Oile Biologique's Huile Moderne 004 Hydrating Oil might just be the one. This is a very bold statement to make, but I'm going there. Screw moisturizing creams, y'all can go kick rocks! I'm a complete facial oil convert (see this previous post for my initial dabblings). 24/7, 365.. me + facial oils - creams. In the previously mentioned post, I discussed my usage of Dr. Hauschka's Normalizing Day Oil and Josie Maran's 100% Pure Argan Oil. These are by no means bad oils, but I just wanted something with less ingredients than Dr. H's and something with more types of oils than Josie Maran's single oil formula -- plus my volcanic chin reacts best to Olie Biologique's 004 blend. So, that's a deal maker. Signing on the dotted line. In this for the long haul. I do. You may now kiss the bride.
Like any new relationship, I assume you will ask "So, how did you two meet?" to which I will answer in the same manner I would answer for any of my relationships... "Through an online service!" Just kidding.. sort of? I discovered this oil through a past Birchbox, hence why I still stay subscribed -- I have truly found many beloved products through them. I must admit, when I first got this sample, I stupidly used half of the tube on my hair and didn't touch it again for months. A true waste, because this stuff is liquid gold to me. The Olie Biologique website describes this oil blend as
Hydrating, healing, wrinkle smoothing and mood lifting. A light, subtly scented blend of powerful organic and essential oils that is excellent for skin [...] Fast-absorbing [and] packed with anti-aging goodness and hydrating properties. Protects against environmental exposure...The 004 blend is made from 100% natural and pure ingredients -- the only things you'll find in it are 100% USDA Certified Organic Argan and Rosehip Oils, Natural Vitamin E, and Bergamot, Neroli, and Frankincense Oils (check out their product page if you're curious about the individual benefits of each ingredient). It's got a very "natural" smell, which I love and find to be incredibly soothing and relaxing. Mind you, I love the smells of oils. They evoke rich, luxurious, and ornate vibes for me... like I'm some Egyptian princess getting my oil on on the banks of the Nile, chillin' with tons of papyrus and all my scribes (historically accurate information brought to you by my 6th grade history class and an unhealthy addiction to the video game Pharaoh). A hidden camera in my bathroom would catch me frequently opening the bottle throughout the day just to take whiffs of it.. but would also record me going to the bathroom. Which I would never want captured on a hidden camera. Hidden cameras in bathrooms are a terrible image to summon up and an awful way to make a point, my apologies. *shudder* Basically, I like the smell. A lot.
Most importantly, my skin loves this. After soaking in, my skin feels plump and remarkably smooth. I don't want to use tons of harsh chemicals on my skin, even when problematic, so I'm really trying to stay as natural as possible. This oil, combined with a cleansing routine featuring Emma Hardie's glorious cleansing balm, has really improved my skin. It's still not perfect by any means, but it's improved a great deal since integrating those two products into my regimen. I'm jinxing myself right now, but I have no active breakouts at the moment! To boot, this interacts well (I really wanted to write "swimmingly" here to add a little pizazz, but I restrained myself) with any foundation I've worn atop it, even when applied freshly after the 004 and before it had fully soaked in to my skin.
For the low, low price of $56, a 30 ml bottle and some facial happiness can be yours (also for sale at Birchbox)
(can you tell I've been watching JewelTV lately -- guilty pleasure, those salespeople crack me up with their antics)