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Remember the days when our #1 moisturizer-shopping criteria was that it was oil-free? Many of us grew up fearing any product with a “heavy” or “greasy” finish, convinced that these products were clogging our pores and causing breakouts. Unfortunately, our fears were (somewhat) founded: mineral oil, an element found in many old-fashioned moisturizers, is a non-plant-based substance and can in fact cause breakouts. To counteract this, the “oil-free craze” happened, leaving many of us with dehydrated complexions that produced more oil to counteract the dryness. Additionally, oil was often replaced with ingredients like silicones, which simply sit on top of the skin, causing even more congestion.

Thankfully, oil-based products have come a very long way from the days of pore-clogging mineral oil, and there are now a dizzying array of products that will provide grease-free nourishment to your complexion, hair, and body. Plant, fruit, flower, and herb-based oils are generally light, nourishing, and easily absorbed by the skin and hair, leaving none of the unsightly residue that we once feared. Check out my following picks for the very best oils for face, skin and hair!

Almond Supple Skin Oil from L’Occitane

This is one of the products that started my oil obsession. My husband actually has much drier skin than I do, and has used oils on his face for years (he’ll even use Aquaphor in a pinch!). A couple of years ago, he started using this L’Occitane almond oil on his face, and loved the texture and scent so much that he still uses it today. I love stealing it and using it all over my body — it’s the perfect balance of light and nourishing.

Supercritical Chia Oil

You know how the food world is suddenly obsessed with chia seeds? Well, it’s for good reason: these tiny wonders are packed with nutrients from omega-3s to antioxidants and vitamins. This oil (available at my good friend’s beautiful online store, Straw and Gold) concentrates all of that goodness and brings it right to your skin in the form of organic chia seed oil — my friend swears that it has totally changed her sensitive skin for the better.

SW Basics Mini Makeup Remover

One of my biggest beauty pet peeves is when an eye makeup remover irritates my eyes. The stuff is designed to be used around the eye area, so why are my eyeballs on fire?! That’s why I love this makeup remover by S.W. Basics that I carry on my site, Hoot — it’s a mix of three organic oils with no fillers, and it’s perfectly sized for fixing raccoon eyes on the go.

Rosehip and Camellia Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum

As much as my husband and I love our L’Occitane oil, we recently got seriously hooked on this anti-oxidant serum that blends multiple healing oils into one deliciously lavender-scented potion. Hey, we’re not getting any younger, so this treatments’ promises to naturally and gently decrease fine lines with no chemicals is a major bonus.

Water Lily Body Oil

I recently became acquainted with Osmia, a lovely line made with mostly organic ingredients that’s based out of Colorado. I was intrigued by this “water lily” body oil, which is a heady mix of vetiver, ginger lily and juniper oil. It’s spicy and almost masculine, but it’s surprisingly sexy, and I’ve been using it daily to combat the effects of a very drying winter.

Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil by Bumble and bumble

As a lady with fine hair, I was a little bit more hesitant to adopt oils into my hair care routine than I was with my skin care routine. Afraid that the super-moisturizing ingredients would weigh my hair down, I chose this product that mixes light oils with a bit of silicone, which adds light hydration and shine and also protects hair from heat-related damage. Just a bit on my ends before and after styling makes a major difference.

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Omega (+) Nourishing Oil

If you have hardier locks and are looking for a more deeply repairing and frizz-fighting product, I’m a big fan of Alterna’s Caviar Anti-Aging line. Packed with a seriously concentrated dose of omega-3 fatty acids from caviar extract, this stuff is seriously transforming for stressed-out hair.

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    Vanessa @ Living in Steil | April 21, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    All of these products sound great. I’ve used a few products from Alterna and I’ve ways been happy with them, and you can’t go wrong with anything from L’Occitane!

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    Anne Marie | April 21, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Very insightful post. I wrote one very similar, Single Ingredient Beauty Products, featuring almond oil, coconut oil, and various essential oils. I love using almond oil as an eye makeup remover and emu oil as an all over moisturizer.

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    esharp1978 | April 21, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    I really love Sonia Kashuk’s oil and Fresh’s Seaberry!

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    Alex | April 23, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    I’m excited to hear that more people are talking about oils for your skin. But everyones skin reacts differently and there are studies proving how great mineral oil is. It is a shame when people make such a grand statement, shutting down a wonderful oil that works for so many. This post summarizes a study quite well:

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