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Want to use oils in your beauty routine? Better check the ingredients list

Do you like to use oils in your beauty routine?  Well let me tell you, I’m in love with oils for everything, hair oils, face oils, body oils, bath oils, etc.  I love them all.  Ever since I started using pure oils my life is just better.  I know that sounds kind of ridiculous, but I’m not even exaggerating.  Face oils moisturize my oily skin better than most lotions or creams while also helping it to be less oily throughout the day.  Hair oils hydrate and cut down frizz better than most hair serums and frizz taming creams.  Body oils hydrate so amazingly well.  And bath oils are just fantastic since you get to soak in a warm tub full of beautifully fragrant essential oils that are also hydrating your skin.  Maybe now you can see why I’m so obsessed.

But now for my one major complaint about so many “oils” on the market today.  They aren’t actually oils.  I see so many products marketed as “hair oils” that are actually just a crapload of silicones and then maybe 1% argan oil.  Or “face oils” that contain triglycerides, silicones, and then some oils.  Plus then there’s the fact that many of them also contain added synthetic fragrances, which many people (including myself) are allergic to.

For example, in the face oil category there are obviously many good oils to choose from.  If you want one individual oil, some great options include Josie Maran’s Argan Oil and Argan Oil Light, Drunk Elephant Marula Oil, or tarte Maracuja Oil.


Some really good oil blends are Darphin The Revitalizing Oil, Sunday Riley Juno Oil, all of Herbivore’s oils (Lapis, Phoenix, and Orchid), RMS Beauty Oil, Clinique Smart Oil, and Juice Beauty Organic Treatment Oil.  There are many more good options out there on top of these few I’ve listed.

But there are also a lot of other options that are either not really oils, or the product names are misleading.  For example, fresh’s Seaberry oil is actually mostly grapeseed, camellia, and sweet almond oil.  Not that that’s really a problem since those oils are good for your skin too, but the name leads you to believe that it’s mostly seabuckthorn oil and it isn’t.  It also contains fragrance.  None of Caudalie’s oils contain an oil as the first ingredient, it’s usually triglycerides.  They are still hydrating products, and derived from oils (usually coconut oil), but they aren’t really oils.  If oil isn’t the first ingredient, then don’t call it an oil.

Misleading names aside, there are are numerous products like philosophy When Hope is Not Enough Omega 3-6-9 Replenishing Oil where the first ingredient is actually silicone.  Or Shiseido Future Solution LX Replenishing Treatment Oil where not only is the first ingredient silicone, but fragrance is higher on the ingredients list than most of the oils in the formula.

Hair oils are the worst offenders of the bunch.  I have been searching for a new hair oil since I’m running out of my Josie Maran Argan Oil and I have found very very few options that actually contain only oil.  They do exist, but they are the minority.  A few good sounding options I’ve come across in my searching are Captain Blankenship Mermaid Hair Oil (relate any product to mermaids and I’m totally on board), Rodin by Recine Olio Lusso Luxury Hair Oil, Mauli Grow Strong Hair Oil, Little Barn Apothecary Chamomile and Rosemary Hair Oil, Malaya Organic Hair Oil, and Pacifica Native Flower Nourishing Hair Oil.

But for every legit hair oil that is contains mostly real oils, there are 20 that end up with disappointing formulas that start with silicone.  Here are just a few of the silicone-filled “hair oils” I’ve come across recently.  Sachajuan Intensive Hair OilOuai Hair Oil, Oribe Gold Lust Hair Oil, Living Proof No Frizz Hair Oil, and Verb Ghost Oil.  Now I’m not necessarily bashing silicone.  Well, sort of.  It works well for some people, but I don’t like using hair products that are full of silicone since they coat my hair and cause lots of buildup and end up making my hair more dry and more frizzy over time.  Hence my seemingly never-ending search for a hair oil that only contains oil.

Basically, what I’m saying is this: you need to be aware of what you are buying.  Packaging can be misleading or sometimes it’s just a straight up lie.  Just because something calls itself an oil doesn’t actually mean that it is one.

Oils are great and I totally recommend the use of oils in your beauty routine.  It can take awhile to figure out which ones work best for you and your skin/hair.  But it’s worth it in the end because when you find ones you like, you will end up falling in love and never want to be without them again.

But if you want to use oils in your beauty routine, check the ingredients list before you buy.

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