Fragrance line aroma M has expanded their line to include products for the skin and hair. Using her background in aromatherapy and interest in beauty rituals used by geishas, Maria McElroy has created all-natural oils for the face and hair.
Camellia oil is packed with moisturizing fatty oils and vitamins. It’s a “secret of the geisha” (even samurais and sumo wrestlers used it) but you still see this oil commonly sold at Japanese, Korean and Chinese markets. I’ve seen it (tsubaki oil) around but haven’t used it until now. It has culinary uses but it looks like it is mostly used for cosmetic purposes (hair and skin).
First things first. I love oil based products. I’m a fan of body oils, complexion elixirs and hair treatment oils. My dry skin and hair responds to oils. I find that jojoba and coconut have been the best for me out of the oils that I’ve tried.
Camellia Hair Oil
This product can be used in wet or dry hair like a serum or a treatment. It can also be used as a washout conditioner (leave on for 20 minutes and rinse).
Includes organic camellia seed oil, organic argan oil, organic golden jojoba oil, organic rosemary oil and tuberose oil.
Quick reminder of my hair type – Course, thick and straight. Partially bleached and dyed over with vegetable dye.
It smells amazing. It’s a tropical tuberose with an herbal rosemary. With time the rosemary fades and I’m left with tuberose. I have been applying the oil to damp hair and letting it air dry. Since I have short hair, but it’s course and thick, I use about 2 drops warmed up in my palms. I use about 1 drop on dry hair before combing.
I have to say that even after one use, I was shocked at how soft and un-frizzy my hair was. Like it was so soft that I was just going to make it greasy from touching it all of the time. Speaking of greasy, this does not leave my hair greasy. Like I said, 2 drops is enough for my hair and my hair drinks it up. I love it. I really do.
The fragrance does fade. I notice it for about 4-5 hours after using. If you like the scent of the Oscar Blandi Olio de Jasmine hair products, you should like this as well.
1.3 oz glass bottle retails for $65.
Camellia Face Oil
Apply to slightly damp skin day and night.
Includes organic camellia seed oil, organic carrot seed oil, organic golden jojoba oil, organic apricot kernel oil, organic evening primrose oil, organic argan oil, Vitamin E, organic essential oils of jasmine, neroli, geranium and frankincense.
Quick reminder of my skin type – Dry.
The first thing that I notice is that this stuff smells amazing. It’s s jasmine and neroli with a sharp “greenness”. The oil has a nice consistency, not too thin or too thick. It massages easily into damp skin. As it absorbs the delicate white flowers mix with resins. Like magic, I wake up with super soft, smooth as silk skin.
Unlike many of the oils I use, this one is “light”. I really think it would be great for normal and combo/oily complexions. The lightweight formula absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling healthy. I use it at night and I think it’s a good night treatment for normal or combo/oily complexions.
I love the fragrance and don’t find it overpowering. I would absolutely love if aroma M made a body oil/bath oil with a stronger version of this scent. Those sensitive to scent may not like this on their face. I rather enjoy it. It fades but honestly I don’t know when it fades. I’m usually asleep by then.
The 1.3 oz glass bottle retails for $95.
Both of these products are winners from their formula to their fragrance. My skin and hair loves this stuff. I also want to mention that one drop of either of these is great for your cuticles as well.
These are available at aroma M.
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