Have you ever gone shopping for skincare/body products on Amazon? I can assure you that what might seem like a quick research and purchase can quickly spiral out of control, as you click from one recommended product to the next (1000+ 5 star reviews? No more wrinkles, ever? Click, click, and click).
That’s what happened to me a few months ago, when I went to complete what I thought would be a quick re-order of coconut oil. I ended up reading a few reviews touting all the fantastic benefits and unique uses, and then found a reviewer stating how coconut oil was her favorite oil….that was, after almond oil.
After about an hour of browsing (which is an eternity when you have a baby and your other options include sleeping), I somehow ended up with about ten oils in my shopping cart. Ten! But even ten oils is way less than a single bottle of SK-II.
Rosehip Seed Oil: This has become my nightly use oil, and I layer it over whatever regular moisturizer/cream I happen to be using for the night. I haven’t noticed any miraculous benefits, but it moisturzes my face nicely, without breaking it out or clogging any pores, and its all organic. The oil itself is a bright orange color which worried me a bit – was I going to turn into an Oompa Loompa? But I only use a few drops anyway, and I haven’t seen any discoloration. Also, note that there is no lovely rosy scent to this – it just smells a bit earthy.
Peppermint Oil: I definitely do not use this on my face or body, as I think it’d be too harsh for me. However, I read that peppermint mint oil mixed with water in a spray bottle was a recommended treatment as a safe and natural rodent repellent (ew) in the home, and….SOLD! I bought this and our pantry and kitchen have smelled like peppermint ever since. Perfect for the winter holidays especially.
Castor Oil: I use this as a moisturizer on my eyes at night, and also once every few weeks (I mean to do it every week, but I always forget) mixed with some almond or coconut oil as a deep conditioner. It’s supposed to be good for hair growth (including eyelashes). So far I haven’t seen any results to be honest, but I’ll keep you all updated! This oil is thicker, and my eyes still feel super moisturized in the morning.
Coconut Oil: I largely use coconut oil for cooking – I don’t use it for all the other myriad of miracle uses that you often read about (though I did try teeth pulling once…). I use this as a body moisturizer occasionally (though I find it kind of greasy). And it works great as a deep moisturizer for baby to prevent eczema – we put it on about an hour before his bath and let it soak in.
Sweet Almond Oil: I use this as the second all purpose moisturizer for my face. I put it under my sunscreen in the morning, and as the last step in my skincare regime at night. It doesn’t make me break out, and my skin feels soft and moisturized. That’s all I can ask for. The bottle I got from Amazon is enormous. I think I have enough for at least a few years.
Vitamin E Oil: I use this one as an alternate eye moisturizer, and also use it to remove my eye makeup. Mine is from Trader Joe’s, and I haven’t tried other brands (the one I linked is the highest rated one on Amazon). I suspect they’d all perform pretty similarly, no?
Do you use any oils in your beauty routines? Which are your favorites (not that I need to have any more…or do I?). Is the secret to me never having any more wrinkles just another oil away?