RRP: £12 for 50ml
--What does the promo say?--
"Rich in vitamins and antioxidants,
organic Cherry Seed oil provides natural, effective hydration. Cherry
Seed oil is gorgeous emollient oil that is also rich in natural
antioxidants, plus vitamins A and E. Cherry Seed oil is especially
beneficial for acne-prone or inflamed skin. The vitamins and nutrients
contained within the fruit are known to play an important role in
collagen synthesis and skin healing processes. Yellow in colour with a
hint of marzipan, the oil is abundant in oleic acid and linoleic acid,
fatty acids that help restore and replenish the skin. The oil also works
well as a carrier oil in aromatherapy. Add a few drops of the oil to
your daily moisturiser and keep your skin ultra hydrated and to treat
acne prone skin. Sourced from Malatya in central Turkey."
This opaque glass bottle makes an elegant addition to any bathroom, but the plastic stopper (with a hole in it to let the oil out) is unreliable and frequently falls out. The best way to get it out is to run the opening of the bottle across the palm of your hand, keeping the bottle opening quite close to your palm at all times. Go over the entire palm of your hand twice to create a layer of oil, before rubbing into your face directly or mixing with your moisturiser.
You can mix with moisturiser or use directly on the face. I'd perhaps recommend the former, as it may sink in more easily then (when the oil is applied alone, this takes longer).
A beautiful golden oil that sinks invisibly into the skin.
A gorgeous and authentic aroma of marzipan. Nothing added to this! And who doesn't love a product which makes them smell like cake?
--Texture and consistency--
Not too thick itself, but does seem to take a long time to absorb. A shame.
--Effects on the skin--
As well as moisturising, this promises to reduce inflammation and benefit acneic skin. Happy to report that I have seen an improvement in my skin while using this.
--Value for money--
This compares most favourably with other facial oils on the market: Nuxe, perhaps the most famous, charges £14 for 50ml, while Weleda and Jurlique charge the same. Sanctuary, Green People and even Body Shop are even more expensive than that. I'm sure Waitrose won't mind me borrowing from their catchphrase when I say that this is a quality product, honestly priced, in spite of its flaws regarding texture and packaging. The aromatic smell gives a real boost in the morning and the results are there too. And I'm not just saying that because I was sent mine for free! Would recommend.
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