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The 10 Best Oils for Beauty Regimes


By Arwa Lodhi

For centuries, beautiful women have been protecting their hair, nails and skin with one perfect product, provided by nature: vegetable oil. Now, get that image of chip-frying oil out of your head–there is a wide variety of different kinds of fragrant vegetable oils derived from myriad plants that each have their own unique beauty-enhancing properties.

These oils don’t clog pores, or leave your skin feeling greasy like mineral oil does. In Eluxe’s guide to good oil, we researched which oils brought the best benefits, and in which products you can find them.

Here’s our list of the 10 Best Oils for Beauty.

1. Monoi Oil

The “sacred oil of the Polynesians” traces its roots back to the native Maori tribe, the indigenous Polynesians in New Zealand. The British explorer of the eighteenth century, James Cook, discovered that Monoi oil was used by the Maori people for medicinal purposes, beauty routines, and religious rituals. To create this precious oil, the blooms of the Tahitian Monoi plant are soaked in oil carefully extracted from young coconuts.

Benefits: Monoi has soothing, restorative properties, and can be used on the hair, skin and nails. This miracle oil can prevent stretch marks on the breasts and bellies of pregnant women and reverses and prevents damage to even the most distressed hair caused by heat-styling, colour-treating and chemical straightening.

Brands: Carol’s Daughter and Faith Aromatherapy are two of the few brands that use this exotic oil in a wide range of their organic products.


2. Argan Oil

This ancient Moroccan beauty oil is extracted from the nut of a slow growing tree, which only exists in the driest parts of the world–hence the high price of the oil.

Benefits: the perfect all in one moisturiser for the skin, body, face, hands, nails, scalp and hair.

Brands: Look for brands that use pure, unadulterated oil, like Kahina, Moroccan Natural or Verità Classic. Because it is so expensive, some brands only use a few drops and dilute the oil with other products, but pure Argan oil, such as that used by Kari Gran or Sprekenhus, will give you the best results for smooth skin and hair–check the label!


3. Sweet Almond Oil

This oil is from the nut we all love to bake with and eat; the oil is taken from the pressed fruit of the humble almond tree

Benefits: This sweet smelling oil is very high in Vitamin E and makes a great moisturiser and cleanser. Perfect for rubbing into cuticles, dabbing onto the ends of hair, or using to hydrate and nourish skin.


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Brands: Mia Hoyto, Karmameju, and Subtle Energies all incorporate sweet almond oil into a range of their products.

4. Sandalwood Oil

Pressed from the oil of the aromatic wood from trees in the genus Santalum. The woods are heavy, yellow, and fine-grained, and unlike many other aromatic woods, they retain their fragrance for decades. Due to high demand, the sandalwood tree is actually endangered in some parts of the world.

Benefits: Sandalwood essential oil is packed with benefits, including its properties as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, diuretic, disinfectant, emollient, expectorant, sedative and tonic substance. It smells wonderful too, and is used not only in skincare products, but in perfumes as well.

Brands: Karmameju and Neal’s Yard both use Sandalwood to wonderful effect in a wide range of their products.


5. Avocado Oil

This highly nutritious oil comes pressed from the humble pit of that salad favourite, the avocado. Whilst eating avocados provides essential Omega 3 fats, which are great for our skin, the avo kernal also produces one of the best oils for beauty.

Benefits: Cold pressed Avocado Oil is rich in proteins, antioxidant vitamins, and is particularly high in skin-protecting Vitamin E. This is a great one for sensitive skins, as avocado oil is highly alkaline

Brands: Avocado oil is used by many natural beauty brands, including Kari Gran, Odylique, AEOS, and SprekenhusBest Oils for Beauty

6. Olive Oil

A Mediterranean favourite, this oil has been used for centuries. The Romans used to apply it to their skin and have slaves scrape it off to exfoliate and cleanse their skin; today, it is rarely used in skincare products because of its potent smell.

Benefits: This is a deeply hydrating oil, rich in antioxidants and fatty acids that protect the skin from harm.

Brands: Though you can use olive oil right out of the bottle (as my grandma did!) it’s best when diluted with other natural oils to hide the vegetable smell. Odylique makes a great olive oil based balm for extremely dry skin–and don’t worry, it smells rather citrusy! Trevarno also makes a lovely cream using olive oil.



7. Coconut Oil

Derived from that trending favourite fruit, the exotic coconut.

Benefits: Where do we begin? Women in tropical countries have been using this for centuries as a hair tonic, massage oil, skin soother, and some even believe it can protect the skin from sun damage. The oil is high in proteins, saturated fats, antioxidants and may also have anti-bacterial and anti-microbial features. Eating it is just as beneficial as applying it to the skin, nails, or hair. Some like to ‘swish’ it in their mouths (moving it back and forth over the teeth) for about 10 minutes; this practice, sometimes called ‘pulling’, is said to detoxify the body and whiten the teeth. It can also be used to take off makeup; guaranteed not to clog pores!

Brands: It’s honestly best to just buy this in its purest form, but some brands that incorporate it with amazing results including Arbu Caviar Cream.


8. Grape Seed Oil

Extracted from the pips of grapes used to make wine, this oil is also used in the kitchen for cooking, or to put over salad.

Benefits: the oil is extremely rich in beta-carotene and vitamins D, C, E. It also happens to have a concentration of essential fatty acids like palmitic, stearic, and linoleic acid. These fatty acids have performed well in clinical anti-wrinkle trials. They have also proven to be effective at minimizing the prominence and size of scars. You can use this oil directly on your skin from the kitchen; cooking with it will bring the same beauty benefits.

Brands: Caudalie famously uses the grape seed oil from their French vineyards; AEOS also uses this oil in many of their products.


9. Evening Primrose Oil

This oil extracted from the seeds of flowering Evening Primrose plants.

Benefits: This highly curative oil can help with a variety of issues, such as cell renewal and correcting an uneven skin tone. Perfect for mature skins, it has  an anti-inflammatory effect, and can be taken orally as a supplement for a variety of health concerns, ranging from PMS to asthma.

Brands:  Trilogy Skincare and Neom Organics are two of our favourite brands that use this holistic oil.



10. Moringa Oil

This exceptional oil, first used by ancient Hindu and Egyptian societies, contains an extraordinarily high content of antioxidants. Moringa Oil (or Ben oil, as it is sometimes called) is obtained by pressing the seeds of the Moringa oilefera tree. Moringa oil can be used in cooking as well as beauty products. 

Benefits: The strong antioxidant properties protect the skin from sun damage and ageing. Both the fatty acid profile and antioxidant content can diminish the appearance of wrinkles, lighten skin tone, and deeply moisturise the skin and may be applied either during the daytime or night. Some people use this oil for post-acne marks, which actually tend to fade much quicker due to these skin-refining properties in the oil. Psoriasis and Eczema sufferers may find some relief with this oil, too.

Brands: Enessa and Subtle Energies are two of the few brands that use this rare oil.


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    Feb 20, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    I’ll have to start looking for Moringa Oil. I was fascinated to learn about the unique properties of these oils and find uses for them! Up until now I was only familiar with tea tree oil, argan oil, and coconut oil. Always great to find more with great benefits!

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    Dec 4, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    How would you compare sweet almond oil to avocado for the skin both nutritionally and how heavy/how they feel on the skin?

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      Dec 5, 2015 at 12:35 am

      Personally, I prefer sweet almond for the smell, but avocado seems to have better absorbability. Apparently, sweet almond is better for hair: it can encourage brows and lashes to grow, for example, and is great on the tips of the hair as a conditioner.

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