Beauty: Multi-use products : Oils

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Next in the series of thrifty based posts from Lorna and myself we are talking about multi-use produts, specifically oils. When you are on a budget or trying to save, it's a good idea to have a few products to hand which can be used in a variety of different ways. You get your moneys worth , don't clog up your storage with too many products and in the long run save money! Without further a do, here are Lorna's tips for using Dry oils...

Oils are one of those products that I really tend to overlook, but I delved in when I bought this Beautifying Dry Oil from The Body Shop on a whim after falling in love with the scent.  From what I understand, the premise of a dry oil is that it’s lighter than its greasier counterpart and because of this, it’s a great one to use for a multitude of beauty purposes.

Locking in moisture
Let’s start with the basics.  Oils are perfect for moisturising.  I’ve decanted mine into a spray bottle which I spritz on to my skin straight out of the shower.  It goes much further on damp skin, and helps to seal in that moisture for the rest of the day.  I particularly like using this in the summer, when I want my skin to feel soft and nourished without the heavy almost sticky feeling that comes with traditional body butters and moisturisers.  It leaves a satin-like finish, and is a wonder product for achieving that Beyonce-esque sheen to your legs.

Sealing split ends
I used to baulk at the idea of applying oil to my hair.  My hair used to get quite oily all on its own so applying extra just wasn’t something I thought I’d ever be doing.  Fast forward two years, and the after effects of bleach have got me reaching for products to provide my tresses with a little TLC.  Again, I’ve decanted my oil (I picked up a couple of spray bottles from Superdrug FYI) and this time mixed it with a splash of water.  A few pumps makes a lovely little quick fix for frazzled ends, or use a drop or two neat for an intense moisture hit.

Revealing smooth skin
The final use in my top three is one that I’ve yet to try, but was too good to miss out.  Did you know you can even use dry oil to make an exfoliator?  Mix it in a bowl with an abrasive substance (I’m going to go with brown sugar) for the perfect homemade scrub.  The great thing about these Body Shop oils is that they come in so many different fragrances, you can tailor it to your own preferences and create your ideal exfoliator.  Pretty good, huh?

Coconut oil has been getting a lot of recognition in the blogging world recently, and rightly so. It’s a brilliant multi use product that I feel everyone should have in their possession. While on our honeymoon in Sri Lanka, Tom and I visited a spice garden and I bought myself a massive bottle of all natural coconut oil. I’ve still got loads left even though I use it for multiple things on a fairly regular basis. I’m sure after all the hype some of you may have it in your stash so here are a few ways in which I use it.

 Moisturising Hair mask.
This is probably the most common way to use coconut oil and the simplest. I usually do this on dirty hair but I don’t think it matters too much, because my coconut oil is in a bottle I hold it under a hot tap to melt it and then pour it out. If you have it in jar form you can just scoop some out, rub it between your palms and it will melt into a liquid. You just need to apply it to dry hair, from root to tips making sure you work it all the way through your hair. Then clip it up and leave for 30 mins. For a little somethin’ somethin’ you can throw on a showercap and use a hairdryer to add heat to the process.  Once the time has lapsed I just hop into the shower and rinse it out, I usually give it two rinses to ensure all the coconut oil is out. You are left with the softest hair ever. – Ideally I want to get back into the habit of doing this on a weekly basis.

Make-up remover.
There have been a couple of times when I don’t have my usual makeup remover to hand – it’s usually the case that I haven’t repurchased a new bottle after running out. I don’t fret too much though because coconut oil is great for removing makeup. I use my hands to apply the oil to my face in circular motions, giving myself a little mini massage as I do so – it’s really relaxing. Then using a cotton pad I just remove it. The coconut oil removes all traces of makeup, even waterproof mascara. My face is also left feeling extremely soft and nourished!

For a Close shave.

I am one of these girls that hardly ever buys shaving cream/gel – I usually just pinch some of Toms – But since he started to notice he would be running out a lot quicker than normal I figured it was only fair to start using a different method…. Yep..coconut oil. It’s pretty simple, I just smoother a thin layer of coconut oil over my legs, pick up my razor and shave away. I get the closest shave ever using this method, plus as I have used an oil, my legs are already moisturised so there’s no need to faff about when I’ve got out with lotions and potions. RESULT! 

So there you have it, our top tips for using dry and coconut oils! Have you given them a try?

Much love, 


  1. I have the body shop oil but i seriously neglect it, I need to start using it! Thanks for all the tips

    Eilidh from Velvet-Winter

  2. I absolutely love the Caudalie Divine Oil and I use it for everything! I'd love to try one of the NUXE ones too.

    Catherine, xo // Lady Liquor

  3. I love multi use products, I travel a lot so having something that does more than one thing is a godsend!



  4. I love using coconut oil and I am blessed in the sense that pure coconut oil is very easily available in India. I am getting into this oil bandwagon as well. But I try to stay away from dry oils which most of the times contain mineral oil and mineral oils don;t work very well for me. But yes, recently Dove has come up with their dry oils or lighter oils aka Elixirs. I use them after washing my hair. My hair looks less frizzy and the dryness at the tips are just gone!

  5. I'm so grateful for all the tips you posted for the coconut oil! Thank you so much!

  6. good post.


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