22 August 2014

Summer Oil Loves: Hazelnut, Marula, Tamanu & Jojoba

I have a lot of love for the many fabulous serums and oil blends out there, but sometimes - particularly if my skin is acting up - I appreciate the simplicity of individual oils.  They tend to be fairly inexpensive and I love the option of being able to use one by itself or mix and match a few to maximize the specific properties I'm looking for.  Let's talk about the four I've been head over heels for this summer...


Hazelnut Oil
I picked this up out of curiosity, after I noticed hazelnut oil in the ingredients lists of more than one of my favorite serums.  Hazelnut oil has astringent properties, so it's excellent for oilier complexions and balancing oil production.  That said, my skin is more normal-to-dry and I adore it.  It's light and absorbs quickly, but also provides a good amount of moisture.  

Marula Oil
Marula is a wonderful, multi-purpose oil that's especially high in essential fatty acids and Vitamins C and E.  It has a pretty light texture, but I do find it takes a couple minutes to fully sink into my skin.  I also like using it on the ends of my hair.

Tamanu Oil
I'm pretty sure Nicole of EcoChicBeautyDiva has been urging me to try tamanu oil for years, but I never got around to it.  In the end, it was a clumsy twist of fate that I got my hands on a partial bottle after it got damaged in the health food store I used to work in.  I've had it for several months now and I just wish I'd picked it up sooner!  Tamanu is known for healing virtually any kind of skin ailment - everything from acne to burns, rashes, fungus, cuts, and more.  The scent is pretty pungent, but if my skin starts breaking out, it's become one of the first things I reach for.  One application before bed, and I wake up to visibly clearer skin.  As an everyday oil, the results are less spectacular - or at least less noticeable - so I usually reserve it for just those times when my skin is acting up.

Jojoba Oil
Jojoba has been a staple in my cabinet for quite some time.  Technically a liquid wax, not an oil, jojoba closely resembles the natural sebum your skin produces and is one of the most gentle oils you can use.  If I ever need to completely scale back and simplify my routine, I use plain jojoba oil.  Otherwise, I often mix it with others - both individual oils and oils blends and serums.  It's great for removing makeup too and I also like to mix a few drops into face masks.

What are your favorite oils?

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13 comments:

  1. Jojoba oil is such a great multi-tasking product. I like using it to remove makeup and sometimes to moisturize. I have tried Tamanu Oil also but like you said…the smell is pretty strong haha.

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    1. No kidding! That's part of why I don't use it all the time. If my skin is acting up, I'll deal with it, but otherwise I'd rather something that smells a little better!

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  2. Tamanu for the win, thanks for the mention! I have to agree, using tamanu daily doesn't provide the same results as applying when needed. Great list :)

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  3. Tamanu and jojoba are two oils you can find commonly in my skincare shelf. They are amazingly beneficial and versatile!

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  4. Great post, thank you for sharing :) I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin. If you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted thanks!

    Camille xo

    www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'll definitely check it out :) Thanks for following!

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  5. Ooooh... I'll have to look into Tamanu oils then! Thanks for the tip. Hmm... I like a bit of grapeseed oil in my cleansing balms, but I think I would really die without rose hip oil in my skincare and argan oil in my haircare.

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    1. You're welcome! I'm a big fan of rosehip and argan as well, but I haven't experimented much with grapeseed. I'll have to add it to the list :)

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  6. How does coconut oil compare?

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  7. How does coconut oil compare? Which would be best for swimming?

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    1. I like coconut oil for hair/body, but it has a tendency to clog pores, and my face does NOT like it! It works great for lots of people though, so don't just take my word for it :)

      What do you mean for swimming?

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