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In the picture above you will see that there is a bottle of African Botanics Fluers d'Afrique Intense Recovery Oil for a second month in a row, and it isn't that I go through a bottle a month, but instead that I had two open (one in my travel bag and one at home), and I finished them both up. The one in my travel bag was nearly empty when it went from home use to travel use, and rather than decanting the contents into a smaller bottle I just traveled with the original bottle.
African Botanics Fleurs d'Afrique Intense Recovery Oil ($250.00 for 1 oz. from African Botanics, Cult Beauty, Credo Beauty, Violet Grey and Net-A-Porter): is a highly concentrated luxury oil that is lightweight in texture and fast absorbing. The texture, is itself, ultra-silky and it leaves skin feeling like the softest cashmere conceived. It has an utterly intoxicating aroma that is a delectable fusion of the Jasmine Grandiflorum, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Kalahari Melon Seed Oil and Marula Seed Oil. It is a warm and earthy floral that delights the senses, calms the mind and nourishes the skin. This is an oil to be savored, and the tactile and sensory experience is so exquisite that one immediately slows down to really relish the experiential component of this highly effective ultra-luxe beauty oil. Unlike many luxury oils that add water to break down water-soluble actives, African Botanics opted not to dilute the oils, but instead utilized highly potent oil soluble actives. Furthermore, they source rare ingredients of the highest quality from remote locations, and the end result is a staggeringly unique beauty oil that easily rivals the most potent and effective anti-aging serums in the marketplace today.
African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil utilizes a visionary delivery system that allows the ingredients to penetrate the skin deeply in order to effectively nourish the skin, to stimulate skin cell renewal, to restore and regenerate skin and to protect and heal. Furthermore, this unique formula softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while fading hyperpigmentation, and it reduces inflammation and redness.
My skin is notably different in that the overall texture is more even in tone and the small areas of light hyperpigmentation have noticeably faded. My fine lines are softened and my skin appears more taut and lifted. Furthermore, it effectively encourages skin cell-turnover to eliminate dull and dry dead skin cells in order to reveal luminous fresh skin. Repurchase? I already opened another bottle!
Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum For Face ($185.00 for 30 ml/ 1 oz. from Vintner's Daughter, Space NK and Cult Beauty (£150.00): This marvelous luxury elixir has quickly risen through the ranks to achieve pride of place on the short list of top luxury beauty oils for even the most picky aficionados. I am among them. Vintner's Daughter was created by April Gargiulo, a Napa Valley vintner, who wanted to formulate a potent and active organic botanical serum that was free of chemical compounds and toxic ingredients. Therefore, she joined forces with natural beauty experts, and they spent two years formulating Active Botanical Serum. This potent phytoactive beauty oil in an anti-aging treatment that features, "energy dense botanicals that infuse every drop of Active Botanical Serum with anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, firming phytoceramides, nourishing fatty-acids and powerful anti-oxidants." In its capacity as a titan of anti-aging, this luxury oil serum was formulated to, "stimulate cellular turnover; maintain skin elasticity; strengthen capillaries; inhibit melanin production; deliver oxygen to cells and protect against free-radical damage." Furthermore, one quickly notices that skin appears more soft, supple, hydrated, even in tone, lifted, moisturized, radiant and youthful.
This lightweight and fast absorbing golden elixir boasts a delectable warm and earthy aroma from which one can detect the Rose Damascena Absolute, Jasminum Grandiflorum Flower and a fusion of the remaining essential oils. The intoxicating aromatherapeutic experience delights and calms the senses while it quiets the mind. I find that I slow down and inhale deeply as I massage in into my skin, and that any residual stress that I may have been experiencing just melts away. This ritual is utterly relaxing, and it heightens the sensory experience of using this luxe oil.
Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum significantly bolsters radiance and it leaves skin silky smooth, soft and supple. I note a distinct brightening and evening of my skin tone, a lifting and softening on my fine lines, and an undeniable increase in the long term hydration of my skin. Repurchase? I am already working on a fresh bottle!
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil ($16.00 for .5 oz, $48.00 for 1.7 oz, and $96.00 for 4 oz. from Sephora and QVC): is a delightfully lightweight, fast-absorbing, ultra-nourishing multipurpose oil that can be used from head to toe. This antioxidant-rich, luxurious oil leaves skin soft, supple, deeply moisturized and quite luminous. It is a great for all skin types– including sensitive skin that is prone to inflammation and irritation. Given that I have normal/combination skin, I am able to use in in lieu of an added moisturizer, if I so choose, and find that it does an extraordinary job restoring the moisture to my skin whenever it becomes in the least bit dry or dehydrated. Furthermore, I note a pronounced clarity and a softening of fine lines each time that I use this delightful gem of a beauty oil. I simply massage a few drops into my slightly damp face, neck and décolleté and luxuriate in the pampering, and delight in the results.
I have a bottle on my nightstand that I use to massage into my scalp, hair, cuticles and hands at night, and remain elated by the results. I keep another bottle in my bathroom that I use all of the time as a moisturizer, but I also add a drop or two into my foundations and tinted moisturizers for added moisture and luminosity, and I keep a small bottle in my travel bag. Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil is a highly effective and affordable luxury beauty oil that is most definitely obsession-worthy. Repurchase? I already opened another bottle!
This combination of ingredients, along with those that I didn't enumerate, create a powerful cocktail that has visibly changed the texture and clarity of my skin. There is a notable lifting effect in that my expression lines are radically softened, and my skin has an unprecedented radiance and clarity. I would describe this oil as one that stimulates circulation because my skin has the type of radiance that is not superficial, but one instead that causes my skin to have a rosy radiance as though lit from within. The difference is so noticeable, that whenever I use it people comment on how gorgeous, glowing and beautiful my skin is. In fact, I recently had an aesthetician tell me that I had really great skin that was just gorgeous and glowing. I attribute a good deal of this to this magic potion, of course it is not solely responsible for the current condition of my skin- but I am currently under an inordinate amount of stress, and often when stressed my skin goes haywire. Instead, my skin looks and feels wonderful. Repurchase? Without question!
Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil ($150.00 for 1.02 oz. from Space NK, Dermstore, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus and Net-A-Porter): The first thing that one notes is that this is no ordinary oil. It has a thin water-like consistency that allows it to sink into the dermis faster, and presumably deeper, than any other oil that I have tried. Therefore, the efficacy of this delivery system is peerless among all of the luxury beauty oils that I have tried. Furthermore, among the ingredients is the brilliant addition of retinol-- thereby making this one of the most advanced anti-aging beauty oils on the market. The result of the advanced technology employed in the creation of this face oil is glowing soft youthful skin. Illumino is an apt name given that skin boasts a luminous glow that appears lit from within. The difference in the quality of my skin was evident after a single use, no exaggeration. The results were that immediate for me. After prolonged use my skin continues to look better and better (and my skin was in good shape to begin with). This is also the perfect oil for those who remain fearful of using face oils because it is light and thin and sinks in quickly without any of the "oiliness" that make novices to the world of beauty oils uncomfortable. Once you try Illumino Face Oil, you will understand why it has rightfully earned cult-status among beauty oil aficionados. Additionally, once you try it-- you won't ever want to be without it! The scent is a very pleasant light fruity floral that dissipates very quickly, but is deliciously satisfying. This glorious magical face elixir will delight you because of the featherweight texture, but will truly astound you because of the results.
The oils selected by Dr. Colbert create a perfect cocktail that aids in cell repair, improves skin tone and texture, improves elasticity, improves suppleness, improves hydration, bolsters skin barrier function, and deeply nourishes. Additionally, after using this potent miracle in a bottle-- I found that my skin had such a pronounced clarity that I could easily skip wearing a foundation or tinted moisturizer. Some kind of magic is born out of the list of ingredients that were so carefully selected to create the ultimate antioxidant rich anti-aging face oil. Repurchase? Yes, but not until I use up a few more of my face oils.
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil travel size (See above): This little bottle was in my travel bag and I happily used it up!
Maple Holistics Argan Oil ($9.95 for 2 oz. from Amazon): is an odorless, lightweight, fast absorbing, nourishing, and very high quality oil that is surprisingly affordable, and a pleasure to use. Pure Argan Oil is one of my favorite multipurpose oils for the hair, face, body and hands. I always have a few bottles on hand, and often add a several drops to my body lotion to give even more moisture and nourishment to my winter skin. It is a fantastic face oil, one of my favorite oils to use on my cuticles and hands, and a great choice to use on dry patches of skin on the face and body. However, it is in its ability to tame frizz and fly-aways, nourish my hair and leave it soft, smooth and shiny that it really impresses me– particularly during the cold weather. Repurchase? I have just opened up a new bottle of Josie Maran's Argan Oil, so it will be quite a while before I need to repurchase any Argan Oil.
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil travel size (See above): This little bottle was in my travel bag and I happily used it up!
Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Jasmine & Neroli Face Oil ($170.00 for 1 oz. and $96.00 for .5 oz. from Nordstrom, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue, Goop and Net-A-Porter): Rodin created this luxury oil to, "satisfy all her complexion-beauty needs. Packed with eleven essential oils derived from flowers and other botanicals, this is the ideal liquid moisturizer for anyone seeking a simple solution to hydrated skin and a luminous, light-reflecting complexion. Like magic, it effortlessly melts into complexions that are 'normal,' oily, dry, or any combination thereof, without leaving any greasy residue."
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. 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). Repurchase? I am on my second or third full-size bottle. You will note that there is a sample of the Rodin Olio Lusso Lavender Face Oil as well, but I didn't use it long enough to really formulate an opinion. I prefer the aroma if the Jasmine & Neroli and the Geranium Face Oils, though.
The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Jojoba and Rosehip Oil ($24.95 from The Jojoba Company, Mankind, HQ Hair and Look Fantastic): is a potent, antioxidant-rich blend of 100% natural Jojoba and Rosehip Oils that offer the skin deep hydration. Rosehip Oil has long been used to soften the appearance of wrinkles, scars and stretchmarks, but on its own has a tendency to only penetrate the upper layers of the skin, but when paired with Jojoba Oil, Rosehip Oil is able to absorb more deeply. The oil is lightweight, and it absorbs rather quickly when applied to warm, damp skin. Skin is left moisturized, soft, supple and radiant. There is no fragrance added to this natural oil, but one is able to detect a mild Rosehip aroma.The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Jojoba and Rose Hip Oil Repurchase? Maybe eventually, but I don't need another bottle at the moment.
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