The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil - review


I received this facial oil in Marie Claire's Ageless Parcel (reviewed here).

I love a good facial oil and I'm short on night cream at the moment so I opened it straight away, and while it's an ok replacement for a night cream on a short-term basis, it's not heavy duty enough for my dry skin so it's not something I would buy.

I'm not saying it's not hydrating - it is - it's just not as hydrating as other oils and I prefer the heavier ones.

The Body Shop claims/product details:
  • A potent and lightweight daily facial oil to intensely revitalise skin
  • Infuses three precious seed oils from around the world, known for their revitalising and repairing properties on skin (black cumin seed oil from Egypt, camellia seed oil from China and rosehip seed oil from Chile)
  • Also contains a powerful blend of essential oils
  • Instantly replenishes moisture and revives radiance
  • Signs of ageing appear visibly reduced: skin looks revitalised and feels more elastic and firmer
  • Quickly absorbed formula melts onto skin, leaving a non-sticky, velvet-soft finish
  • Made from 99% oils of natural origin
  • RRP $54.95 AUD for 30ml


I've had a look at the online reviews for this product and most people seem to love it, so I'm in the minority when I say that I've used better oils and don't love this one. 

Part of this issue is the price: $55 is a lot for 30ml of facial oil, and I would only fork out that amount if the product did wonders for my skin. This one doesn't.

It's a lightweight oil that should work well for those with normal to oily skin since it's not too heavy or greasy. It has a faint herbal scent that's not too strong and doesn't linger on the skin.

What's good about it is that it absorbs and spreads well, so if your skin is reasonably hydrated you should only need a little each time and the bottle should last a while. For me, though, it's like the product is sucked into my dry skin so I need to use twice as much as I do other oils. This means the bottle will be finished all too quickly, turning an expensive product into an even dearer one.

I think this oil generally meets its claims (although it has no impact on the visible signs of ageing - not for me), and if you have blemish-prone skin you might really like this because it's so light and doesn't clog pores.

If you have dry skin, however, I'd recommend testing this first before committing to the purchase: like me you might find that you need something with more punch.

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