Are These Affordable Oil Blends as Good as My DIYs?

I gave new Oil Essentials a close, skeptical look...

An oil collection need not be an expensive hoard of amber bottles to protect like Smaug’s treasure. With some research, you can build a collection to use on just about everything. And while I may be an experiment-prone gal, I know some of you simply do not have time for that.

Some of my favorite oil blends for the face are evening primrose and sea buckthorn, which are great for balancing sebum and treating acne and scarring; but both are pricey to buy solo and not fun to use straight. The guesswork can be immense when you are trying to formulate a blend that is cheap, effective and safe.

That’s why when Oil Essentials crossed my desk, I got excited for those of you who need affordable and time-saving shortcuts to git 'er done.

Oil Essentials is a line of oil blends available at Rite Aid and at Walmart, and that makes it within reach of many, even if it’s online. The collection uses carrier oils to deliver exotic oils, and the blends are pretty appealing.

I grabbed a bottle of Oil Essentials Omega 3, 6, 9, & Evening Primrose Revitalize blend and the Seabuckthorn & Borage Oil Nourish blend to see what the fuss was and if these blends are as good as the made at home with care good stuff that I’m rather fond of.

One of the reasons these blends are so affordable are the carrier oil bases. The Nourish blend uses avocado and the Revitalize uses sunflower; both are great for different types of skin. I would recommend the Nourish for dry skin, the Revitalize for combination or acneic.

The blends are intriguing. They contain a few ingredients that, at first, I was worried about, but after some Google-fu I learned that capryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid copolymer and diheptyl succinate are simply common skincare additives that help the product moisturize and spread, and that they are derived from coconut and castor oil, to boot.

In the Revitalize blend, exotic oils of Inca peanut and evening primrose are blended in a sunflower and meadowfoam seed oil base. I used this on my body, face and hair, and it was great on all three. I prefered it for hair, because I wasn’t crazy about the fragrance—just a personal preference. Evening primrose oil is typically $4 per ounce, so this blend is an affordable delivery of it at $10.99 for an almost two-ounce bottle.

The Seabuckthorn & Borage Nourish blend is a winner for in-between skin. If you have dry skin or wrinkles and acne, you can use this power punch of avocado, meadowfoam seed, and exotic borage and seabuckthorn oils.

Seabuckthorn oil can be very pricey, but I really love it for acne, as its high vitamin C, polyphenol, and carotene content are just what you need to heal active zits. Borage oil is also a high linoleic acid oil, which is best for thinning out sebum, while its BHA content of salicylic acid helps resurface skin and banish the blemish.

Are these oils as good as my at home DIY blends? The short answer is yes! This could be what you’re looking for if you have a hard time dropping 20 bucks every time a new ‘it’ oil comes out. The line has other options that are great for other things, too! I saw a macadamia and sweet almond oil blend that is just reaching out for dry hair to love and care for. You can decide what works best for you and pay just a hair over 10 dollars to bring it home!

  • Any other drugstore multitaskers you want to share?
  • Which of these blends would you go for?

Photos: Darnell Scott