May 1, 2014

beauty scoop | stark skincare neroli midnight oil

As a creepy night owl, Stark Skincare’s Neroli Midnight Oil spoke to me, as my bedtime wind-down routine occurs at about 11:15 p.m.

This leaves me crawling into bed a little before midnight.

No, it doesn’t take me 45 minutes to get pretty for bed.

I just tend to dilly-dally before finally committing to slumber (damn you, Pinterest and Instagram!), but you can bet that I do take my sweet time massaging this neroli-infused nighttime oil into my skin.

stark skincare neroli midnight oil

{Stark Skincare sent me a sample of its Neroli Midnight Oil to review. It costs $68 for a 1-ounce glass dropper bottle.}

Stark Skincare’s Neroli Midnight Oil combines knockout ingredients such as camellia oil and evening primrose oil (two of my favorite oils for their scar-fading and acne-healing properties) with precious oils of raspberry, blackberry, pomegranate and black cumin.

Talk about a cocktail for your face!

  • Raspberry oil is loaded with vitamins A and E, which help moisturize and protect skin as it repairs itself during rest.
  • Blackberry oil is a natural source of vitamin C, which can help fend off wrinkles and shrink pores.
  • Pomegranate oil improves the skin’s elasticity and is high in lipids, which can help heal inflammation.
  • Black cumin oil, which is rich in nutrients and various actives, can help soothe skin that suffers from acne and eczema.

What’s incredible about Stark Skincare’s Neroli Midnight Oil is this is just a fraction of the high-performance ingredients list!

stark skincare neroli midnight oil

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Camellia sinensis (organic green tea) seed oil, Simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba) seed oil, Prunus dulcis (organic sweet almond) oil, Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, Punica granatum (pomegranate) seed oil, Rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed oil and/or Rubus fruticosus (blackberry) seed oil, Avena sativa (oat) oil, Cucumis sativus (cucumber) seed 0il, Mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Nigella sativa (Black Cumin) seed oil, Citrus aurantium amara (neroli) flower oil, pure essential oils

stark skincare neroli midnight oil

You’ll see that the namesake neroli oil appears near the end, but make no mistake — you get an exhilarating aromatic lift from Stark Skincare’s Neroli Midnight Oil.

Stark Skincare founder Jessica Lafleur did not skimp on the neroli!

Neroli is known for its ability to calm nerves and anxiety in addition to its scar-healing properties. I love that so many ingredients in this face oil focus on scar-healing — bedtime oils that focus on both hydration and repair always win in my book.

Upon opening this bottle of face oil, your nose is met with a captivating scent of citrus neroli that’s grounded in a bit of earth and a touch of sweetness thanks to black cumin oil and cocoa butter.

It’s got that sort of creamy yet citrusy smell that feels comforting yet uplifting — a perfect combination to lull you to sleep and encourage sweet dreams.

On the skin, Stark Skincare’s Neroli Midnight Oil feels substantial.

Because it’s designed for evening hydration and repair, it’s not exactly lightweight, but my oily skin took to its medium viscosity well, especially as I focused on massaging it into the drier parts of my face (cheeks) and spreading it down the neck and decolletage, which need all the moisture they can get.

With that said, Jessica created Neroli Midnight Oil for those who have mature or dry skin yet are prone to acne or have scarring.

This isn’t a must-have for oily-skinned gals like me, but if you live in a drier climate or experienced half the winter I did here in KC, Neroli Midnight Oil is definitely one to keep around for those weeks when your skin is acting out.

I used Stark Skincare’s Neroli Midnight Oil for four weeks during the dead and winter and found it to be extremely helpful in keeping my skin sane.

Most times, I have to layer a cream over my oils during harsh winters, but Neroli Midnight Oil was enough for me, especially when applied after spritzing down with a toner (and this is the perfect toner to layer it over — review to come).

Bottom line: I’ll be repurchasing Stark Skincare’s Neroli Midnight Oil each winter. I may also toss it in my travel bag for use on the plane — hydration and nerve-calming capabilities? Yes please.

Have you tried Stark Skincare’s Neroli Midnight Oil? What are your favorite carrier and essential oils for healing scars and promoting relaxation? Tell me in the comments section!

 

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  • Kathryne

    “Cocktail for your skin”- you are too cute! This sounds amazing, and although my skin tends to be on the oily side… I DO live in one of the hottest places in the US- and DRY- so… this sounds super amazing, I am sold, looking into purchasing now- I love that it helps you sleep too! :0) GREAT post, Kim!

    • kimberlyloc

      Hehe, thanks lady. I bet your skin would like this, and for me, using a thicker oil at night ain’t no thang … going to bed, so want the skin to drink up that moisture! Appreciate your support, lady! :) xoxo

  • Call It Vanity

    The sound of this oil has always really appealed to me – dayum I love neroli!

    Mayah x

  • Mademoiselle nature

    Hope to be able to test some Stark Skincare soon! x

  • Stark Skincare

    Thanks for this gorgeous post, Kim! I’m so glad you enjoyed the oil and appreciate the awesome ingredients I carefully chose for it. This oil is my pet…I love it (just don’t tell my cats, they’ll get jealous!)
    Also, what are you using for the photos? They are so beautiful!

    Jess
    -Stark Skincare

    • kimberlyloc

      You are very welcome, Jess! Thanks for sending it to me for review; it’s a treat! The ingredients list is top-notch and so interesting … so much good stuff in there!

      And yeah, Anya gets jealous when I spend more time with my beauty products than with her ;)

      I use a 50 mm lens to shoot my product pics. It gives a nice background blur.

      I also try to shoot in natural light whenever possible, usually around 6 pm when the sun is not as bright.

      I’m a noob to photography, but learning little tricks along the way. It’s all about the lens and lighting! xoxo

  • shortsmallsweet

    I love oils that have aromatherapy properties (hello May Lindstrom!) that makes our skin care routine so much more enjoyable and luxurious!

  • Elle

    Oo I love neroli. And camellia. And have scar issues I’m trying to get rid of… putting this one on my list to try!





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