Monday, 9 April 2012
de Mamiel Spring Facial Oil review
I like the idea of treating the skin seasonally. One of my favourite skincare lines from the past, Sheerin O'Kho (no longer stocked by SpaceNK) has different creams for Summer and Winter, and it makes sense to me to change skincare as the weather changes. Seasonal weather shifts bring almost universal challenges; even an oilier skin gets drier in cold weather, and my Twitter timeline has had a number of people who have remarked their skin has gone a bit bonkers and spotty as the weather started to warm in March. I'm a bit of a hippy who believes that we are affected by the seasons and things like lunar cycles (Twitter goes absolutely mad on a full moon, without fail.)
The deMamiel Spring Facial Oil is designed to cleanse and energise the skin, clearing out winter stagnation and bringing back a healthy glow. The facial oils are freshly hand blended in London each season to provide what your skin needs for the months ahead, and are not sold 'out of season' (which is great in terms of freshness, but you're out of luck if you live in the Southern Hemisphere.) I'm not going to repeat all the information on the benefits and effects of the ingredients in the oil, because you can read that at the deMamiel website here: deMamiel Spring Facial Oil ingredients and benefits.
This is a medium textured oil (for comparison I count argan and coconut as thick textured oils, and something like camellia as a light oil that sinks in almost immediately). The deMamiel Spring Facial Oil is in a base of jojoba and ricebran oil which gives you a few minutes to massage before it sinks in completely but doesn't feel heavy on the skin. The smell is very energising and uplifting, and perfect for spring. It's quite an active blend of essential oils, so I would not personally recommend to a very sensitive skin or to anyone who is pregnant or trying to be.
I use this in the evening, usually on its own, although I very occasionally use a moisturiser over it if my skin still feels a little dry after applying the oil. I love the smell and the feel of it, and I do think it has helped to keep my skin in balance during the seasonal transition. I wake up with skin that looks bright, balanced and well-rested, and I think it's one of the best facial oil treatments I've used. I've been using it for a month now (sorry Ms deMamiel, I started using it as soon as it came before the Equinox as I cannot wait and didn't have the Winter Oil!) I will report back in June if I'm still using it and if I buy the Summer Facial Oil.
I bought this directly from the deMamiel website www.demamiel.com. It's also stocked by Cult Beauty www.cultbeauty.co.uk. It costs £58 for 20ml, which should last the whole season applied as directed once a day.