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Beauty Oil Woes

From Part One we've learned that beauty oils are also for oily skin people. We've also learned that these types of products can serve multiple functions. Now I want to get into a few oils that I would almost call treatments.

Beauty Oils -

Sunday Riley Luna Night Sleeping Oil 


"What it is: A next-generation retinol oil that boosts the look and feel of skin plumpness, while improving the appearance of wrinkles, redness, and pores for visibly younger-looking skin.

Solutions for:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dryness and rough texture
- Pores

If you want to know more
Luna works throughout the night to deliver more visibly youthful, luminous, even-toned skin in the morning. Trans-retinoic acid ester (retinol) complex reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles, while visibly improving the signs of premature aging, including fine lines, uneven texture, age spots, dryness, and dullness. Balanced with blue tansy and German chamomile essential oils—both rich in soothing, blue azulene—the look of redness and sensitivity are visibly balanced for a calm, even-toned complexion. Luna is clinically proven to improve the appearance of fine lines, radiance, and skin smoothness in as little as four weeks, while advanced retinol ester mixed with potent botanicals makes this product the ultimate transformational, soothing, sleeping night oil.

I've raved about Sunday Riley's Good Genes since I first was exposed to both these products via a value set. When Luna was first released, there was some talk about the additional blue dye not being beneficial/necessary. Still, people rave about this Night Oil to this day.

Sunday Riley Luna Night Sleeping Oil -

The 0.5 oz / 15 ml retails for $55USD while the full size (1 oz / 30 ml) is $105USD. Sometimes you can find a 7.5 ml version in a kit.

Sunday Riley Luna Night Sleeping Oil -

Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil 


Brightens, deeply hydrates and restores youthful radiance

OLEHENRIKSEN Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil instantly restores and deeply nourishes as it brightens the complexion. This OLHENRIKSEN facial oil is made with naturally derived pure rosehip fruit oil, an ingredient Ole has been using at his spa for decades, and because of minimal processing to preserve efficacy, its color varies from natural golden-orange to red, depending on the harvest. Rich in essential fatty acids, this hydrating oil helps restore luminosity and replenishes skin for a softer, more supple and youthful-looking Ole Glow™!

  • Brightens
  • Deeply hydrates
  • Restores youthful radiance
  • Vegan".
This is another value set find and it wasn't the product I was most interested in. 

Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil -

All Ole Henriksen products have had a facelift since I purchased this. The "Truth" line is a popular one for them. The 1 oz bottle of this oil retails for $45USD on their site and

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

From their website: "A nighttime facial oil that visibly restores the appearance of skin.


This top-rated face serum is formulated with ingredients like Lavender Essential Oil and Evening Primrose Oil to replenish skin by morning.

  • Restores overnight to help skin repair itself from daily aggressors
  • Improves firmness and elasticity for replenished, radiant skin
  • Formulated with a blend of essential oils and distilled botanicals including Lavender Essential Oil, Evening Primrose Oil and Squalane
  • A customer favorite."
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate -

The Midnight Recovery Concentrate comes in three sizes: 1 fl. oz for $47USD, 1.7 fl. oz. for $73USD and 3.4 fl. oz. for $123USD. I had no intention on trying this product; it was a gift from Katrina.


Packaging - like the oils noted in part one, the dropper style delivery is again featured in two out of the three products mentioned. Only Ole Henriksen uses a pump and I think that makes it easier to use. There's definitely less risk of knocking over an open bottle and wasting all your product.

Price - Sunday Riley is leaps and bounds ahead of the others here. People are willing to pay the price because they believe in the product. It may not be fair to compare these oils based on price alone since you'd have to pick the product that best suits your skin concerns. I'm not going to repurchase Luna in any hurry for the reason I stated here.

Texture - The Kiehl's Oil is so lightweight I think you can use it in the day time. I can see why it's a favourite of oily skin folks. Unlike the other two, it's also transparent. Luna does take a bit more time to be absorbed into the skin. It's not unbearably thick or sticky but it is the most dense of the products we're presently discussing. Pure Truth is in the middle. I have used this in the day time but never under makeup. 
Let me state here that you shouldn't do like me and have an excessive number of oils opened at once. My half ounce bottle of Luna has thickened considerable since I've had it open. Thankfully it's almost finished so I'll just apply that to my elbows and knees 😉

Ingredients - 

Luna:" -Trans-retinoic Acid Ester: Supports healthy skin with the power of retinoids, but without the irritation of traditional retinol; encourages exfoliation and revitalization for the appearance of smoother, younger-looking skin. 
-Blue Tansy and German Chamomile: Help to calm and soothe for a reduce the appearance of redness.
-Chia Seed Oil: This richest botanical source of omega 3 also provides alpha-lipoic acid.

Persea Gratissima (Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed Avocado) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Organic, Cold Pressed Concord Grape) Seed Oil, Rubus Fruticosus (Cold Pressed Blackberry) Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Cold Pressed Chia) Oil, Dimethyl Isosorbide (and) Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Tanecetum annuum (Blue Tansy) oil, Anthemis nobilis (English Chamomile) oil, Eriocephalus punctulatus (Cape Chamomile) oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Blood Orange) oil, Cananga Odorata Flower (Ylang Ylang) Oil, Vetivera zizanoides (Vetiver) oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (and) Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, CI 61565 (Green 6), CI 60725 (Violet 2).

The ingredient list on matches what's on my packaging.

Pure Truth: "Pure rosehip fruit oil–rich in essential fatty acids, deeply hydrates and replenishes

This product does not contain parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.
This product is vegan.

Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Tocopherol, Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol.

I can't find the packing for this one. It's interesting how my bottle states "100% pure rose hips seed oil" while the new packaging has "with pure rosehip fruit oil". 😐

Midnight Recovery: "-Squalane: Helps restore skin’s natural moisture balance to keep it extra soft and supple. 
-Lavender Essential Oil: Helps soothe inflamed or irritated skin, while helping reduce skin blotchiness for a more even look.
-Evening Primrose Oil: Boosts radiance and visibly repairs skin’s barrier.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Squalane, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Oenothera Biennis Oil / Evening Primrose Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil / Jojoba Seed Oil, Coriandrum Sativum Oil / Coriander Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil / Lavender Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Linalool, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil / Rosemary Leaf Oil, Citronellol, Geraniol, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Cucumis Sativus Extract / Cucumber Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa Extract / Turmeric Root Extract, Limonene, Citral, Sclareolide, Rosa Spp / Rose Flower Oil, Jasminum Officinale Extract / Jasmine Extract, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil / Sunflower Seed Oil.

I don't have any box packaging for this one either but the list on and is the same.

All of these oils have a scent to them. Nothing offensive and it doesn't linger but they are noticeable.
I consider these treatments because some have a bit more added than those mentioned the first time around. Luna especially since it has special instructions: "Precautions:-Due to presence of retinoids, not for use during pregnancy. -Due to presence of retinoids, it is best to use Luna at night." I'm more inclined to use one of these if my skin feels dehydrated.

Let us know if you've added a beauty oil to your regimen.


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