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Review: Huxley Secret Of Sahara Oil Light and More

28. February 2019


I love facial oils! For one reason, my skin type is quite dry. We have four seasons in Germany and winter tends to be quite cold and aggressive for drier skin types, but even normal or sensitive skin types will feel the effect of weather on their skin. Since our faces are exposed to the weather every day, it’s a good idea to help out with some oils to protect the skin barrier. One of the oils I’m using at the moment is the Huxley Secret Of Sahara Oil. Actually, the full name is “Huxley Secret Of Sahara Oil: “Light and More”. Thanks and a shout-out to Korean Smooch at this point for providing me with this facial oil for reviewing purpose.

Huxley Secret Of Sahara Oil

Korean brand Huxley (헉슬리)

“Great things never came from comfort zones.” – That’s the motto of the Korean brand Huxley (헉슬리). And that motto already tells you so much about the brand. Huxley is a contemporary brand with the mission to find and benefit from ingredients that are characteristic of extreme environments. Their aim is to use these innovative ingredients and contribute to new skincare trends in that way (check out the English brand description >>here<<). By the way, did you know that the brand name actually refers to the author Aldous Huxley, who wrote the dystopia “Brave New World”?

Huxley Secret Of Sahara Oil

I must confess that I was drawn to the brand when I saw the first promotional images and I fell in love with the simple packaging design. Actually, you might find it boring, because it’s so plain, but somehow I was drawn to it. And then I read about the Secret of Sahara line and I was sold. As someone with dry skin, I can definitely see my skin to be as dry as the desert, and that name was almost shouting my name. I was lucky enough to get my hand on some travel sized samples of Huxley’s Secret of Sahara skincare line, including the Huxley Secret of Sahara Essence: Grab Water, Huxley Secret of Sahara Oil Essence: Essence-Like, Oil-Like, and the Huxley Secret of Sahara Oil: Light and More. Out of the three, I loved the oil so much, that I knew that I needed the full-sized bottle of the facial oil, in order to write a full review here.

Huxley Secret Of Sahara Oil

Huxley Secret of Sahara Oil: Light and More

The Huxley Secret of Sahara Oil is described as followed on the brand’s page:

“A lightweight facial oil that contains prickly pear seed oil with outstanding moisturizing ability. It absorbs into the skin quickly, protects it from various stressors, and fortifies the skin”

It’s three features are: Firstly, it’s a non-greasy lightweight oil that does not leave an oily appearance. Second, it’s a fast absorbing, light and dry oil suitable for all skin types. Lastly, it provides rich moisture for dry skin. According to the description it can be used during day and night. It’s possible to use it plain or mixed with cream, foundation, or even with toner and used as mist. Best part, you can use it on your lips and hair as well.

Huxley Secret Of Sahara Oil

Key Ingredient: Sahara Prickly Pear Seed Oil

The ingredients list of the Huxley Secret of Sahara Oil is surprisingly short. It contains the Sahara Prickly Pear Seed Oil as the key ingredient, an example for an ingredient that is observed in extreme environments since the Sahara Prickly Pear survives the extreme temperature variance of the Sahara of 50°C during the day. The seed oil is especially rich in linolic acid and therefore has a great moisturizing effect on the skin, but also contains other unsaturated lipids (oleic acid, palmitic acid, and stearic acid). Due to high contents in gamma-Tocopherol (Vitamin E) and flavonoids the seed oil has great anti-aging effects. It’s also rich in Vitamin K, by the way, which is great for brightening and cell-stimulating. Last, but not least, the Prickly Pear Seed Oil used in Huxley products is a certified organic ingredient with the Ecocert label.

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Squalane, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance

Apart from the very exclusive key ingredient, the list contains other well-known oils, namely sunflower seed oil, and jojoba seed oil. Both are rich in unsaturated fatty acids and tocopherol, similar to the prickly pear seed oil. The last oil spotted is Abyssinian Seed Oil, or known as Crambe Abyssinian Seed Oil. The Abyssinian Seed Oil is rich in erucic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid, but also contains a good amount of oleic and linolic acid. The Huxley Secret of Sahara Oil is free from parabens, silicones, alcohols, sulfates, and is EU-Allergen free. The minimal ingredients list is also a benefit. You can check the full ingredients via SkinCarisma.

Huxley Secret Of Sahara Oil

The Scent of a Spring Garden

Let’s talk about the scent: I’m not a scent sensitive person regarding skincare. On the contrary, I prefer aromatic scents, because it brings me joy while I’m applying my skincare. There are scents that I adore, like rose or green tea for example. For this oil, I absolutely had no expectation regarding the scent in any way. And that’s what surprised me most: the scent is intoxicating! The first time I used the Huxley Secret of Sahara trial set I was so positively surprised! It reminded me of my childhood, and of fields and flowers and playing outside. Now, after doing my research on the brand site I discovered, that the fragrance they use is a collaboration with LUZI, a traditional Swiss fragrance company. You can check out the fragrance pyramid on the official product description page I linked above. I read the first sentence of the fragrance description and I was amazed since it describes exactly the same image I had from using it for the first time: “The first impression is like stepping from inside a house into a lush green garden […]”. 

Huxley Secret Of Sahara Oil

My Impression

The texture of the oil is as you would expect from the description: it’s a liquid, clear oil with a light yellowish color. It absorbs very quickly and feels dry and not greasy upon application. Yet, you feel that it acts nourishing on the skin. I’m using 2-3 drops of the oil on my face and neck. Usually, I use it together with cream, but sometimes I use it even on its own, only followed by the sunscreen. I have used it on my lips, too, and sometimes I use my hands afterward on the end of my hair. I can only say, that this oil does everything I expect from a good facial oil and I have no complaints here to make. The bottle comes with a dropper cap and is easy to use. The volume is 30 ml, and it lasts a long time since you are only using a few drops each time. I also like the fact, that the bottle is made out of glass.

Huxley Secret Of Sahara Oil

Many people imagine facial oils to bee too heavy. I assure you that this oil is lightweight, as it also states in the product description! Apart from providing hydration and nourishment it doesn’t leave the skin greasy at all and can be used day and night. Of course, this is my personal impression, and everyone has different needs regarding their skin, but I can say for myself that I can recommend using the Huxley Secret of Sahara Oil, and that I’m enjoying it in my skincare routine. I can also say, that I would repurchase this oil anytime.

Huxley Secret Of Sahara Oil

I received the Huxley Secret Of Sahara Oil for reviewing purpose from Korean Smooch, an online retailer for Korean cosmetics products based in France. This shop might be especially interesting for people ordering from the EU. Delivery to Germany, for example, is free from 80€ purchase and takes approximately 3 to 5 days to arrive. And the best, no customs duties for EU as they ship from France! Check out the Huxley products they offer >>here<<.

Are you using any facial oils? Do you have a favorite brand or oil blend that you swear by? And what is your impression about the Korean brand Huxley?

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Huxley Secret Of Sahara Oil

Just as a short reminder: All products mentioned and reviewed on this blog are of my personal opinions. This product here was sent to me for reviewing purpose by which doesn’t influence me in providing my honest opinion on the products.
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Review: Whamisa Organic Flowers Facial Oil

7. November 2016

Good news for my fellow German kbeauty lovers: Whamisa skincare is now also available in Germany through the online store for natural cosmetics Najoba. I received the Whamisa Organic Flowers Facial Oil for testing and since the temperatures are constantly dropping with the days it is always a good idea to have a facial oil at hands. Here is my impression:

Whamisa Organic Flowers Facial Oil

The Korean brand Whamisa is relatively young and was founded in 2010 as certified natural cosmetics brand. Their key ingredients focus on plant based fermentation extracts. The brand name is written in Chinese characters which have the meaning of flowers and beauty and the use of four key components of natural materials in their products.  The attractive ingredients are combined with a beautiful packaging design in light colors. Some of the products are decorated with flower illustrations, as you can see here, too.

Whamisa Organic Flowers Facial Oil

The Whamisa Organic Flowers Facial Oil is made of 98 % of pure ingredients derived from nature. It provides deep moisture and absorbs into the skin without any stickiness according to the description. Fermented organic ingredients help the skin to protect itself from harmful environment and dryness by nourishing and creating a skin protective film. The facial oil is also supposed to improve the immunity of the skin by balancing the oil-moisture barrier. The skin is feeling more elastic, moisturized and brightened.

Whamisa Organic Flowers Facial Oil

By the way, Whamisa products are formulated without Parabens/Synthetic/Chemical Preservatives, Artificial Dyes and fragrances, Petrochemicals, Silicon/Mineral Oils, EDTA, Animal Origin ingredients. Their products are environmental friendly and free from animal testing. The ingredients of the Whamisa Organic Flowers Facial Oil are:

*Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, *Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, *Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, *Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Satica (Carrot) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, *Lactobacillus/Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Rhizome/Root Ferment Filtrate, **Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, **Paeonia Suffruitcosa Root Extract, **Glycyrrihiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil 

*Certified Organically Grown **Natural Perservative

You can check the ingredients also on COSDNA and you will see that the list is quite short, and that all the ingredients are green labeled. Since some of the oils can cause potential irritations or Acne please be sure to patch test before use. Apart from the plant-based oils like Argan oil, jojoba oil or Camelia oil the product contains also Lactobacillus fermented plant extracts. Ferment filtrate is nutrients-rich. It contains many vitamins, amino acids and proteins and helps to improve the moisture level of the skin.

Whamisa Organic Flowers Facial Oil

The Whamisa Organic Flowers Facial Oil comes in a milk glass bottle with an attached pipette for dispensing the oil. you can see the yellow colored oil through the glass. In contrast to regular oils like olive oil you will see that this oil is more fluid. It has a light flowery/sweet scent which reminds me of the Whamisa sheet masks I reviewed previously. In order to use this facial oil in your skincare routine you place 1-3 drops on your palms after your regular moisturizing skincare. The you rub the palms to your face and pat until absorbed. I leaves the warming feeling of oil on the skin while applying and feels nourishing directly. It absorbs after a few rubs and leaves a very adorable glow on the skin, without being greasy. Depending on your skintype the amount of the oil varies. You can also mix one drop or two with your regular moisturizer.

Whamisa Organic Flowers Facial Oil

I love the Whamisa Organic Flowers Facial Oil. It is not as heavy as pure argan oil, which I used last winter when my skin was too dry, but it still gives that noticeable protective film to your skin. My only downside for Whamisa products in generall is the price, especially if offered by shops outside of Korea. Of course a high price is justified by the origin of the ingredients, since it is natural and organic cosmetics, and for non-Korean sellers they also have to add the costs for export. Still 45 € for 30 ml bottle of facial oil can be considered quite expensive, but be assured that there are facial oils on the market with less effective ingredients/mineral oil and so on sold for even more.

What is your favorite facial oil?

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Whamisa Organic Flowers Facial Oil

Just as a short reminder: All products mentioned and reviewed on this blog are of my personal opinions. This product here was sent to me for reviewing purpose by which doesn’t influence me in providing my honest opinion on the products.
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Review: Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer and P.M. Revitalizer and Giveaway

26. November 2014

Winter is the season for extra moisture and care of your skin. Apart from the cream or gel type moisturizers, which are generally used in our skincare routine, it is also great to have some facial oils at hand. I’ve been trying Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer and P.M. Revitalizer from the company Trusted Health Products for more than a month now and finally it is time to give you a review on these two fcaial oils. Moreover, there will be a giveaway opened to my dear readers from US, Canada, England and Australia. Keep on reading for more information at the end of the post.

Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer and P.M. Revitalizer

Trusted Health Products is a company dedicted to offer the “Purest and most Natural Products available anywhere in the world today”. Their products are GMO-free, 100% Pure & Natural, and have No Additives of any kind. Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer and P.M. Revitalizer is a dual facial oil combo from this company and it consists of a combination of live fruit, nut and plant extracts for feeding the skin. It claims thereby to promote a youthful, moist and beautiful glowing skin. It is not only recommended to dry skin, but also to oily or acneprone skin, since it says that it balances your natural skin condition. It has anti-aging properties, too, and should have a firming effect on the skin. Moreover it claims to reduce the appearance of pores and make your skin look smoother in general. You’ll find a detailled description for the product >>here<<.

Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer and P.M. Revitalizer The ingredients of Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer and P.M. Revitalizer are natural. The Beautiful A. M. Moisturizer used during the day contains 100% Pure Botanical oils of almond, orange, lemon, avocado and olive. The P.M. Revitalizer contains 100% Pure Botanical oils of almond, orange, lemon, evening primrose and apricot. all these oils have their specific benefits:

almond oil moisturizes, soothes and softens the skin, it relieves itching from dry skin and gives the complexion an appearance of improvement and glow.

orange oil cleanses the skin through natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and helps fighting acne and restores smooth appearance to skin.

lemon oil is a natural cleanser, preventative for wrinkling and aging. Significantly increases the anti-oxidative potential of the skin bio surface (to help stop damage to the skin).

avocado oil significantly increases the soluble collagen content in the skin to enrich dry, damaged, chapped or wounded skin. It is loaded with vitamins A, D and E.

olive oil works as cleanser and moisturizer. It has shown preventative effects for formation of skin cancer and tumors.

evening primrose oil contains nutrience which are essential for cell structure and improve the elasticity of the skin. There is evidence that it can help reduce wrinkles and even help repair stretch marks. It is also rich in omega 6 fatty acids.

apricot oil is light and gently moisturizes skin. It contains vitamins A and E, it soothes the skin and slows signs of aging as well as firming and toning.

From the ingredients it seems that these two bottles are packed with good stuff, which can be beneficial for your skin and skin condition. For application it is advised to use 2-3 drops on each cheek and spread the oil softly over your face. They also write that when you start to use these two oils it will affect like a detoxing on your skin. They also state that there might be breakouts during the first 30 days of usage, which will go away after a couple of days. Luckily, I didn’t experience any other breakouts than my normal occasional ones and my skin stayed in its good condition as before.

Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer and P.M. Revitalizer

The two bottles don’t have the most fancy or beautiful design, they are just brown glass bottles, but as extra, they imprint your name on the labels of the bottles, which is a super cute idea and makes it much more personal. I love this idea :) The bottles have a normal screwing cap and a drop dispenser or dropper, so you can controll precisely how many drops you want to use. Unfortunatelly, it is not that easy going and you’ll have to give the bottle a shake in order to make the drops come out. I can say, that I never had the problem that I used too much oil, because the dispenser is a bit harder to use.

Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer and P.M. Revitalizer

Although the bottles are so small they last you for quite a while, at least for two month, if not even more. I use both oils in my day and night skincare routine and I’m really happy about the moisturizing effect. First of all, the oils have both a nice orange scent, which is really relaxing. Both oils absorb fast and do not leave your skin greasy or sticky at all– although one might think that oils woul’d definitively make your skin look greasy. It is not the case. It absorbs quickly, makes the skin feel smooth and give it a natural moisturized glow. The scent will linger on your skin for some time, but it is not unpleasantly strong.

Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer and P.M. Revitalizer

All in all, I can say that these two facial oils have replaced my normally used and loved moisturizing creams, but I still use toner, essence and serum ahead. The oils go well with that combined skincare routine, too. I recognised that the skin feels soft after application and has a nice glow. It also works fine when BB creams or foundation is applied afterwards. I’m positively surprised how much I like these oils and I will definitively continue to use facial oils in my skincare routine. The two-bottle-set containing the Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer and P.M. Revitalizer is sold for 29.97 US$. At the moment you can get also free standard shipping until 1st of December because of Black Friday Sales and they have some other deals, too. Apart from this, for a limited time, the manufacturer is willing to offer my readers one FREE bottle. They said they would love to have my readers try out Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer (for women) or You’re the Man A.M. Moisturizer (for men) and agreed to send one bottle FREE if my readers would pay a minimal shipping and handling charge. This is a one-time only offer!  They also agreed to include 2 eye-opening reports – The Poisons You Put On Your Face Everyday and Why Your Skin Care Products Have Never Worked: The Truth Revealed .”  That’s a total value of over $40.00. Click here to get your FREE Bottle and FREE reports now! (This has nothing to do with the giveaway below).

Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer and P.M. Revitalizer

So, apart from the offers I stated above I have a giveaway for readers from US, Canada, England and Australia. To all my other readers, don’t be sad, there will be other giveaway opportunities for sure :)

Three of you can win one bottle of Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer.You don’t have to pay any shipping or handling costs. all you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below. You have to be a reader of my blog and I will check for entries, so please don’t cheat. :) The giveaway is open until 12th of December.

Eligibility Requirement: You – or anyone in your household – may win one bottle of Beautiful one time only. Previous winners please do not apply.

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And finally, here is also my rating for this product :)

Blog_Rating_beautiful Did anybody try these two products already? What facial oils are you using? Make sure to visit their Trusted Health Products Website, too and like them on Facebook.

Just as a short reminder: All products mentioned and reviewed on this blog are of my personal opinions. This product here was sent to me for reviewing purpose by which doesn’t influence me in providing my honest opinion on the products.