In their own words -
"HoneyColony is dedicated to cross-pollinating with companies who uphold high-quality standards that value planet, humanity, honesty, and fair-trade practices. Real people hand-select all the brands and products you see on our site and we refuse to compromise excellence for profit. Empowerment is our bottom line and you are our main concern."
HoneyColony also generously offered to send me a product to review and I chose to try PurO3's Ozonated Organic Jojoba Oil.
Let's start off with some science. (Not too much, I promise.)
Ozone contains three oxygen atoms, as opposed to the two in the oxygen we breathe. The extra oxygen atom becomes a scavenger, destroying pollutants, bacteria, viruses, odors, free radicals and more. For this reason, ozone has historically been used to disinfect operating rooms, sterilize surgical instruments, purify water, and kill bacteria and viruses. Today, ozone is also used in a variety of applications in holistic dentistry and alternative medicine. I was curious to see how this would translate into skincare!
PurO3's oils were a new concept to me, whereby pure ozone is bubbled through and slowly infused into raw oils. The oil captures and preserves the ozone and takes on a gel or cream consistency that is easily applied to the skin. The creamy oil is kind of a halfway point between a liquid oil and a cream. Different oils hold more or less ozone, depending on the oil's percentage of Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids. Oils on the lower end of the spectrum, like coconut and jojoba, typically absorb better, while ozonated hemp oil, which holds the most ozone, absorbs poorly and tends to act as more of a water-resistant salve. According to PurO3, ozonated oils have been used extensively in Europe for decades and can help the appearance of blemishes, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and soothe minor skin irritations, dry skin, redness, bug bites and more.
Since I'm already a huge fan of regular jojoba oil, I expected to love the ozonated version. I really wanted to love it. Unfortunately, the smell really does this product in for me. As HoneyColony writes, "since [the oil] is saturated with oxygen and ozone, when you open the lid, it smells like a lightning bolt just went off nearby." Now I've never actually smelled a lightning bolt, but reading that description conjured up an idea of a light, clean scent. Instead, the ozone is, to me anyways, quite heavy and overpowering. It's also not a smell that dissipates quickly.
Bearing that in mind, when I use the ozonated oil on my face, the results are glowing, hydrated, plump skin, just as promised. The oil is a cream consistency in the jar, but it melts into the skin and, much like liquid jojoba, absorbs easily, without any greasy residue. The problem is, because of the smell, it's a product I really have to force myself to use. HoneyColony also sells a lavender-scented jojoba oil, but I'm not sure ozone is the kind of scent that can be covered up. My attempts at layering other scented products (and even straight essential oils) on top of the unscented jojoba did very little to counteract the ozone smell.
The Bottom Line
HoneyColony is a great resource that successfully straddles the line between magazine, social media, and online store. The site has a lot of quality content and good information to share and I love the emphasis on community engagement!
I was somewhat less enamored with PurO3's Ozonated Jojoba Oil, though only because of the strong smell. If you're familiar with how ozone smells and don't think you'd be bothered by it, I do think PurO3's ozonated oils are worth trying. If you're more sensitive to smells or just not sure, I recommend sniffing the oils in person or trying to track down samples.
Are you familiar with HoneyColony or ozonated oils? Let me know in the comments!
Disclosure: Product provided for review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review in return for free product, nor was I compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.