What’s up with all the excitement about facial oils lately?  They’ve been around for a VERY long time, but recent magazines and blogs have been touting their properties of late.  I think it has to do with the celebrity cult favorite Olio lusso…


It started with the body oil, moved to face oil, and finally hair oil.  I have tested all of them, and they are fantastic, albeit pricey…


When I say pricey, I mean over $100 for a lovely one ounce jar, as in $150 to be exact. Now, I know most people out there do not have a money tree in their back yard (maybe the owner of Olio lusso does now!) and yes, it won Allure’s coveted ‘Best of’ award, but there are others on the market that are just as good, if not better, and way less expensive.

I will start with my all-time favorite and the one I have used for years…Clarins Blue Orchid Facial Oil, at $50 for one ounce, is a third less expensive, and a relative bargain.  First of all, it smells heavenly, which is reason enough to buy it.  You pat it on at night after your normal regimen, and it keeps skin moisturized and dewy through the next day.


Another oil I heard about recently, and at a mass market price point is Boots brand (at Target and Walgreens) which, at $8.99 is at least worth a try if the other two seem too pricey.

boots oil

And if you’re more the DIY type, you can make your own version of the aforementioned Olio lusso…here are http://www.brokegirlsguide.com suggested ingredients:

Grapeseed Oil (naturally absorbent and allergy-resistant)
Argan Oil (anti-aging, highly moisturizing, reduces inflammation)
Rosehip Seed Oil (contains 6 different Omega-3 fatty acids, improves clarity + tone)
Jojoba Oil (very absorbent in skin, meaning non-greasy; good acne treatment)
Tamanu Oil (aids topical healing)
Vitamin E Oil
Jasmine Essential Oil for fragrance (optional)
Neroli Essential Oil for fragrance (optional)