Oils are like the Justin Bieber of the skincare world – despite gathering mainstream popularity around 2010 it wasn’t until around 2015 that they made their full comeback, simultaneously silencing critics and igniting a wave of ‘I told you so’s’ from converts. While beauty rhetoric once shafted this misunderstood ingredient, conspiring for its potential pore clogging-ability and animosity against already oily skin, the myth has long been banished and oils have returned to dominate the skincare scene.
However, not all are created equal. Mineral oil has long been condemned for its cheap, filler ingredient status, and while studies have proved that it doesn’t necessarily clog pores, many still believe its skincare benefits don’t equal the environmental impact. Instead, opt for potent plant-based oils that add nutrients, antioxidants and moisture to the skin.
Coconut oil is still the buzz oil in beauty halls, working its way into pretty much every product from makeup wipes to blush, while other lesser-known carrier oils (think of them as the delivery oil that carries the absorption of essential oils into your skin) include jojoba oil (hydration), avocado seed oil (increases collagen production), and rose hip oil (evens out skin tone).
Read through for all the ways you can add an oil into your routine. Radiance and glow guaranteed.
Rodin Olio Lusso, Luxury Face Oil, $254. SHOP NOW
While you’re probably familiar with ex-stylist Linda Rodin’s dreamy, silver mane, and enviable street-style looks, get ready to fall in love with her lusty-worthy oils have finally made their way to Australia. Comprised of eleven, botanic, cold-pressed essential oils, this mix reportedly took a year to perfect, and will leave your skin plump and radiant.
Clinique, Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, $55. SHOP NOW
Melt away stubborn, or waterproof makeup with an emollient, oil-based cleanser. It’s scientific fact that oil dissolve oil, and this option will rival your trusty bottle of Bioderma.
Antipodes, Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream, $48.99. SHOP NOW
Harnessing the collagen-restoring benefits of kiwi seed oil, and avocado oil, this lightweight eye cream is absorbed instantly – perfect for your delicate, under-eye area.
Rodin Olio Lusso, Luxury Hair Oil, $105. SHOP NOW
Another brainchild of Linda Rodin, that will be sure to make a statement on your bathroom counter, inject life back into limp, lackluster hair with this luxe, eight-oil mix containing rosemary, juniper, apricot, calendula flower, sunflower, sweet almond, jojoba, and orange.
Kerastase Elixir Ultime Huille Oil Mist, $59. SHOP NOW
Drenched, greasy strands (eww) are a thing of the past with this ultra-lightweight, volumising spray that promises to impart shine, and softness. The fine, mist also makes evenly distributing the product a cinch, meaning you can literally spray, tousle, and go.
Shu Uemura, Essential Drops (Relaxing Blend), $47. SHOP NOW
Inject some bliss into your hair-washing routine (an inevitable chore that we all put off), with this nourishing blend of essential oils. Sulfate and paraben free, simple apply 3-4 drops pre-washing, and massage into the scalp to stimulate circulation.
Sodashi, Fitness Recovery Body Oil, $53.90. SHOP NOW
Rejuvenate sore muscles after a particular grueling fitness session and massage this ginger, eucalyptus, and pine infused tonic all over.
Le Labo, Rose 31 Perfume Oil, $205. SHOP NOW
Perfume oils are a great alternative to their spray-bottle counterparts, and Le Labo’s customizable bottles are a great travel-friendly option. Wear alone, or layered to create an even longer-lasting scent.
Nuxe, Huile Prodigieuse Or, $32.99. SHOP NOW
Replicate summer skin with this multi-tasking, nut-based oil (macadamia, hazelnut, and sweet almond) that will have you smelling like marzipan. Generously slather onto your body, face and hair, for s Giselle-esque bronzed glow… just add a beach.
Clarins, Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, $33. SHOP NOW
Long-wearing lippies and matte colours might make a statement, but they also have the tendency to leave lips in a less than kissable state. Make dry lips a thing of the past with this non-sticky formula that creates a second skin for chapped, sore lips.
Hourglass, No.28 Lip Treatment Oil, $63. SHOP NOW
Making a play for the most luxe lip treatment, the 24-karat gold tip serves more than aesthetic purpose, and aids in plumping, and softening the lips while reducing the appearance of find lines around the mouth.
Yves Saint Laurent, Volupte Tint-In-Oil #1, $52. SHOP NOW
Fusing colour and comfort together, the nourishing oil and pigment leave lips glossy and juicy before imparting a tint that’ll last well into your day.
Trilogy, Everything Balm, $20.99. SHOP NOW
Despite their nourishing goodness, oils can sometimes be hard to transport due to their often bulky packaging and affinity for leaking. Combat all of this, with this handy, take-anywhere tin, so you can easily condition dry patches, lips, elbows, and cuticles on-the-go.
Dr Hauschka, Neem Nail Oil, $51. SHOP NOW
Give over-processed nails a break – especially if you’re one for gel or acrylic nails, and massage this into the nail and cuticle. The plant extract work to moisturize, while the anti-fungal, and healing properties of neem leaf oil help protect against infection – a sometimes unfortunate reality of acrylics.
Jurlique, Nail and Cuticle Treatment Oil, $28. SHOP NOW
Jurlique brings their botanic philosophy to nailcare with a rich blend of sweet almond oil, avocado oil, and botanic seed oils and extracts to nourish cuticles and strengthen nails.
Essie, Care Apricot Cuticle Oil, $17.95. SHOP NOW
Tame unruly cuticles, or give your manicure that fresh-salon finish with a swipe of oil across the nail beds. Even better if they smell as divine as this tropical, fruity mix.