A glorious morning-time counterpart to the Overnight Face Food with Mandarin, Carrot Seed & Neroli, I made this with similar principles in mind (plus some carefully-chosen ingredients to help protect my skin from the elements): any face oil of mine must be the antithesis of pore-clogging; in fact I want it to actively clear and help keep pores clean. It needs to be lightweight enough to blend in without feeling even slightly greasy; just a few drops needed to add nourishment and glow. It needs to smell subtle, yet divine (naturally so), and be packed full of the kind of nutrients that make me feel good about my face as well as good about what I’m doing for my face.
Although I don’t/can’t officially recommend it is used instead of sunscreen, raspberry seed oil is known to offer a small amount of natural protection against UVA & UVB rays and is the main ingredient in this serum, while the jojoba, hemp & hazelnut oils offer some (very slight) natural UVB protection. My personal experience is that this serum is effective (in fact, I got sunburned in the south of India on the one day I forgot to put this on in the morning), but scientific experiments haven’t rallied themselves around this topic fully, so claims about raspberry seed oil remain largely anecdotal.
On the label you are reminded that you’re already beautiful. Even so, this little potion does a stellar job of boosting the likelihood you’ll have a ‘good face day’ by virtue of its gentle, plant-power ingredients (see below for a run down of what each ingredient does for your skin).
Uses & Directions:
Dispense 2 drops (a little goes a long way!) into your hand and smooth over your face in gentle upward/outward movements. Allow a few moments to sink in before applying make up. Tip: I like to quickly rub any remnants of oil left on my hands afterwards in my hair if it’s a bit flyaway.
RED RASPBERRY SEED OIL: This oil has the highest content of alpha linolenic acid of any fruit seed oils, making it very effective against inflammation. Meanwhile, its ellegic acid content can reduce the destruction of collagen and it’s very high in vitamin E, giving good antioxidant properties. A youth booster! (Also, see info about UV protection, above!)
CAMELLIA (TEA SEED) OIL: The seed from which grows the wonder that is green tea leaves, camellia is softening and hydrating, antioxidant rich while being light enough to blend in. Tea is one of my all time favourite ingredients, hence featuring in every product. See here for a rundown of benefits.
HAZELNUT SEED OIL: Good for both dry and oily skin, hazelnut manages to balance both and restore equilibrium, hydrating skin while absorbing any excess oil. Without feeling greasy, its natural fats plump up cells and leaving them soft.
JUNIPER BERRY ESSENTIAL OIL: A distinctive and unique oil, woody and fresh with a hint of fruit, the key ingredient in gin also comes with a whole host of health boosters your skin will happily lap up. A natural antiseptic, juniper berry essential oil has a purifying scent with astringent, toning qualities, promoting circulation and detoxification (which makes sense, because the branches of the juniper tree were once used to ward of evil spirits).
ORGANIC ARGAN OIL: One of my favourite things about this oil, is that, like the others carefully chosen for this blend, it doesn’t cause blockages, spots or oil build up. Full of antioxidants, vitamin E and essential fatty acids, many claim it boosts elasticity of the skin (keeping things looking fresh and vibrant) and it’s another balancing oil that helps keep your complexion on an even keel.
GRAPESEED OIL: Wonderful for acne sufferers, gentle and hydrating, the seeds from delicious grapes (celebrated in many an Old Masters painting) are vital nuggets of skin-loving nutrients and join the ‘light and easily absorbed’ club, of which this oil is the ticket seller.
HEMP: Ah, hemp; omegas galore. Brilliant for most skin conditions, hemp seed oil manages to hydrate, soften and also neutralise inflammation and redness associated with breakouts, eczema and dry/itchy skin. Yet another oil that helps balance sebum production and (like school-day rubbers made from hemp) adds a little correction here and there. (Sorry, these jokes are bad. I get excited.)
FRANKINCENSE: Steam distilled from the resin of the Boswelia genus of trees, frankincense has a rather regal scent which is also calming and uplifting – it’s even thought to lift and tighten skin naturally.
NEROLI: This beautiful scent comes from the steam distillation of orange blossom, a huge amount of which goes into every drop. Neroli is a subtle, divine oil, on the cusp between floral and citrus, and exhibits antimicrobial and antioxidant activities, also balancing skin tone and elasticity.
MDEADOWFOAM: Meadowfoam oil is cold pressed from the tiny seeds of Limnanthes alba, and offers skin softening and antioxidant properties.
HELICHRYSUM: Only a few of the 500 species of helichrysum produce essential oil, and steam distillation is achieved within 24 hours of harvesting the youngest flowers. A radiant, gold flower with a broad spectrum of uses, helichyrsum is an uplifting, stress-relieving essential oil, with anti-acne, anti-inflammation, anti-irritation properties and is used in ayurveda for rejuvenating, anti-ageing actions, among others.
ROSEMARY: Rosemary has antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities, helps tone the skin, prevent dryness and adds glow. It has a clearing, enlivening scent.
SPIKE LAVENDER: a classic, calming fragrance with antibacterial, soothing qualities for skin. Spike lavender is relaxing without causing drowsiness.
JOJOBA: Jojoba has a natural composition which mimics our own sebum, which makes it perfect for sinking in, softening and nourishing. Lightly moisturising and suitable for all skin types.
Rubus idaeus (Raspberry) seed oil, Vitis vinifera (Grape) seed oil, Camellia sinensis (Camellia) seed oil (Tea Seed), Argania spinosa (Organic Argan) kernel oil, Cannabis sativa (Hemp) seed oil, Corylus avellana (Hazelnut) seed oil, Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) seed oil, Lavandula latifolia (Spike Lavender) flower oil, Juniperus communis (Juniper berry) fruit oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Citrus aurantium (Neroli) flower oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Helichrysum angustifolium flower oil. Naturally occurring in essential oils: Linalool, Limonene, Farnesol.
All prices are in GBP.