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Once upon a time, I regarded oil as something to fry chips in, or at best make a vinaigrette. That is behind me and I now embrace facial oils as part of my beauty regimen, appreciating that the formulas can be simple and potent. Not having a water base means that conventional preservatives and all those thickeners and emulsifiers aren’t needed. So I was excited to try Sevani’s Serum Vitale Essential Nutrient Oil ($75 in the shop).

Serum Vitale can be used directly on the skin, as a facial massage oil, or by adding a few drops to a favorite moisturizer to give it some antioxidant turbo. It feels luxuriant and rich, without feeling clogging (although someone with oily or acne-prone skin should use more sparingly). It makes a great antioxidant supplement to use with your LED light.

Sevani is a brand that I am enjoying getting to know. The products are formulated for sensitive skins, focus on botanical and organic ingredients, but ensure that they meet the task at hand. In other words, they work and I really enjoy the products that I have tried so far, including the Rose Hyaluronic Tonique and Rapid Renewal Resurfacing Creme.

When I look at the ingredients list for Serum Vitale, which has only good things in it, I just think omega fatty acids. So many of these oils are just brimming with them – olive, rosehip, argan and sea buckthorn. Pomegranate brings antioxidants and research has shown that it can prevent sunburn. Evening primrose has its share of fatty acids and should also be commended for gamma linoleic acid. There’s plenty of data suggesting that GLA enhances the epidermal barrier. Because of its ability to dilute sebum production, evening primrose oil is good at calming acne flare-ups, while at the same time hydrating skin.

Patchouli gives Serum Vitale a bit of a hippy whiff that you’ll love or not. I don’t, but that is a very small quibble for a quality and decently priced product that has me a full on convert to facial oils.

Ingredients: Olea europaea (Olive) Oil, Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Olive squalane, Persea americana (Avocado) Oil, Rosa canina (Rosehip) Oil, Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil,  Argania Spinosa (Argan) Nut Oil, Oenothera biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) Fruit Oil, Punica granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Natural Vit E), Essential Oils of Cymbopogon martinii (Palmarosa), Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli), Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender), Aniba rosaeodora (Rosewood), Boswellia carteri (Frankincense), Citrus aurantium (Neroli)