REVIEW: 100% Pure Camellia (Tsubaki) Oil

Here's a post about a product I tried from Wawaza, a Japan-based beauty concept store. 

If you love anything Japanese, you are bound to find such an amusing time going through the traditional Japanese beauty and wellness essentials from Wawaza website.

I use moisturizing body oils like a maniac so I'm super happy Wawaza sent me one of their top-selling products for review. I can't get enough of how it feels and I always enjoy the process of applying it. To me, it's a very luxurious "me-time" habit to practice. I take quite a while to dress up not because I take so long doing my hair or makeup, it's not even because I choose clothes so meticulously. I take so long to dress up because I take my time applying oil and letting my skin be nourished from deep within.

Among the many body oils I've tried, the Camelila Oil or Tsubaki Oil I tried from Wawaza stands out in my mind because it is the first traditional Japanese skin care product I've tried. I tried a lot of Japanese brands already but one that is a cultural heritage? Tsubaki Oil's my first.
Here's the  Camellia Oil that I got from Wawaza.

It's in a 30ml glass bottle wrapped with a hand painted sticker label. It's very simple yet I find it very elegant at the same time. I love simplicity in a product especially if it has that "personalized touch" to it. Suffice it to say, the simple sticker label with beautifully painted flowers got me smiling every day. 

If you're interested to try this Japanese Tsubaki Oil, it's only $18 for a 30ml bottle; but you know if you're going to get this, you should get it in its 100ml size already cause it's just $38 for a 100ml bottle. After trying it out, I don't see any reason why to skimp out on the product size. Get it here.

Besides its Japanese authenticity, Wawaza's Camellia Oil is purely organic and is purely  Camellia  Oil only. It has no additives and it has so many hair and body uses! (This is why I would recommend you get it in 100ml if you'd try it out) Below is Wawaza's brief description on the different uses of their 100% organic  Camellia  Oil.

As a skin conditioner, it is an excellent natural moisturizer and emollient (skin softener,) protecting skin from chafing and drying out, and replenishing vital nutrients.  It restores skin's pH balance and shields skin from penetration of environmental pollutants, and acts as a natural sun block by forming a barrier against harmful UV rays.

As a hair and scalp conditioner, Camellia oil supplies nutrients to the scalp and gently protects hair by replenishing vital nutrients which do not readily oxidize and deteriorate.  Camellia oil softens hair and is especially effective on dry scalp and stiff hair.  

Camellia oil is best for people with dry or normal/dry oil scalp.  It is nearly scentless, making it ideal for men, women, toddlers and children of all ages.

Beauty Junkies may be able to answer this question so I won't ask it to know and listen, but rather I'd ask it to leave you something to ponder on. Why use so many products for your hair and body if you can just use a 100% pure Japanese Camellia oil instead?

I only got to use the product for a week since I only had a 30ml bottle and I meant what I said about using body oil like a maniac. I use a lot of body oil per "session" as I apply it generously all over my body, from shoulders, arms, torso, stomach, back, and legs, oh especially on my legs. Noticeable was its unquestionable ability to moisten and soften the skin. For a body oil with a "medium" thick consistency, it didn't feel sticky at all. It wasn't even too warm on the skin. It didn't clog my pores and I didn't break out even if I use it sometimes thrice a day.

So definitely as a skin conditioner it's something you should definitely try at least once. It's amazing after a body scrub treatment or after shaving.

I only used it as a hair conditioner once. I used it like a leave on or cuticle coat. It didn't feel sticky and greasy on my hair but it did weigh my hair down. I wouldn't recommend it if you're planning on wearing your hair down and you wish the wind between your locks. I would recommend it however for styling hair. If your hair is unruly and you like your ponytail to be perfect, this product is great.

It's very cute and small, that's true, but it's also very important to note that the product is travel friendy.

The only thing I didn't like about it was its bottle. It was a bit difficult to get the product out of the bottle's mouth. In a bizarre way however, the bottle's "difficulty" in terms of dispensing the product, the good side it it's great for travelling knowing it won't spill; and two it helps ensure that the product doesn't go to waste. Since you would only need 3-4 drops of the product to apply the oil on your body, having a "difficult" mouth is a helpful bottle characteristic.

How about you? What's your body oil?

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Centuries old Japanese secret for a shine-free complexion.  For fresh looking complexion all day long, without the need for frequent makeup touch ups and makeovers.  For oily, normal, dry or sensitive skin types.

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  1. I've never tried body oil in my life... Might try it now, though.

  2. I just got myself some bio-oil!! I am starting to love oil moisturizer and hopefully it works !

  3. I've never tried any body oil @_@ lol

  4. i've heard a lot about tsubaki oil.. i'm so temted to try it ^^
    thanks for sharing kumi ^^
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  5. I don't really use body oils because I prefer lotions :) However, I have heard of camellia seed oil. I was using a Pure Beauty conditioner a few months back and it claims to have that oil. True naman, my hair became smoother. :) At home, my aunt uses oil from Ilog Maria so I guess that's also something you can try :)

    Mich of Mich Eats and Shops


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