I've wholeheartedly embraced the beauty oil trend of the past few years. I've been a fan of body oils for a while, and now that I've incorporated facial oils and hair oils into my regimen as well, I keep wanting to recommend them to other people. My latest crush in this product category is Lulu Organics Lavender & Clary Sage Hair Oil. Its ingredients (all organic) are argan oil, soy oil, apricot kernel oil, olive oil, camelina oil, rosemary, horsetail and essential oils, and its scent is "the clean and intoxicating aroma of lavender perfectly partnered with an invigorating clary sage and a touch of rosemary."
What exactly does one do with a hair oil? Just think of it as an intensive, leave-in moisturizing product. I find a good hair oil to be a useful multi-tasker: I work a few drops into my curly-wavy hair as an overnight treatment, or add just one drop to my styling cream, or apply the tiniest bit to the ends of my hair once it's dry, as an anti-frizz serum. Lulu Organics's oil works well in these various capacities without actually feeling oily, if you know what I mean; my hair soaks it up and just looks softer and healthier as a result. (And I don't see why you couldn't use it as a body oil, too!)
That description above is quite accurate: the scent of this oil is a mix of true lavender with a heavy dose of clary sage and a hint of rosemary. At the risk of sounding like an aromatherapist, it's simultaneously calming and grounding. You have to like clary sage (which I do!) to enjoy this fragrance, since clary sage is an essential oil with a strong personality and it tends to dominate lighter notes like florals or citrus. Here, its aromatic, musky-herbal character enhances the sensory experience of working the oil through your hair. The lavender adds a softer side to the scent and makes it just a touch more conventionally feminine.
I can't discuss this product without praising the packaging, which persuaded me to purchase this oil in the first place. It's just a simple glass bottle with a neat dropper opening, but the label design looks like a cross between an Aubrey Beardsley illustration and a costume design for Cher, circa 1972. It gives me a little aesthetic lift every time I pick it up.
Lulu Organics Lavender & Clary Sage Hair Oil now ranks alongside Aroma M Beauty Camellia Hair Oil as one of my favorite hair products; the Aroma M oil smells refined and lushly feminine, of course, whereas the Lulu Organics blend is more earthy and bohemian. Both work to tame and nourish my hair, which needs a little extra care after this long winter, and both manage to capture my imagination with their fragrances.