Slathering on a facial oil is the epitome of skin luxury. Eliciting sensory delight and appeasing our noses with pleasure isn’t the only benefit however, they are also incredibly nourishing and healing for the skin.
As one who tips on the oily side of the scale, I was always super wary of oil-based products, let alone oils themselves. Oil on oil? Horror-stricken. But since being conned by a beaming beauty buff a few years back, I am now completely and utterly hooked. Often, I don’t even moisturise, and find smothering my skin in a facial oil leaves it both nourished and radiant the following morning.
But for those suspicious folk, who still can’t quite grasp the concept of ‘oil’ – the key is to take it slow and pick your oil according to skin type. Remember, not every oil was created equal, and as with most skincare, it’s a matter of trial and error. For the greasier gals, opt for lighter oils like jojoba or apricot, acne-prone should pick hazelnut and sesame, and those with dry skin look for heavier oils like coconut or almond.
To avoid any oil spills, start off with one or two drops, and the rest will be glowing skin history. These nine have our slick of approval. Walk, don’t run (you might slip).
DERMALOGICA Phyto Replenish Oil
In search of a light, weightless oil (yes, there is such a thing)? Look no further than Dermalogica’s Pyhto Replenish, currently atop my own beauty vanity and in high rotation. Despite being feather-light in viscosity, it is enriched with restorative camellia and tamanu oils, an essential blend of orchid flower and chia seed oil to soften the appearance of fine lines and seal in hydration, and antioxidant-rich sunflower, rice bran and rosemary extracts to counteract the effects of damaging free radicals. Fiercely protective of our skin’s barrier function, you won’t get an oil more loyal than this.
Dermalogica phyto replenish oil, $120. shop now
Chanel HUILE DE JASMIN
Etched in Chanel history, Gabrielle Chanel composed this oil in 1927, and to this day, it remains steadfast in Chanel’s skincare range, testament to its efficacy and beauty. Pure and simple, its jasmine component is from Chanel’s exclusive fields in Grasse, whilst the remainder is composed from naturally-derived ingredients, other oils equally as noble in stature. Upon application, it’s a sensorial dream. Light, floral and truly opulent, skin is left supremely soft and supple.
Chanel Huile de Jasmin, $220. Shop now
TATCHA Camellia Beauty Oil
From Tokyo to Sydney, the recent arrival of cult Japanese brand Tatcha to Australia has meant we are now en route to Japanese skin (fingers crossed). Their Oil is heralded worldwide as a beauty hero; a nourishing, rich blend of camellia japonica seed oil, squalene, rice and macadamia nut oils and redness-relieving liquorice root. But the opulence doesn’t end there. The oil is flecked with 23-karat gold – decadent indeed – and spiked with bamboo and green tea to transport you to Uneo Park under the falling cherry blossom.
TATCHA Camellia Beauty Oil, $138. shop now
Kora Organics NONI GLOW FACE OIL
“This is my number one favourite product and secret travel companion. It’s a super nourishing treatment oil that is great for all skin types, and especially good for sensitive skin. I use it religiously every night and my skin is glowing in the morning. I also never travel without it and apply it throughout the flight to keep my skin hydrated,” Miranda Kerr notes. A rich yet delicate combination of Certified Organic Noni Extract, Rosehip Oil, Pomegranate Oil and Sea Buckthorn to smooth, nourish and brighten your skin, if it’s good enough for Miranda…
KORA ORGANICS Noni Glow Face Oil, $80. Shop now
Jurlique Skin Balancing Oil
Welcome to heavenly face oil 101. This has been a part of my skincare armour since I embarked on this oily journey, and despite trying the latest and greatest, I always return to this little brown bottle, both day and night. With appealingly earthy smells, and rich in Safflower Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Avocado Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil and Shea Butter, just a couple of drops slathered on skin at night, and you wake up noticeably radiant and plump. I use this as my night-time moisturiser, and my skin is wholly hydrated by the time the birdsong sounds and slices of sunlight slip in.
Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil, $69. shop now
Chantecaille Rose De Mai Face Oil
A rose by any other name would smell so sweet…well, try five different roses. When the French do something, they don’t do it by halves, and Chantecaille’s meticulous attention to detail is testament. This luxurious facial oil is infused with five different roses to fight the appearance of aged skin and boost the skin’s metabolism. Freshly plucked, they include rosehip, evening primrose, rose damascena and rose geranium, soaking the skin with moisture. Rich in Vitamin C, it brightens and supports strong, tighter collagen. Wary oil-users take heed; it is a lightweight formula, which imparts a healthy, sheer glow. No shiny disco balls here.
CHANTECAILLE Rose de Mai Face Oil, $271. Shop now
Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Facial Oil
This has been hailed as the Holy Grail of oils. Its creator, fashion and beauty enigma Linda Rodin spent over a year composing the elixir to satisfy her own beauty needs; the outcome as fabulous as her. Even through its cardboard house, you can smell the wondrous concoction of 11 essential oils. When applied, floral imaginings of a lush, jasmine-spiked garden in Provence play out, with notes of neroili, rosehip, apricot and sweet almond. And when you wake? Smooth-as-a-baby skin.
RODIN OLIO LUSSO Luxury Face Oil, $246. Shop now
Trilogy Rosehip Oil
Did you know a little tawny bottle of Trilogy’s Rosehip Oil sells every 20 seconds? Amazing, huh? With this success in mind, the New Zealand brand have honed their oil skills into one miracle potion, the new No.15 Limited Edition Beauty Oil. An oily ode to their brand heritage, 15 of the finest pure plant oils have been carefully blended into a a clinically proven anti-pollution super-seed oil. For all skin types, this luxurious skin-celebrating beauty oil is enriched with a powerful combination of antioxidants from star oils such as their superhero, rosehip, plus cherry, goji and baobab. Magic? Sounds like it.
Trilogy No.15 Limited Edition Beauty Oil, $36. Shop now
Darphin 8-Flower Nectar
If you’re anything like me, and a sucker for scent, promptly slather this on your face. The French pharmacy brand with its roots in apothecary brings an exquisite, nourishing nectar; eight oils cross-pollenate to firm and fill lines and promote radiance. It boasts an impressive floral resume, comprising; Everlasting (reveals a healthy glow), Iris (calms and rebalances), Jasmine (promotes elasticity), Lavender (softens and soothes), Neroli (improves skin’s suppleness), Patchouli (firms and tones), Rose (boosts natural radiance), and Ylang Ylang (relieves stress).
DARPHIN 8-FLOWER NECTAR, $205. shop now
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