In the classic Japanese book The Tale of Genji, literature that dates back to the early 11th century and written by Murasaki Shikubu, it is revealed that the Geisha of Japan used Camellia Oil on their hair for its nutritious and shine-giving properties.
The oil is obtained from processing the seeds of the Camellia Japonica flower through a cold-press. Because it undergoes no heat-refining or the addition of any chemicals, it’s a natural oil that retains most of its nutritional benefits. Rich in Omega-6 fatty acids and anti-aging antioxidants, Camellia oil has been used for both skin and hair treatments for many years in China and Japan.
It’s a common misconception that the Geisha were prostitutes or comfort women of some kind; they were more entertainers than anything, ethereally beautiful with immaculate skin, perfectly shaped hairstyles, and heart-shaped lips- a look all their own. Needless to say, they took their beauty treatments and rituals seriously.
Camellia oil can repair damaged hair and split ends, and provides natural anti-dandruff benefits. It works particularly well for color-treated hair, restoring lustre and shine while protecting the hair cuticle from environmental pollutants.
Recently, American perfumer Maria McElroy launched a special haircare collection, Aroma M Beauty, based on Camellia Oil. Besides hair oil, the line includes skin and face oil.