Review: Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Oil

I prefer Korean and Japanese beauty products over American and European ones. Why? Cos I’m Asian and they’re formulated for Asians like me. They’re generally more affordable than their Western counterparts. Another reason is the research it took to come up with these products. Japanese are really finicky when it comes to their beauty and healthcare products so I trust them with my body. I’ve only been to Japan twice and both times I came home with a huge haul of products I wanted to try. I didn’t really know what they were wore because most of the packaging had no English translation but since they were affordable, I bought them anyway.

The Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Oil, I only bought after coming home from Japan and reading Japanese beauty articles. My hair is very fine and always in tangles. It doesn’t help that I’ve subjected it for years to bleaching and dyes. So I suffer a lot from hair fall and breakage, also daily frustration when combing out the tangles. I decided to buy one from Japanichi store (an online local shop for Japanese products) and see it it will help my unmanageable hair.

Features

  • The Tsubaki, or Camellia flower, is packed with oleic acids that are extremely compatible with our own skin.
  • Fragrance free / No artificial coloring / No mineral oils / Surfactant free / Alcohol free / Paraben free / Hypoallergenic / No unhealthy additives
  • Japanese men and women commonly use camellia oil to moisturize their skin, face and hair.
  • Massage a few drops into damp clean hair ends to nourish dry hair, split ends, and dull strands. Style as usual.
  • Generous 2 oz. Bottle is an excellent value from Japan’s leading maker of Tsubaki Oil.
  • 100% Natural, Imported from Japan.

Trial

Since I didn’t understand the directions, I applied the oil on damp hair. Although I noticed that it made brushing and detangling easier, the oil weighed down my hair and made it look greasy when my hair dried. I noticed that the oil is easily absorbed by the hair and hands which I guess is a good thing. The other times I applied it, I made sure to only use a few drops. I guess the oil goes a long way. My hair didn’t feel so heavy unlike the first time I tried it. In the booklet there were illustrations of what looked like dry scalp with dandruff. I badly suffer from dandruff too so I started massaging the oil into my scalp. So far, my dandruff has toned down although I still get the itchies from time to time. Maybe with more use, my scalp will be healthier and dandruff-free.

Verdict

I will definitely keep on using this product. My hair isn’t as brittle as before. It’s easier to comb and detangle. It also keeps my dandruff at bay.

Ease of use: Rating: ★★★☆☆
Affordability: Rating: ★★½☆☆
Availability: Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Effectiveness: Rating: ★★★★☆
Overall Rating: Overall Rating: ★★½☆☆

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