Entries Tagged as 'face oils'

November 18, 2014

beauty scoop | laurel whole plant organics balance facial serum

With 26 beneficial active ingredients, Laurel Whole Plant Organics “Balance” Facial Serum isn’t exactly what you’d think of as a “minimalist beauty product,” but I’d dare to say that if you’re looking for a gorgeous, effective facial oil that provides moisture without skimping on acne defense, this could be the one that replaces every other face oil in your collection.

laurel whole plant organics balance facial serum

{Laurel Whole Plant Organics sent me a sample of its Balance Facial Serum for review. It costs $68 for a 30 ml glass dropper bottle.}

Formulated with the needs of oily, combination and breakout-prone skin in mind, Laurel Whole Plant Organics Balance Facial Serum promotes healing, refreshment and detoxification of the skin.

Founder Laurel Shaffer does this by incorporating powerful herbs and botanical extracts known for their therapeutic properties on the skin. A gentle base of jojoba and macadamia nut oils provide both slip and balance to the skin while a shot of rosehip seed oil cuts the moisture, providing a dry finish and silky feel to the skin.

Rosehip seed oil is fast becoming one of my favorites for priming the skin for makeup. It’s high in trans retinoic acid, which the body converts to vitamin A and aids in skin healing and overall cell turnover.

In addition to this super oil, Laurel Whole Plant Organics Balance Facial Serum contains red raspberry oil for natural sun protection (though I’m still a fan of mineral sun protection) as well as tamanu oil, a favorite of mine for speeding acne flare-ups through to recovery.

laurel whole plant organics balance facial serum

Here’s everything else inside Laurel Whole Plant Organics Balance Facial Serum:

Jojoba Oil˚, Macadamia Nut Oil˚, Rosehip Seed Oil˚, Sesame Oil˚, Red Raspberry Seed Oil˚, Almond Oil˚, Tamanu Oil˚, Cranberry Seed Oil˚, Sea Buckthorn Oil˚, Rosemary Extract˚; in-house biodynamic proprietary blend of Passionflower˚, Licorice˚, Calendula˚, Chamomile˚, Echinacea˚, Yarrow˚, Baical Skullcap˚, Gotu Kola˚, Comfrey˚, Astragalus˚, Nettle˚, Lavender˚, Orange Peel˚; essential oils of Lavender˚, Rosewood˚, Helichrysum˚, Clary Sage˚ ˚signifies certified organic ingredient

Other ingredients to note are helichrysum, which is included for its balancing and astringent properties; lavender, an all-time favorite anti-inflamatory and calming ingredient; calendula and chamomile, also famous for their soothing qualities; passionflower, known for its anti-inflammatory properties; and rosewood, another wonderful antiseptic.

laurel whole plant organics balance facial serum

I’d also like to point out that Laurel Whole Plant Organics Balance Facial Serum contains the skin care superstar herbs burdock and dandelion.

I’ve dabbled in burdock supplements off and on for seven years and love seeing its inclusion in luxury green skincare. Burdock leaf has mild antibacterial properties and mega blood cleansing benefits when taken internally.

Same goes for dandelion, which is rich in skin-loving vitamins and minerals and thought to help detoxify the liver (and thus, detoxify the skin).

I’m currently indulging in regular servings of dandelion tea to keep my current good skin-situation intact. A little topical application via Laurel Whole Plant Organics Balance Facial Serum literally seals the (skin) deal!

I used this facial serum religiously for about four weeks several months ago (this review has been in the works for a while!), and as I begin to pare down my skincare arsenal (more on that later), this is one that definitely makes the cut.

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Balance Facial Serum is an oil I like to use when my skin is in relatively good condition but could use just a little bit extra love in the skin defense department. I don’t use it on active breakout duty, but instead post-acne drama as my skin is re-establishing its balance and preparing for another cycle of hormonal defense.

Have you tried Laurel Whole Plant Organics Balance Facial Serum or anything else from the line? What oils do you use at different times of the month? What are the keepers in your skincare arsenal? Tell me in the comments section!

 

October 28, 2014

beauty scoop | dr. alkaitis organic nourishing treatment oil

While I’m all about multipurpose products, I don’t typically think of my precious facial oils as the types of oils I’d slather on from head-to-toe.

It’s not that I don’t want to bathe in most of my facial oils; it’s just that most of my facial oils come in 1-ounce dropper bottles that cost at least $100 a pop.

With Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil, though, I have the luxury of being able to truly go from head to toe in it, and at $90 for a 4-ounce bottle, it’s a bit easier to justify said oil baths.

dr alkaitis organic nourishing treatment oil

{Dr. Alkaitis sent me a sample of its Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil to review. The travel set, which includes the Treatment Oil, costs $55. A full-sized treatment oil costs $90 for a 4-ounce bottle.}

Designed to be enjoyed on the face, body and hair (truly head-to-toe!), Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil is a thicker oil made from a base of virgin cold pressed organic jojoba oil, St. John’s Wort and Andean Mountain rosehip seed oil.

This ultra-luscious golden-hued base is infused with Dr. Alkaitis’ signature thoughtful herbal blend that targets dryness, redness and itchiness.

Wildcrafted herbs such as Indian madder, country sarsaparilla, country mallow, China root, costus, white sandalwood, cuscus grass, eagle wood, nut and bermuda Grasses and ashwagandha work together with organically grown Amazon root, liquorice and tumeric to deliver an incredible dose of antioxidants to troubled skin, soothing inflammation and calming the mind with its dusty, herbal scent that’s perfect for men or women.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Into a base of virgin cold pressed organic oils (organic Jojoba*, St. John’s Wort* and Andean Mountain Rose Hip seed* oils), the following organic and wild-crafted herbals are blended:

Indian Madderº, Country Sarsaparillaº, Amazon root* and Liquorice*. Country Mallowº, Turmeric*, China rootº, Costusº, and White Sandalwoodº. Cuscus Grassº, Olive*, Eagle Woodº, Nut Grassº, Bermuda Grassº and Ashwagandhaº. Also added are natural vitamin E complex (D- alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocopherols) and 100% pure Essential Oils.

* – Signifies certified organically grown.
º – Signifies ethically wild-crafted.

dr alkaitis organic nourishing treatment oil

In the hair, Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil imparts gloss and shine while gently addressing any irritation you may experience on your scalp.

(If you’re seriously acne-prone like me, you know what a literal pain it is to deal with breakouts in your scalp. This stuff moves those little suckers along nicely and without much drama.)

On the face, Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil drenches the skin in a lavish cocoon of moisture. If you’re oily like me, you need to go light on the application — this is a thick oil — but during transition weather and dead-of-winter, this is an amazing choice for keeping dryness and tightness at ease without over-oiling your face and clogging your pores.

I like to use Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil on cooler nights, and sometimes I’ll layer it over a light cream if I’m looking for mega moisture.

What’s great about this truly multipurpose oil is that as I’m layering it onto my face and pulling it down my neck and onto my chest, I can keep the party going onto my arms, stomach and legs, as a couple pumps can cover a lot of ground.

However, I am generous with this oil on my body (as I am with all of my body oils) but mostly because I don’t feel so bad using so much because of the generous sizing in relation to its cost.

(And because I know that I don’t need as much on my face.)

While I’m sure all of you beauties out there are diligent about moisturizing everything, it’s probably safe to say you don’t always go from head-to-toe with one oil or lotion.

Which leads me to thinking … how do you deal with all the scent confusion? With Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil, you can have one signature scent for bedtime, head to toe, that’s actually quite soothing for bedtime.

It’s an especially beautiful pick for autumn and winter, as the herbal-woody scent evokes a cool-weather coziness that puts me at ease.

Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil is a repurchase for me. I’ll keep it stored with my body oil collection, as that will be my first and foremost use for it, but several cooler months out of the year, it will see some play on my face as it adjusts to cooling temperatures.

If you’re into body oils with unique scents, you’ll want Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil in your arsenal!

(And if you’re not sure it’s quite right for you, or you are new to Dr. Alkaitis, the Travel Set is a smart place to start — that’s what I did!)

Have you tried Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil? Do you use it primarily for hair, face or body? What scents are you drawn to during autumn and winter? Tell me in the comments section!

 

October 6, 2014

beauty scoop | meow meow tweet face oil

If I had a nickel for every time a guy asked me about the best face oils for his skin, I’d have about … fifteen cents.

But loyal lady readers, some of you have a few nice men in your lives, and if you want to ease them into green skincare with a nicely packaged, effective starter face oil, may I recommend Meow Meow Tweet’s Face Oil?

meow meow tweet face oil

{Meow Meow Tweet sent me a small sample of its Face Oil to review. A full size 0.9-ounce bottle costs $25.}

Though not marketed specifically for men or women, I could easily see Meow Meow Tweet’s Face Oil being a big hit among men.

Made with skin-soothing ingredients such as hempseed oil, jojoba oil and sesame oil, and spiked with a grounding dose of vetiver, patchouli and juniper, Meow Meow Tweet’s Face Oil is something of a stiff cocktail for skin that’s been a bit mistreated and could use a helping of simple, yet beautifully effective, moisturizing oils.

The scent isn’t girly at all, yet it’s not so over-the-top masculine that it would be out of place in any beauty buff’s collection.

meow meow tweet face oil

I’m a huge scent person, and while personally I’m not crazy-drawn to the scent of this oil on my face, when I catch whiffs of it after applying it on my hands or hair, it’s earthy and nutty (just like I like my men), and is quite comforting.

On the skin, it feels featherlight, thanks to a smart combination of jojoba oil (my favorite multipurpose skin / body / hair oil), sesame oil and hempseed oil.

The hempseed oil gives Meow Meow Tweet’s Face Oil a very pretty bold green tint to it (thanks, chlorophyll), thinned out a bit by the rich yellows of sesame and jojoba.

Hempseed oil is one of those underrated-yet-overachieving oils that delivers a shot of omega fatty acids and protein to the skin. I want to see (and feel — oh how luscious it is) hempseed oil in more concoctions.

meow meow tweet face oil

After using my Meow Meow Tweet Face Oil for a few weeks, I didn’t notice any out-of-the-ordinary breakouts, so it’s safe to say that at least on my skin, it was non-clogging and quite nourishing to the skin.

Here’s everything that’s inside Meow Meow Tweet’s Face Oil:

Organic hempseed oil, organic jojoba oil, organic sesame oil, essential oils of organic carrot seed, organic juniper, organic patchouli & organic vetiver

My skin drinks up jojoba oil and reacts quite well to it (it will forever be a staple in my skincare and I will forever be grateful to its powers for weening me off of ultra drying, OTC and RX acne treatments), so that earns Meow Meow Tweet’s Face Oil a big plus in my book.

While this isn’t a face oil that I would choose when lined up against my darling jasmine or rose concoctions, it is one that I’d reach for when I want a chilled out, simple face oil treatment with minimal yet effective ingredients to soothe inflamed skin or to just shake up a highly scented routine with something a bit more earthy.

At $25 for a full-sized bottle, Meow Meow Tweet’s Face Oil is easily one that you could feel good about stocking for those times when you just want something different.

It’s not a huge investment, and it’s got all the familiar ingredients that you’ve come to love, but with a scent that’s the oddball among your somewhat-predictable face oil wardrobe.

And sometimes, you just gotta love those oddball face oils. I’ll be refilling this for the cozy, earthy fall ahead.

Have you tried Meow Meow Tweet’s Face Oil? What scents are you drawn to, and which scents have grown on you? What plant oils do you think are underrated? Tell me in the comments section!

 

June 19, 2014

beauty scoop | odacite a spring in tokyo

When life hands you lemons, I hope they smell as cheerful and complex as Odacite’s “A Spring in Tokyo” face oil.

odacite a spring in tokyo

{Odacite sent me a sample of “A Spring in Tokyo” to test and review. It retails for $149 for a 0.5-ounce glass dropper bottle.}

Bursting with citrus goodness thanks to lemon verbena, pink grapefruit oil and palmarosa oil, Odacite’s “A Spring in Tokyo” is designed to detoxify and revive tired, persnickety skin.

Founder Valerie Grandury originally created this happy face oil for a Japanese kabuki actress who was suffering from premature wrinkles, loss of firmness and breakouts that came along with the heavy makeup and long hours her career demanded of her body.

To help protect the actress’ precious skin, Valerie sought some of the rarest and most beautiful oils in the world and combined them with brightening and mood-boosting oils to make the process of applying a facial oil simply exhilarating.

odacite a spring in tokyo

Seriously, you can’t smell Odacite’s “A Spring in Tokyo” and not feel uplifted. It’s that peppy.

Here’s everything that’s inside Odacite’s “A Spring in Tokyo” face oil:

Plukenetia volubilis (Sacha Inchi) oil**, Camellia oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil**, Eugenia uniflora (Pitanga) Leaf Oil*, Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil*, Corylus americana (Hazelnut) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil**, Daucus carota (Carrot) seed oil, Litsea cubeba (litsea cubeba) fruit oil, Lavandula burmati (lavandin) flower/leaf oil, Aloysia triphylla (lemon verbena) flower/leaf, Citrus paradisi (pink grapefruit) peel oil, Rosa bourboniana (rose) flower oil, Jasminum grandiflorum (jasmine) flower oil, Acacia decurrens (mimosa) flower extract, Cymbopogon martinii (palmarosa) leaf oil, Cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil**, Vetiveria zizanioides (vetivert) root oil. |*Wild Crafted, **Organic

odacite a spring in tokyo

We’re seeing beautiful Sacha Inchi oil pop up more and more in the green beauty world. It’s known for its ability to protect the skin thanks to remarkable antioxidant properties.

Camellia oil is another biggie that a lot of us are loving lately. It’s rich in vitamins and antioxidants as well, and offers a smooth, non-greasy feeling as a major carrier oil.

What got my attention with Odacite’s “A Spring in Tokyo” (besides the amazing smell!) is the inclusion of rare pitanga leaf oil as ingredient No. 3.

Pitanga leaf oil is rich in alpha hydroxy acids, which can improve the appearance of acne scars and discoloration.

It’s also known for its natural astingent properties, making it a perfect addition to an oil targeted to blemish-prone skin.

Other oils great for blemish-prone skin that are included in Odacite’s “A Spring in Tokyo” are tamanu, hazelnut and jojoba.

Basically, this is a potent facial oil for the blemish-prone — but it does take a while to see results.

I used Odacite’s “A Spring in Tokyo” every night for four weeks (my typical facial oil testing time), and while I still broke out during those 28 days, my skin did appear a bit brighter and I noticed a slight lightening of a few acne-scarred areas.

While the results were not drastic, I think that with continued nightly use, it could show some great results.

But oh, the life of a green beauty blogger — always on to the next product to test.

Odacite mentions that this oil layers beautifully under makeup, but with the inclusion of those wonderful-smelling citrus oils, I’d be cautious and either 1) use only at night or 2) use SPF 30+ to protect your skin from photosensitivity.

And while I’ve raved about the scent of this lightweight facial oil, one thing that does feel strange when using it just at night is … well … at night, I want to wind down and not be all pepped up with citrus.

You can tone it down by mixing it with a bit more jojoba oil if you have it on hand, or you can train yourself to not get as revved up by lemon verbena (good uck with that!).

Overall, “A Spring in Tokyo” is a winner, but it’s not a cure-all for breakouts.

Don’t buy this if you’re looking for a spot treatment; this is more of a long-haul, complexion-healing face oil that you’ll need to use consistently over time to truly see drastic improvements.

In a short time (like my four-week trial), you may notice a difference in the evenness of your complexion; the slight lightening of scars; the texture of your skin (soft!); and your attitude while applying it.

“A Spring in Tokyo,” you’re definitely my “happy oil” after a late night of blogging.

Have you tried anything from Odacite? What do you look for in an oil for aging, blemish-prone skin? Tell me in the comments section!

 

April 24, 2014

beauty scoop | jacq’s organics carrot con leche face serum

Carrots are making a comeback.

OK, so I don’t know that carrots actually ever went anywhere, but I’m finding that basically every beauty product I try that has carrot seed oil in it is an immediate match for my skin.

And that’s what drew me to Jacq’s Organics Carrot Con Leche Face Serum.

jacq's organics carrot con leche face serum

{Jacq’s Organics sent me a sample of its Carrot Con Leche Face Serum. A full size, 2-ounce glass dropper bottle retails for $28.}

Carrot seed oil is rich in beta-carotene as well as vitamins A and E. It helps to heal chapped skin while also balancing the moisture in skin — no greasy overload here!

Carrot seed oil is also said to help remove toxic buildup in the skin and diminish the appearance of scars. It’s no wonder it’s such an appealing oil to those of us with blemished, angry skin!

jacq's organics carrot con leche face serum

I sought out Jacq’s Organics Carrot Con Leche Face Serum via the blemished and oily skin section of the shop and can’t tell you how refreshing it was to see something besides tea tree oil in the lineup for problem skin.

(Love ya, tea tree, but come on — can we explore more natural solutions to acne?!)

jacq's organics carrot con leche face serum

A further look down the ingredients list revealed a beautiful combination of some of my favorite oils that offer a slew of vitamins and light moisture to the skin.

Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green tea) Leaf Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Calendula officinalis CO2 extract, Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn Berry) CO2 extract and GMO-Free Vitamin E.

Anytime you can get carrot, camellia, pumpkin AND sea buckthorn into an oil at an incredibly affordable price ($28!) is just mind-blowing and skin/money-saving.

jacq's organics carrot con leche face serum

I used Jacq’s Organics Carrot Con Leche Face Serum as my daytime face oil for about three weeks (until my small sample size was finished!) and found myself excited to reach for it every morning.

That’s saying a lot because it’s very difficult to stick to just one oil for several weeks of testing when there’s so many options and you have your old favorites right there begging for attention.

The extremely lightweight texture makes Jacq’s Organics Carrot Con Leche Face Serum a stellar pick for those with very oily skin. On some days, I found myself adding a little extra oil or a light layer of shea over my face to get a bit more moisture (I’m oily but have a few dry spots).

As the weather gets warmer and my skin becomes dewier naturally (read: sweaty and oily mess), I think Jacq’s Organics Carrot Con Leche Face Serum will be a go-to for that subtle touch of moisture.

Besides the almost-perfect weight of Jacq’s Organics Carrot Con Leche Face Serum, I was totally taken with the scent of this oil.

It was extremely subtle and fresh like morning dew. Imagine the smell of a springtime sunrise — that’s this. Dainty, fresh and clean.

After a description like that, I’d be insane NOT to put Jacq’s Organics Carrot Con Leche Face Serum on my repurchase list. With summer just around the corner, this is bound to be my go-to oil for my summer sunrises.

(OK, I’m not awake when the sun comes up, but you get what I mean.)

Have you tried anything from Jacq’s Organics? What face oil ingredients are you drawn to? Tell me in the comments section!

 



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