Testing products is always an exciting roll of the dice that begins with one question: Will it work for me? My answer usually comes after four weeks use and daily notes, beginning with the initial condition of my skin, exactly how I use the product and any changes I see — good or bad — with each progressive day. I’d like to share a few of those notes with you to better illustrate my experience with Simplicite Rosewood Face Oil ($43.20), but first a little about its ingredients.
This product contains a combination of seven plant oils and extracts. The star ingredient is rosewood, which is said to have wound-healing and tissue-regenerating properties. It can be used to help prevent signs of aging, as well to reduce the onset of blemishes and blackheads. The brand also highlights wheat germ, which encourages collagen production, and calming calendula. Others include almond extract, patchouli, chamomile and bergamot oil.
I received Simplicite Rosewood Face Oil and began use that evening before bed. There were no blemishes or blackheads on my face, and my skin had a good tone to begin with. After washing my face, I dispensed three drops into my palms and rubbed them briskly together to warm the oil, then lightly patted it all over my face. The oil had a nice woody fragrance.
I applied the face oil in the morning, but it looked like I may be breaking out. Around lunchtime, I noticed a couple of blemishes on my forehead and a couple adjacent to my nose. The blemishes looked a bit worse that evening, so I decided to suspend use until they cleared up.
When the bumps were gone a week later, I resumed using the oil, changing to only two drops patted on a damp face. The next day, I began to break out again on my forehead and cheeks. This time I decided to keep using it in case my skin just needed to acclimate, but the blemishes weren’t going away so I stopped using the oil a few days later.
I gave the oil one final try and began to break out again. Now to be clear, I have used facial oils very successfully in the past without breakouts or additional oiliness. Although it sounds counterintuitive to apply oil to skin that is already oil-prone, it can help to balance out the skin. I wasn’t able to complete the testing of this product, so I cannot pass judgement on how it works in the long run to reduce the signs of sun damage and aging. It may work wonders on those who do not have oily or acne-prone skin.