Photos and text by Gabrielle.
Last year I talked about some of the “green” beauty products that have made in into my vanity. I still love all three of those products, but it’s fun to try something new. And these days, I’ve been love a few oil-based beauty products — as in 100% oil and nothing else.
There’s something about having only 1 ingredient on the bottle that really appeals to me. That simplicity brings trust and clarity. It’s the idea that if I breakout from using the product, I don’t have to guess what ingredient is responsible. And I like that there isn’t a looong ingredient list (ingredients that I should probably check against harmful chemical lists, but probably won’t because I generally don’t make time for things like that).
Now you already know that I do not claim to be a purist when it comes to beauty products. As I just mentioned, I’m not good about checking chemical lists and I continue to use many of my grocery store favorites. (Like Aveeno — I have lots of Aveeno products in my cupboard and I love them! Their daily moisturizer with spf is my everyday favorite.) But that said, when I read an article about a new product, or a friend recommends something awesome, I’m always game for trying something new.
Here are three oils I’ve been liking lately:
1) Jojoba Oil from Australia.
This is 100% Jojoba oil. And it’s good for hair, skin and nails. I’ve been using it for my cuticles, and I’ve been using it in place of night cream, after I take off my makeup in the evening. I really love how it feels. I feel like it’s similar to the Nuxe Oil that I love — but it’s only one ingredient.
My favorite part is that a little goes a long way (which is good, because it’s not cheap). It’s not a big bottle, but I can see it’s going to last a long time — one press of the pump does both my face and my hands. Another bonus is that the bottle is glass and quite pretty. The only thing I’m still getting used to on this one is the scent — it’s almost woodsy. Which isn’t what I expect from a product I use on my face.
2) Coconut Oil Spray
I’ve been using coconut oil for oil-pulling and cooking for ages now, but this product is different. It’s 100% Fractionated Coconut Oil. What does that mean? I have no idea except that fractionating makes the oil odorless and colorless. The standard coconut oil I use is a solid, but this is Capriclear coconut oil is a clear sprayable liquid.
I like how it goes on — it rubs in very nicely, and leaves my skin feeling glow-y and moisturized, but not oily. I’ve used this only as body lotion (I haven’t tried it on face or hair). My favorite part is that it’s odorless. I like to wear perfume, but I don’t always like how my perfume interacts with my lotions. So this is perfect as a base of moisturizer that I can layer scents on top.
For those of you who have wanted to try coconut oil, but don’t like the scent of coconuts, this one’s for you! By the way, I linked to CapriClear above, but you can also find it on Amazon — it has different packaging than the bottle in my photo, but it’s the same stuff (I checked with the company to make sure).
3) Sweet Almond Oil
This is a BIG bottle and it’s really inexpensive for the amount you get. It’s made by Gurunanda and is manufactured here in California. Apparently you can use it for cooking, as a wood conditioner, or as a beauty product. Hah!
I like it okay as a body lotion, but I prefer it for a good back rub. I also like it on elbows and feet and hands when I want a more thicker moisturizer. And I also use it for shaving! It comes with a standard twist top, and also a pump top, so you can use it however you like.
And for those of you who love your essential oils, the reviews say almond oil is a EO great carrier.
One last shot for size comparison. The almond oil is 16 fl oz. The coconut spray is 5.2 fl oz. The jojoba oil is 1 fl oz.
There you have it, three beauty oils I’ve been digging lately. How about you? Have you tried any new lotions or oils that you’re enjoying? I’d love to hear!
P.S. — You know what I haven’t sought out? Natural makeup. I am still using standard stuff you would find at Sephora. A lot of Bare Minerals, and lipsticks from all sorts of places. But I read Whoorl’s list of safe makeup and wondering about replacing some of mine. How about you?