Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Hall of Fame - Darphin 8-Flower Nectar Oil and a Meet'n'Greet in John Lewis, Kingston


As much as I loved meeting Paula Begoun, it was when she said 'Don't even get me started on french pharmacy brands!' that I knew we would never be bonded by facial oils. 

If I could only pick one country from which to buy all my skincare it would be France. And Darphin would be in my Top 3 (ooh maybe a top brand by country post is an idea?). 
The hardest part of choosing a Darphin product for the Hall of Fame is keeping it realistic and not listing 5 straight off the bat. For this particular post, I also had the Intral range on my desk, and I've already added the Purifying Balm, the first product I properly fell in love with. 

In the end, dear reader, I plumped for the 8-Flower Nectar Elixir. If you are a teenager, this may not be for you. In fact if you aren't concerned about lack of elasticity, dullness, fine lines and surface dehydration, one of the other oils would maybe be better. BUT: if you smoke, drink, live in the city etc - and are under 30, I'd still look into this. ANYWAY: back to the basics.

What is it?
'Purifies and rebalances your skin overnight so that wrinkles and lines are smoothed, your skin feels plumper and your complexion looks revitalised and more radiant.

Who is it for?
See intro paragraph but essentially anyone concerned with signs of ageing. All of them.

What’s in it?
Jojoba Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Avocado Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Hexyldecanol, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Jasmine Flower Extract, Iris Pallida Root Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Phytosterols, Date Seed Extract, Cranberry Seed Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Patchouli Oil, Helichrysum Angustifolium Flower Oil, Lavender Oil, Orange Flower Oil, Beta-Carotene, Rose Flower Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Rosewood Oil, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tocopherol, Sorbitan Oleate, Benzyl Acetate, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Farnesol, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol <ILN40767>

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
essential oils

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
natural/vegan

Tested on animals/sold in countries that test on animals?
no/unknown

What's not in it?
mineral oil
synthetic fragrance

How do you use it?
'In the evening, apply five drops to face and neck'
That's great in theory, but this is an open neck so getting precisely 5 drops is harder than one might think. I tend to do a small 'dollop', like a 5p size - (dime for US peeps), therapist swipe, and massage into face.

What’s good about it?
It's just a really beautiful formulation that absorbs almost instantly, leaving no residue after application. Skin is plumped and glowing, fine lines disappear (if only for a while - obvs) and any products applied on top also seem to work brilliantly. Some people would have you believe that 'an oil is an oil' and that there are no differences between something like this and an oil you can buy from a health food shop. I politely disagree. The proof is in the processes. 
This refines, smooths, softens, increases suppleness and elasticity, restores vitality, and ultimately nourishes and moisturises.

What’s not so good about it?
It's £95.00. But: it should last between 9 months and a year if you use it a few times a week in the evenings.

Where to use in your routine?
P.M. - over serums and under moisturisers. Although you can obviously use this on its own, I'm a big fan of layering and this is great for 'sealing' the deal over an active, thinner, serum. I like a little moisturiser over this but that's more for how it feels than any huge added benefit.

8-Flower Nectar is £95.00 from Spacenk.com and £94.00 from JohnLewis.com (at time of writing)

If you watch my vlogs you'll know that I went to Paris with Darphin recently to check out their revamped Institut on Rue Saint-Honore. I wanted to do some prep work for what will be my last 'southern' meet-up for a while.


On Thursday 3rd December, I am going to be working in the beautiful new Darphin space (pictured above) in John Lewis in Kingston-upon-Thames. I'll be on counter from 5pm-8pm talking all things Darphin and skin. And basically just everything in-between.

Darphin are throwing in some added extras too:

  • With every two products bought on the day, you will receive an exclusive gift from Darphin.
  • A chance to win a bespoke selection of Darphin products (£200 value)
  • Complimentary Darphin Hand and Arm Massages
  • Darphin gift wrapping
  • Complimentary refreshments

I hope to see some of you there!

John Lewis, Kingston.
Thursday 3rd December
5pm-8pm (until they throw me out)




The event at John Lewis is sponsored by Darphin, my review is my review.

36 comments:

  1. Absolutely gutted to miss this - was hoping you'd do an event while I'm in the UK from 12 December. Deep breaths...

    But, at the risk of being a crashing bore, I do have a question about layering oils. You've previously written that "nothing really cuts through an oil." So I am confused about putting a moisturizer on top of an oil. My compromise has been combining my oil with my moisturizer, but I'd love to understand what seems like a discrepancy. Thank you!

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    1. I asked about this in a previous blog post and would love to know the best way to layer.
      I use a serum then moisturise then an oil at night to seal layers but use an the oil before my moisturiser in the morning. I was following advice in a discussion on the blog months ago but now I am confused.

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    2. Hi Ladies.

      You'll notice I said 'that's more for how it feels than any added benefit'. A little moisturiser on top just feels nicer - especially if I use an oil during the day under makeup. Ultimately, it's for the feel. If you want layering for benefits I would still do serums first. Hope that clears it up?

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    3. Thank you Caroline
      I always use a serum first but had switched my oil to the last layer. Tonight I changed to layering as you have done in this post with an oil after my serum then my moisturiser. I don't use an extra oil if using Luna but always use an oil if the serum isn't like an oil in texture. I hope this is right as I have to watch with my skin being quite thin but needs moisture. I appreciate the time you have taken to reply and your blogs/Vlogs

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    4. Thank you SO much, Caroline. Especially for being so nice about my many questions over the past year since I fell down the Hirons rabbit hole of skincare fantasies. Game changer!

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    5. Caroline, I hope you read back on older blog posts as I wanted to express my thanks to you adding this oil to your Hall of Fame. I had NDulge rewards and used them as part of 'not feeling as guilty' buying an expensive oil for myself but I will be saving to repeat purchase Darphin 8 Flower Nectar. I love facial oils and have always used them but this one has already proved to be the most luxurious and makes my skin feel so comfortable. Your advice on the way oils are blended really is exemplified in this oil as I have never used an oil like this before.

      I have Darphin's Intral toner and am considering the elixir cream version too. I will never be beautiful but this oil has gone a long way to making me feel good, which is saying a lot! I have ordered our beauty box and with this oil oil I will have the most luxurious skincare treats than I ever thought possible.

      Thank you very much for the recommendation and I understand why you use this in the order you do. The lack of control over the drops might mean I use a little extra but enjoy it! Expensive for a self treat but worth the feeling of luxury.

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    6. Caroline, I hope you read back on older blog posts as I wanted to express my thanks to you adding this oil to your Hall of Fame. I had NDulge rewards and used them as part of 'not feeling as guilty' buying an expensive oil for myself but I will be saving to repeat purchase Darphin 8 Flower Nectar. I love facial oils and have always used them but this one has already proved to be the most luxurious and makes my skin feel so comfortable. Your advice on the way oils are blended really is exemplified in this oil as I have never used an oil like this before.

      I have Darphin's Intral toner and am considering the elixir cream version too. I will never be beautiful but this oil has gone a long way to making me feel good, which is saying a lot! I have ordered our beauty box and with this oil oil I will have the most luxurious skincare treats than I ever thought possible.

      Thank you very much for the recommendation and I understand why you use this in the order you do. The lack of control over the drops might mean I use a little extra but enjoy it! Expensive for a self treat but worth the feeling of luxury.

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  2. Im excited to try Darphin! I love essential oils and I agree with you on Paula Begoun. I do find she has a good staple regime to start out with but I couldn't imagine life without French skincare! As introducing myself to Darphin products, what would you recommend to start out with? I was thinking their cleansing balm and maybe this oil? Please advise as your are the holy of holies when it comes to skin! Thank you for changing mine! =)

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  3. I adore facial oils, I don't know how I did without them before! My skin thanks me every time I use one :-D x

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  4. This one's definitely "safe" for combo, easily congested skin? If yes, would it be appropriate to layer it after Luna and Good Genes, or would I be better to stick with Sunday Riley and go w Artemis?

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    1. Can you get to a Darphin stockist and patch test it over spots? I'm hesitant to recommend as a generalisation. X

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  5. Thank you for the detailed and clear information.

    Alina
    www.eclecticalu.blogspot.com

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  6. Won't you come to the U.S. and do meet ups like this! Preferably NYC ;)

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    1. ��I second that!!! You are needed her in NYC ��

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    2. I third this. Legit willing to have a whip-round to finance it.

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  7. Just love you work. I am looking at Darphin moisturisers for my late 50's skin (looking so much better thanks to you ) I have used ideal resource light rebirth wt night and loved it but am tempted by /STIMULSKIN-PLUS-Multi-Corrective-Divine-Cream but it's 2 times the price ! What do you think ? I would love your advice

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  8. Paula's Choice has worked miracles on my skin. "Miracle" is probably not the correct word since she bases her product formulations and reviews on science. Caroline, I began following you because of your candor which led to me really liking you as a person. I'm hopeful you will appreciate my remarks as they are not meant to be hurtful or negative: When you last reviewed your favorites on YouTube, many of the creams were packaged in jars. Even if the ingredients are fabulous, they can't possibly remain stable when exposed to air/light over what could amount to months before the product is completely used up nor "pure" when the delivery method involves sticking your fingers into the jar. I don't think it's too much to ask for cosmetic companies to stop insulting their customers by charging outrageous prices for poorly packaged products. I find it concerning that you've promoted those companies who do.

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    1. Hi Sook,

      Here's the thing: Paula is not a scientist. She's a brand owner. She has one opinion, other people have differing opinions.
      A lot of Paula's mantra is based on reports and research that were done 40 years ago - this is by her own admission and something said directly to me - and times and science change.
      Pots: preservative systems are far more sophisticated than they used to be. I personally would not use a hi-end organic jar as the preservatives would probably not be as secure as the preservatives in a science-led jar such as say one from Zelens. If you're ever unsure check the colour of the product. A lot of brands will colour their products to be slightly off-White or in some cases brown, which my suspicion immediately says is to hide oxidisation. That is obviously not always the case but that's my cynical head.
      In the case of moisturisers, they are ultimately not as 'active' as a serum. Well, not the ones I tend to use anyway. And active ingredients - especially such as vit c etc are the ones that go off - but even THAT is changing with science. Most of my serums are still in pumps. But even that is not an exact science. It depends on the formula.
      I've had to change my thinking on a few things over the last 5 and a half years of this blog and always try and explain when I do so and why, but it's always because science has caught up/changed my mind. As much as I still respect Paula, I fear she's in danger of singing from the same hymn book forever, something which science just does not do.
      I hope that helps clarify and thank you for the question.

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    2. Caroline, thank you SO much for taking the time to answer my question! You rock!

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  9. Well... it seems I will have to sell my kidney to be able afford it, but Caroline, please, go ahead and show us the 'Bloody hell this is literally my Box of Dreams' ))))

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    1. This post says nothing about Cult Beauty!

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    2. You're right. That happens when I cannot read

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    3. Ohh, I got confused too. I thought every product in this week's posts was in the cult beauty box...

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  10. Lovely review, is so tough to get good info on skin care ingredient efficacy absent keeping up with the latest in chemistry and dermatology (I'm too lazy to learn the lingo and do so). Had a great experience with Darphin's purifying balm and niaouli oil, the former really improved my skin and the latter smelled amazing though I don't recall if it did all that much. Have been considering the 8-flower nectar oil for some time. Sadly I can only get one new product for my routine and the sample of Chanel's hydra micro serum was soooo amazing. So glad we live in an era where there are so many products that do so many amazing things for the skin!

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  11. Dear Lady Hirons, please, please come to the US West Coast preferably Seattle/Portland for a meet and greet. Darphin is currently on my radar wanna be. Eyeing the Intral line and balms, but now must include this oil as well. Kidney indeed! Anyone? Thank you so much for your wonderful blog and videos.

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  13. OMG I CANT WAIT TILL THE 3ed TO C U!!!
    I live 10 minutes away defined going to b there before time to b right at the front love u xxx

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  14. Omgggg I can't wait till the 3ed!!! Super excited, I live 10 minutes away from John Lewis so I'll definitely be coming and super early so I can be right at the front 👍🏼 love u soo much xxx

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  15. Darphin is hit or miss for me. I find the less ingredients in a product from this line - the less it irritates. I bought the purifying balm a few months back. I bought it for the first time maybe 10 yrs ago when I had acne prone skin at the time and a spa told me this would solve my problems! (not exactly) I thought it would be good for an occasional pimple but not sure if it's doing much. How do you use it? On pimples? Whiteheads? Congestion? I mainly have a bit of congestion and recent hormonal flare up. Looking for some spot treatments - any recommendations? Also while I do a similar protocol as you - finding my congestion is not fully going away. Acids I use include the DG pads, a local brand lactic acid (from a spa), Efflaclar Due +, first aid beauty pads (recently ran out). Retinols I use include the REN (serum) and sparingly Luna as I think it initially made me break out and wary to reuse. The congestion and spot treatments are my main concerns and I thought something from my wide selection would help! :( If you have a chance on any specific products. I do read your blog/vids avidly, and thank you! The congestion is mainly on certain parts of my cheeks and hormonal, chin of course. Things had cleared up for a while and things have started up....

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  16. I absolutely adore most of the french brands (Lierac and La-roche posay are always in my go-to skincare routine) and recently I have been introduced to face oils starting from the basics (pure rosehip oil in my night routine). I love the idea of waking up with a plumped and radiant skin and I am definitely going to give this a try. Luckily, Darphin and most of the french brands are always on sale at Greek online pharmacies (sales up to 50%), otherwise it would be freaking expensive... xxx

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  17. This looks lush! Do you have any idea if you can buy it cheaper in France? Loving your vlogs by the way! xxx

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  18. I'm a newbie to your blog on a recommendation from a friend and I'm absolutely hooked. Love!
    Can you pretty please do a clinic on here soon? or have you stopped doing them now?
    I am in desperate need of advice from a place I can trust!
    Natalie
    x

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  20. Very excited about this...and as I am being made redundant on Monday 1st I will deffo be able to make it..and I think I will probably deserve a treat :) xxx

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  21. This is one of those products that i really do believe is magic.
    I'm 25 and don't use it all the time (however I cycle Luna and the rms beauty oil daily) but when I do- I don't know how it works but it just WORKS. And smells divine also!! Thanks for reminding me- I'll crack it open again tonight!

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