THIS IS PART II IN A THREE PART SERIES ON CRAFTING YOUR OWN PLANT INFUSED BEAUTY OILS. THIS POST COVERS SOME OF THE BEST OILS FOR INFUSING AND TIPS ON WHICH OILS MAY BE BEST SUITED FOR YOUR SKIN.
One of the most fun things about crafting your own infused beauty oils is choosing the base oil itself. If you are a purist, you can choose to infuse just a single type of oil, or you can infuse into a blended oil of your liking. There are so many oils to choose from, that you have a nearly unlimited variety of possible combinations.
So how do you choose an oil? Although I personally feel the idea of a "skin-type" is a very abstract and very broad concept (more on that another day), for ease of helping you to select and explore an oil, I will note the general skin types each oil is best suited for.
Many oils are great for most skins and cross over into different skin types, while some are more specifically suited to dry/mature or oily/acne prone, for example. But feel free to explore any of these oils for face or body applications to see how they work energetically with your unique skin.
When selecting an oil for your infusion, you will also want to consider its shelf life. Some oils, such as rosehip seed, have a very short shelf life and are unstable under certain conditions (temperature, oxygen, light) and don't lend themselves as well to infusing. Others, such as coconut are considerably more shelf stable and able to tolerate heat. Consider this when crafting your oil. You may want to make a smaller quantity if you are using a blend containing an oil with a short shelf life, or you may want to omit it altogether. For oils that are sensitive to temperature, you can always add them into your beauty oil blend post-infusion.
Regardless of shelf life, I recommend keeping all oils in the fridge to keep them fresh.
This list touches only on a few of the many skin-loving oils swirling the planet, but they are some of my favorites - the most stable, with longer shelf lives and the ones I use most frequently with wonderful results:
JOJOBA (Cold-pressed, Unrefined)
Jojoba oil is actually a natural plant wax, rather than a true oil. It mimics skin's natural sebum production and can help to balance both dry and oily skins. It protects and moisturizes, while still allowing skin to breath. It is very shelf stable.
Shelf life: Up to 5 years
COCONUT (Virgin, Unrefined)
Coconut oil not only smells lovely, but is also wonderful for infusing, as it is so shelf-stable. Coconut oil has a somewhat cooling and drying property, making it a great choice for those with oily or acne prone skins. It is very protective and moisturizing and a great choice for a summertime beauty oil.
Shelf life: 2-4 years
OLIVE (Cold pressed, Unrefined)
Olive is a highly moisturizing, antioxidant oil that is easily absorbed into the skin. It is rich in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, making it a very nourishing option for any skin type. It is very stable and suitable for just about any application. It can have a strong scent, so take this into account when crafting your infused oil.
Shelf life: 2 years
Hazelnut oil is fast-absorbing, toning and firming, which makes it lovely for those with oily skin or those looking to tighten and tone. It encourages cell regeneration and helps to maintain skin elasticity. It is also helps to strengthen capillaries.
Shelf life: 1 year
A wonderfully rich and moisturizing oil, excellent for dry and mature skins. Avocado deeply penetrates the skin, providing anti-oxidant nourishment and support of collagen production. This oil tends to be heavier and is not recommended for those with oily or acne prone skin.
Shelf life: 1 year
Have fun exploring these different oils, seeing how your skin responds to them prior to infusing with plants. Let me know how it goes!
STAY TUNED FOR PART III IN THIS SERIES: CRAFTING PLANT INFUSED BEAUTY OILS: BOTANICAL MUSES.