Entries Tagged as 'face oils'

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!

 

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!

 

March 4, 2014

beauty scoop | odacite an autumn on the world

Vitamin C serums have been getting a lot of love in the green beauty world lately, and I’ve been trying to find the perfect face oil laced with a potent shot of vitamin C for a while.

I think my search is over.

Odacite offers a 15 percent vitamin C serum beautifully named “An Autumn on the World” that’s proven to be a go-to morning face oil for those days when I just don’t want to layer too many products.

odacite an autumn on the world vitamin c face oil

{Odacite sent me a sample of its vitamin C face oil, “An Autumn on the World,” which retails for $149 for a 0.5-ounce glass dropper bottle.}

Vitamin C in the form of Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (which has a rating of “0” on the EWG despite the long, confusing-looking word) blends with vitamin C-rich acai berry and passion fruit to create a potent radiance booster capable of protecting against sun damage and reducing melanin production so skin can brighten and seem more luminous.

“Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is the latest development in Vitamin C advancements and has shown to be five times more potent than other Vitamin C compounds. Because it is lipid-soluble (like the lipid-rich skin barrier), it has a higher rate of penetration into the deeper layers of the skin, where it can stimulate collagen production,” says Valerie Grandury, founder of Odacite.

In addition to the vitamin C-packed first three ingredients, “An Autumn on the World” harnesses the lightweight properties of meadowfoam oil, making it an incredibly smooth primer that slides on easily under makeup.

Red raspberry aids in keeping skin smooth and youthful while hand-pressed wild carrot oil (a star ingredient in Odacite products — Valerie also uses it in her beloved “A Summer in Hossegor” oil) delivers a fresh, glowing complexion — kind of the same way drinking a fresh glass of carrot juice does for your face!

Pomegranate seed oil and rosehips round out the ingredients list and top this serum off with another shot of antioxidants, omega 5 fatty acids and defense against the elements.

odacite an autumn on the world vitamin c face oil

I’ve been extremely impressed with the plumping and brightening effects of Odacite’s “An Autumn on the World.”

While I don’t typically seek out skin brighteners because the results can be so subtle and difficult to attribute to just one product, after using Odacite’s “An Autumn on the World” for several months, I have indeed noticed a refined texture, evenness and suppleness to my skin.

Now this isn’t to say Odacite’s “An Autumn on the World” is an absolute miracle-worker; I still do my weekly masks and keep up with other skincare goodies, but I find myself reaching for this bottle of vitamin C serum often in the morning, and am almost out of it.

At $149 for a half an ounce, it’s expensive.

Like, very expensive.

But this is one vitamin C serum that I think is definitely worth the repurchase, especially for those of us who just want to use one face oil instead of layering product after product in the morning.

Granted, I’ve only sampled (like small samples of a week’s worth of product) a couple other true oil serums and have also given this one a whirl.

A perfect vitamin C serum for me would be a hybrid vitamin C serum + facial oil that I could use after toning my skin and before applying sunscreen.

(The fewer products, the more likely I am to use them consistently!)

This feels pretty close to perfect for me.

Here’s what’s inside Odacite’s “An Autumn on the World”

Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Acai Berry, Passion Fruit Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Oil, Red Raspberry, Wild Carrot Seed Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Rosehip

I think this mix of potent, 15 percent vitamin C + an exotic mix of plant oils not typically found in your everyday face oils makes Odacite’s “An Autumn on the World” a clear knockout for all seasons — do you agree?

Have you tried anything from Odacite? Do you use a vitamin C serum? What are some of your favorites and why? Tell me in the comments section!

 

February 3, 2014

beauty scoop | beautycounter lustro face oil 2 in jasmine

I must have all the jasmine things.

When Beautycounter consultant Heather Jadus asked me to take a look at Beautycounter and pick a few things to sample and review, Lustro Face Oil 2 in Jasmine was a no-brainer.

beautycounter lustro jasmine face oil 2

{Beautycounter consultant Heather Jadus sent me a sample of Lustro Jasmine Face Oil No. 2. It retails for $68 for a 0.67-ounce black glass dropper bottle.}

Besides the beautiful packaging (I need to know what font Beautycounter used for the “2”) and the obvious lure of jasmine, I was impressed by Beautycounter’s mission and commitment to clean ingredients — just look at the trusted partners the brand works with to create and vet formulas!

I was at ease digging through the Beautycounter site because of this genuine, green approach to skincare while maintaining a chic appeal. Good product design goes a long way when you’re trying to stand out amidst a sea of emerging green beauty brands.

Packaging aside, Beautycounter Lustro Face Oil 2 in Jasmine was an instant hit with me upon first use.

The face oil, a stellar blend of rosehip oil, grapeseed oil, sea buckthorn oil, argan oil, marula oil and meadowfoam oil, is extremely lightweight and very lightly scented with the tantalizing aroma of jasmine and rose thanks to steam-distilled jasmine and rose otto oil.

beautycounter lustro jasmine face oil 2

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Rosehip Oil, Virgin Organic Grapeseed Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Virgin Organic Argan Nut Oil, Organic Marula Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Rose Otto Oil, Steam Distilled Jasmine.

It takes just 3-4 drops of Beautycounter Lustro Face Oil 2 in Jasmine to cover my entire face and neck. I apply it directly after spritzing my face with a rosewater mist to get my bouquet of skincare goodness on cold winter mornings.

I will admit that there are some mornings when Beautycounter Lustro Face Oil 2 in Jasmine isn’t enough; I sometimes layer additional oil or a separate shea butter cream on top to give my skin an extra boost of moisture and protection during extremely cold days.

If you have very dry skin (remember, I’m oily and acne-prone over here), you may find that Beautycounter Lustro Face Oil 2 in Jasmine isn’t enough for you or you may also need to try the layering trick.

I think Beautycounter Lustro Face Oil 2 in Jasmine will be the perfect summertime facial oil for me; I don’t need much hydration in the humid Midwest weather.

For $68, Beautycounter Lustro Face Oil 2 in Jasmine is less expensive than some of my other beloved facial oils, so I’m going to say it’s a repurchase for summertime use.

Plus, as I said before, I must have all the jasmine things.

Speaking of, here’s my next target: Lustro Body Oil in Jasmine.

Have you tried anything from Beautycounter? What scent do you go gaga for? Tell me in the comments section!

 



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