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Moroccan Oil versus Argan Oil
Natural oils have been used for centuries around the world to improve the skin and hair. There are many different products available to help your skin and tresses look and feel more beautiful but one of the most popular choices is Argan Oil. Another brand to recently hit the market is Moroccan Oil. The two have many similarities but also a few key differences. The following may help you choose the right product for your needs.
What is Argan Oil?
Sourced from argan trees, this is the purest form of argan oil you can get. Extracted from the nut of the trees, it is well known for its deep hydrating qualities. The oil can cleanse and moisturise the skin, as well as revitalise the skin cells and skin elasticity. It is also helpful for your nail beds and your hair, improving the lustre of your locks and strengthening the nails. Argan oil is the original and purest form of the oil you can find.
What is Moroccan Oil?
Moroccan Oil offers similar qualities to argan oil but with a few added elements. It is, essentially, a branded version of argan oil diluted with other ingredients. While argan oil is the main ingredient, the product has other additives such as Vitamin E, Linseed extract and Aloe Vera. It is not pure like argan oil but instead has a number of other ingredients in the mix.
Ultimately, the choice you make is dependent on what you need and how much you are willing to spend. In most cases, pure argan oil is the best choice for those looking to get the most benefit from the product.
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What is Almond Oil?

For cosmetic and skincare purposes, almond oil can be used as a base carrier oil. Carrier oils are vegetable oils made from the fatty portion of a plant, usually being the seeds or nuts. The purpose of a carrier oil is to act as a base for essential oils and are used to “carry” the essential oil onto the skin. Essential oils are volatile and will evaporate or “fly away” and as such, require the help of carrier oils to carry them onto the skin. In their pure form, essential oils can cause severe skin irritation in an individual. Mixing with carrier oils will allow a safe application onto the skin.

Almond oil is a yellow coloured base carrier oil that can be used with essential oils for aromatherapy and homemade beauty products. It has a faintly sweet, nutty aroma that is a good foundation for other fragrances in essential oils. Almond oil is most commonly used in skincare formulations to create a product that softens and re-conditions the skin. This is because almond oil features various proteins, as well as Vitamin D, which can all help to nourish the skin.

As a skincare ingredient, almond oil can help improve skin complexion, delay the ageing process, reduce the appearance of dark circles around the eyes and nourish the hair. Some products where you can use almond oil include body butters, lotions and soaps.

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Essential oils – different notes and mixing with butters

The beauty of essential oils is in more than its smell. Essential oils not only smell beautiful, but also have beneficial properties depending on their application. However, it is important to know the difference between their various “notes” and how they can be optimally used with other products, such as Shea butter.

What are “notes”?

Whatever you are planning to do with your essential oil, it is important its scent is balanced. This is where notes come in. Notes refer to the oil type and its smell, with different kind of notes suitable in various quantities with other notes. There are three main kinds of notes – top, middle and base.

Essential oils with “top notes” are known for evaporating quickly. They are usually light and fresh. Some examples are the citrus oils such as lemon, lime, and sweet orange as well as peppermint and lemongrass. Middle notes give body to a blend and are suitable for balancing a mixture. They are normally warm, soft fragrances, such as cajeput , nutmeg and rosemary. Base notes are usually heavy oils with a strong scent that slow down the evaporation of other oils and are typically used to overpower or mask other strong smells in a formulation. The smell is intense yet relaxing and base notes are often the most expensive to buy. Some examples include frankincense, patchouli, sandalwood and vetiver.

Blending with Shea and Cocoa butter

Essential oils can be used to give fragrance and aromatherapy characteristics to body butters, skincare lotions and creams amongst many other applications. If you prefer to use unrefined shea and cocoa butters instead of the refined deodorised versions, you will need essential oils with base notes to mask the strong smells of the butters particularly the unrefined cocoa butter whose smell is especially overpowering.

Multiple uses

You can use essential oils in a wide array of applications. Skincare products, cleaners, air diffusers and household products are just a few different uses. The most important thing is to ensure the mixture is balanced.

For more advice on blending essential oils or creating a Shea butter or cocoa butter mixture with essential oils, talk to the friendly staff at N-Essentials. You can also order essential oils by visiting their essential oils category right now.
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