Are Oils Actually Good for My Skin?

In a nutshell– yes, they are.

They contain a lot of different properties but ones that pop up a lot in plant based oils are oleic acid and omega fatty acids.

Oleic acid is great for healing wounds and rashes while omega fatty acids are lovely for protecting your delicate skin from enviromental stressors.

Everyone can benefit from a few drops of plant based oils on any part of their skin. Even oily skin can benefit from oils! If you have oily skin, go for tamanu, hemp, and avocado as they let the body know when to stop creating large oil production.

Mature skin: oils like rosehip, tamanu, and jojoba can rejuvinate skin and get it bouncy and soft.

Dry or sensitive skin: these skin conditions can find relief from dryness and breakouts with hempseed oil which is insanely moirsturizing and will not clog pores!

Oily skin: Yes, even oily skin can benefit from oils! Go for tamanu, hemp, and avocado which lets the body know that it does not need to create so much oil to hydrate the skin.

Comboination skin: this condition is very tricky. But a safe bet would be rosehip oil and hemp seed. They are very soothing and generally regulate skin concerns.

How Can Oily Skin Benefit from Oils?

The reason why skin gets oily is because the body is sensing a lack of hydration and overcompensate for it by over producing oil or sebum to cover your face and protect it from environmental stresses. The good thing about having oily skin is that it’ll help you look younger for longer (score).

So, by the face staying hydrated, skin will cut down on oil production. Skin recognizes oil as oil and once it realizes that its nourishing your body, it’ll cut down on how much it makes. This can easily be done by using oils that are more geared towards certain skin concerns. Using oils like tamanu or hemp are awesome for this.

Now, this doesn’t mean any oil will do. A lot of oils are high on the comedogenic scale like coconut, which has a rating on 4/5 (80% of clogging pores).

I’ve entioned many times in alost all of my posts how amazing tamanu oil is. The oil is composed of phospholipids and glycolipids which are known to protect skin’s moisture barrier by creating a barrier over the skin to protect it (source). It contains tons of fatty acids and soothes dry scalp because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

100% plant based oils that are wholly natural, cold pressed, and unrefined are some of the best skin treatments on Earth. They can help everyone but it must be good quality oils.

Are you a fan of oils? Which are your favourites?

Thank you for reading!

Homemade Night Body Oil with Natural Plant Based Oils

Hello, everyone! Hope you’re day is off to a great start.

Okay, I’m going to start doing this as a weekly thing because I love helping people. Every Friday will now become DIY Friday! I will be sharing some of my favourite and trusted recipes for get skin, wellness, and everything in between.

As a person with extremely dry skin, I really need as much moisture as possible. However, I dislike the feel of body butters because they’re pretty thick. This night body oil is jam-packed with nourishing properties like omega fatty acids and antioxidants that protect the skin barrier from dryness. It also lightens pigmentation and scars, quickens the healing process of wounds, and leaves skin smooth and insanely soft. I suggest putting it on at night because some of these oils need a little extra time to really sink into the skin. But it’s so worth it.

Below I have included two versions of the body oil-a short one and a long one. The short one is cheaper to get the ingredients because oils can get a little pricey.

So, for this body oil to work, it should be used alongside a lotion. I love this one from skinfix because it’s lightweight and crazy nourishing.

As I also hate long intros, here are my secret formulas!

Short version of Night Body Oil

  • 4 oz dark amber glass bottle

Full Ingredients List for Night Body Oil

  • 4 oz dark amber glass bottle
  • 1/2 oz Avocado oil -smooths skin, high in vitamin E
  • 1/2 oz Macadamia nut oil- locks in moisture
  • 1/2 oz Safflower oil -heals wounds, soft skin
  • 1/2 oz Tamanu oil -Heals wounds, protects skin, tones body, helps with hyperpigmentation
  • 1/2 oz Hemp seed oil -antioxidants, omega fatty acids
  • 1/4 oz Kukui nut oil -smooths skin, gives nice glow
  • 20 drops Lavender essential oil -anti-bacterial
  • 20 drops Grapefruit essential oil -anti-inflammatory, natural preservative
  • 10 drops Cypress essential oil -reduces appearance of cellulite
  • 5 drops Carrot essential oil -helps with hyperpigmentation

Don’t laugh…I know the full one is pretty extensive. But this is my secret to soft skin. The order really doesn’t matter because they’re all oils. I also like to close the bottle and gently swirl it upside down rather than shake it.

And although this oil will last you a few months, you might be wondering why or how it’s any better than store bought ones.

Well, store bought ones tend to contain fillers and preservatives and you spend a lot of money on them. With this, you have at least enough to refill your 4 oz bottle two or three times. Or you can use the rest on other places like your hair!

Side note, if you want some nice lingering scent, I suggest using a few drops of geranium essential oil because it’s beautiful and fresh smelling.

And here is what the finished product looks like. It’ll look the same despite which recipe you use.

What are your thoughts? Do you already use a body oil?

The Essential Oil You’re Missing for Healthy Skin

Happy Wednesday!

I hope you’re all doing really well. Hopefully you don’t have the winter blues! In Toronto, it plus 7 Celsius. Not Fahrenheit. It’s so insanely warm some people are wearing dresses. It’s supposed to be winter.

Anyway, if you’ve been to my blog before, you know I absolutely adore grapefruit essential oil. In this post, I’ll be explaining exactly why I love it so much as is just as essential in ones arsenal as tea tree, lavender, and frankincense.

What is Grapefruit Essential Oil?

Grapefruit oil is steam distilled and made from the peel rather than the pulp of the fruit. It has a fresh and slightly sweet tangy smell to it.

So, why is pink grapefruit essential oil one of my top essential oils? Because it’s an awesome multipurpose oil. It’s a naturally beautiful oil with an insane amount of benefits that range from clear and balance skin, uplifting moods, and cleaning.

The Benefits

Balances Oily Skin

Because this oil contains limonene, it cuts the body’s sebum creation by adding a layer of moisture.

promotes weight loss

When you’re craving some snacks, diffuse this and inhale deeply. It’ll cut down your cravings while it excite your nerves.

Lymphatic support

Remember when I said not to dry brush your delicate boobs (if you have them)? Well, I suggest using grapefruit! It naturally supports blood circulation and releases toxins caught in the body (source). It also keeps breast smooth and plump as it slows the aging process through messaging the oil into this area (must be done daily).

Reduces depression

Have you ever deeply inhaled citrus fruits? They are instantly uplifting, taking the mind back to sunny, simpler days with happy thoughts. Whenever I need a good pick me up, I tend to put this in a diffuser mixed with frankincense or just take a few good whiffs straight from the bottle.

Natural Preservative

The essential oil and extract are great for prolonging a natural / homemade product’s shelf life. Because it is so high in antioxidants and limonene and citronellol, it can also enhance the product’s effectiveness. However, they are not full preservatives so it won’t make them last more than an extra month or so.

Glossy hair

Just like your face gets glowy and sooth thanks to antioxidants, your hair does too!

boosts immune system

When inhaled, vitamin C and citrus fight throat and respiratory infections and helps the liver detox the body.

anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial

Grapefruit is high in phytochemicals (source) that reduces stress and inflammation. It also contains properties that are antimicrobial and eliminate harmful bacteria. It’s soft enough to use topically (diluted with a carrier oil like tamanu) but tough enough to be used to clean your whole house!

How I Use it

I add this to at least one of my oils per routine. So it’s mixed in with raspberry seed oil for mornings and hemp seed oil for nights. I also use this in both of my body oils and homemade cleanser. And in my all-purpose cleaner. And I diffuse it. See? I use it for everything.

I love this and this but this and this are good ones too!

Of course grapefruit has other great benefits but these are the ones I really love and mention to friends and family. They also are the reasons why I keep buying it again and again. Hopefully you enjoyed learning about this essential as much as I had fun explaining it!

What are some of your favourite essential oils? I’m dying to expand my collection!

How to Get Healthy and Strong Hair with Natural Oils

Hello, everyone!

I hope your day is going well. I know mine is off to a great start. Finally got around to refilling my bottles and getting some post started for this site. Today is all about getting your hair into top shape to fight against this dry winter weather. But, in order to do that, we gotta make your day a little worse.

Did you know that hair products contain a lot of fillers and chemicals? This could be because since hair is essentially dead, it is easy to use one moisturizing ingredient (like shea butter or coconut oil) against many chemicals like synthetics dyes and Mineral oils. Moreover, drugstore brands are notorious for using large amounts of Cyclopentasiloxane (a silicon based compound that is an endocrine disrupter and increases organ toxicity (source)). Unlike certain alcohols that help with spread-ability on the skin, within hair care products they are bad.

Garnier’s Whole Blends Argan and Camilla oil $7:

1041707, PS3, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIMETHICONOL, CAMELLIA OLEIFERA SEED OIL, ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL, TOCOPHEROL, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, LINALOOL, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE, COUMARIN, LIMONENE, HYDROXYCITRONELLAL, CITRAL CITRONELLOL HEXYL, CINNAMAL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, BENZYL SALICYLATE, F.I.L. #D184855/1

This list was not easy to find and I can see why. The amount of crap in it is awful.

Let’s look at something a little more expensive. 

Moroccainoil Treatment Original $44

CYCLOMETHICONE, DIMETHICONE, ARGANIA SPINOSA (ARGAN) KERNEL OIL, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, LINUM USITATISSIMUM (LINSEED) SEED EXTRACT, CI 26100 (RED 17), CI 47000 (YELLOW 11). MOT01

The first and third ingredients are silicone based. Cyclomethicone has a low hazard rating on EWG while dimethicone has a low-moderate one, contributing to organ toxicity especially in high doses (like in this!). 

Hair care is expensive, but I am very wary of store bought oils because they tend to be packed with silicones and other fillers and very little real nourishing oils. 

Now, for the better day!

There are a few great natural oils that can be used as hair oils. Like most plant based oils, they are moisturizing yet these five specifically promote hair growth, leaves hair soft and shiny, and easy to detangle.

Oleic acid: Is a monounsaturated fatty acid. Fatty acids are the main components of food fats, oils and fat deposits in animals and man. Besides the work they do inside the body, monounsaturated fats like oleic acid are less susceptible to spoilage than some other fats, which makes them useful in food preservation (source).

#1 MACADAMIA Nut oil

This oil is probably the most well known of the bunch. Macadamia nut oil is bursting with monounsaturated fatty acids that are able to spread the oil throughout the hair from root to tip. As the oil is made up mostly of oleic acid (source) This oil reduces hair loss and hair breakage as it contains palmitoleic acid which is know to slow down the aging process. Macadamia nut oil also contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and linoleic acid.

The Benefits:

  • Reduces hair loss and improves health of hair
  • Revitalizes skin and hair (get that nice gloss)
  • Contains antioxidants to fight free radicals
  • Locks in moisture, tames frizz and strengthens hair follicles

#2 Tamanu Oil

If you are interested in buying Tamanu oil from this site, there are two different types: one from Vietnam and one from Madagascar. The only difference is the price; they are both cold-pressed and unrefined. I buy both but usually the Vietnam one because it’s cheaper.

Tamanu oil is probably my favourite oil. It is a cure all. I also recommend this oil above all else. While I love Rosehip, Tamanu can be used for rashes, wounds, pigmentation, hydration…just everything.

The oil is composed of phospholipids and glycolipids which are known to protect skin’s moisture barrier by creating a barrier over the skin to protect it (source). It contains tons of fatty acids and soothes dry scalp because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

The Benefits:

  • Protects the skin barrier
  • Tons of anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (great for scalp burns and wounds)
  • Quickens the healing process and smooths out split ends and frizz
  • controls acne and hyper-pigmentation

#3 Babassu

Only a few stores actually use Babassu oil in their hair care which is sad because this stuff is amazing! Babassu is obtained from the kernels of the Babassu palm found in the southern regions of Brazil. Moreover, it contains a high content of lauric and myristic acids (source of antioxidants. Good in moderation only). Babassu oil is used as a substitute for coconut Oil because of their similar properties. It is a superior emollient for both dry and oily skin, and gently moisturizes the skin without contributing to an oily sheen (source). I really enjoy using this oil mixed in with my conditioner/co-wash and letting it sit for roughly twenty minutes to soothe my hair (source).

The Benefits:

  • Treats dandruff and split ends
  • Reduces hair loss
  • Soothes acne and eczema
  • Increases hair strength
  • Balances hormones

#4 Avocado Oil

Avocado Carrier Oil contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, D, E, and Beta carotene. It is classified as monounsaturated oil and is used for topical skin application (source). Moreover, because of the large amounts of vitamins in this oil, it instantly revitalizes the hair and nourishes it throughout the day!

The Benefits:

  • Contains antioxidants which fight free radicals
  • Promotes hair growth
  • Quickens healing process of burns and wounds

#5 Broccoli Oil

I don’t think anyone knows about broccoli oil. It’s still a hidden jem. I also like putting this in my conditioner to give it a nice boost (source). Its excellent antioxidant profile makes broccoli Seed Oil an easy substitute for  silicones where the film forming activity results in a natural shine, and cuticle smoothing of the hair while preventing oxidation. This oil is light, non-greasy, and is easily absorbed into the skin (source). It also smells exactly like broccoli!

The Benefits:

  • Gives insane amounts of shine, more than any other oil
  • Known as nature’s silicone
  • Promotes hair growth and healthy hair
  • Controls frizz

Tip: I love mixing macadamia nut oil, broccoli seed oil, and babassu oil (mixed with kukui nut oil and some essential oils) into a bottle and using that as a pre-shampoo treatment. This oil mixture is great for clearing up built up grease, oil, and dirt. Also makes getting rid of dandruff a lot easier.

Nonetheless, If you have to choose just one oil, I would choose Tamanu because it’s an all around pleaser. However, specifically for hair, it would be broccoli seed oil. I just love it so much. I love broccoli.

How to Create Your Own Natural Oil Cleanser

Let the record show that this is an old bottle and this is not how Boscia’s oil cleanser looks lie. What’s currently in it is my own recipe that works really well with my skin.

Oils are the best. No really, they are. Most oils moisturize, replenish, and protect the skin from free radicals and uv rays. There are also the super cool and super underrated oils which can do everything a popular oil can do and so much more (hello, tamanu oil!).

Oil cleansing is the only proven way to completely take off sunscreen since oils clean to the natural oils on the face and everything along with it. These also leave the skin smooth and supple, not drying or damaging the skin barrier.

I love making my own oil cleanser because I know exactly what’s going in it. Also because I am fortunate enough to be able to. I find that mixing roughly four oils together with some awesome essential oils like grapefruit and lavender it the way to go. Below I’ve listed the oils I use and some trusted sellers.

My cleanser is:

1/2 oz Hazelnut oil – This oil is amazing at unclogging pores and controlling sebum.

1/2 oz Avocado oil – Jam-packed with vitamin E, it reduces redness and heals wounds.

1/2 oz hemp seed oil – soothes redness with vitamin A and E.

1/2 oz jojoba oil – similar to the skin’s microbes, effectively removes makeup and dirt.

10-15 drops grapefruit essential oil – Natural preservative, also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Also smells amazing.

15-20 drops lavender – Reduces redness and quickens the healing process of wounds and pimples.

 

And that’s it! I don’t use tamanu oil in this cleanser because I find it needs more time on the skin since it’s slow absorbing. Hopefully you decide to create your own oil cleanser, it’s very simple and saves you money as you only need a bit of each oil and they last up to two years.

 

sincerely