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Facial oil comparison/break down (moisturizer kind)

Everybody seems to be interested or using some facial oils. Here's a comparison of 6 non-cleansing ones that are <$70.Tada!

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For reference I have dry combination skin in the winter and used ~3-4 drops for my face. I have oily combination skin in the summer and this is a tad too heavy/moisturizing for me so I use gel cream. The smell for all of them kind of disappears after they absorb. From least to most hydrating/heavy:


Fresh Seaberry Oil: very thin, liquidy and lightweight. Have a slightly herbal scent. Sinks in fast but leaves almost nothing on the top layer, so it's not very protective but it doesn't interfere with anything else you plan to put on. Great for dehydrated oily/combo skin or as a serum for dry skin. It is an oil blend and contains fragrance. =/


Dr. Dennis Gross Active Vitamin D Serum-oil: it has a thin gooey oil texture and takes a bit longer than Seaberry to sink in. It is great for hydration but not really for anti-aging (my tiny under eye wrinkle that appears every night did not disappear the next morning. It usually does if I use an anti-aging serum like Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Dior One Essential or Lancome). It has a slight citrus-lemon scent. It's not really an oil since the first ingredient is Squalane (a moisturizer) then soybean seed extract. It does have retinol and glycolic acid, so if you have an issue with either of those active ingredients, I suggest you google around a bit or get a sample before buying.


(New comer!) Boscia Tsubaki oil: ohhh, very light floral scent. It's thin and spreads easily, so you can apply sparingly if you don't need much. But it doesn't sink in and disappear completely like Seaberry, so it's a bit protective, too. However, it is not as thick or make the skin feel as plump/sturdy as Maracuja. Buuut, the light floral scent won over the potato chip scent of Tarte Maracuja. True to advertisement, the 1st ingredient is camelia/tsubaki oil, followed by other oils and extracts (no chemical/fragrance/problems from a quick skim of ingredients, all seems to be good stuff).


(New addition!) Marula oil: very mild herbal scent. The thickness is between Boscia Tsubaki and Tarte Maracuja, but honestly the difference is so subtle that it doesn't really matter between these 3 oil (unlike if you were to compare Fresh Seaberry and Argan oil). It's a bit thicker than Tsubaki but spreads/sinks in just as easily. It claims to be 99% marula with 1% essential oil blend, no fragrance or active ingredients there. The only possible problem is if you are severely allergic to lavender, which is the very last ingredient for Marula and Tsubaki oil, otherwise it's all good stuff.


Tarte Maracuja Oil: slightly thicker than Seaberry like Vit D serum-oil. It feels smooth going on rather than that thin greasy oily feel. Takes a bit longer to sink in and smells like potato chips oil (cooking oil). Unlike Seaberry that disappears, this makes the skin feel a tad more plump/sturdy/moisturized after it sinks in. It is advertised as 100% organic maracuja oil, so that's that.


Argan Oil: a tad thicker than Maracuja with a more gooey consistency, feels velvety on the face and takes the longest to sink in (but less than 1-2min). Great for dry skin or even combo skin in the winter. It doesn’t have much of a scent. If this feels too thick to rub onto face and tugs, try putting a couple drops into the palm, rub them together to warm it up and press onto face. 100% organic argan oil.


Nude ProGenius: The consistency is as thick as Argan oil, but once you rub it in the skin, it feels thicker like cream where it feels like it left a velvety protective layer on the skin. It doesn't feel as hydrating/penetrating as other oils, but if you have problem with oils disappearing after a couple hours, this will stay and work well as a top/final layer to seal the serum/hydration stuff underneath. While this feel quite luxe, it does have that no.2 pencil (lead) smell. It's quite a blend with some common cheap oils (corn oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil) but mostly a lot of exotic(ish) oils and trace amount of alcohol (since it's one of the last ingredients).


You can definitely use oil regardless of if you have oily/normal dehydrated skin or dry skin, and they do not cause/worsen/irritate my acne. They hydrate well and sink in well as long as you apply sparingly. They are good for preventive/first sign anti-aging or de-hydration wrinkles. For anything more, an actual anti-aging serum will provide more benefit (Murad, Lancome, Estee Lauder, Dior One Essential).


If you have any question about oils listed above, let me know (through PM) and I will check. 

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This is great!  I LOVE the Seaberry, it was my first facial oil, and haven't tried the Boscia Tsubaki but have heard great things from a friend.


Have you tried any of Clarins oils?  I'm in LOVE with their Santal face oil, it's the best thing I've found for reducing redness (I have mild rosacea). Goes on light, sinks in fairly quickly but leaves a slight protective layer, light fresh fragrance but doesn't smell medicinal like many of the others.


Also wondering if you've sampled any of the Sunday Riley oils, I'm into the UFO oil for break-outs but haven't tried the others yet. It's got a pretty strong herbal scent, not unpleasant though, but goes on a little thicker than I like and doesn't feel like it ever really absorbs, wondering how their other products are.

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I've had eczema all my life, and if you need a quick, non-expensive drug, store grab oil moisturizer I recommend Bio-Oil. There are a lot of cheap and good quality generic brands you can find. As well as treating dry skin, it also works at healing stretch marks, age marks, and scars.  

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I've used Bio-Oil before as well and had good results!

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Good product exelent

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@ChicDabbler I bought Clinique Smart Treatment Oil for a dry eye area due to using retinoids.  It totally did the trick.  The secret is to use a tiny amount, or else I woke up with an oily eye area and my eyeliner would smear.  Loved that it has antioxidants in it, too.



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So interesting to read everyone's review of their oils. Currently making another list of oils to try/review, lol.

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Keep it alive!

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Thank you for posting this. This was very helpful. I have extremely dry skin. Which oil do you think is the best for that?

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Nude ProGenius. Most of the time people use oil instead of moisturizer, but if you find it sink in/disappears pretty fast, then apply a layer of moisturizer on top to seal it in. If you have extremely dry skin, also make sure you are using the right/hydrating cleanser, toner and serum.

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I'm really enjoying Caudalie's Divine Oil. It's for the face, as well as body and hair. 

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I use it on my face myself. Love it! I didn't like the scent the first time I used it and almost tossed it but it was way better on the second go.

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@Heatoyos1, does the scent bother you? I have Caudalie Divine oil, but it's a spray and most website descriptions says it's for body rather than face, so I've been tentative about trying it on my face. But if it works for you, then I will give it a try, lol.

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I actually enjoy the scent, but could see how it might bother others. I feel that way about the Seaberry scent, at least when I tried the lotion. 


Heh heh, looking at the instructions on how to use it, Sephora recommends applying it to the cheekbones. However, I apply it to my entire face, and have no problems with breakouts or anything. It is listed as noncomedogenic, so that's also why I thought it could be used on the face. 

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Thank you @ChicDabbler Smiley Happy ! Very, very, very cool of you!

Most appreciative!

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That's a great analysis. I am no good when it comes to the understanding of ingredients. Do you think there is something in Nude pro genius oil that can cause allergic reaction? I hardly ever get bad reaction to any skin care product, but when I used Nude oil on my neck for a couple of days, it gave me some irritation and the skin of my neck felt itchy. Needless to say I didn't attempt to use it for 3rd time Smiley Sad 

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If you go to CoSDNA website, they'll have a list of the ingredients and how comedogenic they are. According to CosDNA, for Nude Pro Genius Oil, looks like there's a couple of potential acne triggers.

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It is possible to get a bad reaction to any ingredient or sometimes you might be fine with individual product but get a reaction from a bad combination. If you get itchy, it might be too heavy for you, or you might be allergic to one of the more exotic/fancy oil/extract in it. Yeah, don't use it for a 3rd time, maybe use up the rest on your hand/nails etc since I have not heard of nails ever having allergic reaction. =X

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LOL yup nails can definitely tolerate it, thanks for your help Smiley Happy

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It did me too @fatimamummy. It's crazy b/c I can use the NUDE sleeping mask, but I have 2 perk bottles (1st basically full, used it twice) of this NUDE oil & it was a negative. Did the same thing to me & I think might have clogged a CPL of mores Smiley Sad

Another perk bites the dust.....  

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It felt so ridiculous to have an itchy neck but I was happy too that I hadn't try it on my face because I have oily skin and it felt a bit heavy as compared to Boscia Tsubaki oil which I use now and then,that's why I tried it on my neck.

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