22 May

Grease ‘er up.

Oil wrestling is the national sport of Turkey. If this photo gets you all hot and bothered, click here.

Seems like ever since argan oil (“Moroccan” oil) was successfully marketed as a “miracle” beauty treatment, more focus has been given to plant-based oils as natural and beneficial beauty ingredients.

Oils have been used for dietary, medicinal and cosmetic purposes throughout human history*. There is a whole alphabet of oils out there that you can use to slather and gloss with. Here are two ways to slick up and get down.


Ever wake up looking like Meeko in someone else’s den with nary a facial wipe in sight? Never fear! Most people have olive oil (usually in the kitchen) and toilet paper. Presto! ‘Coon eyes wiped away and you look dewy and lovely.

Some eye makeup removers (especially those in liquid form) can be very harsh on your delicate peeper tissue and cause irritations. Instead, use (you guessed it) oil on a cotton pad to clear the junk off and condition your skin. You already know Rose Oil‘s dexterity as a beauty base and especially as a makeup remover. I use it to wipe the drag queen load of globbity glob off my eyelashes.  Lighter oils like Virgin Olive, Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Grape seed, Vitamin E and Chamomile are great for your eyes and don’t leave as much grease behind. Use heavier oils like Coconut as a body moisturizer. All these oils are cheap if you buy them “as is” (versus packaged as beauty products) at your drugstore, health store or supermarket.

Dorian Corey

Click on the link right below this photo for the full scoop on Dor Cor’s mummy!

 What do Dorian Corey and the Ancient Egyptians have in common? A penchant for eyeliner and mummies. She had one in her tomb closet!! 

Of course, if you’d prefer to buy than create, The Balm Eye Make Up Break-Up is the best manufactured eye makeup remover. It comes in a tin and has a lighter consistency than Vaseline and is easier to spread. Most importantly, it will not throw a tantrum and spill everywhere which is a danger when travelling with oil.

HAIR SKRUNCHEROO POTION: Coconut Oil, Salt, Lemon and Water

Get a plastic spritzer and mix coconut oil, salt, lemon and water. It’s up to you to decide the proportions but remember that with coconut a little goes a long way. Add the oil first as a base and pile on the rest of the ingredients. Shake well and spritz sparingly and scrunch.

beach on your head! Yumiko Utsu’s “Octopus Portrait” (2009)

The hair potion is  a very cheap way to get beach hair (the lemon and salt lightens your strands as well) but you can always use Sally Hershberger’s Wave Spray, Wavy Hair instead which, incidentally, smells like coconut.

So how about you? Do you use oils? Do you have any other tricks for me to learn? Do you prefer to make your own beauty concoctions or trust and prefer store-bought? Tell me tell me tell me!

* Note: Ancient Greeks and Romans adored their olive oil salves while folks in Ancient Egypt preferred ben and balanos oils as bases for their aromas. The O’odham introduced jojoba to settlers as a way to treat burns and wounds. Berber women have long produced argan oil for cooking and the growing demand of the oil as a cosmetic has assisted many to establish economic independence


Yumiko Utsu’s “Octopus Portrait” photo credit

3 Responses to “Slick”

  1. Jacqui May 23, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    Olive oil was my hair savior when I was visiting a bald friend and forgot to bring conditioner (why a bald person has shampoo but not conditioner escapes me to this day, as I’d imagine they don’t need either). I would just shampoo and then rub a little on my hands and run my hands through my hair. Also, this sounds weird but I have really really dry elbows and olive oil + plastic wrap on my elbows, leave on for like 20 min and they are soooo soft.

    I can’t believe you didn’t mention tea tree oil in the post!! It’s my go to oil for like, literally everything. It’s a natural antibacterial and antifungal. When I have acne or igrown hairs, I dab a little on and they are gone within a day or two. Also great for cleaning piercings, though it can be a little harsh so probably best to mix it with a bit of grapeseed oil for that. Also, a light mix of tea tree oil and water in a spray bottle works great for smelly shoes. My mom also used a concoction of tea tree oil and olive oil left on my hair overnight when I was a kid and had lice, worked like magic without all the nasty chemicals of the over the counter stuff. Tea tree oil is the best, seriously.

    • fabrikreklame May 23, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

      WOW! Amazing! Thanks for sharing this — I have learned so much! This is why I always tell you to post comments instead of telling me your comments in person so that we can spread knowledge and get wicked smaht about oils and schmears. You should write a guest post expanding on this/anything you would want to write about!


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    […] In conclusion, both EO and Living Proof products are truly fabulous products that do wonders for the health and look of your hair. Living Proof frizz may be better at keeping the hair clouds at bay during a tropical rain storm (or a New York summer), but the EO Coconut & Hibiscus offers a twist on the olfactory sensation we associate with the ‘the tropics’ (examples of this “traditional tropical” scent type being found in products like the Sally Hershberger’s Wavy Spray and the DIY beach hair spray mentioned in an earlier post). […]

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