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So oils are a big thing right now. I mean, they've been around for a LONG time, but for some reason crowds of people have picked up on their usefulness and are using them for everything! I have dabbled in oils just a little bit. I am certainly intrigued and want to get into it, but with everything, there is a price, and as a stay-at-home mom, that price is often not affordable. I love that I have been given the opportunity to try a few oils for the purpose of reviews, and I have enjoyed my experience enough to truly think about investing more seriously in oils. I just appreciate how versatile and all-encompassing they are. I recently received a large bottle of Oleavine Neem Oil, and this is one of those "cure all" oils.
Neem Oil comes from the Neem tree which is native to India, where it is referred to as the "Divine Tree". Most often, Neem Oil is used in hair and skincare products, although it also makes a decent pest control. It has a very distinct earthy scent, which makes it optimal to mix with other essential oils to create a more pleasing scent. That way, you reap the benefits of the Neem Oil, while masking the scent. Oleavine uses unrefined and solvent-free Neem Oil that they cold press. Essentially, that is the least destructive way to get the oil from the nuts. On top of that Oleavine uses no synthetic fragrances, preservatives, parabens, petroleum, phthalates, sulfates gluten, and they do not test on animals. The only ingredient on the bottle is: Neem Oil. It is very rare that you find a cosmetic product that has so few ingredients.
I have never used Neem Oil before, so I had no idea what to expect. I figured it would have a pungent scent such as Tea Tree Oil, which I have really grown accustomed to over time. This is not the case for this. It has a nutty, earthy scent that truly takes some getting used to. Instead of using this for my skincare needs, I have chosen to add small amounts to my conditioner to aid in my hair care routine, and will be also using this as pest control as the stink bug population is OUT OF CONTROL this year. I found 3 of them in my clothes just yesterday - Gross! We also are going to start a garden in the Spring, so I am going to save (or buy more) of this to keep the pest away without compromising the integrity of our vegetation. I have heard wonderful reviews regarding it's ability to keep plants free of bugs, so I have high hopes. As far as adding this to my hair care routine, I have found my hair to be much shinier and more manageable since doing so. Sometimes my hair can get a little frizzy and this really helps to give my hair a straight, sleek, shiny look.
Although it has a unique scent, I have found ways to incorporate this into my routine, and have seen the benefits that it produces, so I give the Oleavine Neem Oil 8 stars:
If you are interested in purchasing your own, you can buy a very large bottle of it (12 oz) for only $15.95 on Amazon.