I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
The last few years have seen a surge in the popularity of natural oils as beauty aids, am I right? I definitely embraced argan oil, and a lot of you worship at the church of coconut oil. There's also moringa oil, maracuja oil, marula oil, and some oils that don't start with M, like camelia and avocado.
But nothing has struck me like the Next Big Oil like this does:
Dilo oil. No, that's not a sex-toy lube typo.
Dilo oil is a rare extract from a nut found only on--get this--the windward side of the Wakaya island in Fiji. Crabs eat the shells, and then the locals collect the nuts, sun-dry them, cold-press them, and use it for freakin' everything. At least they do now, because back in the 1800s, only royalty was allowed to use it. Fancy!
Kate Somerville, one of my favorite skincare gurus, visited Wakaya, and when she saw the locals, she was like, holy crap, they're ageless! Glowing, even skin with nary a wrinkle or spot. So she bottled it.
See, dilo oil is crazy-strong: its potent in both lipids and smell. So she blended it with other beneficial oils to create a concoction that combines dilo's anti-aging, moisture-holding powers with the perks of coconut oil and moringa oil, among others. Think of it like a greatest-hits album with a really amazing new single.
So, check it out. It does beautiful things to skin over time, but even immediately, it makes skin look radiant and hydrated.
Here's my bare skin, no serums or moisturizers or anything:
And after a couple drops of Kate Somerville Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment:
It's also great for hair. Check out the difference when I used it on only half of my head:
The left (my right) side is way puffier, while the other side is smooth as all get-out.
It's a super-light formula, and it smells more like gardenia or tuberose than the dilo nut's reportedly acquired taste of a scent.
I won't be the least bit surprised if other brands follow suit with dilo-based oil blends. But because it's more rare than other types of oils, be prepared to spend a little more on it. Kate Somerville's formula is $65 for one ounce, and half an ounce of straight-up dilo oil from Pure Fiji will set you back $50.