I have a sort of love/hate relationship with facial oils. I have tried LOADS over the last few years, and they just keep on coming. Facial oils are NOT just for dry skin. Many of them are actually much better for oily skin than any moisturising cream.
However, sometimes, I find them too heavy, sometimes too light. I’ve had facial oils that have clogged my pores in the past, and oils that have disappeared into my skin so much that I have felt nothing, and had to add my regular moisturiser over the top.
I’ve recently been trying five facial oils, three of them from Scottish beauty companies, and two of them from big, global brands, one of those a long-time favourite that I sort of fell-out of love with. So, here’s the verdict!
Beautitude Skin Salvation, £38, beautitudeproducts.co.uk
This facial oil contains a blend of plant oils that are great for radiance, anti-ageing, and have anti-oxidant properties, namely rosehip and black cumin seed oil, olive squalane, and vitamin E. Essential oils rose, neroli and immortelle help maintain a healthy complexion, and of course, give it a lovely scent. The scent isn’t overpowering, it’s very ‘spa-like’ and the oil itself is very lightweight, and easily absorbed. The oil is recommended as an evening treatment, but I think I could use this as a light moisturiser on its own. It’s 100% natural, which is fantastic, and the brand, created by aromatherapist, and beauty therapist Rebecca O’Connor, is based in East Lothian.
Beauty Kitchen Abyssinian Oil Aroma Facial Concentrate, £19.99, beautykitchen.co.uk
Nestled in Glasgow’s Saltmarket, the Beauty Kitchen were completely unknown to me until a month or so ago, but now? One of my favourite beauty discoveries in a while. This lovely brand, made in Glasgow, and now stocked in slected Holland and Barrett stores nationwide, use 100% natural products, and contain 100% essential oils. Abyssinian Oil is a turbo-charged version of Argan oil – really powerful stuff in terms of moisturisation, and is blended here with magnolia oil, and palmarosa to balance the production of sebum, and rosehip oil, which helps to promote cellular deelopment and collagen synthesis. This oil is for all skin types, and it’s great. It’s lightweight, it smells amazing (thanks to some rose oils in there) and you really only need a little at a time.
Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil, £136, sisley-paris.com
I blogged about this oil when it launched about a year ago, and I faithfully used it for about six months. I then felt that it became a bit too much for my skin. This one is specifically targeted to skin types that are genetically dry, from around age 30, normal skin types that have become dry or dehydrated by environmental conditions and mature skin that is lacking lipids – so, I ticked most of those boxes. But after frequent use, I felt it was too much, as the weather changed, so I dropped it from my regime in the springtime. I may pick it up again, but the bottle is about to go out of date, so I don’t have long left, and £136 is a hefty price to pay for half a bottle. It contains omega 3 and 6, and Bulgarian rose, which means it smells delightful.
Ermana Renew Face Oil, £25, ermana.co.uk
Another Scottish brand, and a brand, spanking new one, just launched this month, Ermana, founded by Glasgow’s Claire Twigge-Molecey is another 100% natural brand, with no sulphates, no parabens, and has no animal testing. The brand is about balms and oils, for the face and body, for women, men and mums-to-be. This Renew Oil, for all skin types, but targeted at sensitive and mature skin, contains apricot, macadamia and jojoba oils, along with Vitamin E for the skincare benefits, and neroli and ylang ylang for toning the skin, and relieving irritation. I adore the packaging on these products – it reminds me of the adult colouring books that are so popular just now, and I just want to colour it in! The smell, I am not so keen on. This oil does feel slightly ‘thicker’ than some of the others, and I love it as a night treatment.
Origins Plantscription Youth-renewing face oil, £39, origins.co.uk
This oil was launched two years ago, and it’s one of my favourites, from one of my favourite ranges, from one of y favourite ‘big boy’ beauty brands. Plantscription products are anti-ageing brilliance! I adore the serum, and I do love this oil. It’s light, it melts into the skin, and you can use this under serum and moisturiser as an extra layer to your skincare routine if you want. It’s soft, and skin feels smooth after use. It contains 20 oils from around the world, as well as Anogeissus from Ghana, the plant extract ‘hero’ ingredient in the Plantscription range. Obviously, with a 24 month shelf life, as opposed to a six month shelf life of some of these other products, there are preservatives in here, but Origins use natural and organic certified ingredients where they can, and 100% natural essential oils.
So, that’s five facial oils I’ve used and reviewed. Do you have a favourite? Or are you not a facial oil fan?