It is no secret that I am a massive fan of botanical oils, so I want to share some new ones which I have been enjoying using over the last couple of months. Check out these varieties from some fab brands, all of which are British, with 3 oils for the face and 1 for hair.
Let’s hear it for the Brits! All these brands use natural ingredients in their products which, contain no nasties, plus are cruelty free and vegan friendly. These natural botanical treats, have some really helpful blends with super fine textures for face and hair, so read on as they are worth checking out.
Alchemy Oils ‘Amla’ Hair Remedy ~ £27 for 100ml
This natural brand of hair treatment oils has received several awards, their products combining Indian and Western botanicals producing some super oil blends. Their Ayurvedic oils are not only designed to give you a healthy scalp and gorgeous hair, but also some you time. I’m a fan of Ayurvedic brands and products to use as little life rituals. Life can be so utterly crazy sometimes, so we need to shut out the stuff and concentrate on ourselves, our being and our senses. Open end bottle to carefully pour into hands.
Ingredients : Emblica Officinalis (Amla) Fruit & Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Persea Gratissima (Organic Avocado Oil), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Organic Argan Oil), Citrus Limon (Lemon Essential Oil).
When it comes to oils, many think of just treating skin on the face or body, but have you thought of the scalp? Yes, there are plenty of hair oils to add to hair (mid lengths to ends), to provide hydration. Just like the nails being effectively dead, so is our hair. So for nails, we need to feed the cuticles and nail bed, providing nutrients and hydration for healthy growth. The same applies to hair, nourishing the scalp to help encourage healthy growth, using a treatment and massage, to feed the hair follicles beneath the scalp.
This oil is great to help promote hair growth, also for treating itchy scalps, premature greying, whilst also boosting hair shine. It has an amazing uplifting aroma which makes the ritual even more pleasurable! Okay, it is an oil, although not heavy or greasy like some, and it has been suitable even on my really fine hair. Best to use sparingly as you go, adding more if needed depending on hair type.
To apply as an overnight intense treatment on dry hair, I use (just a few drops at a time), in my palm, warm the product, and massage into the scalp using circular motions with my fingertips. I then work through the hair, sleep, and wash out the next morning. OR, it can be used on wet hair by working in a few drops into the ends of the hair before blow drying.
Quote from Alchemy Oils : “Heavier than our flagship Grapefruit Hair Remedy, our Amla version is suited to thicker, coarse hair for use as a styling product. As an intensive mask it is perfect for all hair types including Afro hair.”
I use once a week so far, but want to up my game a bit by using 2-3 times a week, as I am trying to grow my hair. I have had some relief from the odd attack of itchy scalp, plus my hair really shines the day after using. I can’t comment on hair growth as yet, as I have not been using it long enough, but I am hopeful! There are a few different blends depending on need, plus a beard oil for the guys (that’s on a gift lift for hubby). A super brand that is worth checking out.
Botanicals Nourishing Facial Oil ~ £22-50 for 30ml
The brand Botanicals are well-loved amongst natural beauty bloggers and fans, for their pure and quality oils. One of their nourishing facial oils, this one containing Rose and Camellia essential oils, is aimed at dry and mature skins. Housed in a dark glass bottle with a pump dispenser.
Ingredients : Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Jojoba seed oil, Camellia Sinesis leaf extract, Parfum; Rosa Centifolia (Rose) flower oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) flower oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) flower oil, Cymbopogon Martinii flower oil, Cananga Odorata flower oil, Tocopherol, Geraniol, Citronellol, linalool, benzyl salycilate, Citral, Farnesol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene.
Hand made in rural England using 100% natural and 99% organic ingredients. Certified organic by the Soil Association.
This has a true English Rose fragrance, but it is delicate, and not too overpowering for me. If you love the smell of garden roses, you will adore this. With easy absorption into the skin, it really is as nourishing as its name suggests. Ideal for using as a night treatment, really massaging in 2-3 drops of the oil into the face and neck, leaving skin soft, plump and healthy looking in the morning.
I also use in a morning routine, but mainly when my skin feels a little dry and needs a moisture boost. I don’t apply another oil or serum over the top of this one, tending to use 1 pump only, as that is all my skin seems to need. A fab oil for dry, dull and ageing skins lacking in softness and bounce.
Bodhi & Birch (new blend) Desert Rose Facial Oil ~ £38 for 15ml
Lovely British luxury natural brand, Bodhi & Birch have re-formulated their best-seller. This super fine oil is also suitable for treating ageing skin, plus sensitive/fragile skins. It is slightly lighter in viscosity than the above oil, but this seems to provide more radiance for me, leaving the complexion with a real glow. Housed in dark glass bottle with a pump dispenser.
Ingredients : Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Opuntia Fiscus-Indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil, Borago Officinalis (Starflower) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose Otto) Flower Oil, Mixed Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Oil, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool
100% natural, 95% certified organic ingredients
This has such a light viscosity, a beautiful blend with a fragrance so enticing, you cannot help but keep inhaling it again and again. With oils of Argan, Rose Otto, Prickly Pear and Starflower, this light yet exquisite facial oil, can help soothe inflammation, calms broken capillaries, and is ideal for sensitive skins.
If you’ve not come across Prickly Pear before, it is a good natural ingredient to nourish and plump more mature skins, having high levels of Vitamins E and K, plus Omega 6 to restore skins elasticity.
I need help with all of the above and find when using this, even if my skin looks a little stressed, it is soon relaxed and a little less red (my broken capillaries don’t appear as flushed). I find just 2 drops of this on my face and neck is enough, and the aroma is not too rose, a pretty blend yet with a slight smokiness. A really good higher end oil for sensitive and mature skins.
The Hero Project Glow Drops Facial Oil ~ £24 for 30ml
A fairly new brand to the beauty table and already award winners, The Hero Project are also a British natural brand, and not only vegan friendly but vegetarian also. The brand are modern, innovative, and use natural ingredients with concepts from science. They want to provide formulas that do the job, limiting the amount of different products we tend to use. This one is a dry oil, which I have only really come across when using some body oils, so this is ideal for those who do not like the feel of emollients on their skin. Housed in a glass bottle with a dropper dispenser.
Ingredients : Vitamin C (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate), Egyptian Geranium oil, Sweet Orange oil, Rose otto oil, Cedarwood Atlas oil, Sweet Egyptian Marjoram oil, Lemon oil, Grapefruit oil white, Vetiver oil, Bergamot oil, Carrot seed oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Argan Oil, and Inca Oil.
This has a beautifully light and super fine viscosity, which just sinks straight in leaving no residue, only bright, glowing skin. It is made using some fab essential oils, including citruses such as Bergamot which, give it a lovely fresh, clean and vibrant scent. Containing Vitamin C, this is a daily dose of brightening, and being a dry oil, is highly suitable for guys as well as gals, plus all skin types. The above shot shows a good couple of drops massaged into my hand, yet there is no residue just amazing luminosity (no flash used here!).
I enjoy using this in a morning routine, especially if I am tired and want some vibrancy under my makeup. I use around 3 drops and massage onto the face and neck, inhaling the reviving fragrance. I sometime add a serum over the top for extra hydration under my moisturiser, but either way, my skin is left looking bright and vibrant. I am keen to try more from this brand in the future, a great new form of facial oil for all.
If there isn’t something here from these British lovelies to tempt you to try, then I will be surprised. Or..are you already a fan of any of these oils?
*own purchase and brand gifts/samples