Claims of something being all-natural and organic aren’t a selling point for me. Not only do I find the pseudo-science and scaremongering that often come as part of the organic bundle off-putting, I have enough familiarity with the beauty industry not to take any breathless promises seriously. It doesn’t mean that there aren’t wonderful brands out there who take their organic ethos seriously and provide excellent products. But organic or not, you still have to read the ingredient labels and take any claims with a grain of salt.
If I would have come across Odacité via its site that hypes the toxin-free, chemical-free aspect of the line, I might have skipped it. Luckily, I learned about it from a friend whose recommendations have never misled me. Odacité’s core comprises blends of oils, mostly exotic varieties such as blueberry seed, pomegranate, baobab or black cumin, and if you’re looking for a hydrating oil-based serum to add to your skincare, they’re a good choice.
The four blends I tried so far–Pomegranate + Rose Geranium, Wild Carrot, Baobab + Sarsaparilla, Blueberry + Jasmine–have been very good. Odacité advertises them as targeting specific skin needs, from hydration to brightening, but on my combination skin they feel nearly identical. I use them in the evening as the last layer of my skincare routine, and they absorb instantly, leaving my skin soft but not, as one might expect, oily. In the morning I wake up to a smooth, well-hydrated complexion.
Another reason I liked the oils is the scent. I prefer my skincare not to be artificially perfumed, but if the base ingredients have their own pleasant aromas, it adds to the experience. This is the case with Odacité, and falling asleep with the scents of ylang ylang, geranium or lavender is a small pleasure.
The downside of Odacité is the price, which is quite high for the amount of product you get. Of course, if you prefer unscented skincare, these won’t do.
Hydration Serum Concentrate (Pomegranate + Rose Geranium)
My favorite blend and the one I repurchased twice. Not only does it have a pleasing velvety texture, it also smells of true rose geranium–wild roses and sea breeze. Pomegranate + Rose Geranium is good year round but especially so during winter when my skin is drier and more capricious.
Ingredients: “Highest-grade cold-pressed certified virgin organic Pomegranate (Punica granatum) oil, Certified organic Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) essential oil, Certified GMO-free Vitamin E (Tocopherols) oil.” £33
Vital Glow Serum Concentrate (Wild Carrot)
I use only one drop of Wild Carrot oil mixed with rosewater, because this serum is a rich potion. The scent is like iris on steroids, somewhat of an acquired taste. But the luminous skin is worth it.
Ingredients: “Highest-grade cold-pressed certified Wild Carrot (Daucus carota) oil, Certified GMO-free Vitamin E (Tocopherols)” oil £45
Eye Contour Serum Concentrate (Baobab + Sarsaparilla)
A light serum with a herbal-lavender fragrance. I used it all over my face and under eyes, and I liked its dry oil texture. The only reason I won’t repurchase is that Pomegranate + Rose Geranium achieves the same hydrating and smoothing effect and with a more interesting scent.
Ingredients: “Highest-grade cold-pressed certified virgin wildcrafted Baobab (Adansonia digitata) seed oil, Sarsaparilla, Palmarosa, Lavender, Neroli, Roman chamomile, Sandalwood, Geranium, Bisabolol (Hemidesmus indicus, Cymbopogon martinii, Lavandula angustifolia, Citrus aurantium, Anthemis nobilis, Santalum spicatum, Pelargonium graveolens, Vanillomopsis erythropappa) essential oils, Certified GMO free Vitamin E (Tocopherols) oil.” £33
Cell Energy Serum Concentrate (Blueberry + Jasmine)
I can’t figure out what cell energy this serum is meant to activate. On the whole, it’s a nice blend of oils that will soften and hydrate. It doesn’t smell like jasmine, though. The blend relies heavily on ylang ylang oil, and the fragrance is rich with notes of green banana peel and wintergreen. In comparison to Pomegranate + Rose Geranium, Blueberry + Jasmine serums feels lighter, which makes it better for warm, humid weather. A word of caution, however: depending on the components of your other skincare products, ylang ylang can turn mildly sulphuric.
Ingredients: “Highest-grade cold-pressed certified organic Vaccinium corymbosum (Blueberry) seed oil, Jasminum sambac (jasmine) flower oil, Litsea cubeda fruit oil, Acacia decurrens (mimosa) flower extract, Certified organic Ylang-Ylang (Cananga odorata) oil, Certified GMO-free Vitamin E (Tocopherols) oil.” £36
Availability in Europe: cultbeauty.co.uk and naturisimo.com. In the US: directly from the Odacité website, Nordstrom.
Do you use face oils? Do you have any favorites?
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