I'm quite particular when it comes to oils. As I write that, I realize that I'm particular about basically everything that goes on this face of mine...However, oils are a huge hit or miss, and I can usually tell quickly if I will love it or if it will gradually make its way to the back of my stash. Not all oils are made and sourced equally, which I think is what makes so many afraid of experimenting. They are irrefutably the best way to balance and nourish your skin without adding an extra coating of moisturizer that sits on top of your skin. Both oils and creams moisturize, but in completely different ways.
That being said, this oil has moved into the "love" category. I have used it in the mornings for nearly three weeks, straight under SPF.
Ingredients copied from Colleen's website: Cyclopentasiloxane, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa Seed (Blackseed) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Borago Officinalis Extract, Angelica Polymorpha Sinensis (Dong Quai) Root Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Extract, Bisabolol, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Parfum (Fragrance), Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate.
Black Seed Oil - antioxidant protection
Moringa Oil - restores luminosity (think Emma Hardie cleansing balm)
Marula Oil - balances complexion
Omegas 3, 6, 9 - moisturizing fatty acids; skin nutrition
Note also: Arnica (known for healing capabilities)
Having a jojoba base, which is most similar to our skin's natural lipid barrier, makes this oil a favorite for the mornings. It sinks in immediately, is the smoothest oil I own, and leaves no oily residue. It says that perfume is added, but it doesn't smell fragranced to me whatsoever. It's more than a basic jojoba oil, however; you get the benefits of vitamin A (via retinyl palmitate --> collagen synthesis --> think retinol) and vitamin E, alongside the nourishment of omegas and protection of antioxidants. If you take the time to do a 5 minute massage, you'll leave the house with a nice, radiant glow. It layers quite nicely with a variety of products, fits seamlessly under SPF, and is a great pick for easily congested skin.
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