June 18, 2013

facial oils: the luxe and the pure

Green Beauty Face Oils

I have to admit that until recently I hadn’t paid much attention to the landscape of facial oils. I cleansed, exfoliated, moisturized and would throw on the occasional hydrating mask when I remembered for good measure. Did I need to do more?? I’ve since discovered that with the countless of array of organic options out there I didn’t necessarily need to do more, but rather explore an “instead of”.

Facial oils, unlike serums, replace the function of a moisturizer and work to balance oil production, soothe inflammation, diminish fine lines  and generally give your skin an intense moment of “hug-it-out” hydration love. Quality facial oils, like the ones suggested here, don’t sit on top of your face, but instead absorb quickly and get to work. Desert island scenario, I think I would opt for a facial oil over a moisturizer simply because I find it gives a much deeper hydration.

I’m currently testing out the la bella figura barbary fig seed oil (review coming soon!) and while a lot of products can give you a “glow” this one gives you the kind of glow you had when you were a teenager. I looked in the mirror and became ridonculously excited.


For those of you with oily or acne-prone skin you’ve probably stopped reading, or if you’re still reading you’re most likely thinking not even if Ryan Gosling himself was applying it would you subject your face to more oil.

let me stop you right there

Like dissolves like. So oil dissolves oil. Using the right oils (like plant and nut oils) can actually help moisturize acne-prone skin without clogging follicles. Keep in mind however, that non-organic products that contain artificial fragrance and color, lanolin, mineral oil, and petroleum-derived ingredients will cause more oiliness, leading your skin to produce what you don’t want: more breakouts.

If you haven’t tried out one of the many indie, organic facial oils I highly recommend you do….youth awaits!

  1. kahina giving beauty argan oil ($36)
  2. stark skincare cypress purity + defense oil ($45)
  3. rms beauty oil ($75)
  4. la bella figura barbary fig seed oil ($90 – available in Toronto @ http://www.jacobandsebastian.com/)
  5. elabloom nourishing facial oil ($48 – made to order 2x month on bloom dates)
  6. one love organics supercritical chia oil ($49)


  • Maria @orchard bloom

    I use the Kahina argan oil. I love it! I feel like my skin glows.

    I’ve also started using their facial mist. It’s great. Next to try is their facial cleanser. I’ve heard good things about it.

    • Hey Maria! Glad to hear you’ve had good success with Kahina. I’ve been dying to try it and will also check out their facial mist now too 🙂

  • Margie

    Great list of facial oils that are not full of synthetic chemicals, (we all have enough of those circulating in our blood stream….sadly, even newborn babies have way too many found in their blood at birth). Women have the power to influence these stats by changing what personal care and cleaning products they use. It all begins with knowledge….as Oprah likes to say, “When you know better, you do better”!