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I previously mentioned oils in my blog post of ingredients you can find around your household. The list of oils just got longer, and longer. So, I decided to just write them all out into one blog post for your easy convenience. Below you will find the list, along with its benefits, and ways you can use it.We all have a wide variety of oil in our household! The most common ones you can use for your skin though are as follows: Olive, Avocado and Coconut Oil. Though there is an endless list of other oils that we do not cook with, there are some oil alternatives you can cook with like almond oil!All these oils can be mixed with other household ingredients for a hydrating, nourishing face or hair mask. Other ingredients such as: honey, yogurt, cinnamon, sugar, salt, etc. Honestly anything!

In General, Benefits for Oil include:

  • Wrinkle reduction
  • Dry skin treatment
  • Skin protection
  • Shrinking enlarged pores
  • Great for getting rid of blemishes

Coconut Oil


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Structurally, coconut oil is taken from coconut kernels. It is tasteless and colourless, and widely available for consumer use in refined and unrefined options. There are many health benefits to coconut oil, however, there are many beauty uses for them as well! Check below.

Benefits:

  • packed with fatty acids and proteins
  • Caprylic acid, Lauric acid and Capric Acid
  • 90% of coconut oil fats are comprised of heart-healthy saturated fats
  • easily digestible and processed by liver
  • converts to energy and not fat inside the body
  • keeps skin cells mist and strong by minimizing water loss
  • boost in good cholesterol
  • good for blood sugar and diabetes
  • fights against Alzheimer’s disease
  • helps stop heart disease and high blood pressure
  • aids in liver health
  • acts as a salve for wounds and burns
  • anti-aging
  • helps with weight loss
  • used to cook and bake

Ways to Use Coconut Oil

  1. Makeup Remover: great for waterproof mascara. Use directly on face or let it sit on your skin with a cotton pad to melt away makeup.
  2. Breath Freshener and Whitening Toothpaste
  3. Lice/Dandruff Remedy: Sends moisture to the roots and stimulates hair growth. For lice treatment, mix with Apple Cider Vinegar; apply and let sit for 12-24 hours, making sure to brush through hair with fine comb and shampoo.
  4. Moisturizer (face and body)
  5. Makeup Brush Cleaner: Mix with antibacterial soap and one part coconut oil
  6. Lip Balm
  7. Under eye Cream
  8. Body and Lip Scrub
  9. Massage Oil
  10. Shaving Cream
  11. Itch Relief: burns, bug bites, and bruises soothed topically as a balm
  12. Deep conditioner/Leave-In Conditioner
  13. Night cream: applied at night for maximum moisturizing benefits. Antioxidants are great for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles
  14. Frizz tamer
  15. Eczema Relief (reduces inflammation and relieves itching)
  16. Cuticle Oil
  17. Wound Salve (anti-fungal and antibacterial properties help heal minor scraps and cuts)
  18. Chest Rub (combating congestion, sinus headaches and stuffy noses)
  19. Deodorant (mix with arrowroot powder, cornstarch, baking soda, and scent oil)
  20. Bath

Olive Oil

oliveoil.jpgOlive oil is a major component of the Medeterranean diet. It comes from olives, the fruit of an olive tree. It’s used in cooking, cosmetics, medicine, soaps and fuel for traditional lamps. It’s rich in antioxidants, and contains monounsaturated fatty acids, which experts consider a healthy fat. It is typically used for cooking, or topically. It is also common for people to drink shots of olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil has a bitter flavour, but contains the most antioxidants than other types as it undergoes the least processing.

Benefits:

  • Antibacterial and antifungal properties
  • Therefore great for dry, itchy scalp, and dandruff
  • Rich in Vitamins
  • helps battle lines and spots caused by sun damage
  • Anti-aging
  • higher life expectancy
  • lower chance of dying from cardiovascular diseases
  • improves features of metabolic syndromes (obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels)
  • increases levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholestrol
  • helps protect nervous system and could be useful in treating depression and anxiety
  • prevent or repair liver damage
  • IBD (inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Helps prevent premature signs of aging
  • Vitamin content: Vitamins A, D, E, and K
  • Antibacterial
  • Moisturizing

Beauty Uses of Olive Oil

  • Hair Treatment
  • Scrub for Lip and Body
  • Eye-Makeup Remover
  • Ear-Wax Remedy
  • Shaving Cream
  • Shine Serum
  • Antibacterial Balm (neosporin knockoff: olive oil, lavender, calendula, and tea tree)
  • Cuticle Conditioner
  • Eczema Remedy
  • Diaper-Rash Treatmen
  • Cracked-heel repair
  • Makeup-brush cleanser: two parts antibacterial soap and one part olive oil

TEA TREE OIL


Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree native to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. It has been used for centuries for traditional medicine, treating coughs and colds. Tea tree oil contains a number of compounds known to kill bacteria, viruses and fungi. It helps in crease the activity of white blood cells, helping fight germs and other foreign invaders.

All around natural fix! Most commonly known for acne and blackheads, you can use tea tree oil for a spot treatment. Contains disinfecting properties so it quickens healing process.

Benefits & Ways to use Tea Tree Oil:

  • spot treatment
  • diluted with water to create your own toner
  • few drops added into ANY shampoo/conditioner
  • existing tea tree shampoo/conditioner products
  • hand sanitizer
  • insect repellent
  • natural deodorant
  • antiseptic for minor cuts and scrapes
  • boost wound healing (reduces inflammation)
  • fight acne
  • combats oily skin
  • get rid of nail fungus
  • chemical free mouthwash
  • all purpose cleaner
  • soothe skin inflammations
  • controls dandruff
  • treats athlete’s foot: mix arrowroot powder, baking soda and tea tree oil, combine and place in covered container for storage, apply to clean, dry feet
  • banish mold on fruits and vegetables
  • relieve psoriasis

CAUTION: DO NOT INGEST TEA TREE OIL. DO NOT SWALLOW IT MAY BE TOXIC. Keep out of reach of children.

Other Oils to Consider & Its Benefits

Argan Oil: Morocco’s “liquid gold”. Loaded with Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and proteins. Ultra hydrating for skin, strengthens hair, great nail treatment (brittle, peeling nails)

Castor Oil: contains vitamin E, proteins and Omega 6 & 9 (all key components for hair and skin). Castor oil is rich in antioxidants Helps reduce hair fall, premature greying of hair, fights scalp related problems, promotes hair growth. It aids in clearing acne, gives healthy, shiny hair, natural cure for styes, treats wrinkles, soothes dry skin, remedy for constipation,

Jojoba Oil: Natural healing properties. Helpful in reducing skin burns, strengthens hair follicles on scalp causing hair to grow stronger and healthier. Contains Vitamin E & B which conditions the hair making it shinier, adding volume and density. Works great on dry or textured hair, smooths frizz, conditions hair. Jojoba oil also reduces wrinkles, can be used as a makeup remover

Almond Oil: almonds are filled with the healthy fats, omega 3, along with magnesium and vitamin E. Makes a super soothing body moisturizer. Hypoallergenic, therefore great on skin that gets easily irritated. Works great on symptoms of eczema and psoriasis. Helps to slow down signs of aging with its anti-aging properties. Almond oil plays a role in preventing hair breakage and helps treat hair loss. The anti-inflammatory properties will help ease any swelling of the skin, and provide even complexion and skin tone.

Rosehip Seed Oil: Powerful Anti-Ager. Rosehip seed oil is extracted from rose bushes. Full of antioxidants like vitamins C and E, and vitamin A. Protects skin from damage that can cause lines, dark spots. Increases cell turnover rate which leads to smoother complexion.

Pomegrante Seed Oil: antioxidant, anti-ager. Helps increase production and reduce breakdown of collagen, helping your complexion look firm and youthful

Marula Oil: Antimicrobial elements that fight acne-cacusing bacteria. Lightweight and doesn’t clog pores. Balances skin’s oil-production. Tames frizz.

Sesame Seed Oil: fatty acids such as oleic, palmitic, stearic, and linoleic acid, all keeping skin supple and soft. Known to increase circulation.

Lavender Oil: not only used for aromatherapy, it relieves tight, itchy skin and protects from environmental aggressors like UV rays and pollution, both causing premature aging

Moringa Oil: From a vegetable tree grown in Africa, Central and South America, Indian subcontinent, and Southeast Asia. It is an anti-aging oil therefore fighting wrinkles and prevent sagging of facial skin, as well as fighting skin fatigue. It fights acne, blackheads and dark spots, cures cuts, burns, and rashes, moisturizes the scalp, makes the hair stronger, fights dandruff and split ends.

Sunflower Seed Oil: rich in Vitamin A and E, which help promote skin health acting as antioxidants. It is non-comedogenic, therefore it won’ t clog pores. It helps regenerate damaged skin, getting rid of acne causing bacteria. The oil is light and non-greasy, and absorbs in the skin. It also treats dry, sensitive skin. Helps to soften dry, frizzy hair, adding beautiful shine. Can be used as a conditioner. Sunflower oil can also help strengthen your immune system, improve digestion, protects skin barrier, wound healing, and used as a massage oil.

Rosemary Oil: antioxidant, providing anti-aging properties. It helps to prevent damage to your skin from environmental agents. Rosemary oil has a stimulating effect, meaning it improves circulation, therefore reducing puffiness by removing excess water from the skin. This oil helps to reduce oil production on the skin, is antibacterial therefore helping kill off acne-causing bacteria. Further benefits include improving brain function, stimulating hair growth, relieve pain, repel certain bugs, ease stress, reduce joint inflammation, and more.

Rosehip Oil: Derived from the rose bush. Loaded with vitamins such as A and C, and essential fatty acids, along with phenols, shown to have antiviral, antibacterial and anti fungal properties. Benefits of rosehip oil include aiding in hydration, reduce dullness, cell regeneration, collagen formation, reduce inflammation, protect against sun damage, reduce hyper pigmentation, reduce scars and fine lines and boost immunity. Further benefits used as aromatherapy remedy includes: anxiety, depression, headaches, menstrual cramps, and migraines.

Lemongrass Oil: Packed with vitamin A and C, working to keep skin and hair glossy. Astringent properties helps to minimize your pores, and keep your oil levels balanced. Benefits of using lemongrass oil include: fighting bacteria, reducing inflammation, providing antioxidants, treating stomach issues, easing rheumatoid arthritis, relaxation and massage, helps headaches, and repels bugs.

And that’s all for this guide folks! Hope you enjoyed this list. If there were any that you did not know about, let me know below.

As usual, you’ll find me on social media!

With love,

Pris Wong xo

IG: @lifewithpriswong

List of Sources Used

These are some of the sources I used as information. You are welcome to go to these sites for more indepth reading as well.

https://www.allure.com/story/beauty-uses-for-coconut-oil

https://www.allure.com/story/diy-beauty-uses-for-olive-oil

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266258#tips

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/tea-tree-oil#Cautions-When-Using-Tea-Tree-Oil

https://www.healthline.com/health/tea-tree-oil-for-skin#summary

https://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/7-incredible-castor-oil-benefits-for-beautiful-skin-and-hair-1630059

https://food.ndtv.com/beauty/jojoba-oil-benefits-7-incredible-ways-to-use-it-for-beautiful-skin-and-hair-1655366

https://www.allure.com/story/what-is-moringa-oil-skin-care-ingredient

https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-moringa-oil-for-skin-hair-and-health/

https://www.healthline.com/health/sunflower-oil-for-skin#drawbacks

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/rosemary-oil-benefits#section9

https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/rosehip-oil-for-face#side-effects-and-risks

https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-benefits-of-rose-essential-oil-88790

https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-benefits-of-rose-essential-oil-88790

How to use lemongrass to step up your beauty routine

Note: oil photos are not mine! just taken from various sources from google. All information taken is either from my own knowledge or sourced in list above. I have experience with some of these oils.

Posted by:lifewithpriswong

Toronto Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger. Pris Wong aims to inspire and educate. Pris Wong loves all things dogs, food, and coffee. She owns a little princess of a Chihuahua named Gizmo (or Gizzy) who is raw-fed, has a tabby kitten named Mr. Kitty.

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