Monday, 10 June 2013

Jao Brand Goe Oil (review)

Jao Brand Goe Oil 85g
This, wonderful readers, is what an oil is all about. And I'm super-mega-excited about it. It is up there in the ranks with other super-mega-exciting things like Victoria sponge cake, new Ryan Phillipe films, and the discovery of monkey orchids (Google them if you don't know what I'm talking about). 

Why so excited about an oil? Well, this isn't really just an oil. It has got oils in it (including oils of sunflower, jojoba, rice bran, meadowfoam seed, rose hip, avocado, hemp seed, kukuinut, chamomile and calendula) but also a hit of butters (including grape seed, pumpkin seed, mango, shea, beeswax and cupuacu) which give it a multi-dimensional feel. Some oil products, of course, smell great but are flat: they can lack texture and appeal and wipe on but don't seem to penetrate. Not with Goe Oil. When squeezed from the tube, this product is like a soft, melting butter which, when warmed in the hands, turns into a holistic elixir. And the smell! The mix of oils and butters combine with essential oils to make looking good fun again. In all, it has 28 all-natural ingredients. 

I've started using this for all kinds of things. It works great on hands before bed and works up a massage without going gloopy. It is also great for nails and cuticles. If my skin is parched I use it on my body: All the time on areas like my elbows and feet and occasionally elsewhere if I've been swimming in the pool at the gym (it is chock-a-block with nasty, drying chlorine). Jao also recommend it as a hair styling aid, for softening shaved legs, to remove eye make-up, tame a chapped nose after suffering a cold, to moisturise after chemical peels, and, also, making a bald head sparkle. 

I bought this product with a purpose in mind: I wanted to find an alternative to Bio Oil, a rather unnatural but quite good product. This certainly is a natural alternative, and it carries good doses of vitamins A, C, E, B, G and beta carotene. But, remember, this is an oil, and doesn't carry the extras that Bio Oil does such as  glycerine to help bind water to the skin. However, use it after bathing and it'll bind water to the skin without the need for other ingredients. It also doesn't have the other extras that Bio Oil has such as artificial colours, fragrances, and more. 

Over time, I have noticed a softening and calming effect. As well as stocking a tube in my bathroom cabinet, I have another on my bedside table and another in my drawer at work. If it weren't so darned expensive I'd probably have a tube in each of my bags, too (I paid £32.00 for an 85g tube which for me  actually lasts a long time so I'm not going to shy away from giving it a good value rating). 

The thing I like about this product's consistency is that because it is a butter when it is dispensed it doesn't spill or make a mess. I've had oils in the past which create an oil slick on the shelf. The packaging warns to store below 31 degrees celsius / 88 degrees fahrenheit and I guess if it gets hotter than this it'll be a little more messy, but the cap is a sturdy one and I don't think it'll leave a slick on your t-shirt in your gym bag (yes, that's happened to me with Bio Oil). 

If you want a brilliant oil, try this. If you aren't sure whether an oil is for you or not, just remember that oil is only one aspect of moisturising and that you might also need something to replace the water lost from your skin. For that reason, I don't think I'd ever rely on this alone. It really does depend on your own skin and what it needs (and doesn't need, for that matter). 

Yes, this is what an oil is all about.

Works great for all kinds of uses
The price. It is a great quality product, but I just feel so guilty paying so much. 
Smells amazing - like a high-end perfume
Natural, natural, natural (though it isn't organic)


Brand: Jao Brand

Size: 85 g 
Price: £32.00 (£37.65/100 g)

Manufactured: United States

Ingredients: Jojoba Butter, Sunflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Monoi Tiare, Rice Bran Oil, Avocado Butter, Grape Seed Butter, Grape Seed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Soy Lecithin, Pumpkin Seed Butter, Mango Butter, Cupuacu Butter, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Hemp Seed Oil, Kukuinut Oil, Chamomile Oil, Beeswax, Calendula Oil, Essential Oils, Tocopherol, Vitamin E, Acetate, Rosemary Extract

Alternative: STEAMCREAM Moisturiser

1 comment:

  1. Give me this over Bio Oil anyday! I tried it on the back of my hands in Selfridges and thought it was very luxurious and nourishing. It is pretty pricey, though!