Guys, This Facial Oil Is Bomb

What's more luxurious than slathering your skin in lush oil extracted from exotic flowers? Um, not much. 

By: Amber

Because we have *oily* and shiny skin (we’re convinced that these are separate, but equally tragic conditions because even when our skin is super dry, we’re still shiny right in the center of our foreheads and noses), we’ve always been weary of voluntarily adding oil to our faces despite how luxurious the whole facial oil trend seemed. Nothing could seem more counterintuitive. This comes from girls who layer on mattifying powder every morning just so we don’t look like we smeared Vaseline all over our faces by lunchtime.

Other than wanting to add a little luxury to our beauty cabinet, we really wanted to try out a beauty oil from Herbivore Botanicals to see if it would help our skin retain the proper moisture. We also have acne-prone skin and sometimes we get obsessed with preventing blemishes by drying out our skin – retinol, weekly exfoliating sessions, clay masks, creams with benzoyl peroxide, the works. But we end up stripping our faces of some of the moisture needed to keep the skin supple. We also end up excessively drying out your pores can actually cause more breakouts.

Now, on to the review…

Packaging

Herbivore Botanical’s packaging couldn’t be more in line with our own personal aesthetics. It’s simple and clean, but sophisticated, proving that just because the products in their line are all made up of natural ingredients, doesn’t mean they have to look like somebody made them in their basement (no offense). We actually think the products look a lot better than some in the high-end or even luxury price range. And the minimalist approach makes sense; this oil only has seven ingredients total. Seven! Which goes hand in hand with the way products should be presented. Personally speaking, we don’t need all the colorful frills or the unnecessary dyes and added artificial fragrance. Just give us stuff that does what it say it’ll do and we’re happy.

We also love that the Herbivore facial oil comes in glass bottles, just like all their other products. The dipper applicator is also extra nice because when you squeeze product in and then go to apply, excess oil doesn’t ease out of the tip; it’s very secure and constructed very well.

Performance

So, summer’s over (we’re tearing up as we write this) and Fall is now in full swing. Let’s be honest, this transition is a tough one for everybody. For us, as soon as September hit, our skin freaked. Our faces and necks instantly got so dry, the skin started flaking, which hasn’t happened since my Accutane days. So, we were really hoping this oil was as moisturizing as it claimed. But first, let’s talk about scent, because that’s kind of a deal breaker for some people, including us. If we don’t enjoy the way a product smells, there’s no way we could douse our faces in it. Right away, we saw on the website that this oil has a key ingredient of Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine Absolute), so we knew we were going to love it. We basically love any floral fragrance.The smell is subtle at first, but then intoxicating without being too much and lingers for quite some time after applying and since it’s a fragrance that we enjoy, that doesn’t bother us.

As soon as we warmed the recommended 3-10 drops (we did three for morning, closer to ten at night) in my palm, we instantly felt how silky the texture was. Of course it felt nothing short of exquisite on our faces. The formula is much lighter than common plant oils like olive or coconut oil so no – you do not feel like you’re wearing a blanket of grease on your face. The weight is similar to a typical oil-based moisturizer. Overall, we found this oil to be quite versatile. First we tried it over our night cream as sort of a way to “lock” in all of the moisture applied, and then after a few days we switched to using it in place of our moisturizer, at night and in the morning. It is incredibly hydrating, but at the same time, still lightweight enough to wear it as a moisturizer even in the daytime.

Even though it’s an oil, it doesn’t make you look oily at all. This is coming from two girls with the oiliest skin ever. So if you have dry skin and your skin gets even drier in the wintertime, you could even try layering it over your usual moisturizer. This will give you a serious winter glow (yes, that’s a thing and we might’ve just made it up). This oil is recommend by the brand for dull/tired skin, but we think it’ll work for other skin types as well.

Worth the money?

Facial oils are not cheap. But for good reason. Unlike traditional moisturizers like cream and gel formulas, facial oils are much higher in effective ingredients. This means it’s straight to the point – think like a neat drink. The oils in the Herbivore Botanicals line contain no fillers, just intense nutrients like antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. You pay more for less quantity, but the quality of moisture can’t be rivaled by creams and gels that are diluted with water. Herbivore also exclusively uses natural ingredients, absolutely no chemicals.

If your skin is in constant need of hydration, then this oil is definitely about to be your new shit.We all know that the key to youthful looking skin and warding off fine lines/wrinkles is to stay hydrated. Because of the amount of concentrated moisture this oil provides, it’s ideal to effortlessly step up your anti-aging game. If you decide to go for a oil in the range, we would say that during the warmer months, you can apply it seldom. Treat it as a special treat to yourself. We particularly love to use it on the nights that we apply our retinol, which is a few times a week. You can even use 1-2 drops and use a spot treatment on the areas of your face where you get particularly dry instead of applying it all over your face.

Final Rating

The Orchid Facial Oil gets 5 out of 5 glittering stars. We love everything about this facial oil from the packaging to the ingredients. We definitely want to try the others from the brand. Side note: we’re really surprised how under-the-radar this brand is, especially with a game-changing product like this one.

Still not sure if two ounces of floral facial oil is worth the investment? Give the roll-on version a run. It’s perfect for traveling, too. But warning: once you try this stuff you won’t be able to stop.


STATS

Plant-based | 100% naturally derived ingredients, food-grade cold-pressed oils, steam distilled therapeutic-grade essential oils, GMO free soy wax, no parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, phthalates, chemicals, or fillers
Eco-friendly | Recyclable and reusable packaging
Ethical | Cruelty-free, vegan, made in USA
Our top picksRose Hibiscus Hydrating MistCoco Rose Body PolishBrighten Pineapple + Gemstone Mask
Price range | $12 – $142


Have you ever tried anything from Herbivore Botanicals? Any of the facial oils? Let us know in the comments section below what you think of their products. If you have any recommendations of other products to try from the brand, let us know and we’ll and review!

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**FTC: this post is not sponsored and no compensation was received, Products were purchased with out own money. Opinions are our own, of course.**

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