Tuesday, March 2, 2010


There are a variety of exotic oils to be found in the skin care aisle today. It can be a bit intimidating to say the least. We are familiar with some, others we wouldn't know if they were sitting right in front of us.

Kukui Nut Oil may be one of these. Unless you are a native Hawaiian you may not be familiar with this wonderful oil. Hawaiians are very aware of Kukui Nut Oil as they have been using it for many years. Kukui Nuts come from a beautiful tree that was actually brought to Hawaii by the Polynesians. It has the botanical name of Aleurites Moluccans, and it is Hawaii's state tree.

The Hawaiians are very proud of the Kukui Tree and it's nuts. They fashion jewelry from the nuts and it is quite lovely. But, this is not really the focus of this article. It is the oil that the nuts supply.

Kukui Nut Oil is really quite precious. The people of Hawaii would "anoint" their infants with Kukui Nut Oil, thereby protecting them from the ravages of the salt, the sun, the wind, and other elements. Not coincidentally, the word "Kukui" means "Enlightenment" in Hawaiian.

In skincare, Kukui Nut Oil is a luxuriant and versatile oil.  It moisturizes and softens very well, but does not leave an oil slick. With regular use, it promotes healing in these conditions also.

It does have a short shelf life (what they consider a fragile oil). Most producers will add antioxidants (small amounts of vitamins A, C, and especially E) to extend the shelf life. This is great, it just adds some benefits for the skin to boot.

Kukui Nut Oil has been found useful for the treatment of sunburn. Kukui Nut Oil is a wonderful oil to use on mature skin. A great way to use this is after cleansing and toning (hydrosols make wonderful toners). You can mix a few drops of carrot seed essential oil (or Neroli, Frankincense,or other skin friendly EO-good for mature skin) in with Kukui Nut Oil, shake well. You now have a great skin oil-- that you can take just a few drops and smooth over your slightly moist face after using your toner. It soaks in nicely, and leaves you so silky soft. Naturally.

People have reported that Kukui Nut Oil may help reduce scarring when applied to scrapes and abrasions. Some eczema sufferers have had good luck using Kukui Nut Oil. Some have also reported its use has lessened the scarring.  It is very high in linoleic and oleic acids.  Kukui Nut Oil is wonderful as a nourishing massage oil. As an interesting piece of trivia, it was used in this manner to massage Hawaiian Royalty, who were indulged with massage marathons....7 hours or more. So if you want to feel really indulgent, treat yourself to this one.

Kukui Nut Oil can be used to make one of the best hair and scalp oils. It is very moisturizing to your hair and soothing to a dry scalp. You can also add the oil into the bath, or after a shower put the oil on your body while you are still wet....So silky soft!

I have never tried this oil, ladies if you are interested in this delightful sounding oil.  Give Mountain rose herbs company online a try.  If any of you , have ever used this oil, share with us here at AuNaturale your results.



Anonymous said...

I've been curious about kukui nut oil, but I'm allergic to nuts (peanuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts, you name it). I haven't tried it -- or any other the other exotic nuts I've heard about -- because I can't figure out if it will give me an allergic reaction. Do you know if this is a nut or if it's a seed?

zainab1 said...

@ the accidentalnatural : I believe that kukui nut is a seed, however you can do more research before buying to double check. Hope this helps and thanks so much for stopping by, take care.

Anonymous said...

@zainab1: Thanks for the information!

zainab1 said...

theaccidentalnatural : sure, anytime.

ChocolateOrchid said...

I've seen this as an ingredient in some products and of course became curious about it. I'd love to try it but the "short shelf life" thru up a stop sign for me. Just reminded me that I need to use up what I have before making another purchase. lol.

Thanks for the info!

zainab1 said...

CO: lol. And thanks for stopping by!

FANNY said...

i use this oil in my hair,in my skin and this oil is fantastic,i never find nothing better!kukui oil for ever.FANY FROM ITALY.

zainab one said...

Hi Fanny,

Yes, I couldnt agree with you more. A great oil it is.

Thanks for stopping by Franny all the way from Italy. Take care.

Anonymous said...

I just received my kukui nut oil from mountain rose herbs today and I love it! It is so light but so moisturizing and smoothing. I have put it on my baby's eczema a couple times today and it already looks and feels way better. I also ordered their Jojoba oil along with the kukui and while I really like the Jojoba I think I like the kukui even better.

zainab one said...

Hi Anonymous,

I love kukui nut oil. Its one of my favorite oils to use. And I also love mountain rose herbs I've gotten lots of my herbs from there. Thanks for sharing your experience with the oil with us. Thanks for stopping by, take care.