Hazelnut Oil – Nougat For The Skin
Hazelnut (INCI: Corylus avellana) oil is one of my absolute favorite carrier oils. It is one of very few oils that I buy in larger amounts, always have in stock, and use in a number of products: creams, lotions and mixed with other oils for direct application (in personalized Face & Body oil blends).
Hazelnut oil is tolerated by all skin types (oily, dry, mature, combination – even babies), and leaves the skin feeling as smooth as silk. It really is nougat for the skin.
Although it is classed as a semi-fatty oil, hazelnut oil is surprisingly light and has a completely different feel on the skin.
It absorbs quite quickly, is deeply penetrating and even functions as a stimulant to the circulatory system. Hazelnut oil nourishes while offering a light astringent action, has a high content of omega-9 fatty acids, lubricates beautifully, and helps to rebalance oily and combination skin.
Contrary to the more neutral-smelling sweet almond oil, hazelnut oil has a distinct nutty scent that, although not strong or heavy, makes it a bit demanding to work with. The scent will not disappear into a mixture, but has to be 'taken into consideration' and worked into the whole scent experience of any final product it is used in.
A Bit Demanding, But Worth The Effort
Luckily, the scent marries very well with numerous hydrosols (when used as part of an emulsion). Hazelnut oil is a staple in several of the custom body lotions I have done and is the main fixed oil in my Herbal Repair Toning Eye Serum.