Facial oils are something that was a bit of an enigma to me. I really wanted to incorporate one into my routine, but why? It made no sense initially; I spend most of the day battling and oily t-zone, why should I purposely make my skin oily at the start of a routine?
I’ve tried only other oil before the Herbivore Phoenix Facial Oil, with disastrous results. There was a misprint on the label of the first oil I tried; it said to use one pump of the product. After a few nights looking like a total grease ball, I checked the website; it stated use 1-2 drops. After some trial and error, I managed to finesse it so that I could use the product.
Fast forward to the modern-day; my sister bought me a Herbivore gift pack which included the Phoenix Facial Oil. I was intrigued, as this is quite an expensive product, and I was interested to see what was the difference to the other oil I tried. For me, exciting times! As with many things, I learned that not all facial oils are created equally.
Herbivore Phoenix Facial Oil product claims and ingredients
Herbivore is a universally vegan and cruelty-free line that focuses on packing their ingredients with effective natural ingredients. They state that they do not use fillers and focus on having the majority of their products formulas with active ingredients. This philosophy in formulation probably goes some way to explain their premium price tag.
Herbivore claims the Phoenix Facial Oil re-hydrates and revitalises dry skin. The oil is marketed towards all skin types but is particularly recommended for dry and mature skin. The key claims for this product are tackling dryness, dullness, and it is anti-ageing.
The oil has a range of vitamins and antioxidants, which helps to nourish and hydrate the skin, with lasting effects.
The key ingredients in this facial oil include:
- Rose Hip Oil – this is taken from the seed pods of roses and is rich in omega fatty acids 3, 6 and 9. The oil is renowned as having vitamin A, a trans-retinoic acid in a natural form. It is known for not clogging pores.
- Sea Buckthorn Oil – is rich in Omega 7 and beta carotene. This oil has been included to help smooth, plump, hydrate and moisturise skin.
- Chia Seed Co2 – contains alpha-lipoic acid, which is high in antioxidants and helps with reducing the appearance of ageing from the sun.
- Meadowfoam Oil – forms a natural protective barrier which helps lock moisture into the skin.
- Neroli Oil – helps to brighten the skin gives the skin a glow.
- CoQ10 – is an antioxidant that helps to even skin tone, reduces sun damage and improves skin hydration.
How I used Herbivore Phoenix Facial Oil
As this oil was the thickest texture in my routine, I decided that this would form the last step after moisturiser in my evening routine.
I initially tried dropping one-to-two drops of the Herbivore Phoenix Facial Oil on my fingertips and patting into my skin. As with the previous oil, this didn’t work for me. With thinner products, I find that this technique helps evenly distribute products across the face; not so with oils (at least not for me).
I decided to mix a few drops of the oil in my moisturiser and rubbed then patted in my usual way. I found the oil and the moisturiser mixed well, and provided a perfect vehicle to deliver the oil evenly. The oil also added to the occlusion of the moisturiser. Win, win!
How I used this product in my routine
At night I typically use two nights with retinol, and one without; I would use this on the nights without retinol.
My final thoughts
I like the Herbivore Phoenix Facial Oil, it has a subtle light fragrance and has a thin texture which helps with absorption. Unlike other oils which can be very thick, after an hour or so very little gets absorbed and looks like an oily layer on top. This product is different, mixed in with a moisturiser feels like a treat for your skin.
The left of the image is the product straight from the bottle. Towards the right of the image; the product has been rubbed in.
The initial bright orange appearance of the oil can be a bit intimidating, but on my dark skin, it does not tint. However, in other reviews I have read; some with fair complexions states this slightly tints their face orange.
The immediate results from using Herbivore Phoenix Facial Oil, the following morning, I was left with soft, glowing and plump skin. The Inkey List moisturiser and the Phoenix Facial Oil appear to make the perfect tag team!
The instructions state to use between 3-10 drops of the oil, as you would expect the more oily your skin, the less you would use. Great news for the longevity of a bottle of the product!
At the time of writing, you could purchase an 8ml (sample-sized bottle) for £24.00 from Cult Beauty. However, if you want a full-sized 50ml bottle for £74.00, obviously a much better deal. The 8ml bottle lasted me about three months, so a little does go a long way!
I would repurchase Herbivore Phoenix Facial Oil, it is a bit on the pricey side, but the softening and hydrating effect is something worth paying for.
This oil feels like a truly universal product that all skin types would benefit from.
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