Oshima Tsubaki Oil

 Oshima Tsubaki Oil
Oshima Tsubaki OilOshima Tsubaki Oil


22 reviews

90% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$


100% Pure Camellia Japonica Seed Oil

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on 3/17/2017 11:49:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I never thought I'd ever bother reviewing something as simple as an oil, but this really impressed me. I have wavy/curly 2c hair and live in a dry climate thats been even drier than usual this year. I do a hair conditioning technique called LOC (liquid, oil, cream) where after washing and using rinse off conditioner, I use a little Hada Labo lotion as my liquid, a little oil on my ends and then my leave-in conditioner. I had been using jojoba oil as my oil and it was great until the winter when it got cold and dry. I figured it was time for a heavier oil but heavy oils like olive would be so tricky to use (plus the smell), and coconut oil can freeze on the hair in cold temps.

I have gotten into Asian skincare over the last couple years and read that this was popular item for hair and skin, and tsubaki oil is a staple of Japanese haircare. Because of the high-oleic acid content, I won't try it on my skin as that will break me out, but I wanted to try it for my hair. Plus, it was available over Amazon Prime which is often a deciding factor in trying something.

This stuff has saved my hair this winter, and I only need to use a little bit to get the benefits. I use like 3 drops for my armpit length hair. It has no smell, and as long as I keep it under about 3 drops, no grease, just softer hair. I also like to put a couple drops in my deep conditioning treatment as a booster, and sometimes the night before I wash I'll put in something like 5-6 drops on dry hair as a pre-shampoo treatment.

I keep my bottle in the shower and it's pretty easy to open with wet hands which I was nervous about being glass and all. The dropper is nice for dispersing the proper amount of product.

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on 11/28/2016 7:35:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

Absolutely beautiful product. I've actually bought 100ml of pure tsubaki oil in Japan while I was there from another brand, but I'm almost done with it so I got this one as backup since I can't find the one that I got anywhere in the internet, but they smell, feel and look the same so I'll just write my review here.

So far this and shea butter has helped me tremendously in getting rid of most of my acne scars for the past year. I use 3 drops of this + a small swab of shea butter on my face before I go to sleep every night and I won't have to moisturize next morning because my face feels amazing and moisturized every time I do that.

My hair has seen better days as it's not as thick as compared to 2 years back and also not as healthy looking possibly due to the high amounts of stress the previous year but this oil helped it regain back to its previous state. Kind of. Like my hair is still quite thick, but it gets dry and lifeless really quickly so I use this to tame it back by coating my wooden comb with the oil and brushing it on my damp hair. Gives hair this sheen that makes it look like it's from a shampoo commercial.

Incoming random pimple? Put a small bit of camellia oil on the bump and it'll disappear within half a day.

You'd think that using oil to moisturize oily oil would make it worse, but camellia oil especially changed my skin so much that it's a miracle. I'm not even thinking about going back to normal gel/cream/water based moisturizers after this. This is enough for me.

on 8/21/2016 11:48:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I was really excited to buy a bottle of camellia oil on my trip to Japan, simply because I'd heard so much about it and Japanese women appear to have such beautiful hair. I have to admit , I was a bit disappointed. I tested a couple camellia oils in a store in Tokyo, one of them smelled divine but I ended up going with this brand because it was on all the must-have lists. To my disappointment, this product has zero scent! It's also on the heavy side and way too easy to overdo. It doesn't really absorb and it weighs my hair down. It also doesn't feel particularly useful for frizz. The bottle is so beautiful, and you get a ton of product (given how little you need to apply each time), but ultimately I'm going to try another brand.

on 8/16/2016 1:49:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

Great multipurpose product. I smooth a few drops into my hair after blow drying to cut down frizz, of course. But I also mix a drop or two in with my eye cream for a little added - non greasy - moisture. It's been a lifesaver for my chronically dry hands and cuticles. I drop out a generous amount every night and really work it into my hands before adding a layer of lotion on top, and it's been keeping my skin happy through all kinds of abuse (home renovation is hell on your hands, just so you know). It's such a big bottle and the price is so reasonable that I don't feel like I have to be a miser with it, which I appreciate.

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on 7/28/2016 1:56:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Another one of my HG product. I know it's mainly for hair but I use it for my face. I incorporate my moisturizer with a few drop of this oil then I'm set for the night. It is by far the lightest oil I have come acrossed. I have tried, jojoba, shea, filtered shea, sweet almond, grapeseed, baobab, olive, coconut. With grapeseed and jojoba oil being the 2nd runner up lightest oil I've tried.

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I have thick, fine, damaged (from bleach), chin length hair and when I apply this oil my hair is manageable and no longer looks like straw. It is very silky after blow drying. I only use 2-3 drops (and apply when my hair is wet (but not dripping wet) by rubbing on my hands and lightly running my them through my hair. I used to use too much for my hair and it made it greasy. So you have to experiment to figure out how much you need.

I find this oil works to restore hair vitality better than argan oil (Josie Maran's and Acure Organics), Agave oil, Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry oil, coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil. Out of these other oils, olive oil was the best. The Alterna was OK when my hair wasn't so damaged.

I haven't had any trouble with the oil going bad and I've had it for 6+ months. I keep it in the box out of sunlight.

The bottle is huge and has a drip top that releases the oil slowly.

So sorry to say...The Tsubaki oil does give me a skin reaction even though it is usually well tolerated. I noticed that I get itchy only on days after I have used it. Maybe I'm using too much oil. I think that I will try it with the hinoki comb that the Japanese use. If that doesn't work, I'm going to use olive oil again.

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Brown, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Kinky, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I have recently relaxed hair that until three months ago, was completely "75%" natural (no relaxer, some color). Due to increasing responsibilities, time restrictions, complicated hair texture, and lack of appropriate hairstylists in my area, I gave up and went back to the relaxer. To be honest, I was blessed with resilient hair that'd thrive in either way, I went with the way that made my life easier. Anyway, I found this oil at a TJMAXX a few months ago and it has fast become one of the best purchases I have ever made. It's like instant photoshop for my hair. Leaves my hair moisturized, makes my coloring much more intense, controls frizz, and it basically looks like my hair was laminated. Rollers are a breeze to do since the ends lay down flat, my drying time has also been cut to 45 minutes. My whole hair day is now 2 hours from start to finish and my hair looks great all week, I don't need to moisturize or touch it up. Seriously. It travels great because the oil can double as hand and body moisturizer. Not so great as a fave moisturizer, as I have dry, hormonal acne prone skin. But other than that, a refreshing surprise that is worth every penny. I may not purchase again as Argan Oil has proven to be the powerhouse that is famed to be in my case, as it fades dark spots and evens up my skin while also being great for my hair.

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on 7/29/2015 12:31:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Multi purpose oil. Good for face, hair, eyes, and body. For now I use it for my face, eyes, and certain parts of my body.

ē face: I'm an acne prone and this oil does its job really well. As mentioned in a Japanese blog (this oil was originated from Japan), It can cure acne by using it as a facial wash and moisturizer. I splash my face with warm / hot water, put 3-4 drops of tsubaki oil on my hands and I massage my face for 1 minute. Rinse with cold water to "lock" the oil. If I feel some residue after, that's okay because I don't need to put more oil as moisturizer. No need to worry that it will clog your pores because what happens is it makes my face acne free even during my period (for the first time since forever). It heals my already there acne pretty fast too. Plus point, it shrinks my pores. No need to use too much because it will feel greasy. Otherwise, it absorbs quickly and non sticky.

ē eyes: I use it as eyes serum, put it on my lash line too to promote eyelash growth. I like how it moistures my eyes. I don't use eye cream anymore since I use this oil as my eyes treatment.

ē body: I use it for my certain parts of my body that suffer from super dry condition. After several days, I can see the dry and patchy parts get better and smooth.

Verdict: I love it and worth the price.

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on 3/27/2015 5:49:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

It's about time I did a review on this, since I've just gone through three bottles of it in the last four months and have just gone out to buy another two. The reason I go through the camellia oil so fast is because I use it for both my face and hair. These are some of the beauty routines I use that incorporate camellia oil:

1) I use it to remove my makeup. This works like a dream -- I put a few drops on to a cotton pad (I use thick Japanese ones) and wipe it over my eyes, brows, cheeks, everything, and it takes off everything without me having to pull my skin hard. It's pure camellia oil, which is fantastic because then I know my skin doesn't have to put up with harsh chemicals. After I make sure all the day's makeup is off, I massage my face for a minute or two with this oil still on. This is also known in Korea as the double cleansing method -- after the oil, I wash my face with my normal cleanser, and it's always soft and hydrated after, with no breakouts at all.

2) I use it as a pre-shampoo hair treatment. I do this every day before I shampoo. I'll pour about 3-4 drops in my cupped palm, rub my hands together, then smooth the oil all over my hair from the nape of the neck down to the ends. Then I go off to shampoo and condition as usual (my conditioner is the Shiseido Tsubaki one). When it's done and dried, my hair is soft and shiny all the way down to the ends. It's now waist length. And my perm is now fourteen months old, but it still looks curly and shiny. No more fried ends like I had last year.

3) As a lip conditioner. Sometimes when I feel like my lips are particularly dry, I run a clean fingertip along the rim of the opening and dab it onto my lips. It sinks in and hydrates them.

I have tried so many other oils -- grapeseed, coconut, jojoba, rosehip, argan, etc, but none come close to camellia in terms of lightness. I've heard that Japanese women all use this on their hair -- and they're seriously a nation where every girl could be a hair model -- and it's worked for me, my hair is now down to my waist. I'm hoping it has protective/regenerative effects on my skin too, but I'll only be able to tell you that when I'm older and have been using it consistently for years.

This is not the most fantastic of packaging, because it comes in a traditional glass bottle that you have to turn upside down to get the oil out. I wouldn't recommend it for travelling unless you put it in one of those atomizers and use it as an oil spray. But it's worth it knowing that this is a traditional pure Japanese product and all natural.

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

This is definitely a miss for me, and there arenít many misses among my haul in Japan.

Truth be told, Iím about to throw Oshima Tsubaki Oil away. Thereís still 60% of the oil sitting in the glass bottle. No, Iím not being wasteful. Read on and youíll know why I have no other choice.

6 Reasons why this is a huge miss for me.

1. Too Oily
2. Inconvenient Application
3. Smells Bad after a While
4. Not Easy to Spread
5. Prefer Pump Dispenser
6. Not Travel Friendly

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