Where to purchase: Available on Cult Beauty HERE
Made in: The USA
What is it?: Facial oil containing 15 different types of oils (rich in fatty acids), meant to improve one’s skin tone, texture and fade dark marks etc.
Brand Description: Huda created this wanting to make a facial oil product that would tackle many skin concerns, aiming to help dry patches and PIH and also soften the skin.
Supposedly Good for: Those with dry skins and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (should help with dryness due to the omega acids) + also moisturised skin usually has a nicer texture. Please note this takes time to see from any products (i.e. results take a while!).
What it’s supposed to do: Lock in Moisture, Nourish, Smooth and Even out one’s skin tone.
What I think: As this contains essential oils + alcohol, I would not recommend this for sensitive skins. Also anyone who has contact dermatitis and skin allergies, I would recommend double checking the ingredients list in case any of these 15 oils are known to irritate you. ALSO I personally would not recommend this to acne-prone or acneic skins.
Note: I personally don’t use facial oils as I use creams that contain oils in them and that is enough for me. I know facial oils – either people adore them or avoid them. I just don’t use them. I am someone who prefers more water-based products than oil-based products. SO – I wanted to make this post for the people who like to use facial oils – so you can see the texture, the colour and the product itself along with the ingredients, so you can make your own mind up as to whether you would like to purchase this product or not.
A beautifully coloured oil!
Vegan?: (Can’t find this info)
Cruelty Free?: (Can’t find this info)
Packaging: I must say the bottle is beautiful – really nice to leave on your shelf. and who doesn’t like pink? I love this kind of pump packaging where you just press the button at the top and that sucks up product. It’s a nice glass bottle with some weight to it. Solid.
Directions: ”Use daily, as the last step in your skin care routine. For best results, use morning and night.” AND ”After moisturiser, apply generously to face and décolleté. Gently pat until fully absorbed.” – From the Huda Beauty Website.
How I would use it: The instructions say put it on after moisturiser, so that is what I would do! Also I would only use this in the PM as this contains photo unstable essential oils.
Key Ingredients (Basically the oils included): Rosehip (hydration + dark spots) + Damascus rose oil (supposedly soothing + clarifying + brightening), Carrot seed oil (moisturise + ”tighten” + even skin tone + texture). Boabab seed oil (omega 3, 6 + other fatty acids to moisturise).
Raspberry Seed oil (antioxidant + moisturise), Camelia oil (emollient), Jojoba Oil (moisturising + soothing). Rice Bran oil (hydration + even one’s skin tone).
Hog Plum oil (moisture), Soybean oil (rich in vitamin E), Macadamia oil (moisturiser), sunflower oil (rich in antioxidants), Black cumin, Meadowfoam, Cranberry seed oil (moisturising)
Black Cumin oil (moisturising + supposed antioxidant), Meadowfoam oil (moisturise + smooth the skin). Cranberry seed oil (rich in fatty acids + moisturising).
NOTE: I feel like this would be amazing for dry skins (but then my issue is alcohol is high up the list and that tends to be drying. but I guess because there’s so many oils, they may counteract the dryness of any addition of alcohol – so please keep that in mind!)
Full Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Caprictriglyceride, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Lipids, Alcohol, Camellia Oleifera Seedoil, Ximenia Americana Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean)Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa(Carrot) Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry)Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa Seed Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil/Tocopheryl Succinateaminopropanediol Esters, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinusofficinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Oryzanol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Eugenol
I genuinely do like that this has so many different oils in it as it’s aiming to provide a benefit from each oil to the skin (instead of you having to DIY a facial oil concoction by mixing them yourself). And definitely you can see that this is loaded with moisture. so that’s why I do think (as long as you don’t have sensitivity to any of these oils, to essential oils or alcohol – dry skins could find this moisturising.
My Thoughts: I totally understand that it is the overall formula that is king over separate, individual ingredients – and one should take that into consideration. But personally, I’m confused as to why singular alcohol (ethanol) is in this product? I’m guessing alcohol is in here to keep the oil lightweight BUT I find that unnecessary because these oils don’t seem like heavy, thick or gloopy oils – it’s not like this is a bottle of castor oil, so thinning it would be necessary. and also the alcohol is quite high up, I mean it’s higher than the Rose oil which is what this product is even called after!
I also have an issue that Rose oil is the name of this product and yet it’s not even the 1st, second or third ingredient.
Personally I don’t like the smell of Rosemary extract, so I also don’t want it in my products. And as for the addition of essential oils just for fragrance – I get that it makes it enjoyable for those to apply onto the skin and to have a nice scent BUT this is a product filled with different oils which all have their own distinguished scent/fragrance, why were fragrant essential oils deemed necessary to put in the formula? (all of this is just my thoughts + opinions!)
Texture: If you like the texture and feel of rosehip oil, then you would like this as I find it quite similar (and of course this contains rosehip oil as a key ingredient). It runs down my hand and doesn’t feel thick or gloopy (perhaps the alcohol helps keep the formula relatively thin + lightweight?) As with most facial oils, this doesn’t disappear into the skin i.e. it does provide a glow/shine, just to let you know that it’s still there. Oils do have that moisturising feeling too.
Bright yellow colour!
You can see it runs down the skin, so it’s not a thick product
Providing the skin with a glow / shine while rubbing into the skin! The product doesn’t simply disappear and does leave a dew/shine. And as you can see, the yellow colour doesn’t stain the skin / make the skin look orange or yellow!
Fragrance?: Citronellol, Geraniol, Eugenol, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract – Even while I’m typing this, I can smell the fragrance still lingering on my hand – that’s how potent it is. You have to enjoy these smells in order to enjoy the product as it doesn’t disappear!
How long have I been using this?: This is a first impression.
The Effect?: This is a first impressions, and I wont be trying this on my face, but the immediate effect of rubbing this in is moisturised skin. This didn’t sting or irritate my hand.
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What I like:
- Packaging (really pleasing to look at AND I love the pump lid – easy to use).
- Lightweight (definitely a non-gloopy texture!)
- I like that it has more than one oil (a cocktail of oils to bring out the best effect from each oil to the skin).
What I don’t like:
- Citronellol, Geraniol, Eugenol essential oils – never been a fan of their smell and I find them unnecessary (very weird to add when facial oils themselves already have a potent smell)
- Alcohol – It’s high up the list.
- Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract – never been a fan of this in products – ”The leaves contain a small amount of essential oil (1-2%) with fragrant components, so if you are allergic to fragrance, it might be better to avoid it.” – from the Incidecoder
- Overall I’m not a fan of facial oils(so this isn’t really aimed at me)
- The smell is potent and not my favourite (the smell lingers)
- Rose oil isn’t even in the top 3 ingredients (but the name is Rose Oil)
Conclusion: I want to make it very clear that I don’t use facial oils + I’m not a fan of them. I find it hard enough as it is to use a really intense, oily cream, so a facial oil is not up my alley (I have acne-prone, acneic skin). For those of you who like to use facial oils however, I would say the texture of this is definitely lightweight and I do really like products where there is more than 1 key thing in here i.e. it’s a cocktail/a blend of oils so as to try and get the best aspect of each oil onto the skin instead of you yourself having to mix and match oils to create your own blend – so that I appreciate. I’m not a fan of the addition of essential oils and the product itself smells intensely strong of oils. The smell lasts forever so if you like it, then that’s nice, but if you don’t like it (like me) it’s hard to even want to keep this on the skin. Love the packaging, it looks great, but I’m not a fan of alcohol being in here (I’m sure to keep the texture thin). I also think the price is a lot, but I guess Huda is really adamant that this oil is going to change one’s skin. So please if you have used this product, post down below how it’s worked for you and your results! I would be fascinated to know!
ALSO – I would like to add that I don’t have a problem using oils on my body, let’s say post-shaving or post wax BUT because this contains alcohol + essential oils + the smell is just so strong, lingering and potent, I don’t think I would even use this for the body. But I do really think if you enjoy the smell of this, then it shouldn’t be an issue for you and if you like the feel + texture of rosehip oil, then this would feel fine!
Would I purchase?: No because I don’t use facial oils.
Dupe?: If I absolutely had to use a facial oil – I would use the Dear Klairs Fundamental Watery Oil Drop – it’s an oil/water hybrid so it is more lightweight and less greasy. Also no fragrance or added essential oils so no smell would get to me. Review HERE
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.
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