Monday, 25 March 2013

Botanics 100% Organic Facial Oil (review)

Botanics 100% Organic Facial Oil
A facial oil isn't a product I'd ever normally consider; I tried a Dr. Hauschka oil once and didn't get on with it, and my serums and creams work perfectly well. If you have an oily face like me you might be wary of using oil, but this isn't an issue if you choose carefully. Avoid mineral oils at all costs, stick to plant oils – preferably organic – and don't overload your skin, because a little goes a long way.

This facial oil from Boots' Botanics division is made with almond and rose base oils plus essential oils and a few other bits and pieces – it smells lovely, but the fragrance is 'parfum', which could be anything. Like the name says, it's still 100% organic and is made with real extracts from Kew gardens.

Main ingredient rosehip contains essential omega oils so is nourishing, improving suppleness. Boots say it's 'scientifically proven' to lock in moisture for up to eight hours, helping to restore your skin's natural glow, too. It can be used after cleansing on its own or underneath your moisturiser – both day and night.

To be honest, I wouldn't use this in the morning. The oil didn't sink into my skin very easily and made it difficult to apply SPF cream afterwards. You might be able to get away with it if your skin is dry or normal-to-dry, but otherwise it's better suited to evening use where an oil slick on your face is less of an issue. And despite limiting the amount I used to only a few drops, I found the oil still took a while to sink in. I do have oily skin, though; other skin types might find this less of an issue.

The best way to apply a light coating is to put a few drops into your palm, rub your hands together and apply to your face in light strokes. When you've got enough on, you can rub the rest into your hands. And this oil nourishes them as well as your face, leaving both feeling softer and looking plumper. (And shinier!)

You can, of course, use the dropper to apply the oil directly to your face if you really need a big dose. Once I stopped trying to make the oil work for me as part of my morning routine, I grew to like it. It's particularly good for a quick dose of moisture after using cleansing wipes at bedtime; it's certainly less time consuming than massaging in a thicker moisturising cream meaning I could be ready for bed faster than ever!

The pipette itself is not great quality, though. The glass dropper wobbles precariously in its holder, and it dribbles oil when extracted from the bottle so you have to be quick or you'll make a mess. The frosting effect on the glass has also worn away, all suggesting it's cheaply made. (I get that impression from a lot of the revamped Botanics range, to be honest; I'm sure they've tried to cut costs nearly everywhere in these hard-up times.)  Overall, it's easy enough to use and even though the pipette doesn't quite reach to the bottom of the glass, you can easily pour out the last of the oil from the top.

You get 25 ml, which doesn't sound like much, but I assure you it'll last for ages! Bearing in mind it's priced at under ten pounds, I'd say this is good value. I'm not sure I'd buy it again, though. Once you know how to use it, it works well, but I find a nice serum/cream combination works better for me.  If you have dry, scaly patches you may well find this is the exact kind of moisture top-up you need!

Undeniably moisturising
Packaging feels cheaply made
Lasts for a very long time, more than justifying price
Too oily for my skin type, better for dry
100% organic, which is great
Organic certifier isn't mentioned; assuming there is one!


Brand: Botanics

Size: 25 ml
Price: £9.99 (£39.96/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Rosa Canina Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Limonene, Citronellol, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Extract, Linalool, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil , Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Geraniol, Parfum (Fragrance), Citral



  1. Interesting. I am tempted to try Clarins' lotus face oil which claims to be for combination/oily skin. Something just doesn't feel quite 'right' about using an oil though, and I've had problems in the past with an Aveda oil. :/

  2. I want to like this more than I do, I can see the potential but facial oils never quite live up to my expectations. The only other oil I've tried is Dr. Hauschka, which I liked less than the Botanics one, because I coul smell it for ages after applying! The Clarins oil you mentioned might be alright if it's designed for combination skin types, perhaps it'll sink it faster?

  3. Replies
    1. No, I'm sorry, I wouldn't use this on acne. Most facial oils are far too rich for that skin condition, I'm afraid.

    2. Actually, oil can counteract our own natural oil production and help our skin. These oils don't cause acne and people who breakout easily have mentioned no acne from using it. For $8, it's worth a try.

    3. I thought that was just castor oil because of its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory effects? I might be wrong, though, I'm not an acne expert!