Clarins Santal Face Treatment Oil

Those of us who covet the finest of oils for our skin are believers in the old ways of things. From the earth’s hearty nutrients to the sea’s bewitching minerals, nothing intrigues us more than the apothecary traditions of a bygone era. Beyond it’s translucent, glassy texture, Clarin’s Santal Face Treatment Oil ($49) is that one oil sought high n’ low by beauty loyalists alike. An essential pot of gold, the time-honored pioneer, Clarins, was at the forefront of employing high grade plant extracts before the mainstream masses knew this to seek out. Yes, 15 years ago.

The gentle, diffusive face oil is a glorious, sweet concoction sandalwood, cardamom, and lavender oils to ease distressed drier skins. My normal to oily cheeks felt instantly supple hours out, and without any added sheen to blot away. The sandalwood piqued our curiosity as though we abstain from the sun religiously, we are thrilled to discover researchers at South Dakota State University, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, noted “alpha-santalol, a major component of sandalwood oil, is effective in preventing skin cancer in…UVB-induced skin cancer development.” Additionally, researchers at the University of Colorado, Denver, noted that the oil caused apoptosis (normal cell death) of cells that were on their way to becoming cancerous. Clearly, sandalwood makes a vital therapeutic contribution to skin care formulations for those spending more time than they should in the sun.

The burst of an earthy scent is the oil's strength, but don’t expect it to last (or annoy) for long as it melds into skin upon application. A timeless, classic, etheral oil for skins in dire need of moisture and radiance.

The duality of age old sandalwood with the modernity of new age technology at its finest.