[Review] Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Oil

If you are in Japan, you have definitely heard of Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Oil. A long time bestseller on the highly trusted COSME Beauty awards, it was praised for being a multi-purpose oil for hair, scalp and skincare made from all natural, plant-based oil composing of 100% camellia oil, while being free of artificial fragrances, colorants and mineral oil. The Tsubaki, or Camellia oil, is rich in oleic acids, plant collagen, skin vitamin A,D and E as well as omega fatty acids.

The Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Oil did not come in a modern packaging- in fact, it came in quite a heavy little glass bottle completed with a flip cap. Since I am a frequent traveller, the fact that this bottle adds to my luggage weight and is highly spill-able (it’s not an air-tight bottle) did not appeal to me. The oil too, is one of the thicker hair oils I ever came across, and I was quite apprehensive.

However, upon application to my hair ends, I could feel the Oshima Tsubaki Camellia oil working its magic. Due to the heaviness of the oil, the frizziness and waviness were immediately tamed and straightened. Also, the shine and moisture in my hair ends were obvious. While it did not last the entire 8 hours at work, it did manage to keep the flyaway hairs away for most of the part. Application to dry elbows and knees also kept it quite smooth during the entire day.

Japan Tsubaki Camellia Oil skin swatch

While the oil have its positives, there are certain important points to keep in mind if you decide to use this. First, do not dispense more than 2-3 drops of oil per use. This is an extremely heavy oil and applying too much at one go would make your hair look greasy and limpy – nothing too far from an unwashed mane which had gone through 3 shifts at the local diner kitchen. Second, it is recommended to apply on hair ends only- do not use it on the entire hair length or the scalp. Contrary to what the manual recommends, this might be overkill if you are living in hotter climates, or if you have dandruff or an oily scalp. Third, it might not be ideal if you are looking to alleviate your cold itches or sores in the winter. While it protected the skin well against moisture loss in normal air-conditioning, it was slow in repairing affected dry skin- you would do much better with an emu oil or oil-rich repair lotion.

On the whole, this is still a great hair oil to have- and especially if you have very dry, thick and frizzy hair. Keep in mind the usage tips though!

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