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:

1) For some reason I’ve been digging citrus scents lately
2) It was the cheapest oil on sale free smileys

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.

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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13 Responses so far.

  1. loveandlocs says:

    I haven't branched out to using essential oils yet, but that's on my wish list. I did try the hot oil treatment (in 5 sec increments with a hot towel!) today. I'm hoping it sustains moisture until my next wash. I've been suffering from a bad case of the itchies lately! I need to tweak my regimen for the summer.

    How are you making homemade lip balm??

  2. nappyheadblkgrl says:

    Thanks for stopping by!

    I hope the hot oil treatment works for you. What oil did you use? For your scalp, you may also try peppermint, rosemary or tea tree oil. They work wonders for an itchy scalp.

    I figured out why my smell didn't last longer. I'm going to do a follow-up post, but bottom line is I won't get what I'm looking for from essential oils. I would recommend them more for their aromatherapy properties than smell.

    The lip balm was a spur of the moment decision. Just Google "make your own lip balm" and a thousand results come up. You'd be surprised how easily personal products like lip balm and lotions can be made! I'll be sure to blog the process. Hopefully, someone else will have success with it, too 😉
    My recent post Essential Oil (Orange)

  3. loveandlocs says:

    I used a mix of vitamin E, sunflower, and castor oil (store bought) for the treatment. I remember why I don't like hot oil treatments, lol! For two days my hair felt oily. I rinsed for like 7 mins!!!!! Now it feels great, but initially…….

    So have you figured out what will give you the lasting smell, or are you going to have to refresh it often?

  4. nappyheadblkgrl says:

    Perhaps you just used too much oil? Castor and olive oils are both very heavy. A little is all you need.

    Someone suggested I try fragrance oils instead. As the name implies, these are centered around smelling good. Who cares about beneficial aromatherapy stuff anyway? lol
    My recent post Essential Oil (Orange)

  5. Thanks for your informative post! 🙂

  6. Wild Orange says:

    The essential oil bandwagon is a good place to be. I love them all and orange is one of my favorites, just because it puts me in a good mood and gets me going.

  7. Cheryl says:

    Some oils last longer and have a stronger scent ,they are more costly but you need less there fore they last longer.

  8. Larisha says:

    The best oil I’ve found is called doTERRA, and it’s for aromatic, topical, or dietary use. The most potent oils are the pure ones that can be ingested safely, so make sure you find the ones that are so safe and so strong that you can use them externally and internally. I mix about a tablespoon of shea, a tablespoon of olive, and 7 drops of orange oil or peppermint oil, melt in a glass bowl suspended in warm water, and that lasts me 3 days. A little goes a long way! 🙂 I love this blog.

    • nappy headed black girl says:

      First, a million hugs for the compliment. We love you, too <3

      And thanks for the recommendation…this is a new company to me. I Googled them and I like their philosophy but those prices are ridic :-0
      $25 for 15 ml of cinnamon oil? Clutch the pearls!

  9. Almasi says:

    Essential oils do not have the same strong scents like artificial fragrance oils.But then the fragrance oils do not have the healing benefits of essential oils.
    You may have to spritz it more often but you should be careful since orange essential oil makes the skin and hair more sensitive to UV rays from the sun. So I would not recommend doing it daily.
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