Let’s start with the basics shall we?
Carrier oils? What are those?
Carrier oils are pressed from the fat bearing portions (seeds, nuts,etc.) and do not evaporate. The scents of these oils are not as strong as that of essential oils.
Some examples of carrier oils are: Argan, Olive & Monoi
Argan Oil: This popular oil comes from the kernels of the Argan tree. This tree is found in Morocco. It can be used on the hair or skin. It is more frequently used on the hair as it is said to penetrate the hair shaft with amazing results: moisture, anti-frizz properties & shine.
Product: One ‘N Only Argan Oil 12-N-1 Daily Treatment can be purchased from Sally Beauty for $9.99 USD (In-Store & Online)
This product is AMAZING! I have used this personally on my hair when it was relaxed & now on my natural hair. Be sure not to use too much. A little goes a long way, especially with straight hair (Don’t want to weigh it down). When straightening hair, put this in your hair while it is wet.
Common confusion: Argan oil and Moroccan oil are NOT the same thing. They do indeed come from the same place, BUT….
- Argan oil is from a kernel as previously stated (THAT IS ALL)
- Moroccan oil is not just one thing. It is made from various ingredients, and Argan oil is one of those ingredients
You can pick up this 0.8 oz. Moroccan Oil Treatment at Nordstrom for $14.80 USD!
Keep in mind that Moroccan oil is generally more expensive than Argan oil, but both products are well worth the cost.
Olive oil: is the fat obtained from an olive! The olives are pressed and the oils are then drained.
This oil is jam-packed with anti-aging antioxidants and is amazing when it comes to moisture. I consider this to be a staple product!
You can use Olive oil in various ways:
- Hair: As a hot oil treatment or as a leave in (Only use a bit!)
- Skin: Olive oil is amazing for healing dry skin. If you have issues with dry skin (especially eczema) this diverse little oil will be your best friend. It is best used when skin is damp.
- Nails: CRACKED CUTICLES BE GONE! At night, add a bit of olive oil to your finger tips and massage gently.
Product: You can find olive just about anywhere! Just make sure it is Extra Virgin Olive Oil! The average price is around $3.00- $6.00 USD for a decent size bottle.
Monoi Oil: This oil is ONLY produced in Tahiti (not the product that contains it, but the oil itself). This oil has a bit of fragrance to it because it is made by soaking the petals of the Tahitian gardenia in coconut oil (soaked for about a month).
Product: ‘Monoi de Tahiti’ Body Glow II by NARS & this product can be purchased at Sephora for $59.00 USD.
Uses for Monoi Oil:
- Can be used as a bath oil. This helps make skin nice and supple.
- You can mix this oil with your lotion. It helps skin retain moisture & adds a nice scent.
- My personal favorite is that you can add this oil to conditioner for added nourishment and shine.
BONUS: This oil is extremely lightweight!
Disclaimer: If you are allergic to Gardenias..please DO NOT USE this oil. Regular old coconut oil will do just fine!
Try these oils! Experiment, and see what works best for you!