Essential Oil (Orange)
I finally broke down and decided to join the essential oil bandwagon. It was really an issue of maximizing my money.
I’m going to be making some homemade lip balm, so I had to purchase some oil for that anyway. Since I already had the oil, I decided to stretch my dollar and try it on my hair also.
I started with my normal wash and conditioner. I usually use something scented, but this time I didn’t want anything to clash with the oranges.
(I bought extra body conditioner because they were out of normal)
Continuing with my normal routine, I then did a hot oil conditioner.
I used plain ol’ extra virgin olive oil. Yes, the same stuff you cook with. I bought a 17 ounce bottle at Walgreens for $5.99. This can be found much cheaper but I was being lazy.
I don’t use heat on my hair. I simply warm up my oil (about 10 seconds), put on a cap and use body heat. (I do, however, think I’ll start using a warm towel.)
Please be careful when warming your oil. It gets very hot very quickly. Warm it in 5 second increments. That doesn’t sound like a lot but trust me, it’s plenty!
Oil goes a long way. Here’s how much I used but I could’ve done with a bit less.
Now to the EO.
There are two reasons why I decided on orange:
A one ounce bottle of Now orange essential oil was $3.99 at GNC. I’ve used Now’s jojoba oil in the past with success.
I used one teaspoon of glycrin and added 10 drops of oil. The glycerin was plenty for my entire head. Again, a little goes a long way.
I rubbed it in my hands first, then distributed it throughout my hair. I also used a bit of Neutrogena Triple Silk Touch Leave-In Cream. I haven’t used this stuff in over 2 years and I’m not sure what prompted to do so this time. It worked very well for me though before I dreaded, but I haven’t used it since then.
My hair was soft and moisturized afterward. Don’t know if you can tell in this picture, but it also had great sheen.
My main concern, however, was smell. I wanted it to be noticeable enough so that when someone passed me they could smell it. Not the case.
It did smell lovely immediately after the wash but by the next morning it had already started to fade. I suppose you could smell it in close proximity to me, but my the second day I could only sense it if I physically but a dread to my nose.
This was my first experiment with essential oils, so perhaps I was expecting too much. I don’t want to have to spritz every day to renew the smell. I’d like it to last for the entire week.
Does anyone have any tips for my second time? How can I get the smell to be more potent? Do I need to use more?
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