Beauty oils are something of a new regime for me. Having suffered with spots galore over the years, I’ve never understood how putting more oil on my skin could help. But following a good experience with some essential oils a few months ago, I was really excited to trial a Skinirvana Pure Bliss Beauty Oil*. So, how did I get on?
Shortly after suffering a severe reaction to a commercial skincare brand, Mary Rose Lobo decided to create her own products. Essential oils from plants were the obvious choice because they mimic the skin’s natural pH level. After years of making her facial oils for friends and family, Skinirvana was born. Her beauty oils are now used daily in her facial salons and sold online too.
Pure Bliss Beauty Oils
Skinirvana offers two beauty oils, an Original oil and a Delicate oil. Both oils are free from preservatives, perfume and parabens, 100% vegan, and cruelty free. They each contain over 95% highest grade organic oils for the ideal absorption versus moisture retention rate. Mary recommends using them in place of your normal daily morning and evening moisturisers, so you don’t need to use any other products. With a shelf life of 12 months from date of opening, the oils should be stored in a cool place, away from direct sunlight to preserve their integrity.
To be on the safe side, I opted to try the Delicate oil, erring on the side of caution. One of my clients is an essential oils wellness advocate client so I know a little about essential oils. And I’ve learned Geranium, Lavender and Neroli have traditional and highly effective skincare benefits. Skinirvana Pure Bliss Delicate rebalances and relaxes the skin with with a gentler concentration than the Original. Mary says the Delicate version is safe for pregnant ladies, nursing mothers or those with sensitive or fragile skin. And, another bonus, it’s safe to use on children over six months of age too, so could be used in baby massage.
Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil*
Rosa canina (Rosehip) fruit oil*
Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) pulp oil
Citrus aurantium (Neroli) flower oil,
Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) flower oil
Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) flower oil*
Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citral, Geraniol, Farnesol, Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol
*denotes organic origin
How to use the oil
If, like me, you’ve always thought putting oil on top of oily skin was a no-no, then you should know that pure, organic plant oils are very different. In fact, Mary advocates an oil cleansing method, as oil treats oil. So, you can use a 100% pure oil such as grapeseed or camellia to cleanse your skin and remove daily dirt and grease from make-up.
Once you’ve cleansed your face, pop five or six drops of the Skinirvana beauty oil in your palm. Warm them between your hands and apply from neck to forehead, working upwards and outwards in firm, sweeping strokes. With the pads of your ring fingers, trace around the eye sockets both clockwise and anti-clockwise to treat the delicate eye area. (Any closer to the eye could cause irritation). Wait until the oil is fully absorbed before applying make-up. You should always wear sunscreen if going out as citrus essential oils, in particular, can cause adverse skin reactions in sunlight. (Mary’s Instagram has some more great tips on how to get the best from her oils too) .
The Delicate oil has a lovely slightly floral scent and feels very luxurious. I’ve been applying a few drops on my décolletage as well (taking my mother’s advice to avoid a crepy neck area). It doesn’t sink in very quickly on my face though, and I don’t have time to wait for it to do so before applying my make up in the mornings. Because of this, I’ve only been using it at night, after my exfoliating toner, so it can get to work repairing and rejuvenating my skin while I sleep.
Does it work?
I always like to test a new skincare product for at least three weeks, to give my skin time to show any potential benefits or side effects. I’ve been using the Delicate oil for four weeks now and one of those weeks was on holiday in Cornwall – featuring wind, sea spray, and the (sadly only occasional appearance of the) sun.
In all honestly, this oil has been a pleasure to use, my skin positively sucks it up each night and looks refreshed, plumped up, and glowing each morning. Now I’m back at work (and resisting putting the central heating on) my skin is still bright, clear and even. And it’s worked wonders on my gardener’s red cheeks too, to the point where I don’t feel I need to smother them in a colour correcting primer any more.
Skinirvana’s beauty oils are for use on facial skin but I’ve also used a little on my frazzled hair a couple of times, ahead of a haircut. It worked brilliantly on my dry ends, they looked instantly glossier 🙂 In the longer term though, I’m going to keep using the oil on my face because I have to say I’m really delighted with how well the Delicate formula has performed. I really can see a noticeable difference in my skin tone and clarity, and I love that I’m using something pure, organic, vegan, and cruelty free too.
Depending on how much and how often you use the oil, with daily application, a 30ml bottle could last anywhere between six weeks to three months. Well, I’ve been using mine every night for just under four weeks and, as you can see, I still have A LOT left!
The Original and Delicate oils each retail at £45, which I think is excellent value, when you consider what you’re getting and how long the oil is likely to last you. Our skins are exposed daily to so many environmental toxins, never mind the anti-aging process that comes to us in due course. I’ve always believed that my skin and hair are worth investing in. I wear them both every day after all, so why not take the best possible care of them? I’d like to say a big thank you to Mary for sending me the Delicate oil (and vegan violet cream chocolate!) to try. I’ve loved (and am still loving) using my Skinirvana oil – I really think it might just be skin heaven on earth.
Have you used a facial oil before? How did you get on? If not, would you consider trying one now?
* I was gifted this product in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own and this is an honest, unbiased review.