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DE MAMIEL AUTUMN FACIAL OIL, 2016



A facial oil curated to meet your all your skin's needs during the Autumnal months. We need to discuss how enthralled I've been by the de Mamiel range as of late. It's the kind of brand I want to keep exploring because it feels wholesome and immersive. Annee undoubtedly creates spas in a bottle. Next on my list are the Altitude Oil and Salvation Body Oil. I picked up the Autumn Facial Oil about a month ago, and it's been a fantastic relationship ever since. I've used it both night and day, as a serum-oil and serum, alone and underneath a moisturizer, and on days where I wore make and went makeup-free. Needless to say, it has performed beautifully in every situation thus far.

What it is:

Specially prepared to use as of the Autumnal Equinox on 23rd September, this delicate yet powerful fusion of plant oils decongests and smooths and calms post-summer skin. The cocooning aroma helps to balance the emotions too, easing us into shorter days, longer nights.‘Autumn is about harvest, enjoying the fruits of our labour and preparing for winter. It’s also a great time to repair and nourish our complexion after a summer of sun exposure. I’ve selected the best age-defying plant based ingredients to help skin renew and deal with changes in air moisture as the temperature cools.’ With sunny holidays behind us and a long winter ahead, we can feel physically drained and emotionally deflated. This blend seeks to install confidence and uplift the spirit, whilst supporting the skin through this big transition. Nutritionally packed base seed oils - including Prickly Pear, Amaranth, Echium - counteract the effects of crisp mornings and central heating on our faces. The heavenly scent of Jasmine Sambac comes through to inspire confidence and optimism alongside citrusy Grapefruit, Green Mandarin and Lemon to focus and energise.

This oil is beyond phenomenal - truly. It's the right balance between thin and fluid and syrup-y and viscous. Enveloping, but still airy. I love the idea of a seasonal facial oil. We all know that each season requires different products in order to meet our skin's needs, so having an oil specifically created to meet those needs during that season is beyond genius. The oil itself is a rich bronze tone that smells herbal with a buttery-bitter-sweetness. Comforting, grounding, and ever so slightly enlivening. I would say that this functions a bit better as an oil rather than a serum. This is likely due to the Argan and Rosehip oil base - it sticks around on the surface longer than most oil-serums do. Because of the nourishing qualities of both oils, you're definitely going to get more moisture out of this than an oil-serum often provides.

Usage Instructions: Morning and night, after cleansing, place 4-5 drops in the palm of the hands, press together to warm, then cup around your nose and mouth, breathing deeply for a count of three, pause before exhaling for a count of five. Then massage upward and over the face, working outward from the centre, until the oil is absorbed and skin begins to sing.

And your skin truly does sing.

Something worth noting is this oil is 0.7 fl oz, which is less common than the traditional 1.0 fl oz bottle many oils are housed in. Some people may feel the size / price relationship isn't as strong as other options on the market, but I appreciate that this oil is in a petite bottle. It means that you can finish the product up by the time the season is over without any waste. It also makes it quite nice for travel, which I'm doing quite a bit of over the next couple of months.

Ingredients: Argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil*, Rosa rubiginosa (rosehip) seed oil*, Opuntia ficus-indica (prickly pear) seed oil, Papaver somniferum (white poppy) seed oil, Echium plantagineum (echium) seed oil, Sambucus nigra (elderberry) seed oil*, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) CO2 extract*, Hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn) fruit extract*, Daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract*, Hedychium spicatum (white ginger lily) CO2 extract, Santalum paniculatum (royal Hawaiian sandalwood) wood oil*, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, Amaranthus caudatus (amaranth) CO2 extract*, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, Citrus paradisi (grapefruit) peel oil*, Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) leaf oil*, Jasminum sambac (jasmine) flower extract, Citrus limon (lemon) peel oil*, Pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil*, Citrus reticulata (green mandarin) peel oil*, Hedychium coronarium (white lily) extract, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Citronellol˚: Geraniol˚, Linalol˚, Citral˚, d-Limonene˚, Eugenol˚ Bespokely botaniques, created from flower and environmental essences. LightBringer Essences, de Mamiel Autumn (Serenity, Epilobium fleischeri (alpine willowherb), Moneses uniflora (one-flowered wintergreen), Platanthera bifolia (butterfly orchid), Prunus padus (bird cherry), Campanula rotundifolia (harebell), Crataegus monogyna (hawthorn berry))

*Certified organic ̊ Natural essential oil constituents. Hand Blended

All claims of seasons aside, this is a really well-rounded facial oil. It's got a great blend of strengthening omega-rich oils, treatment-focused essential oils, and plant extracts bursting at the seams. It's great at providing a solid amount of moisture without feeling overly emollient, and my skin feels much calmer after I use it. If you're not buying this for its specific purpose of being an Autumnal facial oil, know that the formula will provide the results you're likely looking for.

This may be an unusual admittance, but I love trying product that feature ingredients I've never heard of. What the heck is one-flowered wintergreen? Color me intrigued. All the qualities of a rare and high-quality facial oil are present with the Autumn oil. It feels precious, provides the results, and creates an atmosphere upon usage.

The experience I've had with Autumn makes me want to explore the other seasons by the time they are released! My de Mamiel collection is growing, and I couldn't be happier.

de Mamiel Autumn Facial Oil £70.00 for 0.7 fl oz (20 mL) Available from de Mamiel, Net-a-Porter, and Content Beauty

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