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Hair Care Essential: Tea Tree Oil

October 31, 2014

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I'm all about using natural products, but it can be very difficult to find ones that are effective...so why not go to the source. I received this awesome bottle of pure tea tree oil from Apothecary Extracts a few weeks ago and am loving my results.

Prior to receiving my sample, I had never used oil of any kind in its pure form. I did, however, use several hair care products, including my shampoo, that contain tea tree oil as their main ingredient. Tea tree oil has a ton of benefits, one of which is its ability to clarifies the scalp and hair follicles. This quality will leave you with fabulously shiny, healthy hair. 

The thought of using oil in its natural form did scare me, but Apothecary Extracts includes an a virtual booklet of over 53 uses for this versatile item. Recipes include everything from hair care and acne treatments to household cleaning formulas. I found the first aid benefits to be extra useful, since they were so simply and easily made. 

sample at-home facial mask recipe
2 Tbsp. of green or red clay powder
Water (amt. dependent on desirable consistency)

Tons of high end cosmetic brands, such as Josie Maran and Fresh, are based on the concept pure oil-based beauty. They speak to the idea that oil will counteract skin and hair that is naturally oil-prone and moisturize dry, flaky hair and skin without leaving residue. To start, I put a few droplets of tea tree oil into my almost empty bottle of Bumble&Bumble hair lotion, which I spray into my hair while it is still wet, prior to my blow dry. After application, my hair was not greasy or sticky, so I continued with my typical blow dry process. My end results were really amazing. My hair was super shiny and my frizz was non-existent, which is very rare for me. No matter what products I use, the frizz is never fully tamed, but with a few droplets of this oil, a perfectly smooth finish was achieved. 

One cautionary note...do not use excessively. A few droplets is all you need. If you are using in a spray from, as I did initially, be sure to only use a few. Over-saturation with the oil paired with other products will leave an undesirable result. I got a little overly excited with my first few results and my hair was way too greasy the last time. 2-4 sprays, depending on your hair length and thickness, is sufficient.

If you are hesitant about trying pure oils, this particular one, for it's purity, size, and price point, is a great place to start. It can be purchased on Amazon for $24. 

Leave a comment below if you have any pure oil or oil-based beauty products you've used and recommend! 

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