My Beauty Oil Obsession

Monday, April 24, 2017

Oh facial oils. They've made such a difference in my skincare routine and I love, love, love them!

It all began with Pony's YouTube video. She mixed facial oil with her BB Cream and the effect was glowy and youthful. I wanted that skin! So I asked someone to buy a bottle of the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Oil (which was the one used in the video) for me.

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I use facial oil either before or after my moisturizer. There are conflicting points of view on how it should be applied. I do either, depending on my mood. Bad news: I threw away my bottle of Innisfree Green Tea Seed Oil after a year because it began to smell rancid. If I remember correctly. it mostly contained Grapeseed Oil and Green Tea Oil. The other oils I've tried have lasted longer than that.

Let me show you what I have in rotation. Two drops at a time and lightly press on my face, that's how I apply it. 

Pictured above from left to right:

1. My own concoction! I've making my own facial oil for over a year and I'm currently using version 3. The formula keeps evolving - this one contains Argan Oil, Golden Jojoba Oil, Calendula, Green Tea, Rosehip & Pili Nut Oil. It also has a low concentration of Rose Otto, German Chamomile, Helichrysum and Elemi Essential Oils.

2. Caudalie Divine Oil. The small bottle was by the checkout of Sephora and it was calling my name. I ignored it a few times but finally caved. The scent is intoxicatingly deep, with a hint of floral. Mysterious, familiar and warm. I love using it on my face, sometimes on my hands and arms.

3. Bodyfood Skin Oil. I've been supporting Filipino indie skincare brands. With a rich selection of raw materials, its easy to fall in love with such wonderful products. This skin oil, I use more on the body as it doubles as fragrance. The combination of Rose, Frankincense, Jasmine Grandiflora and Agarwood in a base of Argan and Golden Jojoba Oils makes it so exotic. 

Ana, the owner of Bodyfood, knows how I love Agarwood (also known as Oud). She was the one who introduced it to me and the memory of the scent lingered on for weeks. It was such an experience. And she's such a darling to have included a drop of it in the skin oil.

I recently ordered Ana's Rose Tea Serum (roses infused in Pili Oil) and I cannot wait to use that too!

4. Lunas by Nanny Rose. Mandy's face oil contains Pink Roses and Ylang Ylang (from her back yard!) infused in Avocado and Golden Jojoba Oils. Geranium Essential Oil was added. It is a soft, powdery floral that feels like a comforting hug. Its a bit heavier than some of the ones listed here, but it absorbs fairly quickly. I use this one days when my skin is extra-dry or when I want a nice, protective layer on my arms.

5. Paul & Joe Facial Treatment Oil. This is what I use on days when I need to feel more alive. The citrus scent is uplifting and that's what I love about this oil.

6. Ilog Maria Royal Jelly Facial Oil. This was my first Filipino indie brand to try. Ilog Maria is a honeybee farm so their skincare items include bee-products. Its a bit greasier than the rest, so I usually include this in my evening skincare only. After years and bottles of this product, I still cannot figure out the scent. Citrus and Floral... but there's something else. It has a wonderful, addictive scent that somewhat reminds of me designer baby cologne and Japanese gel car air freshener. I know that sounds weird but it smells good.

7. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse. Its been on my wishlist for two years. But the price made me think twice. The only reason I have it now is I purchased a gift set which had two bottles of the oil, the other was pocket sized. Its a better deal than buying the full sized bottle. The scent is similar to Caudalie - like they're sisters. Such a beautiful scent. And it feels nice on the skin too.

In the future, I would love to have oils from Mandy Aftel, Vintner's Daughter and Sunday Riley. The latter two I'm curious because of the hype.

What are your favorite beauty oils?

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  1. I haven't used any of these facial oils before, but Innisfree makes some great products. Thank you for the comparisons!

  2. I have one from Josie Maran - which I have yet to try. :( I need to use it after I'm done with my current face regime testing. :)

  3. I've used argan oils on my skin, but I want to switch to something jojoba based since I think it may suit my skin better.

  4. I love using oils in my routine! Right now I love One Love Organics, The Jojoba Company, and my own blend that I made with several NOW Foods carrier oils.

  5. I've never tried using an oil on anything other than my cuticles.

  6. I'm a facial oil addict! I've tried the Nuxe Dry Oil, which my hair loves, and Caudalie Divine Oil. They both smell fabulous.

  7. I am obsessed with facial oils! They literally SAVE my extremely dry skin and I refuse to live without them.

  8. I started using a facial oil several months ago and I'll never go back, my skin feels so much better!

  9. I use a lot of different oils on my face but don't recall using any of these brands. I definitely will be checking them out.

  10. I've never tried any of these! I love using oils on my face. I'm currently using a Rosehip oil every night to try to help with acne & the darker pigmentation left behind, as it will help it fade. If my skin is especially dry, I'll sometimes mix the Tarte Maracuja oil or an Argan Oil in with my foundation. Oils are seriously so versatile.

  11. I love how soothing facial oils feel and how quickly they absorb, but most have tended to break me out, and I don't know what is doing it

  12. I've tried just a few facial oils but I always have super oily skin afterwards. Any suggestions for something that absorbs easily?

    1. Hi Nina! You could try a lighter oil like Sunflower. Just make sure it has a low comedogenic rating so you won't break out.

  13. Great post. I need to incorporate more oils in my care routine.

  14. I'm totally in love with the idea of the face oils. I'm nervous about breaking out though.

  15. I just recently became obsessed with beauty oils! I see a few here that I'm going to be adding to my list.

  16. I need more oils in my routine!

  17. I've never tried facial oils, some of these sound really lovely x

  18. I've never used one before! How is it applied?

  19. I love reading about facial oils and learning more about them. I try to use one regularly, but it's new to me so I often forget.


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