I mentioned on Facebook and Instagram that I will have a series on my staple natural oils and I have to say it was quite a challenge to narrow them down. My top 5 natural oils are Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil and Castor Oil.
I am starting the series with Jojoba oil, as it has become my favourite oil. Jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-ba) oil is actually not oil, but a ‘wax ester’ with very similar characteristics to skin oil known as sebum, which is why it is prominent in many skin care products.
I used this oil on my face every night, and it has replaced my night cream. I get the best result by first washing my face with a cleanser and follow with a toner. I wait till the toner is fully absorbed, then I massage 2-3 drops of the oil in circular motion. It doesn’t burn or tingle, which is a plus and it absorbs rather quickly with no greasy feel. A little goes a long way, so avoid over usage. I also use it on my skin after I exfoliate to help restore moisture. I add a few drops of the oil to lotions and body butters to augment their effect. As it is non-comedogenic (i.e: won’t clog pores) it is ideal for sensitive and acne-prone skin
2. Hot Oil Treatment & Styling Oil
Jojoba oil is my go-to styling oil. I swear this oil does something magical to my hair! The shine is just wow! It was the oil that I used when I style the bun that became a bow. It kept flyaways intact though the bun itself fell apart. I also mix it with coconut oil for prepoo treatment when my hair feels really dry and use it to augment the shine of the ecostyler gel when I flat twist.
3. Makeup Remover
Jojoba oil is excellent at removing makeup. I note that it works better than the higher end makeup remover. To use, I simply squeeze 3-4 drops in a baby wipe, and I wipe in a downward direction, starting from my forehead.
The price tag. This oil is not cheap, which is why I shied away from it at first, but decided to pick it up when the Dessert Essence 60ml was on sale from $15 to $10. The little bottle lasted about 6 months and I later picked up the 118mL, the Now Solutions brand, which was about $17CDN (yeah!)
If you have oily skin, I wouldn’t recommend using this oil during the day, as it makes you quite shiny. I highly recommend using it about an hour before bed for optimal absorption into skin
I really like this oil and it has become a staple in my hair and skincare regimen. Though the cost is quite steep, its health benefits and long shelf life makes it worthwhile. The oil is available at any health food store. Check out this video on application of the oil.
Have you tried Jojoba Oil? What are your staple oils?