Camellia Oil, a beauty!
Less than one year ago, a customer asked me if I was using white tea oil in any of my formulations. She mentioned her age and I could not believe it by the look of her young-looking skin. She told me that one of her secrets is the use of face oils, and in particular white tea oil.
So, I started looking into this oil and its properties to possibly incorporate it into my range.
Camellia oleifera vs camellia sinensis.
Whilst there are over 100 species of camellia flower, white tea is made from the camellia sinensis, a well-known variety. The camellia flower is a stunning flower and it comes in different colours, too.
Camellia oleifera is another variety, whose seed oil is also used in cooking. Both fruits of camellia sinensis and oleifera are composed of several sections, with each section containing less than 10 seeds. The seeds are then used to make the unique white tea (or tea seed, or camellia) oil.
Camellia oil uses.
White tea oil has been used widely in Japan for centuries for cooking, but it was later incorporated into the daily skin and hair routines of Japanese women. Its great skin properties have reached the interest of people outside of Japan only in the last few decades.
So, yes, this oil has won my heart and it has been incorporated in the Terre Verdi products for its properties and uniqueness. And we now offer organic camellia oil as a single product, certified organic and cold pressed.
Is camellia a dry oil?
Yes, camellia oil is a dry oil, delicate and lightweight. It doesn't sit on your skin, or leave greasy residue, but absorbs quickly. It is an excellent moisturiser as it is beautifully hydrating, leaving your skin replenished and soft.
What is a dry oil?
When you hear the term dry oil, this is not referring to the dryness being a characteristic of the oil, but refers to how quickly the oil absorbs into your skin or hair. Dry oils are generally lightweight and fast absorbing.
Camellia oil for the skin.
We recommend camellia oil for the skin, hair, and nails. Camellia oil can be used everywhere on the body, and it is a safe oil even at 100% concentration. This oil can be used specifically on the face and hair as described below.
Camellia oil for the face.
Camellia oil is deeply hydrating and it can be applied as a moisturiser in the morning before make up, or before going to sleep at night, as it is soothing and helps to calm inflammation and rebalance sebum production.
It is a light oil and absorbs fully without clogging the pores. Camellia is suitable for sensitive skin and will naturally rejuvenate your skin for a healthy complexion. It is also suitable to moisturise children’s skin.
Camellia oil for the hair.
Camellia oil locks in moisture, feeding your hair with beneficial nutrients, and preventing it from becoming dry. It helps relieve itchiness and dryness on the scalp. It thoroughly conditions your hair, as well as restoring its natural lustre and shine.
We recommend camellia oil on fine and straight hair, while for thicker or wavy hair, we recommend our certified organic argan oil instead.
These oils can both be used either overnight for deep conditioning, washing the hair in the morning; or they can be used lightly on the ends after drying the hair, in order to bring shine, softness, and an anti-fizz effect, but also to shield it from environmental exposure to prevent damage.
Camellia oil composition and benefits.
Camellia oil comes with a plethora of beneficial healing properties and powers!
Camellia is rich in Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, as well as vitamins (especially vitamin E), and minerals, making it a nourishing oil for the face and the neck area. The low comedogenic rating (ability to clog skin pores) makes it a good choice for acne-prone or oily skin and its properties of medium shelf life make it a great choice for water-based creams.
Camellia oil contains 85% oleic fatty acid, an Omega 3 mono-unsaturated fatty acid; therefore, it is light on the skin and easily absorbed. It is perfect as massage oil, especially on sensitive skin and it lies at the top of my list for pregnant women and babies. The very light odour makes it ideal for blends, where essential oils are usually added.
Where does Terre Verdi uses camellia oil.
You will find our certified organic camellia oil in all our face serums and body oils, as well as in our NeroliPom Moisturiser, and on its own. Its unparalleled qualities and benefits make it at the top of our formulations, together with organic argan oil.
We also offer pure organic camellia oil to practitioners and SPAs.