Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Lavina Skincare Barbary Fig Seed Oil & Argan Oil: Review

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Lavina Skincare Barbary Fig Seed Oil & Argan Oil: Review
Happy Tuesday! I have a couple of skincare products from a Canadian company called Lavina to share with you! Based in Toronto, Lavina specializes in making organic and cruelty-free beauty oils and today I will be talking about the Barbary Fig Seed Oil ($29.99 for 10ml) and the Argan Oil ($19.99 for 30ml). To read more, click......
Lavina Skincare Barbary Fig Seed Oil & Argan Oil: Review
Barbary Fig Seed Oil Hydrating Facial Serum:
What it is:
-100% pure and organic barbary seed oil extracted from prickly pear cactus
-Contains high amounts of linoleic acid and vitamin E
-Diminishes signs of aging, hydrates skin and stimulates healthy cell renewal
-Works well with wrinkles, rosacea, and sunburns

Packaging:
The oil comes in a small glass vial equipped with a roller ball applicator, perfect for usage around the eyes. The vial also comes with a super fancy cylindrical cardboard box that makes it great for gifting.

Formulation & Result:
The Barbary Fig Seed oil has a medium to light texture. One of the most distinct thing about this oil is its smell; I wouldn't say it's unpleasant but the smell reminds me of a mixture of sun-dried tomatoes and sesame oil, delicious but not necessarily something I'd love on my face. I have very oily skin and I found this oil to be a bit heavy. I apply a minimum amount on my face an hour before bed and by the time I go to bed, I can still feel a lot of unabsorbed product. The oil makes the skin look and feel very healthy and supple in the morning but it does feel greasy on the face.
Lavina Skincare Barbary Fig Seed Oil & Argan Oil: Review
Argan Oil:
What it is:
-100% Pure and organic argan oil
-Contains high level of proteins, fatty acids, and vitamin E
-Improves skin's texture and elasticity and repairs dry and damaged hair

Packaging:
The argan oil comes in a glass bottle and conveniently dispenses from a glass dropper.

Formulation & Result:
For those that have never tried 100% pure argan oil before, it is described as a "dry oil". To me though, I find the oil to be quite heavy. Whenever I use it in my hair (just the smallest amount), my hair becomes very heavy and greasy. And the same pretty much happens when I use it on my face. However, I have found that argan oil does wonders to the nails and cuticles! I use it pretty much everyday and my cuticles end up looking super hydrated and conditioned.

Overall:
I think when it comes to beauty oils, my experience differs quite a bit from that of most people. I think the oiliness of my skin makes it hard for other oils to effectively absorb so I often end up feeling greasy and yucky. But I think for those with normal to dry skin these oils can really do wonders given the incredible amount of antioxidants and other nourishing ingredients they contain.

Availability:
Lavina products are currently available online. Shipping is free within Canada and US!
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