Yeah um just a few oils...most of them are from beauty boxes (does that count as an excuse?) but they are something I am massively into and so when that occurs I need to try each and every brand, style but you get my drift..
There are so many types of oils for different purposes with all kinds of ingredients. They have been used for a very long time but only seemed to go mainstream in the last few years. I was introduced to the world of oils when I first heard about Moroccan Oil at the beginning of last year (still haven't tried it) and as it was expensive I sought out alternatives. The main ingredient is Argan oil and the word on the street was that Argan Oil was sold separately. Argan Oil can be used all over, hair, face and body. I had no idea what I was doing so bought the first thing I saw and that was Billy In The Tree Argan Oil. Now what you need to know is pure Argan oil smells like crap, It's not pleasant and it's greasy. In Moroccan Oil there is probably only a small amount of this and a lot of silicones. The silicones help smooth out the hair and make it look fabulous and the Argan oil is the nourishing part but because of the small amount you don't end up looking like you haven't washed your hair in 10 years. Billy in the Tree has no smell and there are no other ingredients listed so it would be helpful to know why there is no smell but it definitely has the greasy aspect - I had no idea of this and used it at first in the day. Ugh! I have used this on my hair as a night treatment (leave over night) but as I have a few I keep this one for my cuticles and that works very well!
I have two more Argan Oils. One is straight from Morocco and I think cost about £8 which is pricey for over there. This does smell like crap, gross in fact. I use it as an overnight treatment on the mid-lengths to ends and wash out in the morning. Helps with nourishing the ends and hair is left feeling soft. I have tried it on my face my find it too greasy and thick for my skin. The second is from Josie Maran, a friend picked this up for me in Sephora (she also picked up the one from Morocco too - she knows me well!). This too has no smell and is not as greasy feeling as the others but still not enough to use in the day time. I have tried the overnight treatment and does a good job but what I have been loving is adding a drop or two to my night serum and boy is my skin thankful in the morning!
Right onto the 'styling' oils, these are the ones with silicones in them, they do also contain other nourishing ingredients. Nothing wrong with silicones in my eyes but they do build up and can in turn make your hair look lank and dull. A good clarifying shampoo will get rid of this so I don't find much need to avoid them completely unless you want to of course. The oils I own are L'Oreal Mythic Oil, Macadamia Oil and Spray Oil, Berber Oil and Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Oil. Ojon Oil does have silicones in it but I find it a touch too heavy as a styling oil for me so I tend to use it when I don't need to go out! My favourite is the Berber Oil, it smells just yummy and leaves the ends looking nourished and smooth, I use this on wet and dry hair. Close second is the Macadamia Oil, again I use this on wet and dry hair. I find the Paul Mitchell and Mythic Oil works best on dry hair to smooth flyaways and add shine. I am not keen on the Macadamia Spray Oil's smell so I generally don't use it. I bought it to use when I have wavy hair as I don't brush it and it was the most effective way to use oil.
A couple of random oils. First off Almond Oil, this is meant to promote growth and thickness. I try and use it once a week, warm it and leave on for an hour or so before washing off. As I haven't used it for very long I haven't seen any results. Pure Fiji Oil, this can be used as a hair and body oil, I just love it as a body oil but does make your hair smell lovely if you add a touch to the ends. Last up is the Body Shop Beautifying oil. This is an body, hair and face oil, I love it for the body but it's too much for my hair I think and for some reason I don't fancy trying this on my face.
And also what you need to remember is a little goes a long way...
Any suggestions for oils that I may need to try? Because I don't have enough already...