When I was asked to review the Olie Biologique Huile Radicale Rejuvenating Oil ($82), I checked the list of ingredients and thought it might be promising. The ingredient list is short and simple. It contains mostly organic oils including camellia oil, rosehip oil, blackcurrant seed oil, evening primrose oil, grapefruit oil, sandalwood, rose geranium oil, rose bulgar oil and vitamin E. It calls itself “an intense treatment for super dry skin” that promises to “preserve elasticity, plump facial lines and improve firmness.” Since facial oils seem to be very popular as of late, I thought it might be interesting to try it out and see how I fared.
The oil comes in a nice white glass bottle with a dropper for application. Upon first opening the bottle, I noticed a strong rose-scented fragrance. I don’t really like strongly scented products on my face, but I decided to give it a try anyway. The oil is a light amber color. It is lightweight and goes on easily. It absorbs fairly quickly into the skin, so other products can be layered over it.
From the outset, my skin felt hydrated, but in a few days I noticed a couple of breakouts. Just for reference, I'm in my 40s.The product is very rich, and I’m not sure my average skin type was really right for it. I switched to using it every other day, and the breakouts stopped. After two weeks of testing, my skin began to look a little flabby or overly moisturized. I did not see any improvement in elasticity, and it actually looked a little less firm than when I started. I gave it another week before deciding that I really didn’t like the fragrance and wasn’t seeing any positive results.
Just to give it another chance, I passed it along to my mother, who often complains that her face is quite dry in spite of frequent moisturizing. She gave it a two-week trial and found her skin was slightly more moisturized at the end of the day, but there were no other significant changes to the elasticity or facial lines. She plans to continue using it for the extra hydration she needs but isn’t sure she sees enough improvement to warrant paying for a new bottle.
All-in-all, this is a lovely, all-natural oil with a lot going for it in antioxidants and floral extracts, but there is no real wow factor. If you like facial oils and are looking for a new one, you probably would do just fine with this one. As for me, I’m going to keep looking for a facial oil better suited to my average but sensitive skin.