Beauty product of the week: Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil

Posted: 5 May 2017 9:30 am

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If your skin needs a little TLC, this is the product for you.

Why we love this product

My favourite thing about this product and the very first thing I noticed is the smell. It reminds me of this really fancy day spa I visit whenever I'm in Thailand. It's rich but not overpowering and it's also immensely relaxing. This is my nighttime product of choice whenever I've had a big day or I'm just really tired. The restful and luxurious smell has a special way of sending me straight to sleep.

What this product does (better than others I've tried) is it keeps my skin plump and moisturised. It's my go-to product after long days at the beach, during frigid skin-chapping temperatures or at any other time my skin needs a little extra TLC. It works wonders for banishing dryness. Oils have smaller molecules than other products so they can sink further into the skin and moisturise at a deeper level and this blend does this particularly well.

The reason I decided to try this product was because it contained rosehip oil (you can read more about why rosehip oil is a skin miracle here) and because all the oils included in this product are cold pressed. Cold-pressed oils may sound like a bunch of hipster mumbo-jumbo but it's really important when it comes to your skin. Heat of any kind can rid an oil of its antioxidants and beneficial properties, but extracting an oil through the cold-pressing process ensures that the majority of the goodness in the oil stays there.

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This facial oil contains black cumin seed oil, camellia seed oil and rosehip seed oil, all of which are rich in antioxidants and help your skin stay refreshed and young. I feel like these oils were chosen because they are three of the few oils that contain substantial levels of vitamin A (in the form of provitamin A and tretinoin), which functions similarly to retinol (also a form of vitamin A). Vitamin A has been shown to actually repair signs of ageing, not just prevent them like vitamins B, C and E. Vitamin A can also reduce acne, so this oil shouldn't make your skin break out.

That said, I haven't noticed any diminished signs of ageing from using this product, I prefer La Mer for that. Then again I don't use this product every day, which you might need to do to reap the anti-ageing benefits.

If you are interested in trying this product, remember that while oils moisturise, they don't hydrate, as they don't contain any water. Make sure you team this product with a water-based moisturiser to keep the water levels in your skin high.


Oils Of Life is The Body Shop's premium range, so it's a little bit pricier than the brand's other products. It's $54.95 for 30mL or $75.95 for 50mL.

This is not exactly unaffordable, but it's more costly than Trilogy's cold-pressed rosehip oil, which is sold for $35.99 for 30mL and could elicit similar results.

I personally think it's worth the money, purely because of the inclusion of black cumin seed oil – that stuff is expensive.

Where you can buy it

The Oils Of Life range is available at The Body Shop.

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