Describe the brand in three words.
Artisanal. Organic. Luxury.
What is it?
A hydrating serum.
Who is it for?
What’s in it?
Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam Seed) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Prunus Spp (Plum Kernel) Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa (Rosehip Seed) Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage Seed) Oil, Aleurites Moluccans (Kukui Nut) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Rose) Essential Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Essential Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Essential Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose Absolute) Essential Oil, Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) Essential Oil, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Essential Oil, Daucus Carota (Carrot Seed) Essential Oil, Ubiquinone (CoEnzyme Q10)
What's not in it?
parabens, propylene or butylene glycols, petroleum, sulphates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, phthalates, GMO, silicones, pesticides, artificial dyes, fragrances or 'suspected carcinogens'
Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
Suitable for pregnancy?
Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Vegan, organic, sustainably farmed and wild-harvested
Tested on animals in home country/EU/sold in territories that require testing?
How does it smell?
Divine. Intensely overwhelming in the best, relaxing, way. Slightly floral but light.
How do you use it?
I apply one pump into the palm of my hand, do the therapist swipe, and go straight onto the skin, massaging as I go. After acids, under moisturisers.
Can it be taken around the eyes?
Yes, it's lovely as an eye serum
Best for winter or summer?
How long did I test it for?
I've been using this for a couple of years, on and off.
How much is it? /Size
£96.00/$120.00 for 20ml
Works well with?
Anything, but if you use it under things like The Blue Cocoon, it's almost savage in its intensity and glow. And that's a compliment.
What’s the website like?
Good. Not a ton of information but it lists ingredients and has videos demoing application etc.
How’s the distribution? Available freely or limited?
Selected distribution across lovely doors like Barneys, Cult Beauty and Liberty.
What’s good about it?
This is a divine serum-oil that contains 20 botanical oils along with CoQ10 via ubiquinone, a fat-soluble vitamin-like substance that although naturally found in the body, is the first antioxidant to disappear from the skin as soon as we are exposed to sunlight. CoQ10 levels also decrease as we age (doesn't everything?!) and it is hard to absorb, hence adding it to a fatty, liposome formula to aid penetration.
The oils are a mixture of nourishing, regenerating, hydrating, omega-heavy and healing. The serum is extremely light, almost runny in its texture, and absorbs immediately. Long-term effects are softer, smoother, brighter skin, that is more protected due to the CoQ10.
What’s not so good about it?
It's not cheap and it's only a 20ml bottle, but in this case you're getting extremely high quality oils/ingredients for your money. Due to the natural state and quality of the ingredients, it's almost orange in colour, which may stain your pillowcases if you lay down too soon. This is a natural colour and will vary slightly by each batch depending on the crop.
Would I purchase/repurchase?
Yes. Obviously I did not pay for it, but I would/will when the time comes.
Do you need it?
Yes, if you can afford it. If you can't afford it at the moment, look at The Ordinary's Buffet and mix it with their Rosehip Oil. It won't be the same, but we have to work with what we can afford financially!
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