Saturday, October 18, 2008

Oshima Tsubaki Oil

The Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Oil in Water is too light for dry skin during the winter? No problem :D Meet Oshima Tsubaki Oil - 100% pure Camellia Japonica oil!


***Picture from TrueRenu.

Yes, you can say my experience with the Camellia Oil in Water emboldened me, but I've moved on to the 100% pure Camellia oil version. This one is a bit more expensive, $13-15 in a 60 mL glass bottle with a dropper that will dispense only a few drops at a time. The pure Camellia oil is still very light, much lighter than the Burt's Bee's, but it's potent as hell. Trust me, I learned the hard way. The first time I use this on my hair, I thought a few drops of this light oil weren't going to be enough, so I put some more on before the blow dry. Boy I was sorry. My hair ended up looking oily even though I just washed it :( From then on, I religiously used only a few drops. Lesson learned, and the result is super soft and gleaming hair! :D

As for body oil, the 100% Pure Camellia Oil was just perfect! Just enough to moisturize my dry skin in this fall weather without any greasy aftermath at all. I mean, it didn't even leave its own GLASS bottle greasy! You know how an oil would get all greasy and nasty once it gets on anything? Not with Camellia oil! I usually puts some on one hand, rub both hands together then apply the oil to my body. Then I'd pick the glass bottle up with my oily hands for some more, and this process would repeat until I'd moisturize my entire body after the shower. Yet the glass bottle remains clean and squeaky with no greasy residue, and I never even bothered to dry or wipe it up after use! So the oil absorbs in no time once applied to my skin as well. By the time I step out of the shower, my skin would show no traces of it, meaning no nasty residue on furniture and no ruined towels and clothing. Damn! I think I found another keeper! How incredibly lucky is that? I've got the hair and body oil for each season: the Camellia Oil in Water for the hot and humid months, and the 100% Pure Camellia Oil for the cold months. I think I'm all set, and I will probably stick to this combination for a long time unless something else better comes around. I really doubt it, though. Folks in Japan have been using this oil for generations!

By the way, the instructions for this 100% Pure Camellia Oil says it's pure enough for use as facial moisturizer, but I think I won't go there. Why messing with yet another oil for my face when I already have my lovely and gigantic jar of Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream? Besides, the Oil Cleansing Method is still working its magic for me. I suppose I could use the 100% Pure Camellia Oil as the secondary carrier oil, but that would be a waste since the Camellia oil is much more expensive than Extra Virgin Olive oil.

7 comments:

Citrine said...

This stuff looks quite interesting (the pure oil too! I live anything to do with flowers!) , I usually use sweet almond or grape seed oil (olive oil kinda smell to strong for me) to remove gel liner and as a eyelid moisturizer...

I will only use this kind of stuff on my skin (which is kind of normal when it comes to oil secretion and water retention and stuff) in the other hand, my hair get quite oily after a day and half and if I don't wash it for two days, I look/fell like Severus Snape...So no hair oil for me...

I in most of the time, those old fashioned stuff are much better than the current/ high tech ones in the market, at least they are tested by time and so many people...

Citrine

Dalenna said...

Hi Citrine!

My hair gets really oily too, but not with this Camellia oil. Also, I don't apply it to the roots, only the ends and body, so that helps a lot with the oily residue.

I have thought of getting an oil to use as a moisturizer around the eye area, but then I can only use it at night. In the morning, I wear waterproof sunscreen and any oil would take it right off so...

Citrine said...

Hey Dalenna:

Now I am really thinking of buying this one, since I am planning to really grow my hair back to waist length after the freshman year scissors fiasco (my friend took my scissor back to her parent's house in Atlanta because I pretty much looked like a boy) ... Natural oil seems to be a really go basic care oil...not to mention that big camellia on the box, pretty!

So I wonder how does the dispenser work, is there a small opening or you just pour it out? I kind of wonder what the smell is like too...If the scent is weird, I might as well go with grapeseed oil instead, that thing is a tad cheaper too...

Citrine

Dalenna said...

Hey Citrine,

Wow, you can actually stand hair that long? You impress me, girlfriend. My hair would get past my shoulders and I'd be itching to snip it all off!!!

Yes, the 100% Pure Camellia Oil would be a great choice for hair care (I use it for my body too, by the way). The bottle has something that looks like an inverted European dropper that will dispense only a few drops at a time. So don't worry, the oil won't come spilling out as soon as you twist off the cap.

Scent wise, the oil has no discernable smell, at least to me. If you were to get the Camellia Oil in Water (http://alittledabintomakeup.blogspot.com/2008/10/oshima-tsubaki-camellia-oil-in-water.html), that would be a different story, as this diluted version is scented. The pure oil version, however, does not have a smell. It is also extremely light weight and will absorb quickly, leaving no greasy residues behind. I LOVE this stuff. I hope you'll like it too!

Citrine said...

No smell, great...I am buying that stuff for sure now. (One reason I don't even use conditioner that often because of the lingering scent...on top of me being lazy)

Nah...not necessarily *that* long I am just making up excuses to buy that bottle of oil...My hair is quite healthy right now and I can't think of any reason to get any hair care oil unless I am "keeping it super long".

I think I will keep it just for may hair though...I am too lazy to use body lotion anyway...



But I do plan to grow it out (more like stop chopping it off every month) because

Rachelyn said...

Hi, I would like to know when you say $13 to $15, in what currency are you saying? Tks!

Dalenna said...

Hi Rachelyn,

It would be US dollars. Recently, I found out my local Asian grocery stocks it for just USD 8!!!

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