acids. Argan oil is used for cooking in some cultures, but in the US we know it mainly as a beauty oil.

It’s one of the rarest oils in the world due to the small areas where it can be grown. The argan seed is cold pressed to release the oil. The argan tree blooms twice a year from which the argan fruit is harvested and cold-pressed by hand. The King of Morocco has made argan oil production a women-only business, and thus, has provided a steady income for many women and their families. Girl power!

Argan oil is great for skin and hair. I find that it doesn’t weigh my hair down as much as other oils can. Not every oil is great for oily or acneic skin, but argan oil is a good one that moisturizes without clogging pores. Argan oil is not only used as an anti-aging agent, but is suitable for skin prone to psoriasis, eczema, acne and chicken pox. It is also said to reduce scaring and prevents stretch marks.

dermorganic shine therapy

Try the DermOrganic Shine Therapy as a light mist for damp or dry hair. It tames the frizzies and makes your hair smooth without weighing it down. One of my ALL TIME favorite products! It’s cruelty free, gluten-free and vegan.

Moroccan Natural Argan Oil

My favorite argan oil blend is Moroccan Natural Argan Rose Serum. It’s a cruelty free blend made with organic argan oil, rose oil and rose geranium oil. It smells amazing and I love to use it at night on my face and chest. It’s like a perfume that is great for your skin! If you’re not a fan of roses, you can also try Moroccan Natural’s Organic Argan Body Oil (a lighter formula that absorbs more easily into the skin) or the regular Organic Argan Oil.

Hair & Body Silk

Chocolate Peppermint Hair & Body Silk, by Hollybeth Organics is a refreshing blend of argan oil and camellia seed oil, with a chocolate peppermint oil scent. The peppermint helps to control oily patches, and there’s a bit of vetiver to encourage hair growth. The argan and camellia seed oils help protect hair from UV rays. It’s great to smooth on the skin after showering, as a frizz tamer for your hair, and as a cuticle oil. The Body Silk is vegan, gluten-free and cruelty free.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil closely resembles your skin’s natural oils, which makes it a good pick for moisturizing. It doesn’t feel greasy or sticky, and it doesn’t clog pores. You can use it as a deep conditioning treatment for your hair, as a cuticle oil, after-shave and lip treatment.

Seventh Generation Boosts

Seventh Generation has 6 new Skin Boosting Serums (which are really more like oil blends than serums IMHO). All 6 are blended with grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, and sunflower oil. The Hydrating Boost is made with a blend of jojoba, acai and passion flower oils. It won’t clog pores, but it’s VERY hydrating, so best for normal to dry skin. It’s very concentrated, so you only need a small amount for your whole face. I also like the Revitalizing Boost, made with rosehip and tamanu oils. For oily skin, try the Clearing Boost with tea tree oil, rosemary and acai.

Moringa Oil

The moringa tree, native to Africa and India, is referred to as the “miracle tree” because of its wide array of uses (cooking, cosmetics, etc). The moringa seeds are full of radiance-boosting fatty acids and anti-aging vitamins A and C. Moringa oil is super stable and supposedly can be kept for up to 5 years!

moringa oil

Moringa Beautifying Oil by The Body Shop is made with a lightweight blend of nut oils including Community Fair Trade marula oil, it gives instant hydration and a shimmering finish. It has a delicate white floral scent.

Maracuja Oil

Maracuja oil is made from the seeds of the passionfruit flower. Maracuja oil is full of fatty acids for skin moisture and rich in Vitamin C for skin brightening. It is also known to have anti-inflammatory effects and can help with acne. Maracuja oil helps to regulate the sebum level of the skin. This means it keeps the skin from becoming too oily or too dry. Loaded with antioxidants, the oil combats fine lines and wrinkles. You only need a few drops to moisturize your whole face. You can also use it as a hair treatment.

maracuja oil

Tarte makes a pure maracuja oil product, but if you want to save some cash, try the Maracuja Oil from Russell Organics. As far as I can tell they are both 100% pure maracuja oil. Russell Organics Maracuja Oil is vegan, cruelty free, and certified organic. They also sell argan, rosehip, kukui, sea buckthorn and other beauty oils.

Marula Oil

South African marula seed oil is full of Vitamins C, E and several fatty acids. Marula Oil is pH balanced, non-comedogenic and has anti-microbial properties which can help heal acne blemishes and scarring. Marula Oil is ideal for dry, dehydrated, sensitive, sun damaged skin, post-treatment, stretchmarks and scar tissue while providing nutrition to the skin. Great for all skin types.

Marula Oil Acure Organics

Acure Organics makes a great marula oil that comes with a dropper – perfect for face and cuticles. They use 100% pure, wildcrafted oils (no pesticides) and all ingredients are from Fair Trade sources. Vegan, gluten free, cruelty free.

Mongongo Oil (AKA Manketti)

Mongongo oil is made from the nut of another African tree. It contains many vitamins and minerals, plus fatty acids and eleostearic acid, which is a natural sunscreen.

Leonor Greyl

Huile Secret de Beaute by Leonor Greyl is a lovely, highly-scented oil blend made with mongongo oil, pomegranate seed oil and Amazonian buriti oil. It smells wonderful and the bottle is gorgeous enough to keep on your counter for display. With its delicate perfume of lemongrass, tiare and yucca, this composition of natural vegetal oils makes this multi purpose product a source of beauty for hair and body. Convenient to use, it protects and restores skin quality, beautifies and strengthens the hair all year. Quickly absorbed, it leaves the hair silky and shiny, the skin soft and delicate. Ecologically friendly.

Olive Oil

Good ole’ olive oil! We mainly use it for cooking in the US, but did you know it’s also great for your skin and hair? It’s known for being able to penetrate hair more easily than many other oils. And, it contains anti-inflammatory properties that promote scalp health and prevent dandruff. It’s also not likely to cause an allergic reaction, which makes it easier on sensitive skin and hair. Some people have used olive oil as a skin cleanser (I haven’t tried that).

Verde Serum

The Triple Infused Verde Serum Oil from Fat & Rich Botanicals is a good pick for dry or damaged hair. Olive squalane allows it to moisturize beneath the hair’s cuticle. Infused with Babassu Oil, Bhringraj Extract, Camellia Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Henna Extract, Indian Gooseberry (Amalaki), Moss Extract and Cassia Ariculata, Verde makes an excellent sealing treatment, heat styling oil and deep conditioning treatment. I tried samples of the serum in “Roseweood” and “Dragon’s Blood” scents and they were both earthy-fresh. If you’re going to put oil in your hair, why not put in an oil that smells wonderful? The Fat & Rich Botanicals products are vegan and cruelty free.

There are many more oils, including nut oils and herbal essential oils, on the market, but hopefully this will give you a place to start. Let me know which oils you have tried and what you thought!

Press samples have been provided for review. Opinions are the author’s own. Article may contain affiliate links.

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  1. Wow! Thanks for sharing these oils! I’ve learned a lot because I’ve never heard of most of them. Hopefully Wholefoods or the Vitamin Shoppe carry a few of these.

  2. I’ve been using Trader Joe’s Organic Jojoba Oil to remove my eye makeup. It’s $7.99 for 4oz (it will take me at least a year to use it up!). It does a fantastic job removing long-wear eye makeup/mascara and doesn’t irritate my eyes. The really great unintended benefit is the condition of my lashes. I’ve always had short, thin lashes that break easily, but they’ve been a little more lush and long since using oil to remove my makeup.

    I don’t think it’s anything special about TJ’s brand. I used to use Vapour Clarity, and while it’s got extra ingredients, it’s $32/0.9oz, so I wanted to find a less expensive substitute, and saw the Jojoba oil while at TJ and the price seemed good and thought I’d try it.

  3. Aren’t you forgetting good ole’ amazing coconut oil? (raw/cold pressed/organic) There are so many uses of this stuff from moisturizer, to claims of anti-wrinkle fighting properties, to-wait for it..deoderant ! Yes it works ! It’s in the 90’s here and I thought no way it would work and it does! Add some essential oil to it if you want to make a batch that smells what you want it to smell like..so easy. Good for your digestive track ingesting 3.5tablespoons a day. It has lauric acid in it which kills bacteria so rubbing it on your feet keeps them fresh and smelling clean (hence under the arms). Good for hair and night face masks. IT IS ALSO A NATURAL SUNBLOCK! The list goes on and on!!!!!

  4. Olive oil sounds very interesting. I’ll give it a try and let you know.
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  5. I haven’t heard of some of these oils! I’ll have to try them out!

    My fav for my skin and hair is Almond oil or Olive Oil.
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  6. Great post, Jen! Interesting tidbits about Argan oil being a women only business in Morocco – cool! Any suggestions for a great cleansing oil? I really want to try one for 30 days and see if it makes a difference in my oily skin. I’ve tried Josie Maran’s before but found it way too drying. PS: You are adorable!!

  7. I love coconut oli it can literally be used for anything beauty related, from moisterising, anti-aging, hair and also has amazing health benefits. Find out more here:

  8. Great post! I’ve been wanting to try Argan Oil for my skin. Thanks for the information!

  9. I use Argan oil products on my hair as it’s great for replenishing dry tired hair! I also use a lot of tea tree oil on my skin as it’s great for aiding in clear skin!! But will have to give some of the others a try!

  10. I think Olive Oil is best for our skin and Hair.I love coconut oil.thanks for your valuable post
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  11. Nice list of oils , I think they all do good for the skin and hair as long as they are organics with nothing added to them. There are more organic oils that you can use too such as Foraha Tamanu oil garlic oil and so on ….
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  12. Very interesting post @admin

    My sister also have long hair used Olive Oil for hair. So I also think Olive Oil is best for our skin and Hair.

    Great information you have shared … …. Great! 🙂
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  13. Jojoba oil is one of the best products for hair, even for oily hair.
    I did not know some but seem interesting.
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  14. whoops!…my mum is going to hear of all of this
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  15. In going back over this after being directed from your Best of 2013 article, one oil that is creeping up in popularity is macadamia oil. I’m sold on that! It’s going to be even used in a line from Suave! Now that’s mainstream to me!!

  16. thanks for the tips!

  17. Argan oil is good for eyelashes growth….. I have noticed it and found it here(http://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/eyelash-care/lash-care-faqs/how-long-will-it-take-to-grow-my-eyelashes-with-argan-oil.html)… I have always had decent eye lashes… I have dark eyes and hair and brows too… but since I have been using Argan Oil, my lashes are getting too long… especially the bottom lashes… for the first time in my life, I am considering trimming my bottom lashes!

  18. i tried burdock oil once! after letting my hair dry, i put a small amount. and it worked like HEAVEN! haha

  19. Tea tree oil is good for skin infection When it comes to skin care I like to do it natural way I used tea tea oil on my face and home made tea tree oil bar soap.You can check information on such a product that made natural, toxic free and made up of essential oil at http://www.defensesoap.com/

  20. Coconut oil has a pretty high comedogenic rating. Be cautious!!! Hemp SEED oil (which yes is different than just hemp oil) is cost effective and has a zero comedogenic rating (wont clog pores) – like argan oil and marula oil

  21. The first product you recommend- Dermorganic Shine Therapy- isn’t all natural. The first two ingredients are widely used silicones that can damage hair with long term use, and are why people seek out the natural oils- as a replacement for the unnatural silicones. Please correct this.

  22. Hi Joanne, everyone has different qualifications for beauty products that they feel comfortable using. Mine is that the product is cruelty free. DermOrganic is cruelty free, gluten-free and vegan. Dimethicone is a silicon-based polymer that works very well for my fine, frizzy hair. I don’t use it to excess, but it is the only thing that tames my hair. You can read more about dimethicone here: http://mybeautybunny.com/dimethicone-products-good-bad-skin/
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  23. Great Post…Thank You for sharing this valuable information. I am also using Argan oil and it gives me good results.

  24. I have used Argan oil cause of this post. Thanks for sharing…

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