Bio Oil - review


I realised recently that I've never reviewed this product, and I couldn't quite believe it. Perhaps it's been a fixture in our bathroom for so long that I'd 'lost' my ability to see it whenever I went in and grabbed the next bunch of products to photograph.

Thankfully, I finally remembered - and I guess all I really need to say by way of introduction is that I've never been without this oil since it came out over ten years ago.

The product comes in three sizes - 60ml, 125ml and 200ml - and we've always got at least one bottle floating around at home because my husband uses it too. It's also one of those products that we throw into our shopping carts without thinking whenever we see it on special, because we know that we'll need another bottle soon enough.

Given how many quality oils are flooding the market these days, I think it says something that we keep returning to this product. It mightn't be the fanciest-looking item gracing my bathroom shelves - bursting as they are - but I keep buying it for a reason: it works, and I'm yet to find anything else that works quite this well.

Bio Oil claims/product details:
  • A specialist oil that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretchmarks and uneven skintone
  • Also effective for ageing and dehydrated skin
  • A combination of plant extracts and vitamins suspended in an oil base
  • Contains the breakthrough ingredient PurCellin Oil™, which changes the formulation’s overall consistency, making it light and non-greasy; this ensures that the goodness contained in the vitamins and plant extracts is easily absorbed
  • The product has won 284 skincare awards and has become the #1 selling scar and stretchmark product in 20 countries since its global launch in 2002
  • Safe for use during pregnancy
  • Cruelty free
  • RRP $14.95 AUD for 60ml or $24.95 for 120ml, but do shop around


This stuff is sensational. Out of all the oils I've ever tried, this one has probably made the most difference to my skin - which is why I keep coming back to it.

Like many people, my skin becomes extra dry in winter and I often wind up with red, flaking skin that feels uncomfortably tight and doesn't look good. That's when I start using this on my face, and with prolonged use I notice that not only is the dryness kept at bay, but the oil also has some impact on uneven skintone. It's not a miracle worker (what is?), but it does make a difference I can see.

My mother-in-law stayed with us a few years ago (she's from Mexico) and she was complaining about a scar on her face that she'd wound up with after being hit by a door. She'd tried everything, she said, and she couldn't get it to fade. I handed her my bottle of this stuff, and within a week she was raving about it and filled her suitcase with extra bottles to take home. We now send it to her, and it's become a fixture in her skincare routine too. She's also a beauty junkie, and for her this product succeeded where others have failed.

During pregnancy I used this on my expanding belly, and I don't have a stretchmark on me. Now I can't say that this product is the reason for that (stretchmarks are largely hereditary), but at least we can't say that it failed.

Another thing I love about this oil is that it's super hydrating, absorbs beautifully and spreads well. This means that it's good value on a price-per-use basis, and it's not expensive to start with so that's another plus.

Just reading back over this review has made me want to throw all my skincare away and start using this alone on my face again. To be honest, I don't know why I stopped doing this, given the results I've seen from using it before. Looks like I'll be moving it back into consistent rotation! It may well make a good overnight treatment, so I might start using it that way.

In sum, this is a fantastic product and I urge you to try it if you haven't already. You mightn't wake up with porcelain skin overnight, but I'd be surprised if you didn't notice some benefit to using this product - whether on your body or your face.


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