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I have long used facial oils, therefore this particular face oil required no paradigm shift for me to contemplate its use. However, I wasn't sure how I would feel about putting the gloriously scented blend of 11 natural oils all over my face because I was unaccustomed to the notion of using natural Jasmine oil as anything other than a fragrance for my body, rather than as a treatment for my face. I feared that it might wreak havoc on my combination skin because Jasmine Oil is the first ingredient on the list. However, not only was I wrong about that, but I actually found the scent to be calming, intoxicatingly delicious, and unmistakably luxurious. In fact, among the properties of Jasmine Oil it is purported to reduce scarring, tone the skin, lift the spirits, and effectively treat dry skin. This liquid gold elixir sinks in faster than any oil that I have used to date, and it not only imparts the skin with an unprecedented healthy glow, but it likewise hydrates and moisturizes the skin better than I have ever imagined possible. When I apply this at night I wake up with a glow that I have to date never experienced. It also sinks in so quickly that there is no need to sit and wait for it to be absorbed before applying makeup. Additionally, a drop of this in your foundation or tinted moisturizer will give you the most amazing finish imaginable.
Not only are the contents of each bottle expertly crafted from the finest quality ingredients, but indeed the bottle itself is a luxurious minimalist modern quasi-deco glass bottle that lends itself to display-- particularly so for the aesthete. I deeply appreciate that the glass dropper never dispenses too much oil, as is so often the case with pump dispensers, and when you are talking about something this expensive you certainly don't want to waste any product. That said, what pump dispensers lack in elegance they make up for by maintaining an air-free environment which undoubtedly stretches the shelf life of the contents of the bottle. I store my skincare products in a cool dry cabinet that is not subject to fluctuations in temperature, and that is not exposed to light, and frankly I find this product so addictive and satisfying to use that I highly doubt that there is any chance of it spoiling before I get through the bottle in its entirety. Still, I do think that a pump would have been a more pragmatic choice. Furthermore, I do live in a bit of fear that one of the cats could spontaneously prance or scamper across the counter and knock the bottle over when the dropper was removed during use- which would amount to one seriously expensive prance or scamper.
No wild claims are made that this ultra luxe oil will immediately eradicate the ravages of time, or that it is the ultimate fountain of youth culled from a newly discovered region in some far off exotic land, or that it will immediately make you appear 10 -20 years younger. This magical elixir won't make your beloved clean up after him/herself, or do your laundry for you, but it will offer you one of the most enjoyable experiences of self-pampering, and it will make your skin look fantastic. My skin looks clear, bright, rested (even when I am not), even-toned, moisturized, utterly hydrated, and deliciously glowing (not greasy, but lit from within and healthy).
Best of Beauty: Top Splurges list- which comes as no surprise to me!
Directions: Apply a few precious drops on a moist, freshly washed face and neck, morning and night. Follow with makeup—or not. Either way, RODIN olio lusso luxury face oil will leave a naturally healthy sheen. Applied morning and night, olio lusso is perfect for anyone seeking hydrated skin, and a luminous complexion. Store bottle out of direct sunlight.
Ingredients: Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Prunus Amygalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinesis (jojoba) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (evening Primrose) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Calendula Offincinalis Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (orange) Flower Oil, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool.
Overall assessment: It's pretty much mad love for me. I also find myself particularly compelled by Linda Rodin herself (watch the video and see why for yourself). I have a pronounced sense of wellbeing when I use this oil-- which makes me crave using it all the more. I actually didn't expect to react to this oil as I have, but I have to say that there really is something that sets this oil apart from the many luxury oils that have recently flooded the market. Of course if you have an aversion to the smell, or worse yet are allergic to any of the ingredients-- then you will not find this to be golden liquid love as I do. However, if you are like me- then open the door and say hello to luxury face oil nirvana-- this is pure magic.
UPDATE 10/13/12: Since I wrote this article, something happened that further deepened my resolve that this is the greatest face oil ever invented. I had two very small dry patches on my face (one on my nose and one on my chin), and for whatever reason none of the oils, creams or exfoliants ever adequately addressed the issue- let alone did anything to heal the skin. I had actually given up on trying to find a magic potion to fix the problem, and didn't want to use some sort of prescription chemical compound to treat something that didn't warrant such drastic measures. However, one day after using Olio Lusso for a while, I noticed that both spots were no longer dry. In fact, they looked soft, hydrated and glowing. I stopped looking for a magical elixir to heal my woes, and just when I had given up- it found me. I am in awe of this product, and after this experience I categorically deem it the best of the best. Allure Magazine, in their infinite wisdom, selected the perfect face oil for their Best of Beauty Top Splurges category. In my opinion, this really is as good as it gets! It is definitely hands down the best luxury face oil that I have tried to date, and by a long shot at that!
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