Camellia oil is one of those undercover oils that aren’t prominent in DIY hair or skincare but has some great benefits. Camellia oil is aka Tsubaki oil and tea seed oil.
Camellia Oil for Skin
Camellia oil is cold-pressed from the seeds of Camellia oleifera. This fragrant and beautiful flower is native to China and Japan.
The camellia seeds are pulverized into a fine powder then steamed. Afterwards, it’s transferred to a pressurizer for extraction of the oil before the powder cools down.
The pulp from the extraction is used as a fertilizer or in the production of shampoo and detergent due to its saponin content.
If you ever go to Japan, you can make your own camellia oil at Oshima Furusato Taikenan in Tokyo.
There are three different types of camellia oil – Camellia Sinensis, Camellia japonica and Camellia oleifera.
For more information on what makes each variety different, have a look at The 3 Different Types of Camellia Oil and Which is Best for the Hair?
Camellia Oil Texture and Scent
Camellia oil is yellow and has a smooth and silky texture. It has a pleasant smell that isn’t overpowering and has a non-comedogenic rating of 1. This means it’s unlikely to clog pores.
Benefits of Camellia Oil for Face
1. Anti-ageing Compounds
Camellia oil contains cell rebuilding nutrients, collagen, and elastin, which improve skin texture and can help repair sun damage and premature signs of ageing.
2. Doesn’t Clog Pores
A non-comedogenic oil doesn’t clog pores and can be applied to the skin without issues. Camellia oil falls into this category with a rating of 1.
3. Moisturizes Skin
Camellia oil is non-greasy, quickly absorbed into the skin and make an excellent moisturizer.
It’s light and silky texture helps it sink into the skin without leaving behind any residue. It also softens the skin.
4. Treats Brittle and Weak Nails
Camellia oil can help reverse brittle, weak and splitting nails combined with a few other oils (recipe below).
5. Natural Make-Up Remover
You can use camellia oil to remove your eye make up. A few drops on a cotton ball is all you need.
Wipe gently around the eye area to remove makeup and leave skin smooth and wrinkle-free over time.
How to Use Camellia Oil for Skin Care
Camellia Oil Facial Oil Recipe
- Grab a 1 oz dropper bottle like this one and add 3 tablespoons of camellia oil, 5 drops of vitamin E oil, 1 teaspoon of argan oil, 5 drops of lavender essential oil and 3 drops of rosemary essential oil.
- Close the bottle and shake and your facial oil is ready.
- After cleansing dry skin every evening, apply 2 – 3 drops to your skin and massage until absorbed. Can also be used under the eye area to prevent crows feet.
Do not use this oil as a cleansing oil as camellia oil is a drying oil. Also, don’t let it get into your eyes.
Camellia Oil Nail and Cuticle Oil Recipe
- In a 2 oz dropper bottle like this one, add 5 tablespoons of camellia oil, 10 drops of rosehip seed oil, 10 drops of vitamin e oil, 5 drops of marula oil and 1 teaspoon of argan oil or pomegranate oil.
- Close the bottle and shake. Your nail and cuticle oil is ready.
- To use, apply a few drops to your palm just before going to bed and massage into clean nails and cuticles every night.
Related Content: Rosehip Seed Oil for Hyperpigmentation and Acne Scars
Camellia Oil Body Butter
Include camellia oil in your body butter recipe for smooth and moisturized skin. Also prevents cracking of heels and dry skin the knees and elbows.
To choose the best butter for your body butter base, browse the natural butter for hair and skin archives for benefits, best uses and recipes.
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Best Camellia Oil for Face
For the skin, look for camellia oil made from Japanese camellia as the other varieties – Camellia sinesis and Camellia oleifera may clog pores. I have made some recommendations below:-
What Does Camellia Oil Do For Hair?
Camellia oil helps smooth down the hair cuticle and promote shiny hair. It also forms a protective coating on hair guarding against split ends and is excellent for scalp treatments.
For more on the benefits of camellia oil for hair and some great camellia oil recipes for hair, have a look at Rejuvenate and Nourish Your Hair with Camellia Oil.
12 Camellia Oil Skin Care Products
- Sally’s Box Secret Garden Camellia Oil Ampoule Sheet Mask
- Decléor Mandarin Smoothing Serum
- Elemis Japanese Camellia Oil Blend
- Institut Arnaud Paris Perle & Camelia
- TATCHA Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
- Tatcha Women’s Camellia Gold Spun Lip Balm
- Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser
- The Body Shop Spa of the World Japanese Camellia Body Cream
- Kocostar Camellia Happy Mask
- Nesti Dante Gli Officinalis Soap – Camellia & Cinnamon
- Glasshouse Hand Cream – Kyoto (Camellia & Lotus)
- Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream
Have you ever used camellia oil on your skin? Do you have any questions about using camellia oil for skincare? Let us know in the comments section.