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Oils: What are they good for? Absolutely everything!

July 26, 2014


If you asked me a few years ago to smear oils in my hair, face and body, I would have told you to bugger off! Being an oily skinned lass, extra oil was the last thing I wanted on my skin, but over the past 3-4 years oils have slowing made their way into my daily skincare routine, and now there is no turning back!
This is a very overdue post about the oils that I currently have in my bathroom.


We'll start with hair oils, because hair oils were the gateway oil for me.

I was first introduced to MoroccanOil when I used to get my hair professionally coloured at a salon about 4 years ago. I was told that hair oils act as a hair treatment that will help mitigate some of the damage of frequent hair colouring, and I was instantly addicted and have been using hair oils ever since. I have tried many many hair oils since first buying MoroccanOil, and this is still my absolute favourite! It is lightweight, nourishing, smells lovely (it was a warm, sweet, clean scent), leaves your hair shiny and smooth, and it doesn't weigh down my hair. The only problem with it is that is it pretty pricey (best to go for a larger 100ml bottle for around $55).

Another hair oil that I am also currently using is L'Oreal Kerastase Elixir K Ultime. This is a slightly thicker hair oil, so it may be better for thicker or drier hair, but it doesn't weigh down my hair or make it greasy (but I would be cautious with over applying). This has a more floral/perfume scent that may appeal to both males and females. I think the packaging is gorgeous! It looks very luxurious and expensive. This oil is quite unique because it can be used in a few different ways: firstly as a pre-cleanse where you apply it to try hair and add a little bit of water to emulsify it, secondly as a leave in treatment, and lastly to defrizz or add shine to dry hair. This is only a fraction better value than MoroccanOil at $55 for 125ml.


I next ventured into face oils. I was introduced to rose hip oil by a beauty subscription box, and it instantly became a staple in my skincare routine. Face oils can be used instead of a moisturiser or they can be used under a moisturiser, like a serum, for extra hydration. The benefit of using face oils is that they hydrate the skin, are full of antioxidants, prevent aging, and also have scar/marks/damage healing properties. Face oils are generally quite light and fast absorbing, so they don't leave your skin feeling greasy.

My ultimate favourite is Kosmea Skin Clinic Rose Hip Oil, and ever since adding this into my skincare routine (I use this as a serum at night time), the oil production in my skin has reduced, my breakouts have reduced significantly, and any marks have cleared up! I realised (a few years too late) that adding oil to your skin actually stops your skin from needing to overproduce oil! This comes in a few sizes, but the largest 42ml bottle costs $44.95 (or I stock up when I see them on sale at Chemist Warehouse).

Another face oil that I have in my bathroom is Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Face Oil. This is a newer oil from the Palmer's range, and it contains 10 different oils, Retinol, Vitamin E and Vitamin C. This is a very light weight and doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy. This retails for around $17 at Chemist Warehouse.


Now for my favourite category of oils: Cleansing oils!

My absolute favourite way to remove my makeup every night is by using the Shu Uemura Skin Purifier High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil. A lot of brands have starting making cleansing oils, but Shu Uemura has been selling them since 1967! There are 6 different types available - this one is the original, but I have also previously used the Fresh version (which is slightly lighter and is supposed to be pore clarifying). I buy the large 450ml bottle, which costs a whopping $90+, but they last me a whole year so they are worth the investment. I use 1-2 pumps and work in into my makeup. Instantly my makeup starts to dissolve and then I cleanse it off with warm water. Because this emulsifies when mixed with water, this doesn't leave any greasy residue. This has been the easiest and most effective way of removing a full face of makeup every day.

Another makeup removal oil I have is the S.W. Basics Of Brooklyn Makeup Remover. This is VERY different to a cleansing oil. This is more of a typical makeup remover that you apply to a cotton pad and then wipe onto your eyes/lips/face. Since it is 100% oil, it is very effective at breaking down makeup. The only downside is that it does leave an oily residue so you need to make sure you cleanse it off well. I do like this, but I don't reach for it often.


Another category of oils is body oils. Body oils are a great alternative to a body lotion, but they have the benefit of reducing scars and stretch marks. These are the products that I would use religiously if I were pregnant and I wanted to improve my skins elasticity/reduce any stretch marks.

The first one I have is Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil. I love this stuff! It is a very light oil that doesn't leave my skin greasy at all, which means I can use this daily and can pretty much apply this head to toe. It is also pretty affordable at $18 for 150ml at Priceline.

Another classic is Bio Oil. Bio Oil is the most popular and well known body oil and is targeted at healing stretch marks and scars. This is a bit pricier and comes in 60ml, 125ml and 200ml bottles (and ranges from around $15-$35). I find that this is a little thicker and greasier than the Palmer's one, so I would recommend using this more on targeted areas rather than as an alternative to a body lotion.


The last category, and probably my least used type of oil, is the multi-purpose oil. These are designed to pretty much be used as all of the above.

The first multi-purpose oil I bought was the NUXE Huile Prodigieuse. This is designed to be used on your face, body and hair. I thought that meant that you can use this on damp hair (like a traditional hair oil), but when I tried it, it left my hair disgustingly greasy and oily. After more research I discovered that this is only recommended as a hair mask before your wash your hair! This oil contains 6 plant oils, and it smells beautiful, but I don't reach for it often because it is a little too heavy for my liking. This isn't cheap at $40 for 100ml, but I do love the scent.

My other multi-purpose oil that have is The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Australian Jojoba. I was very keen to try this because Jojoba oil seems to be the next trend of oils (rose hip oil is so 2012). Jojoba contains antioxidants, fatty acids, and Vitamins A, D, and E so it is supposed to be great for fighting aging. This claims to be suitable for lips, face, hands, cuticles, body and hair (I don't know if that means a hair mask or a hair oil). I have tried this on my face and my body, and just like the NUXE one, it is a little too heavy for an every day oil, but I do tend to use this once a week as a body/face treatment. I have also heard that this works well as an eye makeup remover (much like the S.W Basics of Brooklyn one), and it actually nourishes your eyelashes while you remove your makeup. 

So that's it! Those are all of the oils I currently have in my bathroom. My top 3 are definitely the Shu Uemura cleansing oil (my only way to remove a full face of makeup), the Moroccan Oil, and also the Kosmea rose hip oil. 

What are your favourite oils?


  1. I honestly never looked into oils, thinking the usual 'my face already looks like I smeared it in pizza grease, why would I add more?' but I think I might look into trying out some rose hip. I currently only use tea tree on my face at night instead of a thick moisturizer and I surprisingly don't feel as greasy the following morning. I still feel the need to compulsively wash my face, thought.

    As a side note, I live in the states and I nearly had a heart attack at the prices, momentarily forgetting the different currencies.
    Very informative post, thought! Especially for someone unfamiliar with the various oils.

    1. Thanks, yeah I get very greasy but oils help me a lot.

      It's annoying because our currencies are actually very similar, we just get over charged here in Australia... which is why most people like to order online if they are available in US prices.

  2. Great minds think alike, just posted up my Guide to Oils too! Excellent title too! I'd love to try the Kosmea Rose Hip Oil, I've heard lots of good things about it and the Shu Umera Cleansing Oil too. Bio Oil is a favourite of mine and so are the Body Shop's Serum in Oil and Tarte's Maracuja Oil.

    Dani | KaBOOM! Cosmetics

  3. I so love the NUXE so perfect for dry legs and soaks in so quickly!
    Madeleine, The Daily Mark

  4. I love the sound of the Palmers Facial Oil! I'm the same as you, I've only relatively recently realised how good oil can be for oily skin - I'm loving Trilogy's Rosehip Oil as a pre-moisturiser serum :)

    Jess xo

    1. Luckily I realised it a few years ago, but I would have loved to have known it in highschool :P

  5. Loved this post! Totally agree that oils have become so trendy over the last few years, but they really are amazing! I absolutely adore the Kosmea rose hip oil! Definitely want to try some body oils too.

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  6. What's worse Kat? Feeling Dry, Hydrated, or Oily? I can never find a happy medium and I am always applying lotion to just sparse places on my skin...my face seems to stay hydrated pretty well with SWEAT that is LOL...I have that condition Hyperhidrosis...Extreme cranial facial sweating...and it sucks but what can I do? I tried the meds and they dried me out so much my muscles started hurting...I would rather sweat than be in pain I guess....I have a festival to go to today and I know for a fact that I will sweat off even waterproof makeup..so I think I'm gonna go light on everything except the eyes and lips...maybe a bb cream light foundation...I have a battery operated fan by the way, and a bottle of Evian spray water LOL! but like I said...what out of the 3 suggestion that I posted would you rather feel? if you had a choice of only those 3....do those oils clog pores or do they say less clogging and if you remove them and are afraid that they have sunk in what would you use to remove them completely? Thanks for the advice in advance! XOXO

    1. I would rather feel hydrated... thats the goal of skincare. The oils don't clog pores, and you don't remove the face/body/hair oils... you only remove the cleansing/makeup removal oils.

  7. What a beautiful selection! Shu Cleansing oils are my absolute favourite and that Kosmea rosehip oil sounds like a must-have :)



  8. Kudos to Shu Uemura!! I use the Tarte Maracuja oil as a night moisturiser and it seems to be keeping my skin healthy and radiant. I have tried the Trilogy Rosehip oil but didn't like it much. Maybe I should try the kosmea one next.

  9. Your reviews are informative! I have heard only good reviews about Moroccan Oil, I am currently am using up my Argan Oil which also works. - Vinita http://www.preethiworks.us


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