Camellia Seed Oil

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Camellia History

Camellia seed oil is my favorite ingredient.

Camellias, a staple in southern gardens, is one of my favorite blooms. Their origin can be traced 5,000 years to China and Japan. The plant arrived in Europe in the 16th century but didn’t make it to the U.S. until the 19th century. There are over 200 species of camellias. According to the International Camellia Society there are over 20,000 varieties. Green tea comes from the leaves of Camellia sinensis. The oil is from the seeds of Camellia oleifera.

In Japan, they were known as tsubak or “tree with shining leaves”. The Shinto religion believed that gods made their spirit homes in the flowers. They were planted near temples and graveyards for their spiritual meaning. The flowers were not cut because it was equivalent to beheading. We can thank the Geisha in Japan for making camellia seed oil so popular for the skin and hair. It has been a staple for centuries in their beauty routine.

Camellia Properties

As a non-comedogenic oil it quickly penetrates the skin and hair without leaving an oily residue; a true dry oil. It contains UV protection due to the polyphenol compounds. Full of vitamins A, B, C and E and abundant in oleic acid that regenerates the skin it is perfect for all skin types. Its properties add moisture to soften and make the skin more supple as well has containing anti-inflammatory properties.

It is by far my favorite oil. That is why you will find it in most of our products. In our hair and body silk it is coupled with argan oil and infused with vetiver and peppermint. You will also find this exquisite oil in our face and body creams as well as most of our oil combination.

I like to think of it as Mother Nature’s elixir for your skin and hair.

The Benefits of Argan Oil for Hair

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The benefits of argan oil for hair are widely touted by many beauty products. Shampoos, hair treatments, and styling products all praise argan oil as a defining ingredient.

What is Argan Oil?

Argan oil is a plant oil that comes from argan trees that are native to Morocco. The oil is extracted from the kernels in the nuts that are within an argan tree’s fruit. The extraction process is done by hand, including the pealing of the fruit, the cracking of the nut, and the pressing of the kernels for oil – quite an arduous task!

The Benefits of Argan Oil

So why all the fuss? Argan oil is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that hydrate, rejuvenate, and protect. Vitamin E and A promote new cell production while minerals and antioxidants nourish and calm inflammation. It is a multi-miracle serum straight from Mother Nature, perfect for pampering your skin and hair.

Argan Oil for Hair

Argan oil is great for keeping hair shiny and healthy. This non-greasy oil protects from heat damage (perfect for those of us attached to our blow dryers and flat irons) as well harmful UV rays from the sun.  It is also a great leave-in conditioner and split-end tamer! The benefits of argan oil apply to the body as well! It hydrates the skin and locks in moisture with just a few drops.

Go Organic

With so many products on the beauty market boasting argan oil as an ingredient, how do you know which one is the best? To keep your skin and hair free of unwanted toxins and parabens, it is always best to go organic. HollyBeth Organics’ Hair & Body Silk is 100% USDA Certified Organic, made with pure, organic argan oil. Use it all over your body for healthy, radiant skin and all good hair days.

Top 7 Uses For Argan Oil

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What are the top 7 uses for argan oil?  Sometimes known as Moroccan liquid gold, argan oil has a multitude of uses inclusive of alleviating and treating dry skin, rashes, and treating acne ridden skin.  Historically, it was used for its curative properties with open wounds and today it is also seen as a dietary supplement.  Is it honestly possible that what appears to be an unassuming tree can truly be so magnificent?

As with most things, it is important to understand the genesis to fully grasp the present. Argan oil hails from Morocco (not be confused with Moroccan oil) and the oil is extracted from the fruit of the tree.  The round fruit has a thick cover that protects a fleshy pulp that has a large nut in the center that houses the much sought after kernels that yield this miraculous Moroccan liquid gold.  Despite many attempts to mechanize the process, due to its properties, most cold pressing and extraction is done by hand. This arduous process takes Berber women between 3 to 4 days to produce a liter of oil. This luxurious oil has incredible properties thus creating a long list of uses but what are the top 7?

1. Body and Face Moisturizer

Argan oil is rich in vitamin E and vitamin A, both of which are crucial in reducing fine lines and encouraging cellular reparation.  During the winter moths our skin is thirsty for relief from the harsh outdoors and the constant change from dry, warm air indoors to cooler ambient air laden with pollutants.  In particular at night, the glistening oil will create a layer of moisture and will not create an oily residue as it is a dry oil.  A word of caution; use argan oil sparingly.  A little goes a long way!  This liquid gold is an opulent and luxurious oil just like a fine truffle to be savored and doled out slowly.

2. Acne treatment

If you are anything like me, you find yourself in your 40’s struggling with pugnacious acne flare ups that should be part of a movie surrounding the trial and tribulations of high school drama.   Argan oil is a magnificent solution for acne prone skin.  Argan oil has antibacterial properties and reduces inflammation due to its high content of linoleic acid.  Despite the temptation of using chemicals to fight acne, remember that argan oil used alone or in combination with other oils such as tea tree or marigold bergamot can create both a solution and a benefit.

3. Manage and protect your locks

I personally have ethnic hair that has moments of utter freedom with curls that can be unruly.  I have found that argan oil, found in our hair and body silk, creates impeccable runway ready, bouncy curls.  Especially during winter I tend to flat iron my hair, but before I even consider the laborious process of blow out and flat iron, I always add a few drops to my scalp and hair. In addition to creating a platform for coiffure perfection, it also fights spilt ends. Need I say more? 

4. Overnight hair treatment

Sometimes we tend to forget about our locks.  Our hair frames our faces.  About once a month (usually on a cozy, scrabble Saturday night) I lather my locks with a hair mask that includes argan oil.  This month I tried a combination of our Organic Cleansing Oil and argan oil and it was magnificent.  Some research even suggests that argan oil can promote hair growth, so I am certain to massage my scalp too!  The properties of the vitamins A & E create a healthy shine and manageability.

5. Boost for any mask treatment. 

Whether doing a mask for your face, your hands or if you are fortunate enough to have an all over body masking/wrapping experience, argan oil contains tocopherols (vitamin E) which has been highlighted for its anti-oxidant effects.  The linoleic acid found in argan oil promotes and encourages levels of sebum production which limits dead skin cells. Adding argan oil to any mask treatment will boost the effects just like a dash of salt adds a glorious touch of flavor to a perfectly ripened avocado.

6. Great for babies and mommies

Argan oil is the perfect emollient for both babies and their moms (aunts, grandmothers, dads, grandfathers, neighbors… etc.).  The gentle non-toxic properties of argan oil can add moisture, help with cradle cap as well as rashes on gentle baby skin.  In addition, it can be used on stretch marks during and after pregnancy.  I have a friend that gave birth to twins and gained a substantial amount of weight and what seemed to be an etch-a-sketch picture of stretch marks during her pregnancy.  Well before the current buzz of argan oil, her Vovo gave her the “old country” suggestion of using argan oil on a daily basis.  I am here to tell you that Vovo, if alive, would have millions of Instagram followers – she was brilliant!

7. Cuticles, lips and feet

Cracked lips, dry feet and painfully parched cuticles benefit greatly from argan oil.  A few drops with cozy socks can create an ideal overnight treatment for your feet.  When pampering my feet, I also like to finish my treatment with our lemon lime shea butter cream adding another layer of treatment and delight.  Remember to always apply oils before creams for best results!  As for my cuticles, I tend to take care of my hands mostly in traffic, so I rub a few drops on my cuticles while I sit in daily traffic.  It tends to beat any possibility of texting and I feel incredibly efficient during idle time.  As for your lips, massaging a drop of argan oil prior to lathering your lips with your lip balm makes for a perfect pout… NYE is around the corner!

Beyond the abovementioned uses for argan oil, the fair trade with the women in Morocco that produces this Moroccan liquid gold has changed lives.  I encourage you to learn more about argan oil and how the concerted selection of certified organic argan oil for HollyBeth Organic products changes lives and encourages a brighter future.  Stay lovely, stay strong and try one of the 7 uses for argan oil. 

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let me count the ways

We have been keeping a list of the ways our customers use HollyBeth Organics Hair & Body Silk and decided to share it with you. Do you have one you would like to add? If you haven’t tried it use our free shipping coupon valid for 48 hours coupon code SILK.

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  1. Tame the frizzes with 1 – 2 drops rubbed into your hands then smooth lightly over hair
  2. Add shine to your hair will taming the frizzes
  3. Hair conditioning treatment mask – massage into scalp and hair –  leave in for 20 minutes or overnight (with towel on pillow) then shampoo out in the morning
  4. Massage oil
  5. Shaving – both male and female customers have written to tell us how it softens there skin for shaving – Daniel T swears by it!
  6. Cuticle softener
  7. Manicures and pedicures to soften hands and feet
  8. 1-2 drops rubbed in your hands then massage your pets – they will love it!
  9. Lip gloss – had a tad of honey to it and use as a moisturizing lip gloss
  10. Use after bathing while skin is still damp for superbly softened skin
  11.  Aromatherapy – smell the aroma of vibrant peppermint throughout the day to lift your spirits
  12. Make – up remover

Do you have another use?

argan oil – moroccan oil – shea butter

Unesco has determined that argan oil (Moroccan oil) is currently under the threat from excessive human exploitation. Will the same thing happen to the karate tree that shea butter comes from? Having been to Morocco I have seen the straggly trees that the argan oil comes from with the goats that climb the tree to eat the berries. What concerns me are the trees. Both trees are endemic to their region. Karite trees will only grow in Africa, there have been attempts to grow them in Europe without success. Hopefully the argan tree will survive. It comes down to human consumption and in this case we are a culprit has we have a splash of argan oil in our hair and body silk.

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