However, as I'm getting tired of shelling out major money on skin care with often times limited-results, I'm beginning to look at this idea of oils differently. Moroccan oil works wonders in my hair, so why not consider the use of essential oils elsewhere?
Let me introduce to you Ms. Linda Rodin - the mastermind behind Rodin Olio. Five years ago the former supermodel and stylist for mega-size company's (Victoria's Secret being one...) began mixing essential oils in her bathroom to experiment with the perfect blend for her face. She packaged it and started handing it out to her model and make-up artist friends.
You can guess the rest of the story.........the product took off and is now selling at $140 an ounce (if you can even find it). Ms. Rodin has expanded her line and is now featuring makeup and other skin care products.
So how does it work? Wash your face, pat dry and spread 1-2 drops on. That's it.
Supposedly (according to happy reviewers EVERYWHERE) your face is radiant and the blend of oils smooths out your complexion, eliminates discolorations and leaves your skin looking and feeling dewy - not oily.
I'm sold, but wait..........couldn't I make this stuff myself or find another equally fabulous substitute? I found this bottle by NUXE in Stuttgart - has anyone heard of it or tried it?
Using Linda as an inspiration (she's 63 btw and referred to as 'SILVER FOXY'), I wanted to try experimenting with essential oils too. Using websites such as IHERB, you can stock up on various oils for a great price. I thought I would be able to find some in Germany but it has been more difficult than I anticipated. The oils here are usually blended with fragrances for aromatherapy purposes (you don't want those - save your money).
Why not create your own custom blends of oils? You can buy these empty amber vials on eBay and share your next custom blended oil with your friends. Even better yet, create tags and sell them at your next Farmers Market or Beauty Fair.
The main oils that are beneficial to your face: sweet almond, rose hip, argan, jasmine, calendula, juniper, neroli, rosemary, jojoba, evening primrose, apricot, arnica and sunflower.
BONUS: Essential oils have many other uses including soaps, foot baths, candles, massage oils, aromatherapy and overall relaxation purposes.
Has anyone else experimented with oils for skin use? Any suggestions? Any web links for products??
This is Linda Rodin's dog Winky. Love, love love this dog! Oh and Linda's apartment is pretty cool too. You can check out a slide show of her NYC place HERE.