This was supposed to be my top five but I had to sneak Melvita Nectar Bright in there as a semi-oil. These are the oils that sit on my bedside table and I chop and change regularly. I don’t use an oil every day – almost every day though – and there is nothing more lovely than doing a cleanse and exfoliation and following it up with a beautiful oil left to sink in overnight.
Starting with Erborian Dongbaek Camellia Essence. I use this when my skin feels tight and dry – after a day on the beach or windy dog walks – it’s 73% camellia oil, flaxseed, grapeseed, coconut and argan and feels so rich and nourishing and more importantly, comfortable. Camellia oil has a molecular weight that is very close to skin so it feels instantly complexion compatible. It’s also rich in linoleic acid, with vitamins A, B, D and E plus Omega 3, 6 and 9 and has a very mild floral scent. I think of it as the power oil! It’s expensive (which is why it’s saved for high days and holidays) at £54 HERE.
Next is my newest favourite oil, Willowberry Nutrient Boost Treatment Oil, £22.50 HERE. Again, it’s full of essential fatty acids and my skin instantly liked the light feeling and the suppleness it created – that’s the thing with skin oils, you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince and when you try one and your skin just feels ‘yes!’, then it’s a keeper. It’s lightly scented with essential oils and uses chia seed, rosehip and vitamin E.
Melvita Nectar Bright is a long time favourite – it’s a brightening oil-in-water mix in a spritz format that’s perfect for mornings to give skin flexibility and hydration. It’s also an exfoliator (hence the ‘bright’ in the title) that just quietly works as you get on with your life. The result is softer and fresher looking skin. The bad news – it’s sold out everywhere in the UK. However, the French Melvita site has it HERE for EU24. If you go to France, grab this.
Next up is Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, £33 HERE. Having been quite unwell for a couple a of weeks and without wishing to overshare becoming quite, er, dehydrated, my skin looked awful. As you can see, I piled on Blue Orchid and it was so helpful in just bringing back the plumpness and comfort. It contains (amongst other things) Rosewood, Patchouli and Blue Orchid and is quite highly perfumed in a spa-ish, aromatherapy kind of way. Against the other oils that I’ve picked out, I think it has fractionally less ‘slip’ in the texture so takes a bit more working in, but we are talking tiny degrees.
The next oil is something of a mystery – I don’t know where I got it from and it’s mostly in Japanese – a blend of organic evening primrose, borage, argan and rice bran oils (omega 3s and omega 6). I cannot find this anywhere on-line so I’m slightly baffled because it’s the one I often use if I’ve been a bit too keen on exfoliating. Very soothing and yes, I’d agree with smoothing too. Any ideas? I can’t even tell what the label says – GLO, OLO, DO?
I love the scent of Decleor Neroli Oil – it’s kind of salad n floral if you can imagine! Although it’s billed as an oil-serum, the texture feels like a regular oil but once on the complexion I think is lighter and less slippy. It’s extremely softening and very hydrating with neroli, sandalwood, sage, parsley seed and petitgrain. For me, the texture is light enough to use in the day rather than just at night and make up goes on fine after applying. I use this as a morning oil if I feel my skin needs it. It’s on offer at FeelUnique for £34.50 instead of £46 HERE and I’d recommend for day time suppleness as well as under moisturiser at night. You can also add a tiny drop into foundation on ‘dry’ days.
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