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Emu oil is an ingredient that was used by the Aborigines to relieve aches and pain, as well as to heal wounds. The emu is the largest bird native to Australia and a member of the genus Dromaius. It is also the second largest bird in the world by height behind the ostrich. The emu is famous for its meat, leather and oil.
The Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD) has tracked several cosmetic and personal products that have used emu oil to enhance their products. From creams to the oil itself, manufacturers are touting its skin-enriching properties.
In Ireland, Margaret Dabbs released a foot care range of products that contain emu oil. The products in this range are: Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion, formulated to penetrate dermal layers and moisturize; Antifungal Hygiene Cream, which eradicates the symptoms of sore, dry or blistered feet; Intensive Treatment Foot Oil; Rejuvenating Foot Scrub with tea-tree leaf and pumice extracts; Hydrating Foot Soak with lemon myrtle to relax, soothe, moisturize and energize; and a Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Serum to treat and keep away infections of the nails.
Another product that has been introduced in Ireland is Dremu Skincare’s Dremu Oil. It contains 100% emu oil, used to help delay the signs of aging and sooth irritated skin. It is also available in Airbrush Refining Eye Cream that reportedly can help to instantaneously relieve puffiness around the eye area and smooth fine lines. This product is formulated with emu oil as well as collagen, green tea and aloe.
Jinbailei Cosmetics in China introduced a Mink Oil Hand Cream that contains mink, snake and emu oils. It is formulated to moisturize hands and remove calluses. This non-greasy product claims to promote blood circulation, increase skin elasticity, and prevent cracked skin. It is suitable for outdoor workers to use during the fall and winter.