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 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.
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 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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