My Favorite Oils

wait, not THAT kind of oil...

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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48 Responses to “My Favorite Oils”
  1. Greta says:

    I really love Ila’s Face Oil for Glowing Radiance:

    http://www.spiritbeautylounge.com/ila-face-oil.html

    I have to admit, I’ve only used the samples I’ve received with other purchases, but I’m seriously considering ponying up the $110 (for the full-size 29.5 ml). It makes my skin feel soooo soft and smooth, although the rose scent is a little strong. I prefer to use it at night, and opt for a lighter oil in the daytime (currently Stark’s Cypress Oil).

    I am on the fence about expensive=better. I liken exotic cosmetic ingredients to the elusive “superfoods.” Sure, acai and goji berries might have a higher concentration of antioxidants, but eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables will also give you plenty of antioxidants, vitamins, etc. So too with argan, jojoba, and other essential oils; I think they are a nice supplement to an already effective skincare routine.

    Just my $.02 :)

  2. fern says:

    Keys Serum, Yuli Skin Fuel, Yuli Skin Perfecto, and Kahina Argan Oil. That argan oil is the best, but I needed something more for my face (and acne) – just the argan oil does keep my back and chest clear of acne, though. The Keys Serum gives my skin a glow that I love, the Skin Fuel (plus Yuli Panacea Elixer) keeps the acne on my face away, and the Skin Perfecto fades my hyperpigmentation scars. I’m totally addicted to/in love with my oil routine. :)

  3. Rebecca Bailey says:

    @Greta, Stark Cypress is definitely an honorable mention for me, good stuff with a unique scent. It feels very purifying.

  4. Geeta says:

    I love oils which contain more high end seed oils. So Pure Anti Ageing Nutrient Elixir or So Pure Balancing & Purifying Concentrate on oilier days

  5. Joy says:

    I love love my oils as well and can’t collect enough. Currently using Dr.Alkaitis Nourising Oil for those pesky and persistent dry patches on my body, and using Yuli Skin Fuel for my face. Like @fern says above, this oil is perfect for keeping away breakouts.

  6. Naomi says:

    @Greta – I agree with your thoughts on the expensive / better equation. I don’t doubt that the expensive brands are luxurious and I’m certainly not knocking them. (Especially since I haven’t tried all of them.) I’ve found a lot of good stuff at lower price points, some oils included. I really like a lot of the Shea Terra oils, although they tend to be single ingredient products so if you’re looking for combinations you’re out of luck, or will need to play junior chemist at home. I have had great success with the Evan Healy Pomegranate Repair Serum and don’t consider that to be overly expensive. Currently I am just smitten with One Love Organics products and I guess in the oils category I would say Morning Glory and Love Springs Eternal are my shout outs. I’m not sure how my skin will fare when the winter sets in, so will be checking back on all these reviews and comments as my skin starts to fight me with the weather changes!

  7. Tania says:

    Lina Hanson’s Global Beauty Serum – also really an oil and not a serum. I’d bathe in it if I could afford to! It has all the best oils from around the world (argan, marula…) but alas it is a bit spendy.

    For cheap thrills, I go for Burt’s Bea Repair serum – also a blend of oils! Lots of good stuff like rosehip and evening primrose oil.

  8. Audreiana says:

    Definitely agree with the Kahina oil, I absolutely love that stuff. I’ve also been using a sample of Lina Hanson’s Global Face Serum and have really been loving that too. It seems my new fetish is definitely pricey facial oils but they work the best at really hydrating and nourishing my skin. Great post. Xo, Audreiana from True Beauty By Nature

  9. Has anyone tried the RMS Beauty oil?

    For me, I’m currently back on to the good old, pure jojoba oil. It doesn’t smell as wonderful as some of the ones mentioned, although it does the trick. Sometimes I might add a tiny drop of an essential oil if I feel it needs some sprucing up. I find I go through phases and much more enjoy the mixed oils in summer, due to their fresh scent (it’s winter here in Australia) while I go back to the pure oils (jojoba and coconut) in winter.

  10. Ally says:

    Kahina Argan Oil, RMS Beauty Oil, One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal Youth Serum and whatever mix I come up with at home. Sunflower, jojoba, pomegranate, argan, grapeseed, sweet almond, and sea buckthorn are all oils I purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs and like to blend them for different face and body oils (and butters). When it gets really cold this winter and my skin is begging for relief from winter running and climbing, I’d like to try One Love Organics’ Chia oil.

  11. Susannah says:

    Hint, hint everybody: for those interested in May Lindstrom’s Youth Dew, NMDL is going to feature a very special, one of a kind offer from May in a couple of weeks. It *might* even include a sneak preview of a new product that May has yet to release, which *might* be one of the dreamiest things we’ve tried in a while.

    Oils are my greatest love when it comes to natural skincare. I’m currently loving Lina Hanson Global Face, Kari Gran face oil, Osmia Organics facial calibration serum, and my own DIY blends that include meadow foam, rosehip, tamanu, and pomegranate oils.

  12. Marygrace says:

    I second jojoba oil. A few months back, in an effort to streamline my routine and buy fewer products, I stopped using facial cleanser in favor of jojoba. At night, I put it on a cotton ball and use it to wipe off makeup and dirt, then rinse my face with warm water. In the morning, I just rinse with warm water. My skin is naturally oily, but this method has worked just as well as washing my face with cleanser (plus, it doesn’t give that tight feeling on your skin right after washing). It’s simpler and less expensive, too, since I also use the jojoba as a body moisturizer. It doesn’t really have a scent, but I prefer it that way.

  13. Josephine says:

    I also am on the “mostly very basic and cheap, with one big splurge” plan:

    Most of my oils are super basic. I tend to buy a bottle of plain organic grapeseed oil as my go-to body moisturizer. Sometimes I adulterate it by adding a couple of fancier oil samples to the bottle to give it a little scent or some extra kick. (My current bottle has been amended with a Lotus Wei Inspired Action serum mini and a sample vial of pure marula oil. The result feels nice and smells nice!) Other plain oils I keep on hand are avocado (for hair treatment), plain argan (for…whatever), coconut (also for whatever), and sweet almond (often ends up in the body oil mix, or gets used for the rare occasions when I want to do OCM).

    My single splurge oil is the Ila face oil. I love the smell and the feel, and my poor acne-prone reactive face finds it very calming. It’s great, and a little bit goes a long way, and I haven’t regretted the purchase one little bit. It certainly is pricey (by far the most expensive beauty product I own), and I think it’s one of those “not for everybody” things, because of the strong earthy-rose scent profile, but it’s a solid favorite for me. Would repurchase.

  14. Mary says:

    My favorite oil is Pangea Himalayan Geranium & Pomegranate Balancing Oil. It is organic. i use it after cleansing and before makeup. It is clean and doesn’t leave my face oily. I can’t say enough good things about this product.

  15. I use the HIMALAYAN GERANIUM & POMEGRANATE BALANCING OIL from Pangea Organics. It smells lovely and makes my skin feel dewy and fresh ! The pomegranate oil works as an anti-oxidant and supports the production of collagen. The geranium oil restores and balances the skin’s oil production on a deep level.
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  16. comagirl says:

    I have not purchased an expensive oil yet. I have been using almond oil with a few drops of essential oils (but really only in the winter when it is drier than normal). I had learned about it from someone who posted on this site and I am delighted to be using it. I try to keep my beauty arsenal sparse (as in all things), so I really don’t know that I would consider trying anything new. I’m satisfied with what I have at the moment. Still, it is nice to see all of the options out there.

  17. Annette says:

    @comagirl I hear you! I am continually trying to pare down my products to the point where I am using one thing for many uses. I can’t say I’ve been very successful so far but I keep trying.

    I do feel that Mountain Rose Herbs is a great source for oils (and anything else you may need).

  18. Helena says:

    KGB Argan is a an excellent staple, and would probably make my desert island short list. High quality Rose hip oil is up there on my favorites list too. That said – I love oils, single oil products and blends equally. Non-blends tend to be much cheaper so I go with what my wallet can handle. I’ve been loving La Bella Figura’s Daily Element Defense oil for day. It smells like caramel tea and has a silky priming effect. For night – Mun (contains prickly pear and argan oils). It smells totally divine and I wake up fresh-faced with softened facial lines. BUT it is quite a splurge at $95 for 1/2 ounce.

  19. Sydney says:

    I oil cleanse my skin at night so I never really need a moisturizer but a little while back my mother bought a bottle of Tarte’s Pure Maracuja Oil. I only tried it a few times so I can’t say that it helped my skin long-term with anything like acne or dark marks but in terms of immediate results it is by far my favorite facial oil. It is super absorbent, non- greasy and gave my skin a nice dewy glow. I would recommend it to oily combination skinned girls like me because it is hydrating enough for dry areas and light enough for oily areas. It’s $46 for 1.7 ounces which is borderline too expensive for me but I have a feeling that the long term usage benefits would be totally worth it.

    http://tartecosmetics.com/tarte-item-pure-maracuja-oil

  20. A says:

    I’ve been making my way through all kinds of oils lately. The best I’ve tried so far is ***straight up kukui oil.**** I found a quite large bottle of it at my local natural foods store for a measly $15! It hydrates and sinks in quickly– doesn’t leave your face looking greasy. I wear it under my Badger Daily sunscreen during the day, and put it on again before night. It’s one of the only oils that doesn’t clog up my skin.

    Runners up: Sunflower oil & tamanu oil (full of lovely antioxidants, but more of an “astringent” oil instead of a hydrating one. Have to use it sparingly or I will end up with dry patches)

    No-gos:
    Coconut, jojoba, argan

  21. Michelle says:

    Great post, thanks Rebecca! I have 2 samples of facial oils from Spirit Beauty Lounge – Lina Hanson’s Global Face Serum and Pai Echium & Amaranth Age Confidence Facial Oil. I tend to use plain coconut oil but was looking to splurge on something that smelled lovely, absorbed better, and overall brightened my face. So far, I can’t really tell a difference with those 2 samples but I’ve only used them a few times. My skin does feel softer the next morning after using them at night, and the Lina Hanson one smells amazing. I’ll keep using and see if it’s worth the splurge!

    I tried the RMS beauty oil as a sample in the past and I must say I was impressed. I traveled from LA to NY in February and airplanes + cold NY temperatures + wind = havoc on my fair, sensitive, dry skin. I used the RMS beauty oil the one night before I went to bed and my skin felt so good the next morning! So I may have to try that one again…

  22. Mercedes says:

    @Viviana I went through a whole bottle of the RMS Beauty Oil – it’s pretty wonderful, and I’m a total sucker for vanilla <3 I'd say it's definitely one of the favorites, that I've tried. But, I'm such a product junkie that I'm going for something else soon (probably In Fiore, or Yuli).

    I've been going through some samples of the Ila one people rave about, and it just didn't do anything special for me (I'm also not crazy about the rose smell, unfortunately).

    I'm a die-hard argan oil love – I've been using Acure's in lieu of Kahina's lately just to save some $$ (though I do prefer Kahina's).

    Other oils currently in rotation for everything from taking off make-up, to hair and body moisturizer, etc.: avocado, macadamia nut, coconut, jojoba, rosehip, and most recently sea buckthorn, after the post on here!

  23. Alexa says:

    My first facial oil was the Skin & Bones face oil, which to this day, is probably the best-smelling product I own. I don’t use it much, but my boyfriend likes it a lot. Then, I jumped on the argan bandwagon and bought Amal argan oil. Since then, it’s been a whirlwind and I’ve tried Dr. Alkaitis, Ila, Lina Hanson, La Bella Figura, Kahina, Annemarie Gianni, Vered, Trilogy, and probably some others I’m forgetting. Right now, I use LBF Daily Elements Defense Oil under BurnOut EcoSensitive sunscreen and the combination makes a beautiful, silky primer for foundation. I probably won’t repurchase the DED oil though because 1) this product is nice but not essential, especially at $95/bottle and 2) my bf thinks it smells like pickles (personally, I like the scent, but fragrance is subjective). The Annemarie Gianni face oil for oily/acne-prone smells more agreeable and is treating my skin nicely at night; it’s slightly astringent, but never drying or irritating.
    Still looking for my holy grail face oil(s) and cleanser! Yuli just released a cleanser and has a body oil slated for release soon, so I’ll probably try them next. I’m especially intrigued since they aren’t obnoxious in their marketing, yet they have a lot of good buzz surrounding them.

    For those products are just sort of “meh”, I use them as makeup removers or slather them on my legs, feet, or even hair.

  24. Ally says:

    @Viviana I really love the RMS Beauty Oil. My skin is fairly normal, but easily congested and sensitive to react to products and my cheeks & mouth area get especially dry. It hydrates perfectly if I apply it after a toner, sinks right in and makes my skin plump & glow in a way that other oils don’t, for me it’s pure magic. I really like that there’s no essential oils in it, only carrier oils and herbal extracts. It smells very strongly of vanilla, which I don’t mind, but I know many people are bothered by it.

  25. Pepper says:

    I love face oils so much it’s not even normal. I’ve sampled pretty much every one that Spirit Beauty Lounge sells. I will ALWAYS have a bottle of Kahina Argan Oil and Stark CY. I also have used & like Dr. Alkaitis treatment oil & Evan Healy’s rosehip oil (blue). For serums, Tata Harper Rejuvinating and Kahina’s serums are amazing. I am dying to try the Youth Dew but no part of me an justify the purchase. It’s already on my Christmas list though so hopefully Santa is into skincare.

  26. Rebecca Bailey says:

    @Viviana, I have tried the RMS, and it smells too strong to put on my face. But it does smell good, like vanilla cake. I’ve enjoyed using it on my hands.

  27. Daisy says:

    I am alternating between grape seed oil and Shea Butter on my face. I can’t see myself spending so much money on an oil. (Then again, broke college student alert. I would read the ingredients list and find cheaper alternatives on amazon. I can find completely unrefined and pure argan oil and barbary seed oil for half the price of these on amazon. I

  28. Emma B says:

    With my sensitive skin and the price tags on that list, I’m unlikely to order any of these oils unless I can get my hands on a sample.
    Anyways I’ve more into balms because my skin is quite dry. I am loving Suti’s moiturising balm. I tried argan oil for a while, granted it was heath food store quality, but it really wasn’t moisturising enough for me. Coconut oil seems to break me out on the jawline when used regularly, and avocado oil gave me a rash… I’m currently testing red raspberry seed oil, but it’s too soon to say if I like it.

  29. Laurie says:

    Love Kahina Argan oil makes my skin feel softer, but I am with Fern on this one, my acne needs a little something more aggressive. I tried Annmarie Gianni’s line & while I love her products I don’t know that they have helped keep my 40 yr. old acne at bay. It might just be a raging hormonal shift. I had bought a Blissoma kit to try next, but I may need to just get some Retin A. I had never heard of the Yuli line and reading about the co-founder was really inspiring!

    @Fern Who makes the Keys serum?

    @Rebecca I think NMDL needs to do a post on hydrosols.

  30. Rebecca Bailey says:

    @Laurie, I’ll have something coming up on hydrosols, and that overlaps with an upcoming review of Annmarie Gianni products. I like her acne oil when applied to the areas of my hormonal breakouts (with her rosemary hydrosol).

  31. @Rebecca Bailey @Ally @Mercedes thank you ladies. Vanilla? My favourite! I guess we know what’s next on my purchase list!

  32. fern says:

    @Laurie: Keys Soap makes it. It’s full name is Keys Reflex Probiome Anti-Aging serum. You can get it directly from keys-soap.com or from the Nature of Beauty (or maybe a store close to you carries it). It’s very reasonably priced and the bottle lasts at least a couple of months (I use it in the morning). I agree that Annmarie Gianni products smelled really good, but they didn’t really do much for my acne (though, admittedly, it was super terrible cystic acne). Yuli (along with balancing hormones – there’s always the “inside” component) has made my skin happy again – I really can’t recommend it enough.

  33. Robin says:

    Thus far, I have only tried Josie and Acure for argan oil. I preferred the Josie, but Acure’s is nice and certainly a good price. I want to spring for Kahina when I have more cash, though, so I can compare. I also love a few serums, which actually feel more like oils to me, as they have high oil content. Little Flowers Toning and Regenerating serums are two I love. The Toning is the only thing that has ever reduced milia for me, which I get on the side of the nose/near the eye area. And I also love By Nieves C Perfect Skin. Fantastic stuff. On my list to try is also RODIN olio lusso (and the GOW knockoff). Totally agree with you ladies on Mountain Rose Herbs. Love them! Especially their hydrosols. Very good quality and reasonably prices compared to so many others.

  34. Alex says:

    I absolutely love the Youth Dew. Since using it, I haven’t even been curious about other oils (though I had been very quick to experiment with new oils in the past) since it balances my combination skin really well.
    I do have a question however, about the citrus oils that are in the blend. I am a bit confused about the photosensitizing properties of citrus essential oils and whether they are all harmful to skin.
    Is this something to worry about with using the Youth Dew?

  35. Sofia says:

    I never would have thought in my life that I would be such a nut about face oils! I like this and have been meaning to try the youth dew by may lindstrom and cell perfector by yuli. I agree that the barbary fig seed oil by la bella figura smelled a little strange to me, but then it grew on me and now I love the smell which I realized smells just like a plant. I also like their daily elements oil and disagree that it smells like pickles! Smells like jasmine to me. I love the kahina argan oil. Theirs is the best I’ve tried and the black bottles are beautiful. I really want to try aurelia skincare and their pm face oil and I read a review of the new light argan oil by Josie Maran and am curious about it. Anyone try it and know why it’s considered “light” argan oil?

  36. Joy says:

    @alex I really love the Youth Dew but I know that the citrus oils aren’t the best for sensitive skin or day time, so I prefer to use it at night, same with Suti’s oils which I read on Spirit Beauty Lounge’s face oil picks as being photo-sensitizing due to the citrus oils.

  37. Rebecca Bailey says:

    @Alex, I think the citrus oils are in very small quantities, as I don’t really think it smells very citrusy. I am quite sensitive and I love the way it feels on my skin. I always use a sunscreen anyway, though, as Joy said, I am more likely to use it at night.

  38. @Alex @Joy @RebeccaBailey Love seeing admirers of The Youth Dew! It’s my absolute must-have, cannot-live-without item. :)
    Photosensitivity and essential oils – I am very careful of the ratios I use and the specific processing and quality of my citrus oils and any known to cause sun sensitivity. In my retail line, I chose only ingredients that were safe for everyone, all of the time, day and night.
    Occasionally with bespoke I will include something that is known to be very photosensitive (such as Bergamot) in a product designed for evening or occasional use. The Youth Dew is formulated to be safe for daytime and gentle enough for every skin type. I have had zero negative feedback regarding added sun sensitivity from this or any item in my line. In fact, some of the natural plant oils are naturally sun protective. Also, when your skin is healthy and properly hydrated, it is in a better position to handle normal daily exposure.
    All this said, it’s important to avoid the sun’s rays during the middle of the day when the effects are most intense or to cover up, seek shade or wear a high quality and clean sunscreen or mineral makeup with spf.
    I absolutely adore The Youth Dew and wear it every day, even in the brightest and sunniest days of our California summers. Can’t wait for all of you who are interested to try it!

  39. Alexa says:

    To be clear, I don’t think the LBF oil smells like pickles, either; I get a more rose/jasmine vibe from it.
    Also: ack, I hate typos (Annmarie not Annemarie) -_-

  40. AnnaMalone says:

    Pratima Skin Care makes a wonderful oil called Bakuchi Skin Brightening Oil for discoloration. It’s not too pricey ($36) and has a wonderful spicy, herbal scent. I use a drop every morning and evening on my dark under eye circles. I’ve used up almost the whole bottle and it has done wonderful things for my eye area. The dark circles are no longer really noticeable, and my whole eye area just looks brighter.

    Just a drop of this oil and then I moisturize with Sweet Bee Magic. I know it’s a balm and not an oil, (though it contains oils) but I’m so in love with the Sweet Bee Magic and Sweet Bee Magic Wand. Since I started my skin is SO soft and luminous and healthy. Earth Tu Face also makes lovely facial oils. They smell wonderful and while not cheap, they won’t break the bank, either.

  41. Victoria says:

    Hi Rebecca,

    Thank you for including our barbary fig seed oil in your roundup of favorite oils. It’s funny, but when we first tried pure, unadulterated barbary fig seed oil we thought it smelled kind of…strange also. It was just different from all the oils we were working with and eventually we became to love the subtle natural scent too. One of the reasons we offer this product in its pure form is because it works for all skin types and especially sensitive, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, acneic or allergy prone skin types. We had so many customers that wanted to try face oils, but some of the combinations just didn’t work for their skin because of these conditions. A single ingredient product is sometimes the best thing you can do for your skin when you suffer from these conditions and we sometimes advise our customers to scale back and simplify their skincare regimes. I know my own sister (who has Lupus) has made incredible progress with BFSO after years of trying to find the right product for her skin. Her skin looks radiant where it was once inflamed, irritated and scaly. (Argan oil works for her as well) Anyway, just wanted to offer that background. We are so glad it works for you! My favorite for dry, cold weather also.

    @Alexa, it cracked me up to hear your BF thinks our Daily Elements Defense face oil smells like pickles?! I want the pickles he eats!!! We agree with your nose and think it smells more like a pretty rose/jasmine/sandalwood scent. This oil is antioxidant packed as well as it is loaded with very high levels of omegas and that is very essential for skin to repair, correct and fight free radical damage. Think of it as applying omegas to your skin the way some people take omega supplements for internal health. Truly essential! Glad you were able to try it.

    We are loving all these wonderful face oils and to be included with Kahina, May Lindstrom and all of these fantastic brands. Face oils will just get better and are definitely here to stay!

    Cheers,

    Victoria
    La Bella Figura

  42. Geeta says:

    I love a skin care co. called skin apotheke from etsy, they have an oil flower power radiance renewal serum and boy it it to die for, it is the best oil I have used in my life and I have tried all the high end ones like Rodin, Mun, Stuti, Kahina etc but this has incredible lasting glow that it gives to anyone’s skin, I have been using it for almost 2 years and I will never go without it, even their natural scrubs are to die for, I have even turned on my friends on to it and they swear by it and at 33$ I have found that it is price hard to beat.

  43. Gina says:

    I use The Leakey Collection Marula Oil (available @ Sephora and BeautySage), but I’m curious to try the Seventh Generation oils @ Walgreen’s.

  44. Lolly says:

    Oh man, I love my facial oils! I think I’m a bit obsessed, actually. And I definitely have too many of them, but then again, I stopped using creams (except for my Tammy Fender balm for winter), so that’s my justification. I have my big bottles of Kahina and Dr. Alkaitis oils for when my skin needs something extra-gentle and healing (Kahina) or when it’s a bit angry (Dr. Alkaitis). Both of those are also great bridge oils for when I run out of my regulars.

    I have been getting more and more into Yuli. Currently I am using Liquid Courage at night and ME Skin Fuel during the day. Both of these are just so, so fab, but the ME Skin Fuel is lighter for the muggy summer days. In the winter I will probably use Liquid Courage during the day and switch to Modern Alchemist for nighttime. I also have the Marie Veronique Pacific oil. It’s gorgeous, but I find it quite heavy – it was actually clogging me a bit – so I have put it aside to use in colder/drier months.

    Smell is such an individual, subjective thing and oils are a great example of how differently they affect different people. For example, a lot of folks here love Ila and RMS. Ila was one of the first oils I ever bought and I found its smell to be unberable. It was so bad, in fact, that I gave it to my mum, but she couldn’t actually use it when I was around: I would go to give her a hug and the smell would make me feel ill. So bizarre! It was the same with RMS: everyone raves about the vanilla smell, but I tested it in a store and couldn’t even bear it. So strange how these things work… That said, I tend to love citrus-based scents and I adore May Lidstrom’s Clean Dirt, so I think I’d be pretty keen to try the Youth Dew.

  45. Caroline says:

    I have a question about the photo-sensitizing effects of citrus EOs: do they make your skin more sensitive to the sun (like retinoids and acids) or do they only cause a reaction if they are on your skin in the sun?

  46. Anna says:

    I’ve been using Evan Healy’s blue oil, which I think it pretty good, and am looking forward to testing the pomegranate oil (thanks to Rebecca’s suggestion). I really want to try the Yuli oils, but they are a bit less budget-friendly than Evan Healy. Still trying to find my niche on the oil front.

  47. Julia says:

    My obsession with oils is borderline insane. Also insane? My love of everything RMS Beauty. I have very dry skin with acne. The dryness was caused by all the acne medications I took (starting with Proactive and ending with Isotretinoin aka Amnesteem or Accutane). I use the RMS Beauty coconut oil to “wash” my face in the morning and then I wipe my face with a cloth (specifically from One Love Organics). Sometimes before I wipe my face with the cloth, I’ll use my Clarisonic. After I wipe my face I apply RMS Beauty Oil. I wish I could drizzle that oil all over my face, but then I’d be a shine/oily mess.
    I once saw an interview by Truth in Aging with Rose-Marie Swift (founder of RMS Beauty) and she said that she doesn’t use essential oils in any of her products because they cause irritation.

  48. char says:

    I have to second the Keys serum, which I tried after reading Lauren’s routine. It really makes my skin clear and dewy! i just wish it smells better… it’s not bad, just not great.

    what smells great is Vered’s balancing oil. SO great. if you like lemongrass. but it’s a tad too heavy for me.

    am keen to try la bella figuras daily defence oil and the conflicting opinions on its scent has piqued my curiosity! wish they sold samples!

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