Azulene oil is a beauty product derived from flowers in the Asteraceae family, and most commonly distilled from German chamomile flowers. It is used to moisturize and soothe irritated skin and remove sticky residue, particularly after hair removal procedures such as waxing and shaving. The oil is noted for its sweet smell and blue color — the name azulene comes from the Spanish word azul, which means blue. Many of these oils also contain other natural ingredients that help to soothe the skin, such as vitamin E and aloe vera.
The oil can be either poured or sprayed out of a bottle, and it can be found in creams, lotions, and hair removal waxes as well. Many waxing kits come with a bottle of the oil for after-treatment care.
Azulene oil can be used to treat irritation or as a daily skin conditioner. Some of the specific problems it treats include red bumps, razor burn, and ingrown hair. Though it is primarily marketed to women, men can also use the oil as an aftershave lotion. There are also some azulene products that claim they can be used for slowing the growth of new hair. It is also less commonly used to moisturize areas of the body that get particularly dry, such as around the eyes, cuticles, elbows, and heels.
While chamomile is the most common source of this oil, the product can also be derived from eucalyptus, elemi, and vetiver. Though it is usually a blue hue, some varieties may also have green, red, or violet tones. The color of the oil depends on the plant, the distillation process, and even the time of day the plants are distilled.
Azulene oils will lose clarity and darken when they are turning bad. The scent may also become unpleasant. In order to extend the life of the oil, it should be stored away from light in a cool place.
The most common side effect of using this product is irritation when treated skin is exposed to sunlight. Some individuals may also have an allergic reaction to the oil, particularly if they are sensitive to any plants in the daisy family. Products with a high concentration of azulene are most likely to cause an adverse reaction.
Other forms of azulene are used in naturopathy for a wide array of illnesses. It has been used to treat ailments such as gastritis, athlete’s foot, ulcers, and vein problems. When used for medical purposes, azulene can be administered both externally and internally.