I fully understand that having a top oils post is weird. But I really like different oils. So much that I probably belong in over-moisturizers anonymous.
However, I feel like there has really been a huge surge in using oils for beauty purposes. I've seen oodles of videos/posts on oil cleansing method, hair oils, oil massages and beauty oils. Even Sephora now has a section for beauty oils, which I'm pretty sure they didn't have in the past. From my perspective, the Josie Maran Argan Oil seemed to be the one that started popping up on youtube and blogs, and then the craze began.
So without further ado, here are my favorite oils that I use on a daily basis, and where I buy them.
1. Coconut Oil.
This was the oil that really converted me. I love the way coconut smells. And after I had read that it's very good for the hair, I started putting it in my locks before I showered. Then I moved on to slathering it all over my entire body. And making scrubs. And taking off my makeup with it. It's great for almost anything.
Suggested Uses: Makeup Remover, Moisturizer, Hair Mask, Scrub (With Brown Sugar), infinity.
Drawbacks: Some people find that coconut oil exacerbates acne. I wouldn't use this on the face as a moisturizer. It's also easy to go overboard with it as a hair mask, and be left with greasy hair.
I get my giant gallons of coconut oil at Costco foe $20. But they are sold at any grocery or health food store.
2. Mineral Oil.
I use baby oil, which is essentially mineral oil with fragrance. Because of the fragrance, I like to use it on my body only, and mainly for shaving. I find that it really helps me get a close shave and prevents ingrown hairs and bumps. It also leaves shaved areas very soft.
Suggested Uses: Shaving, Moisturizer
Drawbacks: Just the usual, make sure you're not allergic and test patch to avoid a bad reaction.
I buy my baby oil from Walmart in their store brand. It's about $2 per bottle. For pure mineral oil, you might have better luck online.
I bought Apricot, Tea Tree and Neem oil on Amazon because I have zero patience. Don't be like me, and buy them for much cheaper at the grocery store or an online shop like gardenofwisdom.com
3. Apricot Oil.
This is my favorite oil for doing oil cleansing. I don't like to do pure oil cleansing, where you rub the oil in, and then remove excess with a washcloth without actually washing your face. I prefer to rub it in, give my skin a nice massage, and then follow with a gentle cleanser. But I find this oil to be a little bit lighter, than say, olive oil and very nice for the face.
Suggested Uses: Oil Cleansing Method (Or your own version of it).
Drawbacks: None for this specific oil.
4. Tea Tree Oil.
Tea tree oil is actually an essential oil, making it different from the rest of the oils on the list. But I think it's a great spot treatment option for acne. You can also use it for fungal infections, lice and ringworm. But I have personally not had the misfortune of having to use it for that. I do however, like to put some tea tree oil on suspicious spots on my face when I have to go out in public and can't really do an overnight treatment. I have also mixed it in with a plain body wash to use on my back.
Suggested Use: Acne treatment
Drawbacks: Do not put undiluted tea tree oil on your face without testing it. You can get burns from it. I use a 50/50 mixture with water as a spot treatment.
5. Neem Oil
Neem oil also seems to be a really popular oil lately, with a lot of people claiming it has great acne fighting abilities. I have personally not experienced that. However, I find that on the face, it does help with reducing redness and blotchiness. I tend to put it on in the morning if I seem very red, or if (ahem), I've been drinking and want to look more well rested.
Suggested Use: On da face.
Drawbacks: Awful smell. Like really awful. Air yourself out before you interact with other people.
It might be surprising that argan oil is not on this list, but I'm not a huge fan of it. I find that it is super expensive compared to other oils, without having any sort of special properties.
Are you a fan of using any oils in your beauty routine?