I forgot to write a review for this for the longest time. I found this at my local Chinatown for $20 plus tax. It makes a very good conditioning oil for me. It is very thick in viscosity and you will only need to use a little bit but this stuff is wonderful. It really makes my hair gleam and softens while controlling frizz. I have tried many oils from Joico, Redken, Dermorganic, etc and this remains one of my top five favorite oils because it actually sinks in well and conditions my hair. My hair is left feeling and looking healthy. I prefer to apply it to my wet hair and then let it marinate during the day before shampooing it out. If your hair is normal to coarse and on the dry side, you might like this. The bottle is glass and it has an opening for the oil to pour out from. It is also 100% pure camelia oil with a light scent so it's a good bargain.
I purchased this tsubaki oil for my dry ends. It gives me hair a nice shine and keeps it soft. I massage it into my wet hair after a shower. However, I find that it is a bit difficult to spread as once it touches the hair, it likes to stay in that spot. The spots where the oil settles also looks quite oily to me when it dries. I solved this problem by mixing tsubaki oil into other hair oils or creams and then putting it in my hair. This spread the product more easily and prevented my hair from looking oil.
I also use this oil on my face since I have dry skin. The oil is fantastic for moisturising my face and soaks straight in. It soaks in a little too well probably as I have to spread the oil really quickly over my face before it's all gone.
I didn't want to like camelia oil.
I bought it to put in the ends of my hair.. that's it! "I don't need any other facial oils. I've got a bathroom full of SK-II, La mer, et cetera. I'll only buy this for my dry ends of my fine hair and maybe use it as a hot oil treatment because I had read somewhere the island where camelia oil is harvested the japanese women there have ridiculously long hair because they do hot oil treatments with camelia oil all the time." Why use it on my face? I like spending lots of money on skincare.. I love the luxurious packaging, I love the glow my face gets, but I'm a hoarder of beauty products and especially hair care (born with weak baby fine hair, and have decided to try and grow it out to waist length so I need all the help I can get here) so after reading a few reviews I wanted to give this a try.
So I bought a bottle for about $20 from a guy from Japan vie eBay. It comes in a really cute bottle, not too big, but this stuff you only need a few drops off so it will last for aaaaages. So far so good. Put it on the ends of my hair. The consistency of it is obviously oily but not at all greasy. Then I read it's molecular structure is really close to that of skin (or something like that) so our skin just drinks it in. Also it acts as a UV barrier. So I tried to put it on my face.
If my SK-II cellumination cream didn't cost so much I would've thrown it out of the window then and there!
Seriously. 1 or two drops daily in the morning for sun protection and 1 or 2 drops at night to moisturize is all I need. Same glow as my beloved cellumination cream. This stuff is fantastic. Makes my skin sooooo soft and firm, and the bottle lasts forever and saves me so much money since it's so cheap. Don't overdo it with more than 2 drops because then it's just too much. 1 or 2 and it sinks right in. Amazing.
Just try it! This stuff is seriously the bomb. Can't see myself living without it from now on.
Next I will try it as a hot oil treatment for my hair.
I accidentally bought the Kurobara brand that seriously looks exactly the same as this in terms of packaging. But it is also 100% tsubaki oil so I can't imagine the effects to be any different. I just finished the bottle and I really love it for its smoothing and softening effects. The oil is light and golden. I find it leaves my hair feeling smoother than when I apply coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner. It doesn't smell nice like coconut oil but that is a small drawback.
It is quite inexpensive (around $10 a bottle) and is worth it because I use 4 drops on my long hair and the bottle lasted me 7 months. I would repurchase, but this time I will make sure I get the Oshima brand to see if there is a difference.
This is a quintessential Japanese hair product that has been around for a really long time. I like to apply it on my damp hair and the next day my hair is smoother and shinier. Lots of shampoos/conditioners use this as an ingredient (like the Shiseido ones), but I think the real deal is better. I have shoulder long hair and 3-4 drops is good enough for me (sometimes it can get too greasy). A bottle lasts a long time and only costs something like $15 in Japan! There are also other brands of tsubaki oil but I've never tried them.
Amazing product. Better than argan oil.
I have to use about 5 drops for my hair because there is so much of it.
My hair looks better. I've used Fekkai, Phyto, Kevin Murphy products and my hair doesn't feel any better, but this makes a huge difference.
I put about 4 drops on my hand and rub them together and then I apply this to my hair and my hands don't feel greasy afterwards and it probably doubles as a hand cream for winter.
This oil makes my hair super soft and shiny. I have thick, long, frizzy, wavy hair and I use the tsubaki oil once or twice a month as a treatment before shampooing. I completely soak my hair in the oil (about 3-4 tablespoons), comb through, and tie up for an hour or so. After a regular washing my hair feels super moisturized and looks shiny and thick. I also use a few drops on my ends after blow drying. I love that this oil is rich but has no smell. Great value as well.
I used to have dry, wavy hair.
But after switching up my hairnets regime where I use about 6 drops for my hips length hair. I get smooth as silk hair that's easy to comb through, shiny, strong ends, and overall healthier looking hair.
This oil is very light, it's viscosity is that of a very light olive oil. The container is super easy to use, and the bottle will last you for ages. It is also supposed to be good for you face but I haven't been brave enough yet.
I finally got a bottle of this new treasure of mine. I wanted to get camelia oil for so long but only the pure one, and as most of them are mixed with silicones I left it aside until someone on this board (alia135) recommended thisone. This is a 100% pure camelia oil and was rated as a top hair care item a several times in a row in Japan so I decided to give ths a try. As far as I know Oshima is a peninsula on Hokkaido which is in the north of Japan so the name may also mean that the oil is pressed there, but as I donīt speak or read japanese I canīt tell, as their homepage doesnīt have an english version.
You get a nice simple glas bottle which comes in a yellow sealed package with a huge camelia japonica flower on it. Man I just hate the yellow colour in genereal, but I like the glas bottle =D The oil itself is non-scented, which Iīm really fond of but be carefull with it, itīs suuuuuper concentrated and whey it says 4 drops for styling, they mean 4 drops or youīll end up with greasy looking hair. It depends on your hair length how much you need. I put 4 drops on my (long) washed and towel-try hair length and ends and then blowdry my hair. Voila, shiny, lightweight and less frizzy hair ist the result I get. I also use this as an overnight treatment. I take a bigger amount then and massage this on my scalp, comb my hair with a wooden comb, so the oil dispenses evenly and my ends get a nice treatment too (yes, it will look totally greasy and nasty, but youīre going to sleep anyway, so who cares =D) put a towel around my hair so I donīt have to change my pillowslip the next day and go to bed then. I also noticed that my hair is not just more shiny after I started using Oshima Tsubaki, but my scalp also doesnīt get greasy that fast anymore (I donīt need to wash my hair every 2nd or 3rd day anymore, I often can wash it on the 4th day, which is a huge plus.) I think thats because I do the scalp massage night treatment. My hair is also less frizzy in general now and much easier to comb. I highly reccomend this if you are looking for a qualitative tsubaki oil without any additives. Itīs said you can also use this oil for your face as its pure Camelia oil but I didnīt try that out yet.