Monday, January 22, 2018

Aroma M Camellia Prickly Pear Face Oil: A Delectable Game Changing Must-Have Eco-Luxe Oil

Press Sample (Unaffiliated Links)

I have coveted Maria McElroy, the founder of Aroma M, creations for years, and there is a reason that  her handcrafted perfumes, face oils and all of her artisan creations are internationally celebrated. Each handcrafted treasure is made, by Maria herself, in small batches that she meticulously scrutinizes. As a master atelier perfumer, with the truly visionary ability to mix and create otherworldly fragrances, Maria applies this same refined sensibility and profound knowledge of her ingredients to blend among the finest face oils conceived. 

When the Makeup Wars team sought to select our favorite product that we are truly loving this winter, I knew that I needed to introduce everyone to Maria's most recent face oil, Aroma M Camellia Prickly Pear Face Oil.

Aroma M Camellia Prickly Pear Face Oil is a study in refined ingredients, of the highest quality imaginable, that were selected to boast unsurpassed efficacy while maintaining an ultra-luxe feather-weight consistency that immediately melts into the skin.
Aroma M Camellia Prickly Pear Face Oil is made from a fusion of Camellia Oil, Prickly Seed Oil, Golden Jojoba Oil, Apricot Kernel, Evening Primrose, Virgin Argan, and Vitamin E. Moroccan Beldi Rose Essential Oil, Egyptian Rose Essential Oil and Frankincense Essential Oil, and this ultra-luxe oil has the intoxicating aroma of the most elegant rose that lifts the spirits while each of the carefully selected ingredients work their magic on the skin.

The Camellia Oil deeply nourishes and hydrates the skin. Prickly Pear Seed Oil, which is a miraculous antioxidant-rich healer, is packed Omega 6 and 9, and is rich in amino acids. Its unique properties stimulate collagen production and increase skin cell turnover, and therefore it softens the appearance of fine lines, reveals fresh and dewy skin, while the Vitamin K promotes the skin's elasticity and helps lighten the appearance of dark circles. Maria specifically selected to include Rice Bran Oil, which is rich in fatty acids and Vitamin E, because it nourishes the skin by deeply penetrating its layers, and it plumps and hydrates, aids in moisture retention, and its impressive anti-inflammatory properties soothe and calm irritated skin. Healing Golden Jojoba Oil heals damaged, irritated skin and helps retain moisture. Apricot Kernal Oil, which is rich in Vitamins A and E,  deeply penetrates skin and  hydrates even the driest skin. Evening Primrose Oil soothes irritated skin, calms redness, reduces inflammation, and helps to heal pimples while plumping the appearance of fine lines. Virgin Argan Oil, which is an antioxidant-rich powerhouse, is filled with fatty acids, polyphenoles and caratenoids, and together they effectively soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while healing irritation, abrasions, redness and dry flaky skin. Moroccan Beldi Rose Essential Oil, which has a rich and sweet aroma, soothes and heals skin. Eqyptian Rose Essential Oil, which is antioxidant-rich, heals breakouts, reduces inflammation, irritation and redness and hydrates the skin. Frankincense Essential Oil has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that heal breakouts, balances oil production and reduces the appearance of scars and hyperpigmentation. Furthermore, it accelerates skin cell turn-over and hydrates the skin.

As previously noted, this ultra-luxe feather-weight facial oil immediately melts into the skin leaving behind no oily residue. That it boasts an antioxidant-rich anti-inflammatory formula means that this potent healer soothes and calms irritated skin, and is therefore a wonderful post-peel, post-treatment beauty oil. It is also a wonderful choice for sensitive skin prone to redness and irritation, or breakouts. Furthermore, it is one of the most nourishing and deeply hydrating oils that I have tried. It leaves skin baby soft, silky smooth, supple, hydrated, lifted, more even in tone, remarkably luminous., and it  also softens the appearance of fine lines. Formulated for all skin types, this delectable elixir is such a joy to use because it enraptures the senses with its luxurious texture, its otherworldly aroma and its uncompromising efficacy. These combined attributes make this a  remarkable achievement for a single face oil, and it is unquestionably among the finest luxury face oils that I have ever used.
According to Aroma M,

This luxurious fragrant rose Facial Oil treatment combines the namesake of aroma M
Beauty, Camellia Oil and the potent elixir, Prickly Pear Seed Oil. We discovered this
powerful oil on a stay in Marrakech and were hooked after a few days of use. In addition
to these two power packed oils we have added these emollient organic oils: Golden
Jojoba, Apricot Kernel, Evening Primrose, Virgin Argan, and Vitamin E. Camellia/
Prickly Pear Face Oil is charged with the heady synergy of Moroccan Beldi Rose
Essential Oil, Egyptian Rose Essential Oil and Frankincense Essential Oil. This is the
ideal liquid moisturizer for hydrating skin to create a luminous complexion. This elixir
effortlessly melts into complexions that are normal, oily, or dry without leaving any
residue, and adds the experience of uplifting, fully natural fragrance to soothe the mind
and heart. Maria McElroy of Aroma M Beauty has combined her experience in the
beauty rituals of the Japanese Gion Geisha and Western aromatherapy traditions to create
a material for a beneficial and beautiful beauty ritual that combines the best of both
About Maria McElroy, the founder of Aroma M:

American born artist Maria McElroy synthesized her love of blending colors and textures with her passion for scent. After receiving an MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in '86, Maria continued her studies in Australia and became a Certified Aromatherapist with Queensland Institute of Natural Science.

'Blending fragrances in a bottle is like mixing colors on a palate,' says Maria. 'The scent becomes pigment, the body becomes the canvas. The nose responds to scent like the eye to color.'

Seven years in Japan, studying Kodo, the ancient art of fragrance, Ikebana, Japanese flower arrangement Koto, Japanese harp, Shiatsu massage and Zen Buddhism solidified Maria's appreciation for Japanese culture and aesthetics. Romance also flourished back in New York where Maria met her Japanese born husband. Maria's seven-year journey, rich in Japanese history, romance and mystery, became the genesis of aroma M and the inspiration for the signature Geisha fragrance line. Aroma M is based in New York but is now known worldwide.
Ingredients and Their Attributes:

Camellia Oil: Camellia oil has been a Japanese beauty secret for centuries, and considered to be so
beneficial and valuable that has become a symbol of wealth, virtue and happiness. It is
made from cold pressed Japanese camellia (Tsubaki) buds, which is a member of the tea
family. It is very lightweight and absorbs well. Camellia oil is lighter than oils such as
shea butter and jojoba, and is hypoallergenic and will not clog skin pores. It is a superb
daily moisturizer and emollient, protecting skin from chafing and drying out, and
replenishes vital nutrients, as it offers a variety of healing, nourishing and stimulating
properties to purify and protect the skin. It restores skin's pH balance and shields skin
from penetration of environmental pollutants. It acts as a natural sun block by forming a
barrier against harmful UV rays. For men, Camellia oil is an excellent skin conditioner
after shaving. Shaving is an exfoliate and may leave skin dry and sensitive. With regular
application, the skin will be moisturized and nourished. Its soothing qualities aid in
preventing irritations and shaving burns.

Prickly Pear Seed Oil: Known as the “Miracle Plant” is able to survive with very little water and still produce healthy fruit. The Prickly Pear Cactus contains small black seeds, from which the oil is
extracted. It is extremely high in essential fatty acids, Omega 6 and 9, and the natural
antioxidant vitamin E. It is also rich in amino acids, which stimulate collagen production
to promote faster cell turnover. It also contains vitamin k, which brightens under-eye dark
circles and also promotes your skin’s elasticity. It’s great for all skin types, especially for
mature skin. Our Cactus Seeds oil is extracted during a very time-consuming and
laborious procedure taking around 36 hours, manually handled by Moroccan women at a
cooperative. 8 tones of cactus pears are needed to production.

Rice Bran Oil: Rice bran oil is rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids and is able to deeply penetrate into the skin’s layers, nourishing from within, making your skin very soft and velvety. It
improves skin’s elasticity, making it appear more youthful and plump and hydrates the
skin and helps it to retain moisture, making the skin smooth. It has anti-inflammatory
properties that can help sooth and calm down irritated skin. It protects the skin from
external aggressions such as wind, cold and polluted city environments, and can protect
the skin from harmful sun damage, working as a natural sun block.

Golden Jojoba Oil: Jojoba oil naturally heals skin damage with its beneficial stimulating and purifying properties. It is wonderfully effective in sustaining the skin’s natural moisture as needed
to prevent dryness. The extract of the seeds mimics the natural oil produced by
sebaceous glands in the skin and is absorbs quickly to impart a velvety finish.

Apricot Kernel Oil: Sought out for its high vitamin E content and skin softening properties, apricot kernel oil is known for its ability to penetrate the skin without leaving an oily feel. Organic apricot
kernel oil contains natural vitamins A and E, which soothe the skin and slow signs of
aging. It helps rehydrate dry skin.

Evening Primrose Oil: Evening Primrose Oil rejuvenates tired and aging skin, and is especially gently refreshing for tired skin around the eyes. It will soothe and help to remove redness and minor
blemishes. It helps dry skin feel more supple and smooth, and plumps up the skin.

Virgin Argan Oil: Argan oil is a complex mixture of chemical compounds, with fatty acids, polyphenoles, antioxidants, carotenoids and other acids. It protects the skin against wrinkles and
premature aging, and helps reduce the appearance of crow’s feet. Protein rich Argan oil is
excellent for increasing the elasticity of skin. It strengthens skin’s protein bonding
structures, which work to tighten the skin and make it look fresh. It will reduce skin
irritation and oversensitivity, and quickly heals scratches on the skin. Argan oil is equally
good for both dry and oily skin, because it regulates and normalizes the secretion of
sebum and keeps it to a manageable level.

Moroccan Beldi Rose Essential Oil: Known as the Queen of Flower Oils, Moroccan Rose oil is one of the world's most expensive and revered essential oils. We discovered this fragrant Beldi Moroccan Rose oil on our adventure in Tangier. Stunning and exotic, it combines healing and soothing
properties. This heady sweet and floral fragrance is one to make you swoon.

Egyptian Rose Essential Oil: Extremely rich, deep, warm, honeyed true velvety rose aroma with a hint of spice. A hydrating antioxidant that refines skin, treats acne, reduces redness and inflammation.
Maximizes the benefits of all ingredients by allowing deeper penetration.

Frankincense Essential Oil: Frankincense is a powerfully beneficial and fragrant skin rejuvenator. It is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and can balance oily or dry skin. It improves skin's tone and texture and speeds healing and is helpful with acne, and blemishes. It can reduce the appearance
of scars and age spots. Because it encourages new skin cell growth it is excellent for
fighting the signs of aging.
Overall Assessment: Aroma M Camellia Prickly Pear Face Oil is a truly exceptional achievement  that everyone with a penchant for ultra-luxe face oils really needs to try. It is an undeniable game-changer, and it earns an unmitigated A+.

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$95.00 for 1.3 oz/40ml. from Aroma M (Unaffiliated Links)
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  1. No residue or gross feeling is so important with an oil! This sounds like a great one!

    1. This is a SERIOUSLY special face oil! It feels divine on the skin, and leaves behind no residue whatsoever!

  2. Oh this does sound divine! Thanks for the review!

    1. It truly is divine! I think that you would love it. You are so welcome, Christine!

  3. I've been using a prickly pear oil mask for my hair, which is looking its best now. I should probably try something with the ingredient for my battered skin as well, particularly after acne scar revision.

    1. That sounds like a wonderful hair mask! Prickly Pear is quite amazing! I think that you would be incredibly impressed by this elegant, ultra-luxe face oil!

  4. I like the pureness of this beauty oil

  5. Ohmigoodness, this oil sounds divine, divine, divine! I need to try it! I am going to visit her website. I adore handcrafted perfumes and skincare!

    1. That it is divine is a true understatement, Allison! This is, indeed, a very special handcrafted face oil! I think that you would absolutely LOVE Maria's skincare and perfumes!

  6. I’ve recently been researching essential oils and have learned much about different oils good for he face - this has so many carrier and essential oils that seem like a really decadent combo for your skin. I have to check this out for myself!!

    1. It is, indeed, a very decadent combination of carrier and essential oils. Maria is a master indy perfumer, and everything that she makes is truly amazing! Everything is lovingly handcrafted!

  7. Your description is so beautiful that you make me forget that I couldn't use this fragrance. What an elegant facial oil this must be.

    1. Thank you, Marcia that is such meaningful high praise coming from you! It is a very elegant and special luxury face oil, indeed!

  8. This sounds like it would be wonderful. I've never heard of using prickly pear on the face.

    1. It really is a wonderful, and very effective, luxury face oil. Yes, Prickly Pear is quite impressive in skincare, and it works wonders on dark circles!

  9. This sounds fabulous! When I lived in AZ there were lots of pickly pear products but I've never seen it in skincare.

    1. It really is amazing, Cindy! I have seen prickly pear in skincare for a while, and it is such an effective ingredient!

  10. This oil sounds gorgeous! I am almost out of my Sunday Riley Flora face oil, maybe this one needs to be my next splurge level oil purchase. I need to work through some of my stash, first tho. lol

    1. It really is amazing. This is an incredibly effective handcrafted ultra-luxe face oil, and it is definitely worth the splurge when you finish up your current face oil. I think that you will be incredibly impressed if you try this!

  11. I have to say that I honestly didn't know what Prickly Pear even did for the skin but now I'm sold on it and this face oil! I'll have to look into this one when it comes time to replace my current face oil.

    1. Yes, Prickly Pear is a really effective ingredient in this lovely face oil. It is definitely worth trying when you finish up your current face oil. I think that you will be very impressed by its efficacy!


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