It was whilst traveling throughout Europe and Northern Africa where I discovered a life filled with beauty, nature and pure simplicity.
From beauty and simplicity though, came a harsh, dry, hot Moroccan environment, and my skin soon developed a deep craving for the moisture it so lacked. Refusing to pay top shelf prices for ineffective bottom shelf products, I turned to the locals for answers and quickly discovered the ancient wonder of Mother Nature’s own moisturiser…oils.
Not only abundant with the locally produced Argan oil, the Moroccan souks opened my eyes to the potential of many other botanical oils and the amazing benefits and gifts they possess. In particular, it was here in Morocco that I was introduced to the incredible secret of Black Seed Oil (Nigella Sativa Seed Oil). This miraculous oil, also commonly called black sesame, black cumin, black caraway and onion seed, has been used for centuries for its great healing and preserving properties. In fact, it was so revered in the time of the ancient Egyptians, that King Tutankhamun was buried with a vat of it in his tomb.
Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, the Western world forgot not only about using oils for skincare, but also about the many benefits of Black Seed Oil. Until recently, Black Seed Oil has largely remained a secret to the first world. With the aim of spreading this wonderful secret, Black Seed Oil is a key ingredient in all of my formulations, and its name lends to the second half of my company name.
After much research, discovery, and trial and error, my alchemical journey began and my first handpicked blend of beautifully healing and luxurious natural oils was created. Before long, people heard whispers of my creations and so, Oasis Black was born.
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet."
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
For me, the name of my brand not only had to elicit a feeling of luxury, but it also had to reflect my hero ingredient and the botanical nature of my products.
The name Oasis Black owes itself to:
‘A small fertile or green area in a desert region, usually having a spring or well.’
‘Something serving as a refuge, relief, or pleasant change.’
‘A place of peace, safety, or happiness in the midst of trouble or difficulty.’
Oasis Black oils were created to feel like an oasis for the skin.
Black is for Nigella Sativa oil – also commonly referred to as ‘black seed oil’, ‘black-cumin seed oil’, ‘black-caraway seed oil’ or ‘black-sesame seed oil’.
This oil was chosen for the Oasis Black blend due to its ancient history and incredible benefits - see the Ingredients page for further details.
Humans have been using natural oils and fats to moisturise their skin for thousands of years. So naturally, our skin has evolved to extract, process and utilise the most beneficial properties of these oils and fats.
However, especially in the last fifty years or so, it seems that people have simply forgotten this as they have succumbed to the corporate commercialization of emulsion based moisturisers as we know them today.
It might surprise you to learn that most of the ingredients "developed" by today's big cosmeceutical companies, have predominantly been created to imitate naturally available substances. These companies do this with only their profits in mind. After all, it's not possible to trademark or limit another companies use of a natural substance. Instead, these large corporate's discovered that they could recreate or "develop" their own versions of these natural substances, then promote them as being superior to the natural alternatives, and hence profit from them.
Unfortunately, over time, these clever marketing tactic's have been effective in altering our perception of natural substances, including oils. Over the last few decades, we've been reconditioned to believe that the man made imitations surpass the natural versions. So much so, that most people today are scared of using natural substances as they believe that they are inferior and have less beneficial properties than the man made alternatives. I too fell victim to these tactics, and for many years I was scared to try natural oils on my skin. Now, however, I wouldn't look back.
In reality though, these naturally occurring substances, which mother nature spent millennia perfecting, are the superior substance as they're naturally stable, loaded with vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, omega's and many other beneficial properties that our skins naturally know how to absorb, process and utilise.
The key ingredient in most of today's creams and lotions, water, is used because it's cheap and can be emulsified with oils and other ingredients to make them more cost effective. Further, as the man made imitation ingredients are not dependent on the seasons, they can be produced cheaply, and in reliable quantities all year round. However, what many people also do not realise, is that today’s creams and lotions are also specifically designed to sit on the top layer of the skin. So once removed, your skin instantly craves more, and you're forced to use and buy more and more. This is exactly what the large cosmeceuticals have been relying on, and profiting from, for decades.
Although they're often more expensive to produce, and are subject to natures seasonal influences, oils, on the other hand, are absorbed deep down into the epidermal layers of the skin, delivering their many benefits to where they're needed most.
However, like many things in both the natural and man made world, not all oils are the same. Some can nourish the skin, while others can clog pores or be potential irritants. So care does need to be taken when choosing the oils right for your skin. As someone with sensitive skin, I always been mindful when trying new products on my skin. After much research in to the various types of oils available and their various properties, the blend I bring to you today contains a specific selection of those oils known to be naturally powerful, yet gentle and kind to most skin types, including sensitive skin.