A light coloured oil with a nutty scent particularly useful for its mildly astringent properties. Hazelnut oil is unusually highly unsaturated and rich in copper and even contains traces of gold. It is usually blended with other oils to which it adds its nutritious, toning and moisturizing qualities.
Hazel is considered a magical plant that symbolizes wisdom, good fortune and protection against all evil. Magic wands are made of hazel and so are dowsing rods that can enable the diviner to find lost or hidden objects or trace the flow of energy and water. In folk-symbolism the suggestive shape of the hazelnut has given rise to many erotic connotations and an aphrodisiacal reputation that is still alive and kicking.
Vegetable oils and butters are derived from seeds and nuts or very oily vegetables like olives or avocadoes. Just as such nuts and vegetables are healthy and nutritious for the body when included in the diet they also nourish and help to maintain healthy skin, nails and hair when used in cosmetic preparations. Each type of oil has its own specific characteristics, feel and consistency. Some are quite drying, while others are rich and thick. Some have a chemical structure that is very similar to the skin's sebum and are thus particularly healing. Some oils are particularly rich in unsaturated essential fatty acids (also known as EFAs, such as oleic or linoleic fatty acids) and vitamin E and other fat soluble vitamins, which are essential to our health and well-being. Such oils are considered vitalizing and rejuvenating and are thus particularly suitable for tired and worn skin.