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Rodin Olio Lusso face oil- reviewed and recommended

Is a Solution for:
Dry Skin, Oily Skin
December 12, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 17 Comments
When I saw in a magazine that Gwyneth Paltrow’s favorite skincare product is a face oil by Rodin called Olio Lusso ($140), I wondered if this was responsible for what celebrity gossip website Hollywood Life called her “beauty blunder”, an oil slick of a face at – no kidding! – the Shine On Awards. There was only one way to find out, so I bought a bottle.

Right out of the box, Rodin Olio Lusso, looks as if it was designed for Gwyneth Paltrow. It is slim, minimalist chic and golden. It looks so much like bottled sunshine that even my inner cynic that wants to trash all celebrity endorsed beauty products on principle was silenced.

I confess to more than a little trepidation when it comes to oils. I have a tendency to shine as well (I am going to be less embarrassed about this now that I know that I am in such good company) and my oily T-zone can break out if not taken care of. But my prediction for 2012 (remember you read here first) is that facial oil is going to be a bit of trend, and so I need to get over it. Or at least try, and Rodin looked like a good place to start.

I find Olio Lusso a little on the pricey side, but it does look and feel like a good quality product. There are 11 oils in this simple formula, although the jojoba and sweet almond oils are not much more than carrier oils. However, apricot kernel is a great antioxidant, while evening primrose is rich in (omega-6) fatty acids including gamma linoleic acid (GLA) shown in studies to enhance the epidermal barrier. Rosehip and argan are also a good source of fatty acids, while calendula and arnica are anti-inflammatory. Arnica extract is widely used as a treatment for bruising although it should be noted that prolonged use can lead to skin irritation (source).

I found the directions a little confusing as it says to use on moist skin. I’m not really sure what that means or what the difference is with damp or wet skin. Less so, perhaps? I decided to splash water on my skin and then patted it with a towel, leaving it a little, well, moist. Olio Lusso absorbs easily, leaves skin feeling soft and, best of all: look Ma! No shine!

I'll play around with it for a few weeks and see if I can achieve the promised dewy skin.

Ingredients: Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Benzyl benzoate, Linalool
  • January 28, 2014

    by Marta

    Hi Ginger and welcome to Truth In Aging. Without knowing more about your age and skin type, I can't really say if this is a good idea for you. But one's skin tends to know best, so if your skin feels and looks good on olive oil, then stick with it. In general though, I would say that a blend is best as you would be getting different types of actives and antioxidants. Olive oil is a good source of fatty acids and antioxidants, but other oils have more and different.

  • January 28, 2014

    by Ginger Berman

    Hi Marta,

    I have a question about oils. I often use just extra virgin olive oil on my face, I find it especially soothing for my eyelids. Is there a big advantage of these other face oils over just EVO? And is there any problem with using just EVO?

    PS This is my first time writing on TIA

  • October 19, 2012

    by Marta

    Thanks Tom for pointing this out. I have added a sentence regarding the effects on skin and a little more detail and a link on our <a href="" rel="nofollow">arnica</a> page.

  • October 19, 2012

    by Tom

    Why is there no mention that prolonged use of arnica causes eczema, peeling, blistering and dead skin as described in (On a side note if you ingest it, it can kill you or cause tremors, coma, heart irregularities, miscarriages and paralysis)

  • May 6, 2012

    by Natalie Doyle

    Oil is about one of the only things that stops my skin itching like crazy halfway through the day for want of moisturising.

    I have been using PEVONIA BOTANICA Aromatherapy Face Oil - Dry, Devitalized (Hazel Nut Oil blended with Ylang-Ylang & Jasmine essential oil)

    To be honest the oily skin one smells way better (Hazel Nut Oil blended with Sandalwood & Grapefruit essential oils).

    But I like the way my skin feels using oils under my moisturiser.

  • April 5, 2012

    by Joyce

    I was searching for reviews on Rodin's face oil! I had read so many good things about it but to be honest, when I ordered it, I found the oil to be a little much for my skin. I think facial oils are kind of big right now, even beauty snob did a post about a face oil yesterday from a company called YULI that I'm tempted to try, it all seems so nice- if you have any experience, please share!

  • December 15, 2011

    by Marta

    Ooh Jess I like the rosewater moistening mist idea. Its almost decadent.

  • December 15, 2011

    by jess

    Oh, I'm so glad you're reviewing this, Marta! I've been wanting to try this famed Olio Lusso forever, mostly because I'm a sucker for jasmine-scented skincare products (Nude's Advanced Cellular Renewal line is my current jasmine-related obsession).

    When I tried evanhealy's oil-based pomegranate serum, I sprayed a light mist of rosewater on my face before applying the oil. I think your method of splashing your face then lightly dabbing should be fine... 'one minute after getting out of the shower' was my reference point for how moist my face should be. :) Do let us know how you get on with it!

  • December 14, 2011

    by Michelle G.

    Interesting! As I was reading the ingredients, I was reminded of my Enzoskin review too - upon comparing, there are not many ingredients in common. But then again, the Enzoskin price isn't anywhere near $140 either.

    After reading some of the "advice" on Gwyneth's blog, I can't say I put much stock in her recommendation. Not to say the Rodin oil isn't good - it may work great! I just don't buy things because Gwyneth tells me to. ;) I'll much prefer and wait for Marta's recommendation ...

  • December 14, 2011

    by Sally

    Still... Gwyneth looks pretty good to me.

    I think facial oils have been a bit of a trend for a while... they've been very prominent on most beauty radars for a couple of years now.

  • December 14, 2011

    by Jina

    Hi Oksana, I have used both the Rodin and Patyka oils. They were samples and especially loved the Rodin as a perfume and it did sink right in. Patyka sat more on the surface but was half the price. I think less is more for redness try organic sesame oi, evening primrose and a few drops of chamomile. Great in evening and during day dab a little shea butter on dry areas. This is my barrier cream for the winter season. A chemist gave me this formula. Now I need a good moisture serum without any nasties. Happy holidays to all readers and TIA:)

  • December 13, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Darik, you are right - I had intended to say that jojoba and sweet almond are carriers, not even sure why I wrote jasmine there and have now taken that reference out. Thank you for the catch. There's a useful list of essential oils that should be avoided by pregnant women here:

  • December 13, 2011

    by Darik

    So much for 'truth.' Jasmine is not a carrier oil. And what about the fact that none of the jasmine oils/variations should be used by pregnant women except during labor?

  • December 13, 2011

    by Marta

    Thanks Oksana, I'll certainly look into these. Valerie, you can read Michelle's review of Enzoskin here

  • December 13, 2011

    by Oksana

    other great no-shine , nourishing oils great for use in the daytime and pm: Kahina Giving Beauty Serum (mattifying) , Patyka Absolis Huile Absolue Serum (reduces redness), Angel Face Botanicals Luscious Cleansing Oil w/vit E, calendula, and Roman camomile (slickless hydrator).

  • December 13, 2011

    by Valerie

    Hi Marta,
    I just bought my first oil "serum" last week. It's called Enzoskin. What is really cool about it is that you can customize it (and their moisturizers too). There is a base serum and then you can add some additional oils at no charge or add combos for a couple bucks. And for $15 to start, it sure beat $140. Kinda neat!

  • December 12, 2011

    by spo

    You are a brave gal, as always, Marta... I'm not certain as to what makes this oil particularly special...

    I personally think that the Sevani line will become 'the' product line for 2012 here at TIA!

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