Describe the brand in three words.
Small. Trustworthy. USA.
Who is it for?
All skins, particularly those interested in reversing signs of ageing without irritation.
What’s in it?
Organic Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed (Marula) Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Organic Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit (Rosehip) Oil, Organic Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit (Seabuckthorn) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)
What’s not in it?
Parabens, mineral oil
Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
No. Sweet Almond Oil if you have a nut allergy, but oils are usually used without the husk, which normally causes the problem.
Suitable for pregnancy?
The brand recommend not.
Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Natural and man-made.
Tested on animals in home country/EU/sold in territories that require testing?
How does it smell?
It smells of the rosehip oil. Nothing more.
How do you use it?
Apply to skin after cleansing in evenings. I use after acids, but if you’re a newbie, you may prefer not to.
Can it be taken around the eyes?
Best for winter or summer?
Either. Skin repair is needed year-round.
How long did I test it for?
I’ve had it since it launched. Few months.
How much is it? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
30ml for $43.00/used daily it will last a couple of months
Works well with?
Jordan recommends using after his Hydrate serum or mixed with other moisturisers, or layered.
What’s the website like?
Lovely. Just had a refurb, lists ingredients, has further information.
How’s the distribution? Available freely or limited?
Currently only available online via jordansamuelskin.com because retailers are slow and don’t follow the skincare addicts on Instagram closely enough. 😉 In a social media world where people who have never put their hands on skin and have no qualifications are called ‘experts’, let’s give a special shoutout to the aestheticians (and Doctors, but that goes without saying) who work their arses off behind the scenes, without huge social followings and just put the hours in, day in, day out. Jordan is firmly in that group. See also: Teresa Tarmey, Nichola Joss, Marie Reynolds, Andy Millward, Kate Kerr, Abigail James, Amanda Lacey, Debbie Thomas and this list for further info: getthegloss.com/find-an-expert
What’s good about it?
A lovely gentle oil that doubles up as an antioxidant and moisturiser. More nourishing than some retinol products, this one works while you sleep leaving skin soft and comfortable, not red and angry. There is very little chance of you getting dermatitis after using this.
A 0.2% retinol (2%of a 10% solution) encased in good oils, it’s gentle without aggression. Perfect for first-timers or those that simply want progression in their routine without having to hide for two weeks while they peel like an onion.
What’s not so good about it?
Nothing. Jordan makes great products that are efficacious. It’s hard to find someone saying a bad word about them/him online/Instagram.
Would I purchase/repurchase?
Do you need it?
If you’re looking for a good new retinol that is mild and will not disturb the balance of your skin, yes.
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Jordan Samuel Skin Etoile with Retinol Treatment Oil is normally $43.00 but readers ordering before the end of July will get $8.00 off the RRP and international shipping is discounted for you too. Your code is CAROLINE.
Available at JordanSamuelSkin.com