Why Moringa oil of course. Or Olive, or perhaps Argan imported from Morocco. With so many fabulous oils to choose from these days deciding on which ones to use is a challenge in itself.
Your skin loves oil, it really does and for the most part the cells of the body and especially the skin are made up of at least 50% lipids that include oils, waxes, fats and phospholipids. We find all of these compounds in the botanical oils from almond to walnut. When we put them on our skin they both protect and combine with the oils our skin naturally produces. This protects the skin from weather and temperature extremes and retains moisture behind a lipid barrier.
Nefertiti would have been confined to oils produced around the Mediterranean basin but today we have the whole world at our beck and call thanks to the Internet and the ability to shop online.
Where to begin choosing oils to work with?
1. Look at Fatty Acid Ratios
2. Study Botanical Families
3. Explore by Region
4. Find Inspiration in History
These are only suggestions for learning and developing your knowledge of the oils available to us. But most importantly is to use them and experience how they feel on the skin. How do they feel at the end of the day and have they protected the skin and body thought the day since they were applied.
Nefertiti’s Own - a facial oil. Her Egyptian name means "a beautiful woman has come” and she lived and ruled Egypt nearly 3,500 years ago!
Let’s have fun here and make up a likely facial oil for Queen Nefertiti. Moringa oil would make a nice base as it’s high percentage of oleic acid along with very-long chain fatty acids would help protect her skin from the dry desert air and sun. A recent shipment of argan oil from Morocco gives her facial oil a boost of vitamin E antioxidants, polyphenols and squalene. And since her skin may have been prone to breakouts, she had her servants add a small amount of black seed oil of the Egyptian Nigella flower. So far so good but adding some baobab oil will round out this very nutritious facial oil. And while Nefertiti wouldn’t have any distilled essential oils as that was not invented until the 12th century AD, she would probably have some fresh roses macerated in the moringa oil.
Nefertiti's Facial Oil
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