24 June 2014

Sample Stash #7: Face Oils

I've been doing the occasional Sample Stash post for the last several months now, but I still don't feel like I've made any real dent in my sample pile.  So, in the hopes of working through some of the clutter (and perhaps discovering a hidden gem or two along the way), you can expect these posts a little more regularly in the future.  

Today's focus is face oils.  One thing I love about oils is just how little you need.  When it comes to samples, it's especially great, since that means that even a mere foil packet can give you enough time to form a real opinion.  Here are my thoughts on four oils that I've tried recently.




Shea Terra Rubignosa Rose Hips Oil
Before this sample, I'd only used Pai's Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil, but I'd been curious to try other rosehip oils and see how less expensive ones compared.  Shea Terra's seemed pretty similar in terms of feel and the effect it had on my skin, but the smell was nowhere near as nice.  The Pai has both the fruit and seed oils and smells gorgeous, whereas this one, which is just the seed oil was less impressive scent-wise.  In fact, it smelled kind of plasticky.  

Sibu Sea Buckthorn
Sample packets full of oil are messy, and happily, Sibu's found a way to get around that.  The sea buckthorn oil - which is sold in a regular glass dropper bottle - comes in gel cap form in the sample.  All you have to do is puncture the gel cap, squeeze the oil out, and you're good to go.  Pretty brilliant, I must say.  The oil itself was nice and I enjoyed the sample, but it was a little too light on its own for my slightly dry skin.  I could definitely see myself buying a bottle to mix with other oils once my face oil numbers are a little more under control. 

Pukka Firming Face Oil
Pukka's Firming Oil has an impressive ingredients list, starring evening primrose, rosehip, borage, and arnica, and I was curious to give it a spin.  Sadly, I ended up being a little underwhelmed.  It was okay, but it didn't strike me as anything super special....which is just as well since Pukka's entire skincare line has been discontinued.

Acure Marula Oil
This sample was my first time trying marula oil and it became a fast favorite.  Marula is rich in proteins and omega fatty acids, and while it's feels pretty light on the skin and absorbs quickly, it still has some weight to it and hydrates really well.  Acure's oil is wildcrafted, cold-pressed, and unrefined and it's a gentle, neutral smelling oil that my skin is very happy with.  I've since picked up a full size bottle and have been enjoying mixing a few drops in with my Vice960 Face Oil.

What oils are you loving these days?  Let me know in the comments.




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10 comments:

  1. I have tried a few things from Pukka's skin care and sadly they weren't for me x

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    1. Interesting. I know I've read good reviews from some bloggers, but I felt the same about this oil.

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  2. I'm currently enjoying the Sibu sea buckthorn, I mix 1-2 drops with my night oil for extra healing. Not fan of the smell though! I really want tri try Marula oil, but my current stash just doesn't warrant a new one. xx

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    1. Yeah, the smell wasn't my favorite, but it's not the worst either. I didn't find it lingered at least, unlike tamanu, which I can smell on my face all day long.

      I hear you about the stash...not sure I can justify any new oils at this point either!

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  3. I didn't realise Pukka has discontinued, I have sample their products in past and agree with you about the oil.

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    1. I think Pukka said it was related to sustainability issues and ingredients sourcing. Not sure if they're planning a relaunch or not, but for right now, they're not making skincare.

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  4. I love oil samples, such a great way of finding a new love to add into rotation. I've actually been loving the Corpa Flora Eclat Citrouille and Odacite Pa + G Pure Elements oil. I use Corpa in the morning and Corpa mixed with Odacite at night. Ps. Use a little marula in your hair, you'll love it. Xo

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    1. I need to try Corpa Flora! And Odacite too, for that matter. The targeted serums have me super curious. Thanks for the marula tip - I'll definitely give it a try in my hair soon :)

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  5. The only Pukka product I loved was their rosewater, I have never tried Marula oil but I love Sea Buckthorn :) Xx

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  6. I've been eyeing that marula oil for so long and I'm really happy to see that you like it! And the Sibu oil is amazing! xx

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