Originally published Nov 10, 2015
Here at Anchor & Bliss we know that oil moisturising is on trend, that’s awesome for us because, lets face it, we make one of the best oil moisturisers on the market.
Aside from products like ours though, we’ve seen plenty of stories out there about the benefits to your skin of using X or Y oil that you can buy at the store. And hey, that’s totally true (in fact, the benefits of those oils are exactly what makes our blend so great).
The problem with using oils from the store is that the packaging and the product may not be designed for ideal use as a cosmetic. Here’s why (hint: number 4 is the big one).
Problem 1: Glass isn’t bathroom friendly.
This is pretty straight forward. Glass and tiles don’t mix, and when they do you’ve got a super fun, glassy oil slick to clean up. Better hope you get all those little shards too, otherwise next time you wander in for a shower …. *ouch*
Solution: Look for a product in a plastic container that can withstand life’s little misadventures.
Problem 2: Not all containers are created equal.
So you’re thinking to yourself “Ah HA!” I’ll tip my fancy oil into a cheap plastic container and that way protect myself from mishaps. Unfortunately this isn’t always an option either. Unfortunately not all plastic containers are good for holding oils, especially if there are essential oils in your blend. Cheap plastic can degrade and, over time, interact with your container (or even leech through it). That means plastics in you oil – probably not as natural as you hoped. The second issue here is that sunlight can degrade your oil, and most cheap containers are clear (offering maximum exposure).
Solution: Look for a high-quality plastic container. Try to find one that’s a dark colour if it’s translucent, or even better, look for one that’s entirely opaque. Store any oils (this includes oil cosmetics you buy, as well as oils you use for cooking) in cool dry conditions, away from direct sunlight.
Problem 3: Not all oils are practical for daily use.
Lets face it, most oils are going to be pretty darn good for your skin. Does that mean that every oil is practical for applying in the morning or when you’re wearing that white shirt or dress? Unfortunately not. Some oils (like Avocado and Sweet almond oil) are more suited to (say) massage than regular skin care because they stick around on your skin longer. Yes, this makes for slippery hands, but it’s not usually what you want on a daily basis (you may like them as a night time treatment though).
Then you have oils like hemp seed, undoubtedly good for skin but with an intense green colour that can stain clothes.
Solution: Mix slower absorbing oils and ones with strong colours with faster absorbing, lighter oils to create a beautiful daily use blend.
Problem 4: Safety.
If you don’t follow any of our other tips then please follow this one. The problem with some oil containers that are designed for kitchen use is they have big mouths. No, they’re not blabbing your secrets, but they are letting you put utensils and, even worse, hands and fingers into their contents.
A quick lesson on bacteria. It needs water to grow. You shouldn’t have any issues with your oils as long as you keep them water-free. We’ve seen stories on the internet (usually about coconut oil because it can tend to harden at room temperature) of people sticking their wet hands into their oils to scoop some out. Every time you do something like this you run the risk of introducing water into your oil and allowing bacteria to grow.
Solution: If you’re using an oil like coconut the scoop some into a smaller container with a clean dry knife or spoon. Don’t keep open oil containers sitting around in steamy rooms where condensation could gather in the container. Avoid putting fingers into oils (no matter how clean you think they are), and minimise the number of times you put any other implements into your products. Look for products (or, if you’re mixing your own oils, look for bottles) that use a pump or a spray so that you don’t need open your containers up.
Whether you’re using an all natural beard oil, an oil moisturiser like ours or a premium single oil like a coconut oil from the store, remember that safety matters. Take some simple precautions and enjoy the amazing benefits that oils have to offer.