Saturday, July 14, 2012

Review + Giveaway: Aya Japanese Camellia Oil

Greetings Dark Siders~

If you read my previous review of the Japanese Rice Bran Oil that was sent to me by WAWAZA, then this review might seem similar. This is a review of another oil sent to me by WAWAZA, the Camelia Oil for hair and body.

5ml sample
Here is some information that was provided with the sample:

Price and Availability
You can purchase this on
This is $22 for a 30ml and $46 for a 100ml bottle.

According to the WAWAZA website, this is a cold pressed unscented Camellia oil from Japan.
Why is it important that this oil is cold pressed? Well their website explains this in detail:

"Cold pressed oils are oils which have been produced by mechanically pressing the seeds, preserving the oil's original character and nutritional content. Cold pressing delivers only about 20-30% of the available oil contained in the seed.

Heat extraction increases yield, lowers cost and lowers oil's health benefits. Oils extracted by heat undergo temperatures of up to 150° C (about 300° F) under extremely high pressure to keep the oil from boiling. The process degrades nutritional value of the oil, and changes the nature of the oil's fatty acids to an abnormal configuration. Heat extraction delivers about 60-70% of the available oil contained in the seed.
Some manufacturers, to fully extract the seed's oil, use high heat along with powerful carcinogenic solvents such as ethanol or Hexane (C6H14). Adding solvents to the heat extraction process increases the yield to up to 98% of the available oil contained in the seed.
All of our oil including Aya™ are extracted in manual presses, without employing the use of heat, solvents, Hexane or alcohol extraction processes." 

The oil itself is a saturated golden color and it is super lightweight. When I apply it onto my skin, it hardly feels like an oil. It is very luxuriant and moisturizing. You can use it on your hair, cuticles, and skin. I personally use it mostly for my skin and cuticles. I don't particularly love it on my hair and I also already have products I use for my hair. But, if this does work well for you hair, you can have a great multi-tasking product! 
This is so great for the very dry skin on my legs (especially for after shaving). It leaves my legs smooth and radiant! That it is really all I can say. It is moisturizing without the oily feeling ;)
As far as cons, I could not think of many. Well, really, only the price and the fact that it did not do much for my own hair. It is not the cheapest product ever, but if it works well for you, then it is worth the investment of having one product that you can use on your hair, body, and nails.

Rating: 8.5/10

Product In Action!
The product is slightly runny as you can see.

Below is the oil blended onto my skin. Notice that it does not look oily what-so-ever, and this photo was taken 30 seconds after blending the oil in.


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*Products shown were provided for consideration and review by the company's PR. I was not paid for this review and all opinions stated are my own.


  1. It looks like a really great product for my dyed-too-many-times hair!

  2. I want to try the Camellia Oil because I'm intrigued by an oil that moisturizes well without actually feeling like oil!

  3. I want to try the Camellia Oil because I'm looking for a product that moisturizes well without feeling greasy.

  4. I want to have this products because of its promising benefits! :)

  5. It sounds like a very nice oil! and im suprised it isnt greasy like you would expect

  6. I never tried this kind of product before and this is sounds promising~ That's why I want to try it~

  7. I want to try this on my nails because I really have brittle nails.

  8. I would love to try this because I have such dry skin, and because my hair is so dry from being dyed about a billion times :D

  9. I've never really tried an oil like this. They look so cool but I never knew which one to start with...maybe this one!!

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  11. I need a good light moisturizer for oily skin and my hair could always use a pick me up!

  12. I am intrigued by this oil that is multi purpose..would love to try this out.

  13. I would love a new moisturizer!


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