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Has anyone ever tried Emu Oil?

I have been using pure emu oil as part of my nightly skin moisturizing and wrinkle fighting (at 35, it's time to start worrying about wrinkles lol) routine. By the way, it works wonders on the few wrinkles I do have, but I digress.

Since I smear it on my face and leave it on overnight, it does get into my bangs. Just recently I noticed that my bangs are very soft, shiny, curly, and most importantly, not greasy in the morning! Neither is my face, for that matter. It absorbs right into my skin, and apparently my hair as well. I'm thinking of trying a small amount all over my hair as a DT, and I wondered if anyone else has ever tried it. I'd love to hear anyone's experiences with it. :)
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    Good question. I use it on my face as it helps with rosacea redness, and I'm also using it right now on a burn with good effect. I thought it might be a bit viscous on hair, and expensive, but it would be great to see if others have tried it.


    ETA: The ultra emu oil I've been using on my face is $25 for one ounce, which is far too cost prohibitive to use on my hair.
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  • MagooMagoo Posts: 2,173Registered Users
    I remember reading somewhere that one of the benefits of emu oil is that it stimulates hair growth.
    I don't think it would hurt to try but could get expensive considering how much it would take to get it all over your hair.

    I wonder how it would work using 1 or 2 drops as a serum to smooth frizzies?
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  • CaleilaniCaleilani Posts: 728Registered Users
    I got curious and tried it one time back in 2002,because I heard it stimulated hair growth.But,then my DH saw the price,so that was the end of it.If you can afford it then go for it!
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  • SunshineGrrlSunshineGrrl Posts: 3,823Registered Users
    I don't have any comments on whether or not it would work for your hair, but for those of you who are paying a lot of money for the oil, here is a site that you can buy it for quite a bit cheaper. It's high quality and works like a dream on skin (I used to use it for my eczema) and a LOT cheaper than what you guys are quoting for yours.

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesage.com%2Fcatalog%2FFixedOil.html" class="Popup

  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    I don't have any comments on whether or not it would work for your hair, but for those of you who are paying a lot of money for the oil, here is a site that you can buy it for quite a bit cheaper. It's high quality and works like a dream on skin (I used to use it for my eczema) and a LOT cheaper than what you guys are quoting for yours.

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesage.com%2Fcatalog%2FFixedOil.html" class="Popup

    That is a lot cheaper! I do wonder how they processed it to get it so clear though. But, since it's working for you, I assume the quality is still there.
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  • SunshineGrrlSunshineGrrl Posts: 3,823Registered Users
    I don't have any comments on whether or not it would work for your hair, but for those of you who are paying a lot of money for the oil, here is a site that you can buy it for quite a bit cheaper. It's high quality and works like a dream on skin (I used to use it for my eczema) and a LOT cheaper than what you guys are quoting for yours.

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesage.com%2Fcatalog%2FFixedOil.html" class="Popup

    That is a lot cheaper! I do wonder how they processed it to get it so clear though. But, since it's working for you, I assume the quality is still there.

    It's really not that clear. I think the picture was either taken when it was heated to make it look clear or the picture is with a different oil. The oil I got is slightly cloudy and has a tendency to go more solid if left at the lower end of room temperature. If I sit it in some warm water, it melts and is good as new.

  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    I don't have any comments on whether or not it would work for your hair, but for those of you who are paying a lot of money for the oil, here is a site that you can buy it for quite a bit cheaper. It's high quality and works like a dream on skin (I used to use it for my eczema) and a LOT cheaper than what you guys are quoting for yours.

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesage.com%2Fcatalog%2FFixedOil.html" class="Popup

    That is a lot cheaper! I do wonder how they processed it to get it so clear though. But, since it's working for you, I assume the quality is still there.

    It's really not that clear. I think the picture was either taken when it was heated to make it look clear or the picture is with a different oil. The oil I got is slightly cloudy and has a tendency to go more solid if left at the lower end of room temperature. If I sit it in some warm water, it melts and is good as new.


    Ahh, that's how mine is. It's something to look into, thanks!
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  • JLeighsJLeighs Posts: 904Registered Users
    Thank you for the replies! Emu oil IS rather expensive. I get mine from /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.EmuOilDepot.com" class="Popup for $20 for a 2oz bottle --plus it's free shipping, but I don't think you need to use much. According to this link:

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.uniquelyemu.com%2Fhowtouse.htm%23Emu%2520Oil%2520for%2520Dry%2C%2520Damaged%2520Hair" class="Popup

    one drop is enough for an area the size of the back of your hand.

    I think I'm also going to try putting a tiny amount into my hair when it's dry to see what it does for frizz.
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  • susancnwsusancnw Posts: 1,366Registered Users
    Maybe after you put it on your face, scrunch your hair?

    I use coconut oil on my face (don't have to use the organic stuff unless you want to) and then I can use it on my hair also. DH KO'ed my desire to use avocados on my hair this weekend...he bought a bunch for guac...okay, I'll apply it internally.
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  • JillH410JillH410 Posts: 594Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    This is going to be a really dumb question, but where exactly does emu oil come from? I understand coconut oil, almond oil, EVOO, etc.... but what part of the emu are they using to get the oil, lol? :confused:
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  • CurlyFireHorseCurlyFireHorse Posts: 350Registered Users
    JillH410 wrote: »
    This is going to be a really dumb question, but where exactly does emu oil come from? I understand coconut oil, almond oil, EVOO, etc.... but what part of the emu are they using to get the oil, lol? :confused:

    ...and I thought squeezing a lemon was hard
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  • LoloDSMLoloDSM Posts: 3,778Registered Users
    I looked up emu oil to see where the oil comes from. It is fat. There isn't any way to get it without killing the animal.
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  • JillH410JillH410 Posts: 594Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    LoloDSM wrote: »
    I looked up emu oil to see where the oil comes from. It is fat. There isn't any way to get it without killing the animal.

    Aww..... :cry:

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  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    JillH410 wrote: »
    LoloDSM wrote: »
    I looked up emu oil to see where the oil comes from. It is fat. There isn't any way to get it without killing the animal.

    Aww..... :cry:

    emu-small.jpg

    I won't use it for that reason & that it's probably like lanolin.

    But since lanolin's thick like molasses or hardened honey, I won't use that either.

    But if I can get it to spread through my hands without adding a carrier oil, a thinner of some sort or a drying alcohol to it, I'll use it to refresh the old or lost oils on my lambswool dusters though. :thumright:
  • SunshineGrrlSunshineGrrl Posts: 3,823Registered Users
    lazy loops wrote: »
    JillH410 wrote: »
    LoloDSM wrote: »
    I looked up emu oil to see where the oil comes from. It is fat. There isn't any way to get it without killing the animal.

    Aww..... :cry:

    emu-small.jpg

    I won't use it for that reason & that it's probably like lanolin.

    But since lanolin's thick like molasses or hardened honey, I won't use that either.

    But if I can get it to spread through my hands without adding a carrier oil, a thinner of some sort or a drying alcohol to it, I'll use it to refresh the old or lost oils on my lambswool dusters though. :thumright:

    You don't have to kill a sheep to get lanolin. It's just the oils lubricating the wool. Once they're sheared, they extract the lanolin out of the raw wool. But you're right. Anhydrous lanolin is like sticky grease. I personally love lanolin for my skin when my eczema flares up. It is to die for. Lanolin oil is a bit easier to use, but it still doesn't wash out well. That's why I love to spin raw wool, it does wonders for my hands. But it stinks. Ew.

  • FrizzBgoneFrizzBgone Posts: 2,678Registered Users
    I also use Emu oil on my skin for rosacea. I've used it on cuts and burns as well. I find that it speeds the healing process.

    I got my Emu oil from www.honeyfig.com

    I thought it was quite reasonably priced. The Emu soap is also really nice. I ordered the sample pack and will definitely order more. My daughter uses the soap to wash her face. She is just starting to get the oily skin around her nose, but can still have dry patches .... Even her Daddy noticed the difference in her skin since she started using it.

    She also uses KBB face lotion, so I have to give them credit as well !!
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  • ringletmama2ringletmama2 Posts: 321Registered Users
    I got a facial last winter from a 60 year old estetician (i'm pretty sure i spelled that wrong but you know what i mean, right??) and she had the best skin. I asked her what she used and she said that she had been using emu oil for about 2 months and she was getting tons of compliments. I bought some and I like it but I don't have any wrinkles yet so I'm hoping it will help keep the skin soft. I also noticed that my bangs were nice and soft in the AM. It is quite expensive, as others have said, but I thought I'd just chime in and say that i liked it too!
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  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    lazy loops wrote: »
    JillH410 wrote: »

    Aww..... :cry:

    I won't use it for that reason & that it's probably like lanolin.

    But since lanolin's thick like molasses or hardened honey, I won't use that either.

    But if I can get it to spread through my hands without adding a carrier oil, a thinner of some sort or a drying alcohol to it, I'll use it to refresh the old or lost oils on my lambswool dusters though. :thumright:

    You don't have to kill a sheep to get lanolin. It's just the oils lubricating the wool. Once they're sheared, they extract the lanolin out of the raw wool. But you're right. Anhydrous lanolin is like sticky grease. I personally love lanolin for my skin when my eczema flares up. It is to die for. Lanolin oil is a bit easier to use, but it still doesn't wash out well. That's why I love to spin raw wool, it does wonders for my hands. But it stinks. Ew.

    I'm sorry if it came across that I thought sheep were killed to get lanolin. I know they're not.

    I have the oil, which is still like molasses. I was hoping to put it in a spray bottle.

    I kind of like the smell. :oops:

    Do you think if I microwaved it, it would spread easier?
  • SunshineGrrlSunshineGrrl Posts: 3,823Registered Users
    lazy loops wrote: »
    I'm sorry if it came across that I thought sheep were killed to get lanolin. I know they're not.

    I have the oil, which is still like molasses. I was hoping to put it in a spray bottle.

    I kind of like the smell. :oops:

    Do you think if I microwaved it, it would spread easier?

    Nah, I knew you knew...just had to be a smart-a$$. Sorry. I'm over it now.

    I like the smell of clean lanolin, too. Just not when it comes directly off the sheep. Ew.

    I don't think Lanolin will ever sprayable unless mixed heavily with a sprayable oil. Microwaving it will thin it out temporarily, but it'll thicken up pretty quick. Lanolin is also notorious for being extremely slow to melt and sometimes can explode because there's some water buried somewhere in the oil. It's very possible to liquify it for a short amount of time, just be careful when you do, please!

  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    Dang it! I need to take it back to the store then because the lady told me the "oil" was thin like olive oil & I'd be able to spray it with one of those pump & mist/spray oil bottles without diluting it. GRRR
  • SunshineGrrlSunshineGrrl Posts: 3,823Registered Users
    lazy loops wrote: »
    Dang it! I need to take it back to the store then because the lady told me the "oil" was thin like olive oil & I'd be able to spray it with one of those pump & mist/spray oil bottles without diluting it. GRRR

    If she said it, then give it a try. Doesn't hurt to try.

  • Koukla72Koukla72 Posts: 1,680Registered Users
    Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys. :(
  • JLeighsJLeighs Posts: 904Registered Users
    I got a facial last winter from a 60 year old estetician (i'm pretty sure i spelled that wrong but you know what i mean, right??) and she had the best skin. I asked her what she used and she said that she had been using emu oil for about 2 months and she was getting tons of compliments. I bought some and I like it but I don't have any wrinkles yet so I'm hoping it will help keep the skin soft. I also noticed that my bangs were nice and soft in the AM. It is quite expensive, as others have said, but I thought I'd just chime in and say that i liked it too!

    I've been using it for my skin for about 2 months now as well, and my goodness it sure does make a difference. I get lots of compliments on my skin now, and I never did before.

    As for using it again on hair, the more I think about it, the more I realize that everyone is right --it's too expensive to use for saturating the hair. BUT, I just smooth my hands over my hair at night after I put it on my face, and it makes my hair very soft and shiny. My hair has been looking much better since it's the outer layers of my hair that have the most damage.
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  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    lazy loops wrote: »
    I'm sorry if it came across that I thought sheep were killed to get lanolin. I know they're not.

    I have the oil, which is still like molasses. I was hoping to put it in a spray bottle.

    I kind of like the smell. :oops:

    Do you think if I microwaved it, it would spread easier?

    Nah, I knew you knew...just had to be a smart-a$$. Sorry. I'm over it now.

    I missed this. :lol:
    lazy loops wrote: »
    Dang it! I need to take it back to the store then because the lady told me the "oil" was thin like olive oil & I'd be able to spray it with one of those pump & mist/spray oil bottles without diluting it. GRRR

    If she said it, then give it a try. Doesn't hurt to try.

    I can't even pour it without waiting half the day to go by. :sleepy4: LOL
    Koukla72 wrote: »
    Lazy Loops, I'm confused. Do you want it in a sprayer for your skin or your hair?

    Not for the hair. For the skin, I guess/maybe. But definitely for refreshing the used up or washed away oil on my lambswool dusters.
  • curlywurlygurlycurlywurlygurly Posts: 1,180Registered Users
    bumping this old thread up as I was reading about emu oil promoting hair growth. Plus being australian it's readily available. For those of you who still use it, have you looked at australian sites. One of the first sites I looked at had 1litre emu oil for $154 AUD, which would work out to about $4.60 aud an oz.

    For those of you still using it - are you still loving it?
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    JillH410 wrote: »
    LoloDSM wrote: »
    I looked up emu oil to see where the oil comes from. It is fat. There isn't any way to get it without killing the animal.

    Aww..... :cry:

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    I got over that, since they are basically fowl. I figure -- chicken fat!

    I got emu oil from Garden of Wisdom for my face, but ended up using it on my hair. It is odorless. I rub some on my hairline -- the baby hairs at night -- and it is completely absorbed in the morning. I'll do a scalp massage occasionally pre-shampoo, as well.
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  • Katina128Katina128 Posts: 560Registered Users
    I use it on my face as well, but never thought to put it on my hair. Interesting!!
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  • curlywurlygurlycurlywurlygurly Posts: 1,180Registered Users
    Think I'll give it a go - since I can get it just about everywhere here.
    Btw Emu's are scary they chase you if you're not careful - and they are really fast.
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  • Heather0kayHeather0kay Posts: 667Registered Users
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.swansonvitamins.com%2FSW1199%2FItemDetail" class="Popup I get mine here; this is the cheapest I have seen. I have been massaging emu oil on my scalp at night regularly for a couple months; I alternate with Cocoveda oil and I actually have a bunch of new growth! Not sure if the growth is from the oils or what but my new hair is about 1 1/4".
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  • VTmomVTmom Posts: 2,486Registered Users
    I got emu oil from Garden of Wisdom for my face, but ended up using it on my hair. It is odorless.
    SBB,
    I've been thinking about getting some from GoW since it's so much cheaper than what I was using. I'm glad to hear it's odorless - I have a difficult time putting anything smelly on my face. Also, any particular reason why aren't you using it on your face? TIA!
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