13 October 2014

Review: Lipidol oils

Over the past few months I have seen a few tweets and Instagram photos floating around about a brand called Lipidol, and that they will soon be launching exclusively at Clicks. Well, fast forward a few months and Lipidol seems to be the name on everyone's lips! What I can gather about the brand is that they are owned by the same people who gave us Bio Oil. Lipidol produces six oil products in extremely minimalist packaging, and each product costs R79.95. I bought the Cleansing Face Oil (blue) and the Overnight Face Oil (yellow).

I don't know about you ladies, but I have really fallen hard for the oil trend. I've lost count of how many oil products I have and I use about three each day. I have combination-oily skin and I find that facial oils really help my skin to retain its moisture levels. It also doesn't break me out or result in more oil.

The Lipidol packaging is to the point and minimalist and I absolutely love that. Both bottles are clear plastic with white screw caps. There is not a single label on the bottles- all the writing is printed on the back in white, and the product's name is embossed on the front. In the store itself, the bottles are all in clear plastic wrapping and you can immediately see if someone has opened it. One of the things I was most interested in was what type of bottle opening there would be. Sounds silly to wonder about that, but there is clearly no pipette (eye-dropper), so the other option was surely just a big messy hole through which you poured the oil. The people at Lipidol clearly applied themselves, because the top of the bottle is flat with a single smallish hole. You have to tilt the bottle to get a drop or two out, and if you want more product, you can either shake the tilted bottle gently, or squeeze the bottle.

The Cleansing Face Oil smells like a more menthol-y version of Bio Oil (when I asked my husband to describe the smell, he immediately said it smelled like Bio Oil, so there you go). According to the website it contains rosemary and niaouli essential oils. I find that my face cloths are much dirtier since using this cleansing oil, and I attribute it to my skin being cleansed more thoroughly. I squirt about a teaspoon of oil into the palm of my hand, press my palms against each other, and press my palms against my (dry) skin. I massage the oil into my face, especially my eyes. I then use a warm wet face cloth and start massaging my skin in circular motions. I then rinse my face off with warm water (just incase), and then pat my face dry with a towel.

My skin is clean, clear, and smooth. I haven't had a single breakout since I started using this and I don't see myself using anything else at night for quite a while.

The Overnight Face Oil contain Ylang-Ylang and Black Pepper essential oils, and I have to say, I'm not too fond of the scent. It's not overpowering, but I think I was expecting a scent closer to the Clarins Lotus Oil (seeing as the bottles look so alike!). I use this after cleansing and toning at night. I apply a couple of drops onto my fingertips and pat it into my skin. I use about four drops: one for each cheek, one for my forehead, and one for the nose-chin area.

My skin feels soft and hydrated in the mornings and I haven't had any breakouts. The combination of these two products are really doing wonders for my skin, and at R79.95 a pop, I think it's ridiculously good value for money. I've also mentioned both products in my September favourites which you can read here.

I've recently purchased the Cleansing Body Oil which is a shower oil that smells of limes. I've only used it a few times, but I might report back later when I've had a good go at it. I'm determined to try all the products in the range! You can view the whole range online here.

Have you ever tried any Lipidol products? Let me know in the comments section.

Until next time!


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