Our Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by Denise

I was given a sample of Your Best Face (YBF) Private Reserve Antioxidant Treatment Oil in the original Sandalwood ($75 for 1.7oz in the TIA shop). I was anxious to try this as I’ve been reading quite a lot about spin trap as the ultimate antioxidant in the YBF line. It is my understanding that not only does spin trap catch free radicals but it “traps” them and “spins” them into something useful for your skin, getting rid of free-radical scavengers. I’m sure there is a scientific description better than what I can offer, but this made sense to me in a way that I could understand and apply to my skincare arsenal.

I opened this up and used it as soon as I received it. Right away, I noticed the heavenly smell of the sandalwood. It gives you such a relaxing feeling when applying it to your skin, making you feel as if you’re not only doing something good for your skin, but also for your senses. Even though it is oil based, it did not feel greasy. It was almost like a dry oil, if that makes sense. In my teen years and 20s, I had oily skin; but as I’ve gotten older, it’s morphed into combination skin. So I was still a little unsure about using oil on my face - worried I would look like a grease slick. However, when patting on the Private Reserve oil, the skin just drinks it up and you don’t even notice anything on your face except a slight glow. I also found that using the Private Reserve oil after my regimen of glycolic acid peels seemed to calm my skin and give it much-needed nutrients.

Because I wanted to find out more about the YBF line, I decided to do some research, especially after reading reviews about it on the TIA site. I noticed that spin trap as well as Lipochroman-6, another free-radical scavenger, shows up again and again in the brand’s skincare line. The fact that the Private Reserve has only four ingredients in it - and two killer ones to boot - makes this a purchase I can see in my not-too-distant future. It’s so nice to see a company not load up its products with ingredients you can’t even pronounce, let alone know what they’re doing to your skin. All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by the Private Reserve oil for not leaving my skin greasy and, instead, giving it a nice overall glow.

Ingredients: meadowfoam seed oil, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), Lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol), sandalwood oil