March 18, 2014

beauty scoop | rachel’s plan bee facial oil

In a beauty world full of hyperbole and big claims, sometimes it’s nice to just call a face oil just what it is: An oil for your face.

Green beauty brand Rachel’s Plan Bee cuts through the craze and says straight up that its products exist to “moisturize skin and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any medical condition.”

I know that sort of line can be legalese for some companies, but there’s something about seeing a brand very bluntly state that its products are all about having natural ingredients, a happy scent and some great moisture.

Isn’t that what this is all about anyway?

rachel's plan bee facial oil

{Rachel’s Plan Bee sent me a sample of its Facial Oil. It retails for $18 for a 1-ounce glass dropper bottle.}

From the straight-up copywriting to the quirky packaging (this fabulous bee kills me every time), Rachel’s Plan Bee isn’t about feeding you marketing, overzealous promises or any fantasy outside the idea that yes, you can have a vanilla-scented face oil that feels good on your skin.

And I mean that is kind of my fantasy, and Rachel’s Plan Bee Facial Oil delivers!

rachel's plan bee facial oil

From the first turn of the dropper top, you can smell the escaping aroma of vanilla.

As you fill the dropper with a pipette of oil and let 2-3 drops hit your palm, it’s incredible how the scent of pure vanilla encompasses everything around you.

Now just imagine rubbing it onto your face!

Vanilla addicts, just stop reading now and go get some of this! (Looking at you, Britanie)

Here’s the rub on what you’d be massaging into your skin:

Apricot kernel oil, squalane (olive), grapeseed oil, alpha tocopherol (vitamin E), vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed oil, vanilla planifolia, citrus sinensis (orange) peel oil

The ingredients list isn’t too long and isn’t too short. I like that lightweight apricot kernal oil anchors Rachel’s Plan Bee Facial Oil, followed by super-beneficial squalene oil (I want to see this in more facial oils!) and a classic favorite, grapeseed oil.

All of these oils are known for their light feel and moisturizing capabilities. Add in shots of vitamin E, cranberry oil, vanilla and orange peel and you’ve got a mega-moisture and smell-good concoction — for $18!

I’d recommend Rachel’s Plan Bee to anyone who’s new to facial oils as well as the vanilla addicts noted above. The pricepoint is just right and the ingredients list is easy to understand and not-too-overwhelming on the Latin.

(Seriously, Latin words throw people off sometimes. Parentheses are your friends!)

If the thought of vanilla on your face is a little too much, I see nothing wrong with using this on your body instead (though you may run out fairly quickly). Sometimes I just use it on my chest for the moisture and scent!

Rachel — any thoughts on making a few body oils?

Readers: What do you think about vanilla face oils? Have you tried anything from Rachel’s Plan Bee? What lines do you tell new-to-face-oil peeps to try first? Tell me in the comments section!

 

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  • Marcella

    I love a simple facial oil! The one I’m using right now only has about 8 ingredients and does the job. Still though, it’s pretty cool that most of us greenbbloggers are really good at reading Latin!!

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      Oooh, which one are you using right now?!

      • Marcella

        I’m on my third bottle of Meow Meow Tweet’s facial oil! I don’t think I can live without it anymore- the combination of hempseed and sesame oil makes it so good for balancing acne-prone skin. I’ve been getting a lot less cystic acne! Only a few hormonal pimples pop up here and there.

        • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

          Nice! I have a small sample of that one … tried it last night / this morning. It’s very fast-absorbing! Amazing testimony there!

          • Marcella

            Do you like the grassy vetiver and juniper scent? I got used to it!

          • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

            I was taken aback by it at first, but it’s growing on me!

  • Mademoiselle nature

    Really enjoy vanilla scent but never came across it in a beauty face oil. Sometimes, I like just pure argan oil and sometimes, I want have a bit more…it depends. x

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      It is so lovely! And yes, you cannot go wrong with a pure oil :)

  • Rachel’s Plan Bee

    Thank you for your review Kim! The first and most frequent comment I get about the oil is that they are addicted to the scent. A body oil is on my radar! The possibilities for what to include in it are endless and I have the most fun during the formulating/testing process. I appreciate your words and look forward to working with you again! :)

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      You are very welcome! You’re definitely onto something here with the scent … a body oil might be dangerous! :) Keep me updated on what’s to come, and I will be featuring your scrubs very soon! xoxo

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