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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!