My Favorite Oils
A luxurious face oil is a staple in my daily routine. I always use an oil at night, spritzing on a hydrosol first. I sometimes use one in the daytime too. I love to try new oils, and will change it up depending on the season and the current state of my skin. For me, an oil should feel amazing and nourishing going on, and have a scent that is light but distinctive and pleasant. I admit when it comes to oils I’m not looking for a bargain*.
This is an area of skin care where, in my opinion, a bit of extravagance is warranted. I gravitate toward single ingredient oils or simple blends, without intentionally added scent. These are the oils that I always want to have on hand. Check out the links for the properties of the oils.
Kahina Giving Beauty 100% Organic Argan Oil: Seriously, we’ve talked this up SO many times on NMDL, and with good reason. It’s the gold standard of oils. It is light and absorbs well, but also feels protective. I find it perfect for everything, including hair. It adds shine and nourishment without greasiness. The neutral, light scent makes it perfect as a DIY base, and it’s the least expensive “fancy” oil on my favorites list. The brand does make a difference, in my opinion. When I’ve tried store testers of cheaper argans, they don’t compare in texture or scent. Kahina uses my favorite violet glass packaging, too (important to reduce light exposure that can make an oil go bad). ($36/30 ml (1 oz) or $82/100 ml)
La Bella Figura Organic Barbary Fig Seed Oil: When I first smelled this, I thought it smelled weird. Not bad, just weird. But I soon became addicted to the scent, especially when paired with a rose hydrosol. I inhale the gorgeous smell deeply as I massage it in. This is the oil I use when I want something just a touch heavier than argan. In colder weather or during travel with dry airplanes and hotel rooms, it’s my go-to. ($90/30 ml)
Evan Healy Pomegranate Repair Serum: This one’s a blend, with pomegranate, rose hip, jojoba and sea buckthorn. I put it in the category of oil rather than serum, I suppose because I think of a serum as having some water-based ingredients (this doesn’t). It’s rich and smells ahhh-mazing. If you have dry skin and want to put on just one product, this could be it. I usually layer oils with serums and such, so this is what I use in the driest conditions. If I’m going outdoors in the cold or wind, this is on my face. ($38.95/.5 oz)
May Lindstrom The Youth Dew: With twenty one different components, this has a longer ingredient list, and a more lavish price tag, than I generally prefer. Containing oils plain (like jojoba) and exotic (like kukui), plus some essential oils and coenzyme Q10 (a well-known anti-ager), it all comes together to make a fabulous and fresh smelling treat for the skin. The sample I received with an order of other products was staring me down for weeks before I allowed myself to be sucked into the sweet bliss that is Youth Dew. Yeah. That’s what it is. So I dropped the dough for a full size bottle (violet glass!), and have been loving using this fairly rich blend after a stimulating treatment like May’s Problem Solver. ($120/20 ml)
So do tell, do you have a soft spot (and a big budget) for a posh oil? Do you think the less expensive ones are just as good? What do you use?
*if I were, I’d go for meadowfoam or sunflower oils, Mountain Rose Herbs has nice ones
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