Disclosure: I received a free bottle of Emile Noël Artisan Oils sesame oil to review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by scoring free stuff.
Ooh, you see that beautiful bottle of sesame oil right there? If you’re anything like me, you took one look at that bottle and yelled COME TO MOMMA through the saliva that suddenly filled your mouth. I mean, it’s everything anyone could ever want in a quality oil. Organic. Fair trade. Cold pressed. Unrefined. Sweet mother.
Somehow, some way, the gods shone their favor down upon me and I got an e-mail Olivia with Emile Noël asking me if I would be interested in testing one of their products. I could not reply fast enough with a resounding YES.
I use various oils for just about everything on a daily basis. I use olive oil when I cook, and also to clean my face in the evenings a lá the oil cleansing method. It really works, by the way. You should try it. I also use grapeseed oil and coconut oil for cooking, and peppermint oil for baking. In one of my constant adventurous attempts at being crafty and/or crunchy, I decided I would make organic vegan lotion bars for the teachers at the boys’ school for Teacher Appreciation Day. One of the main ingredients I used was delicious, wonderful coconut oil. I also used sweet almond oil, lemongrass oil, and lavender oil for scent/aromatherapy purposes. SO CRUNCHY, RIGHT?!
About a year ago I started oil pulling (swishing oil around in your mouth; it’s a thing, look it up), so I have been using my cold pressed virgin coconut oil for that. I know a lot of people have dismissed oil pulling as hokum, and maybe it’s all psychological, but I swear I sleep better when I am oil pulling regularly, my sinuses are clearer, and any sort of unpleasant morning breath is neutralized, and that alone makes it worth doing to me. Being an inquisitive type, I decided to spit the oil out into an empty plastic bottle so I could inspect it after my first oil pulling session. It was simultaneously horrifying and fascinating. After the oil and saliva separated back out, there were all these little particles floating around in there. That was the horrifying part, because I am a zealot about oral hygiene. I brush and floss at least twice a day, am at the dentist every six months like clockwork, and stay far away from sugared gum and hard candy and whatnot. So if I, a person with a very clean mouth, had all that going on after my teef cleaning regimen, then WHAT is happening in the mouths of people who are more blasé about their oral care?!
But I digress.
When I was doing my initial research into oil pulling, I kept seeing sesame oil being referenced for its healthy properties. I am a huge fan of sesame seeds, always have been. As the late great Mitch Hedberg would say, they make your burger buns look spectacular. I have never left a sesame seed behind. I eat every single rogue seed off my plate whenever I have a dish with sesame seeds. They have such a nice light nutty taste, and I find their tiny bit of crunch very pleasing. So needless to say, I was excited to try this organic sesame oil not only for cooking, but for oil pulling and other health uses.
Emile Noël’s sesame oil is absolutely delicious. It is great for sautéing and stir frying, and I have also used it as a drizzle over bread and vegetables and chicken. I love the flavor so much I could put it on almost anything. And it is high in antioxidants and good fats and has been shown to lower blood pressure when consumed regularly. All good things in my book.
I have also found myself using drops of this oil for moisturizing extremely dry or rough areas of my skin (think elbows, knees, and heels). It would be a great massage oil. Sesame oil also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, so I’ve started keeping a small travel bottle with me for cuts and booboos (both mine and my kids’). I’ve read that it is good to use on eczema and psoriasis. I’ve also been using it for oil pulling with good results. It stays a little thicker than coconut oil, so I guess in my mind it grabs more bacteria and particles with every swish. Plus I get more of that delicious nutty flavor every night! I’ve decided that I’m going to start taking a spoonful of this sesame oil every day just for the health benefits and continue to use it externally. From everything I’ve read, sesame oil is the king of oils and I’m really glad that I was introduced to this product.
Emile Noël Artisan Oils are available in select Whole Foods stores in the U.S. In addition to sesame oil, they have so many other products that I want to try. I’ve got my eye on the pumpkin oil and hazelnut oil. If they are half as good as the sesame oil, then I will be buying them in bulk when I pick up some more sesame oil.
Guys, I don’t do a lot of reviews. I only agree to test things that I will actually use in my daily life and I always promise to give it to you straight. So when I say that Emile Noël is the real deal, it’s what I sincerely think. This stuff is great. Rachel Approved.