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Friday, December 21, 2012

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Things I've Replaced With Olive or Jojoba Oil

Butter
Exfoliants (when combined with brown sugar)
Moisturizer
Conditioner
Face wash
Makeup remover
Cigarettes
Family
The internet
Reality



103 Comments / Post A Comment

iceberg

PLEASE add to this list:
The fucking Levi's ads

OhMyGoshYouGuys

Um, cigarettes?

melis

@OhMyGoshYouGuys well they're both flammable

OhMyGoshYouGuys

@melis And under high heat, they start to smoke.

hallelujah

I use olive oil on my infant's scaly head. It works (to loosen up the cradle cap) and he smells like a breadstick!

Maria

@hallelujah "and he smells like a breadstick!" may be the best thing I've read all day.

travelmugs

@hallelujah Oddly this, even more than Nicole's adorable baby learning the word "dog" post, made me want a baby. Maybe I actually just want breadsticks?

Ellie

@Maria Coconut oil makes you smell like cookies!

katiemcgillicuddy

@travelmugs Tiny, adorable breadsticks.

meaux

@hallelujah. I used a garlic-oil-based medicine in my daughter's ears for an ear infection when she was a baby, and her head smelled like delicious soup.

Lily Rowan

Noooooo! Don't replace us with olive and/or jojoba oil!!!!!!!!

fondue with cheddar

@Lily Rowan We are not The Internet. We are a special pocket of the internet that exists in a separate reality and is therefore separate from it in all but name.

lasso tabasco

I've tried a few times to jump on the olive oil-as-facewash train, but I always felt like I was breaking out a bit more than usual and gave up after a few days. Am I meant to push past some kind of breakout threshold? Am I not doing it right? Share your tips please!

NeverOddOrEven

@lasso tabasco
People who love OCM LOVE it, but there's a not-insignificant minority, myself included, that have much fussier skin. I gave it a go and broke out pretty bad and it took a few months for my skin to settle back down. I even went to 100% castor oil, which is supposed to be the more drying/cleansing one, and it was a zitty mess.
My skin has always tolerated/loved coconut oil though, even though that's said to be the acne-causing one, so I'm thinking of trying it again with just that.

mlle.gateau

@lasso tabasco Seconding coconut oil! I have dry skin, and it's really just made light years of difference. I did find that I tended to be more broken out when I first used it (maybe for a week?) but the flip side of this was that it seemed like the zits healed much faster. Also, I find that now when I get a blemish, it seems to be a lot closer to the surface, if that makes sense- like, it's easy to get rid of, and then the coconut oil seems to help it heal really quickly.

NeverOddOrEven

@mlle.gateau
Yea, I've had amazing results using it on skin irritation.

raised amongst catalogs

@mlle.gateau It makes total sense. OCM didn't cure my acne but the blemishes I was getting were just as you described -- not cystic monsters and quick to leave.

contrary

@lasso tabasco maybe try a different oil. I use grapeseed oil instead of olive oil for the OCM and haven't had any problems, and my skin is really acne prone. If you do some googling, you can find a chart with oils and their different acne causing potentials (I am too lazy to find it again, sorrryyy), but olive oil was mid range on the acne threshold (jojoba was the best, but also spendy).

lasso tabasco

@mlle.gateau @NeverOddOrEven I coconut oil my hair and body alll the time but I haven't had much luck with putting it on my face either. In fact, its much worse than olive oil when it comes to breakouts for me. I love how silky it makes my hair though!

lasso tabasco

@contrary Thanks for the tip! I have thought about trying jojoba on my face, but was hesitant to make an investment in something I wasn't sure wouldn't wreck my face. I may try it now!

werewolfbarmitzvah

@lasso tabasco I tried the oil cleansing method for awhile and it didn't bother my skin at all, but ordeal-wise it WAS kind of a pain in the ass. It took too long and I kept ending up with creepy washcloths because I could never fully get all of the oil out of them. It's been a lot easier just using oil as moisturizer instead.

mlle.gateau

@lasso tabasco See, and I have the opposite- it makes my hair wretched, but my face loves it! Also, I don't use the OCM, I just smear coconut oil on my face after I wash it at night. FWIW, I do use Kirk's castile soap, which is coconut oil based, as well.

contrary

@lasso tabasco you can get a decent sized bottle (4 ounces maybe? not tiny but also not huge) at Trader Joe's for $7, so that's a lot cheaper than most places. If your face doesn't like it, you can make a scrub out of it with turbinado sugar or just put it on your legs/arms when they're dry. From what I've read, jojoba is closest to the makeup of skin's sebum, so if you're gonna grease your face up with oil sans acne, it's the sauce.

Tammy Pajamas

@lasso tabasco Can you please tell me about the process of putting oil in your hair (and getting it out)? I've always wanted to do this, but have never known how (my brain is telling me to just google it as I type this, but maybe you have special tips?).

NeverOddOrEven

@Tammy Pajamas
I just did this last night! I try to do it once a month. Just take what ever amount of oil seems appropriate for the length and thickness of your hair, work it through, let it sit as long as you want (I'd say 30 mins minimum), throw on a shower cap for convenience/extra penetratey heat if you want, then shampoo out in the shower. I usually rinse and repeat to avoid too much sticking around.
I still try not to directly shampoo the ends though, I find when a touch of oil sticks around my hair dries very nicely.

fondue with cheddar

@contrary There was a good post about all the oils on Autostraddle.

Plant Fire

@lasso tabasco I do this! I find it helps keep my ends from drying out. The trick is to do it before shampooing or conditioning (I put it on dry hair and then get in, some people wet their hair, oil it and let it sit all wrapped up. But basically just run it through and all over the hair that's past your ears and let it sit for a little bit and then hop in the shower and wash your hair as usual.

One thing to keep in mind is that if you have protein sensitive hair coconut oil will dry it out and make it feel like straw. So unless you know your hair likes protein stick with something like olive oil or grapeseed oil. I use regular olive oil (not evoo) from my kitchen.

Tammy Pajamas

@NeverOddOrEven Thank you!

planforamiracle

I also tried oil-cleansing and wasn't into it. It was too messy for me, and my skin was not really a fan. But I still use sweet almond oil (mixed with a few drops of tea tree oil) as a moisturizer and it is GREAT. I use it at night only since it takes a little while to absorb.

What kind of oil do you gals use on your hair? I have tried using mashed avocado as a hair mask (after reading about it online) but I have not been able to get it to wash out enough, even when I only put it on the ends. I shampoo using the baking soda/apple cider vinegar method so maybe that's why? Or avocado is too rich?

Ophelia

@Tammy Pajamas I do something similar (I usually use olive oil) - but my hair is really dry, so what works for me is to use about a palmful, run it through my hair (either damp or dry, but not wet), wrap it up into a bun, and sleep on it. I wash it out the next morning. I probably do this about once a month or so.

lasso tabasco

@Tammy Pajamas My process is just like @Ophelia 's. Once a weekish I just slather a bunch of coconut or olive oil into my hair, put it up in a bun and sleep on it (with a towel over my pillow of course). In the morning I lather rinse repeat. It's the Best!

Tammy Pajamas

Thanks! @lasso tabasco @Ophelia and @Sea Ermine Excited to try this out!

NiceDress

@planforamiracle I use jojoba oil, usually just on the ends (I have fine, slightly wavy blonde hair, if that's helpful at all for context). I either put it on my dry hair before I do hot yoga and wash out after, or I add 2-3 drops to my regular conditioner and let it sit while I shave my legs before washing it out. I do it on an as-needed basis, which probably comes down to maybe once a weekish in the winter, and less frequently in the summer. It seems to make my hair softer, shinier, and less prone to breakage.

While an occasional baking soda/vinegar rinse can be good for clarifying, it's actually not very good for hair to use over the long term. This article explains it better than I can: http://www.futurederm.com/2012/06/20/3-reasons-why-baking-soda-and-apple-cider-vinegar-destroy-your-hair-and-what-to-use-instead/

I use the jojoba oil on my skin as well -- on hands before going to bed at night, on dry cuticles, and sometimes a few drops mixed into my regular lotion if I want a bit of extra moisture. I get it at Whole Foods for about $9/bottle (NYC price). It's Hobacare one, which is the cheapest brand they have, and is pure jojoba oil, so no different than the more expensive ones.

Hope that's helpful!

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@Emby

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Dirty Hands

@Barry Grant
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werewolfbarmitzvah

I relate to this post a lot.

(Though I also recommend testing out some maracuja oil! Sephora just sent me a free sample and I LIKES IT I LIKES IT. And it comes in a pretty bottle, which is, of course, a very important factor.)

lasso tabasco

@werewolfbarmitzvah Natural Bliss sells 4oz bottles of this stuff for $25! Tarte sells 1oz for around $40. Money saving!

werewolfbarmitzvah

@lasso tabasco NIIIIIICE, and with 4oz, you can definitely have enough for using it to replace your family/internet/cigarettes/etc.

stuffisthings

I was thinking of removing all my blood and bone marrow and replacing it with olive oil, good idea Y/Y?

iceberg

@stuffisthings as long as it's cold pressed extra virgin, darling.

Punk-assBookJockey

@stuffisthings You also have to watch out that its not counterfeit? Apparently that's a thing now too.

Pochine

I've been using coconut oil as facewash for months now and I LOVE it. Rub it in, rinse with warm water, scrape gunk off with a towel. My towels get kind of icky, but my face isn't all dry and flaky.

JessicaLovejoy

@Pochine Do you find that you want to EAT YOUR OWN FACE for about ten minutes afterwards? 'Cause I do. Smellssogood.

meaux

@JessicaLovejoy. Ah man, someone gave me a coconut oil sugar scrub in a little glass jar for Christmas. This adorable jar comes with a wee wooden spoon in a holder on the side. Am I really supposed to NOT just eat it with the provided spoon?

dividingday

@Pochine I use Pond's cold cream to cleanse at night, and the process is pretty similar - my wash cloths get icky too. I've found that letting them soak in a solution of Simple Green + warm water for a bit before throwing them in with the rest of my regular laundry works pretty well in getting the oil out of the fabric.

JessicaLovejoy

Yes! Jojoba or almond oil with a little sugar makes your skin baby butt soft, but also makes you feel like a smug earth goddess.

But I can't abide by the olive oil. Most of it is cut with cheap crap. Stay out of my foodstuffs, mob!

NeverOddOrEven

@JessicaLovejoy
Did you read Extra Virgin? My husband is a chef and has been talking about it for weeks.

Melanie Brewer@facebook

you'd love this place it has all kinds of great tips about that hippie beauty stuff:

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OhMyGoshYouGuys

@Melanie Brewer@facebook Yay! I really like NMDL. The book is a really good resource and the reason I stopped using anything with scary chemicals.

planforamiracle

@Melanie Brewer@facebook I also really love crunchybetty.com for that stuff.

TheRisottoRacket

My skin became clear for the first time in ten years after I began using jojoba oil, so yes, love you jojoba oil!

RocketSurgeon

I'm a recent convert to argan oil. For the last couple weeks, I've been using the pure stuff as a moisturizer (after cleansing with Philosophy's Purity wash) and so far, it's been great. I haven't had any dry skin on my face at all, and haven't noticed more breakouts than usual. I think it may even help with the little wrinkly parts in the corner of my eyes. My skin is combination and fussy, and I really didn't think it would work, but I'm glad I tried it.

BornSecular

@RocketSurgeon Putting oil on my face is scaryyyy, but argan oil is great on hair! I use it on my scalp to combat dryness and generally don't look like a greaseball the next day, ftw!

Unrelated (opposite, even): I recently read about and tried dumping apple cider vinegar on my hair to combat dry scalp/flakes. It seemed to work pretty well! Anyone know if this will eventually bite me in the ass if I keep doing it? I mean, wouldn't the acidity hurt your hair/skin/etc?

NeverOddOrEven

@BornSecular
Doubt it, especially if it's diluted. I do the no 'poo thing byt washing my hair with baking soda and conditioning with diluted ACV, and that's what makes your hair feel like silk. It's great.
And as for skin, I've used straight ACV as a toner and it works well for me. No irritation, but others have to dilute.

OhMyGoshYouGuys

@RocketSurgeon Argan is lovely. I buy the small size of the Josie Maran argan oil with the little dropper attached to the cap. That's one of the few oils my face can tolerate.

planforamiracle

@BornSecular I will vouch for ACV rinse's safety. I've been washing my hair with (highly, highly) diluted baking soda, and rinsing with quite diluted ACV, for months. Since March, probably. My hair seems to really like it, though winter has been a bit of an adjustment. I actually think the ACV has given my some coppery highlights in my naturally chestnut-ish hair.
And like @NeverOddOrEven said, it also makes a great toner.

I am not even using the special organic kind from the health food store (that stuff is for eating uses only.) I buy the Heinz's stuff in a big 2L thing that lives under my sink. My hair is fine and wavy, with flaky-scalp tendencies in the winter, and this hair treatment has been really good for me.

Ophelia

@BornSecular I think it also depends what is causing the flakes. Some dandruff can be caused by a minor yeast infection of the skin, and the acidity of the vinegar kills the yeast (thereby getting rid of the flakiness). Not to draw uncomfortable comparisons, but we rinse my dog in ACV when he gets flaky skin, and it works quite well.

NiceDress

@BornSecular I'll do a vinegar rinse or mix a bit of baking soda in with my shampoo on occasion during the summer for some clarifying action if my hair starts getting greasy from accumulating sunscreen off my bask and shoulders, but I haven't tried the full-out baking soda/ACV method personally. However, I have read that it is not good for hair over the long term. This post (also above) explains it pretty succinctly: http://www.futurederm.com/2012/06/20/3-reasons-why-baking-soda-and-apple-cider-vinegar-destroy-your-hair-and-what-to-use-instead/

Basically, ACV can help with a few short term things like getting rid of some flakes/dandruff/yeast and sealing the hair cuticle to make color last longer and make hair shinier. However, over time, the baking soda/ACV routine messes with the ph of your hair and scalp and strips it of its natural oils, making it brittle and prone to breakage. The ACV can impart brassiness for some people as well. The article I linked above recommends some oils to rehab the damage (including jojoba and argan), and recommends some alternative natural shampoos.

planforamiracle

@NiceDress
Aw man :(
thanks for sharing that link. I used natural shampoos for years (and honestly, never felt sold on the idea of them actually being "natural" nor did I ever love their results on my hair) before trying the baking soda/acv routine. One of the things I like best about the idea of baking soda/acv is that it seemed to take the guesswork and speculation out of the whole natural body care conversation.. in other words, these things are safe to eat and therefore must be extremely good to regularly use on my body/head/hair. I'm super bummed to see that that's not the case.

Lady Humungus

Is this where I can ask the 'Pinners about Shea butter? I bought a pound of it (unrefined) to use as moisturizer, seeing as how I've tried every damn drugstore one and was still dry. The shea is a lie! It made me flaky and super dry :( SO what the hell am I going to do now with a pound of shea butter? It's not the easiest to rub into a small area of skin like the face, using it on my legs would take foreverrrr.

NeverOddOrEven

@Lady Humungus
You could make your own deodorant with it.

planforamiracle

@Lady Humungus I LOVE shea butter. I use it on my legs/body, my cuticles, and my lips. For body, I warm some up in a ramekin floating in the bathtub while I have a bath, and stir some sweet almond oil in. Or put some in my palm, use friction to soften it, and pour a little of any old lotion in with it to help it spread over my body. And I like it in solid form for lips and hands.
I guess you had a reaction to it? Are you sure it was the shea butter itself that made your skin flaky and super dry?

Lady Humungus

@planforamiracle No, I'm not sure... ? But it was the only thing that I had changed in my routine for that week, unless mercury went into retrograde and messed my skin up. I'm just frustrated because in my mid-30s I seem to have developed this parched sensitive skin. Everyone raves about these natural remedies, but I can't get the same amazing results :( My dermatologist has basically said "welp, that's just how your skin is now!"

@NeverOddOrEven Maybe I'll try that instead. I have been using as lip balm, but a pound of shea goes a longggg way!

NiceDress

@Lady Humungus I someimes use it on my hands at night as I go to bed over lotion to seal in the moisture and wake up with soft hands. And yes, it lasts a while :)

Shea butter, like many oils and vaseline, is an occlusive agent, which means it seals in the moisture your skin already has and prevents it from losing moisture, but doesn't impart moisture from the actual substance or draw it in from the air around you, so that may be why your skin is still dry and flaky. Moisturizers with humectant ingredients, which include common ingredients like glycerin, urea, and lactic acid help draw moisture to your skin from the atmosphere, and/or from deeper skin layers. Basically, it's best to use a moisturizer with both so you can get the moisture and seal it in. Just check the ingredients labels, or if you want something really simple, try pure aloe vera (the clear watery kind) with a bit of light oil on top. I find putting on moisturizer and body lotion when my skin is still damp is also helpful. A lot of times occlusive agents like shea butter can be too heavy and make some people's skin break out, so I would go with something lighter to seal in the moisture on your face, or perhaps not at all if your skin isn't too dry and is acne-prone.

Lady Humungus

@Nice Dress I was away for a while for the holidays and it's late so you probably won't see this, but that was REALLY helpful and informative, so thanks!!

hollerithcircus

Guys, can we talk about washcloths? Do you use one every time you wash your face? Isn't it still wet from the last time you washed your face? How often are you supposed to wash them anyway? How did I make it to adulthood?

Lady Humungus

@hollerithcircus Hah - nahhh I just use my hands. But I'd guess once a week for laundry? That's how often I do towels. But maybe I'm just gross.

Lexa Lane

@hollerithcircus I use one per every few days/week depending on how often I do the cold cream approach to washing my face as opposed to the face-wash-in-the-shower approach (which does not require a washcloth). I only wash my face once a day, so it has plenty of time to dry out between uses - I just hang it over the shower curtain rod so it gets a chance to dry out.

(Also, I'm not sure how I made it to adulthood either.)

Helvetica

@hollerithcircus Oh my god, what in the world are washcloths!? I don't really understand them; I use my hands like @Lady Humungus and then dry it with a towel. But you're supposed to wet a washcloth and then...sort of dab it all over your face? But whyyyy? Why not use your hands?
(I guess I'm not an 'official' adult either.)

faustbanana

@Lady Humungus If once a week laundry makes you gross, then I am grossly, grossly gross.

Megasus

@hollerithcircus No, because I think they are smelly and gross.

thebestjasmine

@hollerithcircus Hahaha, recently on Twitter there was a whole long conversation about how washcloths are a distinctly black thing. Which I never knew!

NiceDress

@thebestjasmine When I was in college looking at study abroad options, the guide for the Rome program said that they don't sell them in Italy and to bring them with you if you're a washcloth person, so I guess the Italians are anti-washcloth.

We always had them in our bathrooms growing up, but I admit I also don't use them and don't really understand the purpose of them either (I always just used them to wipe the bathroom counter when I splashed water on it). I do occasionally use a wet towel for a quick lip exfoliation, so I guess they could be good for that? I can't imagine why I would buy a whole separate item for a 15-second lip rub once a week or so during the driest months of winter though.

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@hollerithcircus I use baby washcloths to wash my face - rub facewash all over my face, then use a wet washcloth to kind of exfoliate my skin and clean off some of the facewash, then rinse my face.

...does everyone else just lather and rinse?

Better to Eat You With

@hollerithcircus I do this, too. And I never re-use them. Once, then move on to a clean one.

Plant Fire

@hollerithcircus I love washcloths!!!! I have 14, I wash my face twice a day and do laundry once a week and don't reuse washcloths because it's bad for your skin (or so I heard). So basically I just take the washcloth and run it under warm (but not hot) water and then use it to exfoliate my face. And then I pat dry with a towel and put on some alcohol free witch hazel to calm my skin and moisturize. It really helped my skin since it's too sensitive for scrubs but I still wanted to exfoliate (especially since I can't use face wash or soap or else I break out so having a little exfoliation cleans better than just splashing water on my face)

Inspector Tiger

this is proof that you are in my head. I decided to go all natural, and just finished my first coconut oil hair treatment (It's the best). Just massage it in your hair, sleep on it and then shampoo twice. Then look fabulous.

Bittersweet

Guys, how do you pronounce "jojoba"? I'm not sure I've ever heard this word spoken aloud.

meaux

@Bittersweet. Ho ho ba. It is the best, for sure.

Megasus

NOW WE KNOW ALL YOUR SECRETS EDITH

thebestjasmine

Coconut oil for hair and body, the best during the winter! My skin is extra dry these days, so I've been rubbing it on my face, even.

cinnamonskin

Also, castor oil for your crackly summer feet, for those of us in the South who have only yesterday gone to find a pair of damn socks.

megmix

I've been using rice bran oil as my moisturizer of choice. Jojoba and coconut are too thick for me. Rice bran oil is very light and leaves a velvety feel to my skin. I loves it. I'm not sure I would replace the internet with it though.

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