During my trip to Paris this June I stopped by the legendary Aroma-Zone Store in St Germain which is renowned for its wide range of natural skin- and haircare products, ingredients and kits to make your own cosmetics from scratch. If you’re ever in Paris, make sure to check out this store!! Aroma-Zone does not test on animals and has a lot of vegan products [PDF; french].
Bei meinem Paristrip im Juni musste ich natürlich unbedingt den Aroma-Zone-Store in St Germain besuchen, nachdem ich bei beautyjagd so viel Tolles darüber gelesen hatte! Von Hydrolaten über (ätherischen) Öle bis hin zu kosmetischen Rohstoffen und Zubehör zum Selbstanrühren von dekorativer und pflegender Kosmetik bietet der Laden quasi alles an hochwertigen Rohstoffen, was das Herz begehrt, und das zu äußerst günstigen Preisen! Aroma-Zone führt keine Tierversuche durch und hat sehr viele vegane Produkte [PDF; französisch] im Angebot. Nun aber zu meinen Einkäufen 😉 neben 8 verschiedenen Ölen zur Haar- und Körperpflege habe ich mir auch ein Set von 5 dunklen Leerflaschen à 10ml gegönnt, um die 2 Öle aus den Plastikbehältern umzufüllen. Außerdem habe ich noch 2 Miniflakons und ein Set an Kosmetikspateln mitgenommen.
Here’s what I bought: 8 different oils for skin- and haircare, 5 small glass bottles, cosmetic spatulas and two travel size perfume atomizers. Of course we’ll mainly deal with the oils and their uses, so let’s get started!
GRAPE SEED OIL
A favorite of mine for everyday use, containing antioxidants and heaps of Vitamin E. Works great as a balancing moisturizer for combination, acne-prone, and mature skin. It is a dry oil, which means it‘s very lightweight and is quickly absorbed by the skin. It‘s also a wonderful carrier oil and can be mixed with other oils. It‘s a great oil to try if you‘re just getting into skincare oils because you can‘t really go wrong with this – that is, unless you happen to be allergic to raisins/grapes of course.
Not unlike sweet almond oil or peach oil, this is a great choice if you have sensitive, tired or dull skin. It is said to have anti-aging effects on the skin, seeing as it helps to brighten complexions and revive tired-looking skin. I use this as a special treat about once or twice per week! I love the scent of apricot oil, which resembles marzipan (or Dr Bronner‘s Almond soap).. sorta. Might not be everyone’s cup of tea though?
Yup, of course I had to get one of the most-hyped beauty oils in pure form! I mostly use it as a leave-in conditioner for my dry hair, but can be used for skincare too. Argan oil is widely known for its anti-aging and moisturizing benefits, especially for dehydrated and mature skin.
I read somewhere that Karanja oil can be used as an ingredient for natural sunscreens, but I haven‘t tried this yet. It is apparently somewhat similar to Neem oil and can also be used as a natural insect repellant and is said to be antiseptic. I am not to sure what to do with this – so I might use this on my hair and not on my skin since I think I need to do much more research on this. If anyone has more experience with Karanja oil, feel free to get in touch and let me know what you use this for!
I thought this was a rare and interesting oil! Made from namibian Kalahari desert melons, this oil moisturizes, rehydrates and regenerates the skin, but since it‘s a dry oil, it won‘t clog pores or feel heavy on the skin.
Broccoli oil is an incredibly powerful ingredient which unfortunately isn‘t as marketable as other oils because, let‘s be real: it‘s just not sexy. And here‘s another thing: it smells very bad, just like broccoli.. ew D: So why even bother with this, you ask?
If you have dry, unruly, and frizzy hair this is your remedy. It detangles, nourishes and softens hair. Broccoli oil is like a natural silicone and leaves your hair silky-smooth without weighing it down at all! (And the bad smell lasts only for about half a minute before it fades.) Seriously, this oil does not get enough credit!
Another classic skincare oil. It is said to resemble human sebum the most closely which is why it‘s great for pretty much all skintypes. It is a great oil if you have oily or acne-prone skin, because it doesn‘t clog pores and balances your skin. It also is a great carrier oil and can be mixed with other (essential) oils. Highly recommended for beauty oil beginners!
Lupita Nyong’o said she uses Kukui Oil, so that‘s pretty much all you need to know, right? It‘s a hawaiian oil made from Kukui nuts that is rich in fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins which help to soothe and nourish dry skin. It can also be used as a hair and scalp conditioner.
(sources: 1, 2)
Which oils do think are the most interesting? Do you use any of these for your skin/haircare regimen?