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I’ve never been tempted to take a swig of any of my skincare products – until now. The new Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil ($24.99 in the shop) smells so enticing that sniffing it was all I could do to keep my hands from heading towards my face and away from my mouth after tipping the luscious smelling concoction onto my fingers every night.
That’s a good thing too, as this oil has been a great and surprising addition to my skincare routine. I’ve always had combination skin and hadn’t even considered adding more oil to my skin, which typically starts each day already slick in the T-zone. That changed after discovering argan oil via Acure and Kahina.
My perspective also changed when I learned that argan oil could have a balancing effect on combination skin like mine. The Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil did the same and added a nice glowing affect as well – equally effective when applied after treatments such as Retin-A or Osmosis Replenish ($52) or on its own on a lazy night of skincare. The oil sinks in quickly and does not leave any residue on my pillow or sheets. In fact, I’ve been too heavy handed a few times but everything still absorbed just fine and seemed to perform the same. I have not experienced any breakouts, something I suspected might happen. I started using this product in early spring in Seattle, which can either be shorts or parka weather – or both from day to day. I’d like to see how it performs in the dead of winter.
Mad Hippie does target this oil to dry complexions and I can see why. Along with heavy-hitting oils like argan, sunflower and pomegranate, there are no fewer than 14 fruit and plant extracts (18 actives) in this small purple-labeled bottle. Raspberry, blueberry, goji berry and camu camu (this one was completely new to me and is apparently a great source of vitamin C – 30x more than in an orange), to name a few. The most surprising to me was broccoli! The key active in broccoli oil is superoxide-dismutase, known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant affects. Apparently, broccoli oil is also known as a hair treatment for treating frizz and thinning – not something I tested this time around.
There is no information available on what percentage of each oil is present in Mad Hippie’s antioxidant oil or whether any of the oils are more or less responsible for the touted affects extra moisture for dry skin. Anyone reading this site already knows the power of antioxidants in treating aging skin. Mad Hippie seems to be operating under the belief that “the more the merrier.” I’d be curious to know what the selection process was for each and how much is in each bottle. It’d also be interesting to see this Mad Hippie product go head to head against some of the other organic antioxidant products in the TIA shop, such as those from Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum ($45) and Mukti Antioxidant Facial Oil ($40).
In the meantime, I’ll continue to use this enjoyable, effective, and affordable oil as part of my skincare routine.
Ingredients in Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil: Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa), Pomegranate Seed Oil (Punica Granatum), Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus), Cranberry Fruit Extract (Vaccinium Macrocarpon), Pomegranate Extract (Punica Granatum) , Blueberry Extact (Vaccinium Angustifolium), Strawberry Fruit Extract (Fragaria Vesca), Kiwi Extract (Actinidia Chinensis), Watermelon Fruit Extract (Citrullus Vulgaris), Grape Seed Extract (Vitis Vinifera), Raspberry Seed Extract (Rubus Idaeus), Camu Camu Fruit Extract (Myrciaria Dubia), Acai Fruit Extract (Euterpe Oleracea), Goji Extract (Lycium Barbarum), Sea Buckthorn Berry Extract (Hippophae Rhamnoides), Hemp Seed Extract (Cannabis Sativa), Broccoli Extract (Brassica Oleracea Italica), Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus Sinensis), Vitamin E (Tocopherol)