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Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate Day Face Oil Review

Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate

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Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate Ingredients List

Overall Rating: ★★★★
Price: $$$$$ ($40-50 for 1.0 fl oz.) – Available at Kiehl’s and Nordstrom.
Scent: subtle orange.
I like: how easily the oil absorbs into the skin. The liquid is non-greasy and leaves a satin feel.
Not a fan of: nothing. This is one of the better face serums available on the market that is actually worth the higher price.

Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate is a light, effective daily facial moisturizer worth its price. The liquid is vividly golden with a subtle orange scent. The consistency of the serum is very light and absorbs into the skin incredibly well, leaving a smooth satin finish. The directions instruct the user to massage 2-3 drops per application, but you might need more depending on your skin type. I use approximately five drops per application for my entire face as the weather in Southern California is consistently dry. One bottle (1 fl oz.) should last about one to two months. Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate is definitely worth the investment if you’re seeking a light, non-greasy nourishing daily face moisturizer.

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Aesop Catherine Oil Burner Blend

Overall Rating: ★★★★
Price: $$$$ ($30-$40) – Available at Aesop.
Scent: Warm blend of orange and cedar wood with a hint of clove.
I like: the multi-functional aspect of this essential oil blend. In addition to its use as an aromatherapy burner oil, the blend can be added in very small doses to carrier oils for skincare.

Aesop’s Catherine Oil Burner Blend is a lovely proprietary mix of essential oils. Made primarily with essential oils of orange, cedar wood, and clove, Catherine Oil warms the senses and settles the mind with its distinct complexity. Though Aesop markets the essential oil blend for burner use, I experimented with the oil by adding three drops of the blend to one ounce of a carrier oil for use as a body moisturizer. (Note: always take a look at an essential oil blend’s ingredients list before using them for skincare. Some essential oil blends offered by not-so-natural companies may contain synthetic ingredients not suitable for use on the skin. Thankfully, Aesop has a strong reputation for using natural, plant-based ingredients in its products.) The body oil blend turned out beautifully with a relaxing, subtle scent. When used as an adjunct in skincare, Aesop’s Catherine Oil will add a pleasant, relaxing aromatic dimension to plant-based carrier oils like argan oil, pomegranate seed oil, camellia oil and sweet almond oil. When used in an essential oil burner or diffuser, Catherine Oil Burner Blend will make your home smell like a relaxing, luxurious spa.

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BEAUTYOILS.CO Camellia Oil Moisturizer - 100% Pure Cold Pressed Tsubaki Face Beauty Oil Review

BEAUTYOILS.CO Camellia Oil Moisturizer – 100% Pure Cold Pressed Tsubaki Face Beauty Oil

Overall Rating: ★★★★
Price: $$ ($10-$20) – Available at BEAUTYOILS.CO and Amazon.
Scent: fragrance-free.
I like: how light the oil feels. Nourishing and versatile – ideal moisturizer for all skin types.
Not a fan of: nothing. This natural serum has virtually no scent and absorbs easily into the skin.

BEAUTYOILS.CO 100% Pure Camellia Tsubaki Beauty Face Oil is an effective nourishing moisturizer that works wonderfully well at maintaining skin softness and elasticity.  The oil is clear, light, and has nearly no scent.  BEAUTYOILS.CO’s Camellia Oil has a non-greasy feel and absorbs easily into the skin, which makes it ideal for dry and combination skin types.  I applied the camellia oil on my face and neck every morning for a week to combat the effects of washing and shaving.  My face felt healthy and properly moisturized throughout each day.  I did not experience any breakouts while using the oil.  The Japanese have benefitted from using camellia oil as a beauty aid for centuries.  Thankfully, Western cultures have finally caught on to the benefits of this simple yet sublime oil.  Adopt BEAUTYOILS.CO 100% Pure Camellia Tsubaki Beauty Face Oil into your skin care routine if you’re looking for a potent natural moisturizer that keeps those pesky fine lines at bay.

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While rosehip seed oil has long been a natural beauty staple for women, men have yet to widely adopt and experience its remarkable skin care benefits.  There is no reason men can’t implement rosehip seed oil into their grooming routines.  Rosehip seed oil is packed with essential fatty acids, including omega-6 and omega-3, as well as pro-vitamin A, all of which contribute to smoother, healthier skin.  Here are three simple ways guys can use rosehip seed oil to achieve a better complexion:

  1. Rosehip Seed Oil as an Aftershave
    Once you’re done shaving, rinse and pat dry your face.  Next, rub a couple drops of rosehip seed oil between your fingertips and palms and gently apply to your cheeks, chin, neck, and area around your mouth.
  2. Rosehip Seed Oil as a Daytime Moisturizer
    Rosehip seed oil will keep your skin properly moisturized throughout the day when applied every morning.  After every face wash, simply rub a couple drops between the fingertips and palms and gently apply to all areas of the face, paying particular attention to areas susceptible to fine lines and creases.
  3. Rosehip Seed Oil as a Nighttime Moisturizer/Anti-Aging Serum
    When used every night before bedtime, rosehip seed oil produces a noticeable improvement in facial complexion and skin tone.  Wash your face very night with water or a mild cleanser to get rid dirt and debris accumulated throughout the day. Next, rub a couple drops between the fingertips and palms and gently apply to all areas of the face and neck. Don’t forget to moisturize your forehead as well.  Follow these steps and you will wake up flake-free with a confident glow.

Adopting rosehip seed oil into your daily skin care routine might take a little time to get used to, but the results are undoubtedly worth it.  If you’re constantly battling a dry face and uneven complexion, maybe it’s time you consider ditching what you’re using as a moisturizer and experience the natural skin care wonder that is rosehip seed oil.  May this bit of advice help you achieve greater confidence.  Cheers!

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Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Oil Review on Caulfield's Counter

Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Oil

Overall Rating: ★★★★
Price: $$ ($10-$20) – Available at Amazon.
Scent: fragrance-free, though the oil does have a faint, naturally occurring nutty smell.
I like: the lightness of the oil.  Absorbs easily.  Versatile – can be used on skin and hair.
Not a fan of: the clear bottle.  Wished it was colored to protect the oil from light.

Asian cultures have incorporated camellia oil into their beauty routines for centuries.  The oil is known to be a light, versatile moisturizer for skin, hair, and scalp.  During a recent trip to Japan, I picked up a bottle of Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Oil to find out what all the fuss was about.  Though it is commonly marketed as a hair oil, I’ve grown to enjoy using camellia oil on my skin in the morning as an aftershave and at night before going to bed.  Camellia oil is heavier than argan oil, but light enough for people with dry skin to use on the face.  The oil has a very faint, naturally occurring nutty smell that quickly dissipates after application.  Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Oil comes in a unique, traditional-looking clear glass bottle that dispenses a few drops at a time.

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Josie Maran Cosmetics 100% Pure Argan Oil Review

Josie Maran Argan Oil

Overall Rating: ★★★★
Price: $$ ($10-$20) for a half-ounce bottle – Available at Sephora and Josie Maran.
Scent: fragrance-free.
I like: how incredibly light and nourishing this moisturizer is on the skin.  Absorbs easily.
Not a fan of: the high price tag.

An increasing number of people are using argan oil as a natural skin moisturizer, and for good reason.  It’s a light, natural oil that’s incredibly nourishing.  The oil works well as a daily moisturizer.  I use it once in the morning and once at night before going to bed.  I’ve tried various brands of argan oil and Josie Maran’s Pure Argan Oil ranks highly in terms of quality and effectiveness.  It doesn’t have a funny smell and the dropper makes it easy to apply.  All it takes is 2-3 drops per application and you’re good to go for the day.  I’ll sometimes use a little more in dry weather conditions.  Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Oil is a bit expensive, but the quality is exceptional.  A half-ounce bottle should last approximately one month.

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Apricot Kernel Oil is an effective, all-natural way to regulate your skin’s oil production.  High in essential fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and E, this light oil is ideal for oily and normal skin types.  Apricot Kernel Oil also works well on mature skin, especially on the areas around the eyes and throat, because of its tightening and astringent properties.  When purchasing natural beauty oils, be sure they are cold- or expeller-pressed.  I also recommend buying natural beauty oils that come in amber-colored bottles.  The colored bottles help protect the precious oils from light, thus maintaining the oil’s effectiveness.

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