To say I’m obsessed with facial oils is probably an understatement. Ever since I discovered the Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum about a year and half ago, my facial oil stash has getting bigger and bigger by the day.
I found they are so much more effective than your traditional moisturizers, and a good facial oil can be used as a solid all-in-one product (in my humble opinion), which is heavenly for people like me, who don’t like to layer products on the face, especially in the hot humid weather. Another major point is that they make it so easy to customize your perfect mix – my favorite thing to do at night before going to bed is doing a bit of cocktail action with my oils to create the right mix for my concerns, be it hydrating, anti-aging, skin elasticity, sensitive, or radiance. You name it, there is a good one for it.
Here are the ones currently sitting in my stash:
Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum: the oil that needs no further introduction, I have a full review here. It’s my first and still favorite oil to-date (this is my 2nd bottle). If you need a does-everything magical oil, it would be it. It is a pricey product, but mine lasted me a whole year with very frequent use (I’m talking about 4-5 times a week at least). Into the Gloss has summarized it right: the facial oil to end all facial oils.
Odacite Serum Concentrate: Clearly one is not enough (full review for its radiance effect serum here). As you can see here, I have a whole army of them, which I find to the perfect mixer – each tiny bottle of the oil is highly concentrated and formulated to address one specific concern. Most of the nights, I will mix 3 drops of one bottle with either Vintner’s Daughter, or other oil of the choice to complete the routine. Other nights, when I feel a bit daring, I will take one or two drops from each bottle and mix all of them together and slather it on my face, feeling totally badass and fun.
May Lindstrom the Youth Dew Hydrating Serum: It’s a product that’s still relatively new to me, so I haven’t given it enough time to properly test it out. But I’m really surprised to see how small the bottle is – only 20 ml, given the high price tag. Oh well, let’s hope it’s miracle glow giver…
Kiehl’s’ Midnight Recovery Concentrate: this is more of a serum rather than a facial oil to me, but if you are new to the facial oil world, and not quite sure how you will get on with it, the Kiehl’s one is a lovely entry product. For people who are in their 20s, I think this would be a great night time serum, which has worked really well for me in balancing out the skin, and just making it plumped and healthy the next morning.
MV Organic Skincare Rose Plus Booster: probably the best smelling facial oil out of the bunch. The rose scent is nothing overpowering, but quite calming and soothing. A powerhouse if you want to inject some hydration to the face, or want to calm down your skin from reactions due to harsh weather, fatigue, and stress.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil: safe to say the most famous/hyped facial oil out there? It has been talked, raved, reviewed by hundreds of beauty lovers. I do like it, but didn’t find it to be out of the world amazing – I don’t see the miracles that many people have experienced, such as reduced wrinkle and fine lines, or reduced hyperpigmentation. If you are interested but doesn’t want to splurge on a full size before testing out, this set available in Sephora is an awesome one to get. This is where I got mine, and if I may digress, I like the Good Gene All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment a lot, I mean a lot!
Kypris Moonlight Catalyst: this is technically not an facial oil, it’s more of a watery gel formula. But I thought I would throw in here as it’s the one I started incorporating into my routine. I haven’t used it long enough consistently to comment on the effectiveness – expect a full review coming your way soon, but let me tell you, the smell is… horrible. There is no way to sugar coat it, it smells horrible, reminds me of smelly shoes, the kind that have been walked on for days without being taken off, and have been walked during the heavy rain and dirty roads. I hope I didn’t get a bad batch, because no one else seem to mention it.
Have you been using any facial oils? If so, any recommendations (as if I still don’t have enough of them)?