Fruit Oils

Who actually wants to apply fruits when you could eat them? But for those who seek to use fruit oils…we totally get it…they do smell nice plus there are benefits that come with its application on skin.

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Though these oils should be diluted before application. These fruits include:

  1. Peach oil kerneloil.jpg

Has great doses of antioxidants with anti-ageing compounds.


Helps soothe skin inflammation

Treats super sensitive skin.

Moisturizes skin amazingly due to the polyunsaturated fatty acids extracted from the kernel of the fruit.

  1. Grape seed oil


Locks in skin’s natural moisture

Used in aromatherapy after being combined with carrier oils

Nourishes and strengthens skin cell membrane

  1. Apricot oil.

Extracts are derived from apricot kernel

Moisturizes skin


Soothes irritating skin and it is a major ingredient in cosmetic products

For those with dry itchy skin can apply apricot kernel oil to damp skin

  1. Pomegranate oil.


Super high in anti-oxidant and has potent anti-ageing compounds

Chief ingredient in anti-ageing creams and serums.

Reduces wrinkles thus helps in firming the skin.

Helps moisturizes skin

Improves elasticity of skin

  1. Avocado oil


Moisturized skin

Has regenerative properties.

Protects skin from harmful radical damage.

Retains skin elasticity

  1. Coconut oil.

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Acts as skin moisturizer

Helps in treating dry skin problem

Applying it topically protects you from the sun

Also helps in healing dry skin on the feet.

  1. Passion fruit oil.

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High in oxidants and is considered great for skin.

Maintain membrane structure of the skin.

Contains Vitamin A good for growth and repair of the cell.

Helps in treating skin inflammation and itching

It helps treat acne.

  1. Cherry oil


High in anti oxidants

Rejuvenates the skin

Helps in improving skin elasticity

Enhances skin tone.

Helps in slowing down skin ageing.

Acts as sunscreen.

  1. Black currant oil.

Contains Omega 6

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Helps nourish skin and lock skin’s natural moisture.

Treats skin inflammation

Treats acne.

Reduces wrinkles

Prevents the loss of natural skin moisture.



Essential Oils

Essential oils are super popular to the majority for its awesome benefits…but the majority don’t actually know its demerits and its capability to harm their body if used in the wrong way.


Okay understand this: Essential oils are not really oils that is why they have to be diluted in oils, because they are actually volatile compounds obtained from plant materials through distillation or maceration in warm water.

Demerits include:

  1. Skin discoloration, burns and sores.

Essential oils with photo-sensitizing oils are pretty notorious to the skin since the oils actually burn in the presence of sunlight…or strong light for that matter.


They include;

  • Bergamot essential oils
  • Lemon essential oils
  • Cumin essential oil

    2 . Danger to babies and pregnant women.

The essential oils they use should be heavily diluted…that is if they even have to.

As a pregnant woman or a breast-feeding one, your safest bet is to just use recommended products.



The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy actually suggests that they avoid the following:

  • Sage essential oil
  • Mugwort essential oil
  • Tarragon essential oil
  • Wintergreen essential oil
  1. Skin irritation and itching

This is a personal experience. I bought peppermint essential oil because I had a severe headache.  A friend of mine actually recommended it, and it actually worked after I rubbed it on the back of my neck. Until the itching started…my skin was literally on fire!

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Moral lesson: Always do a skin test before applying anything you not sure off. I mean anything!



Others that may cause similar side effects include;

  • lemon grass essential oil
  • Cinnamon leaf essential oil
  • Bay essential oil
  1. Danger to small pests

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For all you with guinea pigs and the like ( I mean small creatures) as pets, do not…I repeat DO NOT use essential oils on them unless well a veterinary doctors asks you to.

  1. Dangerous interaction with pre-existing conditions.

Pre-existing conditions include asthma and heart problems. Inhaling some of these oils can cause serious side effects.

So if you have such issues…DO NOT even be tempted.

Unless a Trained Aromatherapist is helping you out. Emphasis on TRAINED!

  1. Illness or death when swallowed.

Essential oil…or at least most of them are skin related so swallowing or oral use is…just well (no offence intended) dumb. Unless a medical profession actually advice’s you to.


Some of these essential oils may be toxic, others highly irritating when kept in for too long.

 Enough with the scare.

Don’t be afraid to use essential oils, just use them wisely.

If you have a sensitive skin, you could still reap the benefits of essential oil in a different way…by use of a Diffuser.

 Macerated Oils

Well mineral oils as earlier concluded was not a product we all preffered to use all our years!

So instead i found a substitute…

Say hello to Infused oils,also known as mecerated oils.


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The benefits actually depend on you. Guess what? You can actually make it at home using plant materials and oils of your choice.


  1. A Quality fixed Oil- such as Jojoba Oil,Coconut oil(which is mostly for hair products), Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, Sweet Almond Oil
  2. Plant Material to be infused,(It could be any plant you desire, just has to be dry).
  3. 5% Vitamin E Oil or Wheat Germ.



  1. Put the plant material to be infused in a clean, transparent and air tight container. My emphasis on the dryness of the plant is to avoid risk of micro biological infections.
  2. Add the Quality fixed oil of your choice over the top and make sure that all plant material is covered by the oil.
  3. Include 5% of Vitamin E or Wheat Germ Oil. Some oils are vulnerable to racindity so it a great idea to include vitamin E before you start the process.

Okay the Vitamin E can help stop your oils from going rancid.So maybe you would want to know if your oil has gone rancid…well check out for these signs:

  • It’ll smell strange
  • It’ll look cloudy
  1. Cover the container with a fitting lid
  2. Introduce heat to the mixture.


You could do it the:

  • Traditional way- sunlight for three week in a row…but well some of us are anxious to start.
  • Modern method- involves the use of double boiler for an hour or Slow cooker overnight. Your choice!

But remember to keep the heat as low as possible.

You certainly don’t want to over heat the oil or scorch the plant material, or even end up frying the plant material!

  1. Stir gently and shake mixture every single day. I encourage transfer of the oil soluble chemicals into the plant material.
  1. After sometime you will notice that your base oil has achieved a new colour. Well this is a really good sign.
  1. So then strain or filter the herbs and put the new colourful product into a sterilized air tight container.
  2. Label it.
  3. Store in dark cool place…no sunlight or heat.

Ahem!! You have your very own colourful, incredibly scented Macerated oil.

Okay so just in case you need a few guide lines on plant material to use, here are a couple:


  • Mexican Marigold petals– they do not have a pleasant scent but are very useful as anti-inflammatory and has shown great success in healing balm.
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  • St. John’s Wort buds– this one is a healer, it treats bruises and mild burns and also speeds up wound healing.
  • Carrot– seems pretty ordinary but you’ll be surprised by its effect on skin, which is incredible for instance:

1.  Moisturizes and tones the skin

                             2.  Helps nourish dry skin.

                             3.  Vitamin A keeps cell membrane healthy

                             4.  Natural tan enhancer gives skin golden glow

                             5.  Speeds healing in skin

                             6.  Conditions the hair

                             7.  Beneficial for eczema and psoriasis.

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  • Sea Buckthorn– this one is a miracle worker. I mean it is valued for its rejuvenating and anti-ageing properties. You can find it in expensive shop bought cosmetics.
  • Vanilla- you mix this with Jojoba oil and the product is incredibly beautiful scent of oil that is if your aim is purely scent related…this one is an ideal option…I made this one just in case you are wondering which one I chose.


Pros and Cons of Mineral Oils

Statististically mineral oil is an extremely common ingredient in personal skin care product.

You don’t believe me? Well then,check your moisturizers or better yet your hair product. Even something as common as lipbalm has mineral oil product!


Mineral oil’s popularity has nothing to do with its effectiveness on skin, just the price tag and its availability compared to essential oils and mercerated oils and trust me no one would be caught dead applying vegetable oil!

Before Synthetic oil was invented, Mineral oil was predominantly used as a Mechanical Lubricant. Okay see according to Environmental Working Group, mineral oil is derived from Petroleum which is a product of Crude Oil-straight from earth’s belly and may be contaminated with Cancer-causing Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). Yeah you heard me Cancer-causing PAHs!


Okay before i scare you off i’d like to mention Mineral oil does act as a Moisturizing agent,that fact is true enough. How you ask?

Kim Anderson, a health care Consultant to Arbonne International states that “mineral oil coats the skin like plastic wrap…”

Plastic wrap?

This actually transitions me to another point

She goes on “…disrupting the skin’s natural immune barrier and inhibiting its ability to breathe and absorb the ‘natural moisture Factor’ (moisture and nutrition).”

This actually leads to:

      1. Acne

  1. Premature ageing of skin


And get this, the skin isn’t the only part being affected. See applying it to the skin repeatedly could actually cause various negative hormonal effects such as:

  1. Ovarian disfunction
  2. Endometriosis
  3. Miscarriages
  4. Damage to immune system

Kim Anderson states.

So then you ask, what then are the Pros of mineral oil apart from its price tag?

Well for instance it can be very useful in sealing the skin from outside particles, but still this can lead to pimples and black heads.


It could also be useful in keeping a patch of skin dry while it heals.

Mothers also preffer to use it to cover baby skin as diaper rash heals.