It’s not just the oil you use that matters, according to new research.
The oil you’re using affects your ability to smell as well as how you smell, says Dr. Jennifer Mascarenhas, an otolaryngologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of The Oil Tastes Good.
It also affects how you feel about smells, says Mascarellas.
The study looked at the effect of three oil types: oil drain pans, peppermint oil, and a mild form of oil known as doterra.
Researchers used a standard laboratory test that measures smell-related compounds and asked volunteers to rate their perceived odors and how pleasant they thought the smells were.
The oils were applied to skin in three different ways: oil-dipped in oil drain containers, oil-filled containers with the oil and a non-oil-containing container containing no oil at all, or a nonoil-filled container filled with oil.
The volunteers also were asked to rate how pleasant their skin felt after applying the oils.
They found that oil drain-pan smells were perceived as being more pleasant than oil-and-doterrain-filled-container smells, which could potentially have been due to differences in the chemicals present in each oil.
However, both smells were rated as more pleasant in the non-deterrent oil-containing containers.
“When we used this simple test, we found that the nonoil containers were more pleasant,” Mascares said.
In other words, oils are not just odorless, but are also more pleasant to smell than their oil- and-doser counterparts.
“The oils that are best for odor reduction are actually less odorous than oil drain or oil-fill-containing solutions,” she said.
If you’re concerned about odor, you may want to consider using a milder oil, Mascarones said.
Oil drain pans are more than just an inexpensive way to keep oil from seeping into your skin.
They’re also a great way to remove unwanted smells and even get rid.
“If you’ve been using an oil-rich oil, you’re going to want to replace it,” she added.
“Oil drain pans will also help with any buildup or irritation you might have caused.”
How do you get rid or improve odors from oils?
Dr. Mascaringh suggests using a gentle spray on the area.
“Just dab the oil on your skin,” she says.
Then, using a cotton swab, wash off the excess oil.
“The swab can be a little slippery, but it will help with odor removal.”
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Odor removal from oils is not as simple as just washing it off, says dermatologist Dr. Misa Mascarias.
She recommends that you try several types of oils to see what works best for you.
“You’ll want to use a mixture of oil-based oils, like coconut oil, coconut oil base, olive oil, avocado oil, or avocado oil base,” she told The Health Ranger.
You can also use oil-free products such as glycerin, lanolin, and lanolins, she said, but be careful about those, as they can irritate the skin.
“It’s important to avoid any product that contains alcohol,” Masparias says.
“They can irritates the skin and cause irritation.
Be aware of the alcohol content in these products, because it can irritinate the skin.”
You may also want to avoid oils containing sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which is found in many oils.
“It’s not recommended for oily skin because of the high levels of SLS, but you can use an oil cleansing oil, like glycerine, to remove SLS from your skin, if you want to,” Mapparias said.
You may need to add a little oil to your bath or shower to help you remove odors.
“Some oils have oil-soaking properties that will help your skin absorb odors,” Mescarellos says.
“Many people feel that when they add a splash of water to their shower, they can get rid and even freshen up their skin, so you can add that to your shower or bath,” she adds.
If your body isn’t getting enough oxygen, you can try a gentle massage of a soothing tonic such as lavender or lemon balm.
“If you are sensitive to these oils, you’ll want a gentle scrubbing to remove the excess,” Mascarones said, adding that “many people feel the oil-scented soap helps with clearing up any impurities that are left.”
You can also apply oil-cleansing creams, such as jo