A New Oil for My Skin and Hair Regimen: Apricot Kernel Oil

This season I’m loving oil. Natural oils are a great way to help combat the cold, dry air here in the Northeast and tri-state area. One particular oil that has become a staple in my hair and skin regimen is Apricot Kernel oil. Strangely enough, I found it while browsing amazon.com while on the hunt for coconut oil to replenish my stock. Amazon.com has a great feature that suggests other products for you to look at and try based off of past purchases and past history of other customers. I clicked on an image of apricot kernel oil and decided to purchase because of vague information I knew of it off the top of my head, probably information I retained from a skin or hair forum I’m a member of. Coconut oil is also a staple, and so is olive oil, but I sometimes find both of these oils to be too heavy for every day use.

What I particularly love about apricot kernel oil is its lightness in both consistency and smell. It smells faintly of nut and goes on very lightly. I also love that is relatively inexpensive in comparison to other light oils such as jojoba oil. For 16 oz, I paid only around $7 (not including shipping) for the oil from amazon.com.  I don’t have to worry about being heavy handed and running low on it.

Here are some benefits of Apricot Kernel Oil I found and researched about*:

  1. It is a great source for Vitamin E! Super nourishing for both hair and skin.
  2. It is also rich in fatty acids and high in Vitamin A.
  3. It is also good for mature skin in that it promotes elasticity and suppleness.
  4. It has a longer shelf life than other oils, such as sunflower seed oil which tends to go bad fairly quickly.
  5. Its a very gentle and mild oil, so it benefits those of us with sensitive skin and even is safe enough for babies!

Apricot kernel oil is made by cold pressing and refined from dry kernels of an apricot. Also, the oil is readily found in many cosmetics. And, it is also edible in its pure form!

 

How I’ve added it to my regimen?

1.) My face:  After I’ve washed and used a toner, I place a dollop of apricot kernel oil and place it on a cotton round  and swipe it gently all over my face as a moisturizer. I use this only at night so far because I have combination/oily skin that is prone to oiliness.

2.) My Hair: After I’ve cowashed my hair in the shower, I coat my hair with my cantu shea butter leave-in and use a dime-sized amount of the apricot kernel oil and pat it throughout my hair. I then style with pink ecostyler or whatever styling product I choose for that day.

 

 

*Research information found on from healthguidance.org (http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/1807/1/Benefits-of-Apricot-Kernel-Oil.html)

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Whose shea/mango butter mixture? – Mine!

I have to admit it, making my own hair/skin mixtures is a little hobby of mine that I enjoy. I’m a mixtress at heart, with unfortunate product junkie tendencies.You’d think making my own hair care products would cut down the actual amount of products I purchase, ummm, not so much!

A few months ago, I purchased a plethora of oils and butters from butters-n-bars.com (using a coupon code, of course *curlynikki). My box arrived with: golden jojoba oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil AND mango butter. I already had shea butter on hand, as I frequently like to purchase from a variety of different vendors. :3

Anywho, after literally weeks, maybe even months of investigating the benefits of various oils and butters, I finally was ready to make my very own shea/mango butter hair mixture. Below are all the products I used (a bit overwhelming, tbh – you are always welcome to minimize) as well as the tools (purchased at the $1 store) needed to create my own mixture.

I purchased my ingredients from: butters-n-bars.com, amazon.com, the Body Shop and my local asian market.

My Shea butter/Mango butter Mixture Recipe (in order from most used, to least used)

  1. 4 oz of Mango butter
  2. 2 oz of African Yellow Shea butter
  3. 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  4. 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  5. 1 tablespoon of rose water (for scent)
  6. 1 tsp of jojoba oil
  7. 1 tsp of castor oil
  8. 1 tsp of sweet almond oil
  9. 1 tsp of honey
  10. 10 drops of tea tree oil

 

Method of mixing: I used the whip-freeze-whip method for mixing my butter. I first whipped together the mango and shea butter together, then added all of the oils and whipped again. I then placed the mixture in the freezer for 10 minutes until it hardened slightly. Whipped it again for about 10 minutes and the butter fluffed out to be about 12 oz from using 6oz of butter (so it became twice its size). I then put it in a zip-lock baggy, cut a whole from the corner and pressed it out like icing for a cupcake… got this method from napturals85 on youtube, haha.

Verdict on my recipe: Since I’ve been using this mixture for roughly two months now, I can finally give an in-depth opinion. And this is not biased or anything, but, I LOVE IT. The consistency is that of a thick butter. When you rub your hands together, the butter melts into an oil. I have to be light-handed with this recipe though because it has a tendency to over-moisturize my hair and make it limp. That is why I use this product only once a week, instead of every day. The scent is not my favorite, but I like that it keeps my hair shiny and curly for up to third day hair.

 

What ingredients do you use in your shea or mango butter hair mixture?