I’ve embraced using oils for just about every part of my body – from head to toe – for some years now. I was using oils way before this whole argan oil rage, let me tell ya! Before argan oil was readily availalbe, I was routinely using rosehip oil on my face (I still mourn the discontinuation of Burt’s Bee Repair Serum in Canada).
So what do I use oils for?
Cleansing – current favourite: Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil ($13 for 200ml, Winners) has a thicker consistency with sunflower seed oil as the base but rinses cleanly. Other cleansing oil favourites include MAC Cleanse Off Oil ($37 for 200ml), Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil ($35 USD for 200ml) and Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil (~$17 for 230ml, sasa.com).
Hydrating – Creation’s Garden 100% argan oil ($20 for 120ml, Rexall). I decant this into the Josie Maran argan oil dropper bottle for ease of use. Don’t pay the crazy mark-ups for the Josie Maran stuff – it’s just plain ol’ organic argan oil, the same as what they sell at the health food stores.
Clarifying – Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil ($53 for 30ml) – sounds crazy but I put this on my t-zone at night to help combat excess sebum – it works! The base is hazelnut oil – I luurve the smell of this – like a spa!
Hair & Scalp:
Calming dry itchy scalp – Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (multipurpose dry oil) – ($26 for 50ml, drugstores), with macadamia oil as the key ingredient, I posted about this in my Winter scalp rescue post.
Moisturizing: Body Shop Beautifying Oils ($15 for 100ml, Body Shop) contain marula oil. I have 3: Shea, Brazil Nut, and Chocomania. I’m currently using the Shea – Brazil Nut will be next – I can’t wait to use the Chocomania and walk around smelling like a chocolate bar. [side note: my spell check tried to correct the word “Chocomania” to “Nymphomaniac”… whut da whut?]
Cuticles: Anna Sui Nail Treatment Oil ($15 for 8ml, The Bay), and Haken Essential Fragrance Cuticle Oil in Cranberry ($7 at Sally Beauty Supply). How cute is the Anna Sui oil? It’s a tri-phasic fluid that needs to be shaken up prior to use.
I’m interested in adding coconut oil in my beauty routine as I’ve been reading about its many benefits especially for the hair.
Do you use oils in your beauty routine? Any oils you would recommend?