Saturday, July 5, 2014

Mario Badescu Rose Hips Nourishing Oil: Luxurious Results that are Budget-Friendly! Review & Pictures

Press Sample (Affiliate Links)

My love of beauty oils is no secret, and while I certainly have been known to indulge in many from the ultra luxe category, there are numerous more budget friendly oils that I truly love. Chief among them is the Mario Badescu Rose Hips Nourishing Oil. This is an ultra lightweight fast absorbing oil that is nourishing, deeply hydrating and incredibly soothing. Whenever my skin is at all irritated or sensitive, this is one of my most reached for oils. It immediately calms down irritated skin, gives me all of the moisture that I need, and leaves my skin the luminous glow that I have come to expect from the face oils that I use. Furthermore, I love using this oil on my hands and cuticles under a heavier hand cream, or I add a few drops into a hand cream for added nourishment and moisture.

According to Mario Badescu,

This lightweight, quickly absorbed facial oil is designed to reduce flakiness and surface dehydration. A few drops used twice daily under your moisturizer will improve the texture and hydration of the skin. High in antioxidant Vitamin C. Very gentle and non-irritating, even on the most sensitive skin.

After cleansing and toning, massage 2-3 drops on face and neck avoiding eye area. Follow with moisturizer or night cream.Apply a few drops before your favorite moisture mask for increased moisturization and nourishment.

I apply a few drops to my warm damp freshly cleansed skin and gently massage it in until it is absorbed. The consistency is a bit lighter than many of the oils that I use since Mario Badescu's Rose Hips Nourishing Oil contains several non oil ingredients that lightens the texture considerably. This works beautifully on my combination skin, but those among you with particularly dry skin who rely on very thick rich oils will likely require the use of a richer cream on top of this oil at night. I find that it is hydrating enough to wear alone at night, and people with oily to normal skin may be able to do this as well. I use it day and night on my face, neck and décolleté, and also add a few drops to my foundation or tinted moisturizer for added hydration and luminosity. It has the pleasant scent of Rose Hips Extract, but it dissipates soon after application.

Ingredients: Rose Hips (Rosa Canina Fruit) Extract, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Imidazolidinyl Urea.
Mario Badescu is a Cruelty Free company.
Overall assessment: This is a very nice oil at a reasonable price point. 

$20.00 for 1 oz. Available from Mario BadescuNordstrom & Ulta (Affiliate Links).
Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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  1. always nice to find one that does not break the bank, eh, helen? now you can afford that elemis exotic shower cream! :D have a lovely weekend yourself!

    1. Exactly! I was very pleasantly surprised by how well this unassuming oil works, and the no frills packaging is travel-friendly and user-friendly. Don't get me wrong, I still love my high end luxury oils, but it's really nice having one that works well and won't cause me to wince when it's time to repurchase! Speaking of is the Algenist Anti-Aging Repairing Oil working for you? Yes, that Elemis Exotic Shower Cream is definitely on my list-- you temptress! :-) How was your 4th of July? I hope that you and your family are having a FABULOUS holiday weekend! <3

  2. i am really liking the algenist oil. like the mario badescu above, it is nowhere near moisturizing enough on its own for me and i need a heavier moisturizer, but there are noticeable benefits.

    my holiday is kind of on the dull side other than time off with the husband and kids. the countryside is so dry from drought that fireworks are illegal, but i hear yahoos setting them off anyway and i know they're drunk too. it's just a good time to stay indoors with AC and enjoy family time and that is good enough for me. (get the shower cream ... you will not be disappointed, i promise.) sorry for the voice of the devil there ;)

    1. I'm so happy that you are liking the Algenist Oil-- I think that it is a truly lovely product! I suspected that you would require an additional moisturizer, but I'm just thrilled that it's working for you, and that not of the ingredients that caused you to raise an eyebrow have caused you any trouble.

      We didn't do much of anything last night either. However, we watched the fireworks from our kitchen window You can see the big show at the Hollywood Bowl from our house-- so that's always enjoyable, but Delilah and Lucy were barking and running through the house like demented canines-- so we stayed inside to try and keep them calm.

      I can only just imagine how dry it is where you are! The drought has been unkind to our state, but you seem to be more hard hit than we are because of the fire dangers associated with a dried out countryside!

      Yes, that shower cream sounds utterly delectable! The body oil certainly is special! Enjoy the rest of the weekend with your family!

  3. watching the hollywood bowl from home sounds perfect, helen!

    i was actually born in the city of orange in the mid 60s and we could watch the disney fireworks from the roof of our house. my parents would lay down sleeping bags, haul up coolers, ice cream and kids then we enjoyed the show without paying admission. those are wonderful memories. :)

    (i will say that moving from orange to the middle of nowhere at age 8 was a real shocker, but at least i got a horse out of the deal, so i cannot complain.)

    1. That's what we tend to do every year, but we usually climb up on our roof and then can see a couple of different fireworks. Definitely not as spectacular as what you did as a kid though! That's so cool that your parents made it so special! I went to Disneyland on the 4th of July as an adult, and it was pretty amazing!

      No doubt getting a horse definitely sweetened that move!! :-)

  4. Mario Badescu makes some great little gems, love the Rose Water Facial Spray. Can't be bear for $7!

    1. Hi Kimmy, I completely agree with you! The entire line is so understated, and yet they have so many lovely products! The Rose Water Facial Spray is one of my VERY favorite products from them-- it is just so amazing! I'm so glad that you love that product as well! :-)


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