Well Oiled – Bodycare direct from nature

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Using oils in beauty routines has become more commonplace in the last 20 years.  Back in the mid eighties and early nineties you rarely heard of pure, wholesome essential oils being used by the masses.  It was always harsh, chemical based cleansers designed to remove the caked on, chemical makeup!   The beauty industry has made a holistic move towards quality ingredients in products – it’s become a hot ticket.  From Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil containing avocado, chia and grape seed oils to Caudalie’s Divine Oil containing grape, hibiscus, sesame and argan oils – women nowadays are slathering more natural, toxin free products on their faces.


One of the easiest and cheapest ways to inject a bit of natural glamour to your beauty routine is to grab a hold of a multi-purpose oil.  Not all oils are suitable for use all over the body – many essential oils should only be used in a carrier oil (more about that here)  Here’s our 3 favourite oils for using on any body part – hair, nails and skin.

Argan Oil


First came to our attention when Morocconoil trailblazed into the salons.  Before this – no one had heard of Argan Oil, where it came from or what it did.  We initially thought it was just for your hair but this fabulous, rich and nourishing oil can be rubbed into skin, used to calm cuticles and strengthen nails as well as used in cleansing.  Our favourite is the 100% organic Argan Oil from the amazing Neal’s Yard – haven for all things natural, organic and smelling fabulous.  It’s been used by the women of North Africa for generations.  In fact this particular argan oil is fairly traded and produced by an inspirational all-women cooperative in Morocco.

Cannabis Oil/Hemp Oil


Hemp is possibly the ultimate life giving crop.  It can be used to power cars, create garments, cook with, eat the seeds and use the oil for skincare.  Is it possible this is why the cannabis plant is so hated by big governments?  Would it take away from the oil/cotton industries already established?  Our source by Carun of the Czech Republic contains active cannibinoids – with the THC removed (the bit that gets you high) but still containing the most important healing aspects of the plant – the anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antibacterial properties.  The recommended use is to apply as required to clean skin. Add a few drops to a warm bath. The oil can also be used as an intensive hair treatment, preventing breakages and smoothing hairs appearance.  Alternatively add a few drops to your regular shampoo, and rinse thoroughly.

Jojoba Oil


It’s been a bit of a hidden ingredient in skincare for many years but now coming to the forefront thanks to the boom in the desire for natural ingredients.  Our Jojoba oil is from Australia and 100% natural.  Jojoba has a light scent, the lubrication is excellent for skin massage as it remains supple when working into the skin.  Some oils either dissipate too quickly or are just too greasy but this one was perfect.  It’s also extremely nourishing for skin, skin recognises jojoba wax as its own wax. It leaves pores open allowing jojoba to penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin where it can really make a difference.  It’s also naturally antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and hypoallergenic – what a wonderful product to have in your beauty arsenal!

And our favourite oils that can be used internally as well as externally – which have shown to extend life in the parts of the world they are used.

Coconut Oil


Cook with it, drizzle on salads, make cakes and stick it anywhere on your body an in your hair.  One of nature’s best gifts to mankind – this truly beautiful product with its life giving fatty acids.  it’s been thought that the natives of Hawaii with their high intake rarely burn from the sun.  Most health food stores will sell it as a food grade product but you can also get it from Neal’s Yard.

Olive Oil


The staple lubrication of the Mediterranean for millennia, Olive oil can’t be faulted for its ability to nourish, hydrate and keep the body moving.  The various strengths and flavours can be used on salads, for cooking, baking, rubbing into skin, hair and nails.  Another of nature’s perfect plants – a diet rich in olive oil has been proven to extend life expectancy and there’s also wonderful ranges including chilli, basil and rosemary infused varieties!

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