Toxin-free beauty: why I use oils
I haven’t done one of these posts for a bit. Previously, I’ve covered off my preferred toxin-free cosmetics, safe sunscreens, toxin-free nail polish and safe fake tan guff. An update from my ablutions front: slowly, slowly I’ve been reducing what I use to a very small kit. And it pretty much comes down to oil. Even my mascara. And cleanser.
Above are the products I use. There are a few more that aren’t pictured. I’ll detail things below. But to the oil bit and why I’m a fan. I can feel a list coming on…
1. Oil is a single ingredient. And clean.
Beauty can be simple. It can be one ingredient. No need for added hydro-proxy-double-enzyme-whatevers. It’s like whole food: eat the complete produce (the egg yolk and white together, full fat milk etc) and you get all the bits you need. Whole, un-mucked-with oil works better than the stuff with lots of ingredients on the box. So, for example:
* Pure rosehip oil: by far the most effective and complete moisuriser you can slap on your mug.
* Pure jojoba oil: by far the most effective makeup remover on the planet. Just ask a TV anchor.
* Pure coconut oil: by far the most effective body moisturiser you can use. You can read about how and why here.
2. Oil cleans oil
How so? Oil dissolves oil. That’s how life works. Or at least chemistry does. “Like dissolves like.” Get rid of greasy sticker smudges with Tea Tree Oil. Ditto on your skin. When you massage your skin with oil, it dissolves the oil that’s hardened with gunk from your day or from sweating and become embedded in your pores. Add some steam to open your pores and the sumpy, gunky oil can be removed with a cloth. That’s how.
3. Oils ain’t oily
I’ve kind of explained this (oil dissolves oil). But I know some of us have a hard time trusting the concept.
Like our issues with whole food – full cream milk and the like – I think we have a hang up about beauty oils, too.
Fat doesn’t make us fat. Oils don’t make us oily.
Oils also prevent you from getting oily after cleansing by replenishing your face and body with nice clean oil, so you don’t overcompensate. It keeps things nicely balanced.
4. Oils are cheap and sustainable.
I reckon my oily beauty regime would cost about $200/year. Not $200/product.
* You only need to use a drop or three of rosehip oil on moist skin. A bottle can last months.
* You can extend the life of an almond oil mascara by…adding some more almond oil.
Plus, most oils are available organic and produced locally.
The oils I use
Cleanser: Jojoba oil. I put a small amount on my (dry) face before getting in the shower. I’ll leave it on for a bit before turning on the water. While the steam is building I wash my body, turning to my face last (allowing the steam to do its thing). Using a robust facecloth I wipe the oil off.
Brands: I’ve used Jojoba Company oil previously – it’s probably my favourite. Recently I’ve been using one I bought at Kings Cross market – locally made. I’ve also used Bloom Cleansing Oil, made with almond oil.
Makeup remover: as above, but I tend to do a second round.
Face moisturiser: Rosehip oil and Jojoba oil (when I’m travelling, it’s very handy to have to only pack the one little bottle). I use a few drops on my skin while it’s still moist. It blends and settles better like this.
Body moisturizer: Coconut and olive oil.
Brands: I use coconut oil that I’ve tasted for cooking and don’t like (so I won’t mention the brand).
Hand moisturiser: I’m in love with a “vata” blend my meditation teacher Tim makes. It’s become my signature scent. I pack it on each morning and the smell lasts, pacifying me nicely. Until I get frazzled by something.
Brands: I use Moksha.
Hair oil: Coconut and argan oil. I use a small amount – generally residue from moisturising my hands – on the ends.
Brands: I don’t touch that Moroccan oil stuff…it’s almost pure mineral oil. I only use 100% Argan. The Sydney-based Miras Hand is great and affordable.
Face scrub: A mix of equal parts sugar or sea salt and olive oil.
Makeup: I use a toxin-free almond oil-based mascara and lip stick. The latter, as I say above, can be kept “alive” by adding in extra almond oil as it gets gluggy. I’ve tried 237827 mascaras over the years I spent in magazines. This is the most smudge/water-proof one I’ve found.
Brands: Ere Perez all the way.
When traveling: I use Dr Bronner’s liquid soap – it cleans face, body and clothes. It’s a combination of organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils, together with pure essential oils. You can learn about Dr Bronner’s here.
Some extra thoughts:
Blogger Wellness Mama recommends her favourite moisturiser and cleanser: using castor oil mixed with another oil (depending on your skin type)… 1/3 castor wtih 2/3 olive is her pick. She highlights there are some ethical and eco issues with castor oil, however. (She suggests trying this combo before moving on to coconut oil.)
What do you do with your oils? Some favourite brands? Share away…