Use of Emu Oil in Cosmetics and Body Care Products


smiling woman with emu oil cosmetic cream on her fingertip


Combining emu oil and cosmetics is a unique way to use this healthy skin oil.

This oil is naturally hypo-allergenic, non-comedogenic and can even help improve skin tone, moisture levels and skin texture.

There is a very low risk for side effects as there are minimal dangers to using emu oil.

Current studies on emu oil show it may help promote skin healing and reduce inflammation.

One of the best ways to get maximum benefits from emu oil is by applying it to your face after washing it. The oil can help moisturize the skin by naturally enhancing the skin moisture barrier which may help reduce dry skin and redness.

Due to the growing popularity of natural skin care products, you can now get emu oil in a variety of different body care items, such as:

  • soaps
  • lip balms
  • shampoos
  • body lotions
  • exfoliating gels
  • toners

two bars of emu oil soapHere’s some emu oil soap I bought at my local health food store.

If you do purchase any emu oil in cosmetic or body care products, you should look at the ingredient label to determine how much emu oil is in the product.

Manufacturers may list the types of ingredients on their products, but they’re not required to list the actual amount of ingredients.

The only way to tell how much emu oil is in your product is to see where it’s listed on the ingredient label; the closer to the beginning of the list, the more of the actual ingredient is in the product.

So if you see emu oil listed near the end of the ingredient list, this would tell you that there is probably not that much emu oil in the product.

You may find other ingredients mixed into emu oil cosmetics, such as:

  • Essential oils
  • Soy oils
  • Glycerin
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Preservatives
  • Foaming agents
  • Antibacterial solutions

Sometimes it’s necessary for other ingredients to be added so the product can be used properly.

Emu oil shampoo is useless if it can’t lather. Lathering agents need to be added for shampoo to be effective. This applies to other emu oil products.

You should have no problem using make-up and other cosmetics with emu oil. This oil is rapidly absorbed into your skin and is non-comedogenic and hypo-allergenic.

Many people find that the emu oil makes a nice ‘base’ moisturizer before applying your make-up.


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Kevin is a full-time blogger with a passion for functional, whole food nutrition. A former Registered Respiratory Therapist with over 25 years experience in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, he also has additional training as a Certified Natural Products Advisor. He enjoys a vibrant lifestyle that includes healthy foods, workouts focusing on core strength with flexibility and longboarding to stay fit and agile.