I’ve been scouring for months to replace my NOW Foods rosehip oil. I ended up discovering the wide range of facial oils from luxury brand Russell Organics, all certified organic, and added 2 more oils to cart to try them out.
Turns out the bestselling item of the brand is its argan oil, which I didn’t grab because I figured 3 is a good number, whereas grabbing 4 oils at once would make me a crazy oil lady. I could see why women opted for Russell Organics to get their argan fix, as it’s 100% vegan and cruelty-free. You can be sure the company’s responsible for every step of the way from the manufacturing of their products to the end-user. They even have a checklist of toxic ingredients they can be sure none of their products contain, most of which are the same 9 ingredients I tend to avoid in cosmetic products.
Quality assured, what first made Russell Organics stood out over other natural skincare lines was the fact that they carry a couple of hard-to-find oils I’ve been wanting to try since forever (namely: marula, kukui nut, sea buckthorn). The 2 I picked along with my rosehip oil might just be the next best thing for the skin, since they haven’t really gone mainstream. All of these (including rosehip) are base/fixed/carrier oils (read more on 2 types of of oils here), so you don’t have to worry about diluting them. Just slather a couple of drops directly on your face and you’re good to go:
Ever heard of Camellia sinensis? Yup, it’s where you get your green, black, and white teas. So it comes as no surprise for me to learn that this oil has got some serious naturally-occurring antioxidants, making it a great item in your anti-aging arsenal. Since it’s extracted from the real tea plant, sometimes people simply call it the “tea oil”.
Note that this variety from Russell Organics is the Camellia oleifera and not the Camellia sinensis one (people use this most for cooking). Though the nutritional profiles don’t vary much, camellias come in several varieties. One variety you might have heard of that’s long used for beauty is the Camellia japonica, or tsubaki in Japan. Japanese women swear by tsubaki oil as a leave-in to achieve that glossy and lustrous hair geishas always have1.
Due to its exceptionally high oleic acid content (the same type of fats found abundant in coconut oil), camellia oil is great as a moisturizer for dry, cracked skin, as women in China would testify. It absorbs quickly and thoroughly into the skin because structurally, camellia is an almost identical match for the human skin2. Camellia is also rich in vitamin E, so you can expect extra soft, silky smooth skin after slathering this on your face (camellia oil is non-comedogenic).
I’ve gone without it for about 6 months now. My complexion’s so much duller than it was when I was dabbing rosehip on top of my jojoba oil every night (see my 100% natural nighttime routine). Learn more about rosehip oil and why I started using it here.
Kukui nut oil
Once upon a time, Oscar-winning starlet Lupita Nyong’o shared with Glamour that she slathers this oil along with avocado oil on her face. And in case you haven’t noticed, her skin is Ah-maaaze-ing – probably the best I’ve ever seen. Turns out, this oil has been Polynesian’s best-kept beauty secret all along3.
Traditionally, Polynesians use kukui nut oil to massage over aches and pains of the body, even for soothing burns (incuding sunburn), irritations, and for healing wounds as well, whereas in Hawaii, the emollient (see the 3 different types of moisturizers) has been used as a baby oil up to this day4. What’s behind this universally beneficial oil? Well, it contains antioxidants, essential skin-beautifying A, C, and E, and that it’s rich in essential fatty acids (linoleic + alpha-linoleic). Its fat profile roughly looks like this5:
- 9% palmitic acid (saturated fat)
- 20% oleic acid (omega-9)
- 42% linoleic acid (omega-6)
- 29% alpha-linoleic acid (omega-3)
Kukui nut oil, or candlenut oil, is said to reverse damaged skin, which sounds too good to be true (the researchers are on it). Yet those who suffer ailments such as eczema and psoariasis have claimed that it’s effective in reducing symptoms. Because it’s highly penetrable, it travels deep into the layers of the skin, so it soothes, hydrates, and heals skin from within.
The only downside? It goes rancid pretty quickly like flaxseed oil does, so make sure you finish your bottle of candlenut within 6-8 months.
Have you tried any of these oils before? If so, which brand did you opted for? We’ll see what wonders Russell Organics will do on my skin this year.