For many, an honestly luxurious face oil may be hard to source. Purists will get beyond the triteness of romanticized marketing, cut through the clutter of layerable packaging, and never even balk at the price. For the right oil, that is. Devotees of floral greatness will undoubtedly argue Darphin’s venerable 8-Flower Nectar ($150) memorializes what a luxury face oil should be about.
Beyond the excess moisture from Jojoba, Sunflower, Avocado, Apricot Kernel, Macadamia carriers comes an incredibly striking blend of radiance-boosting 8 floral essences. A radiant Ylang Ylang pairs quite nicely with a luminous Jasmine while layers of Iris, Vanilla Fruit, Orange Flower, Patchouli, Helichrysum Angustifolium, Lavender, Rose, and Rosewood round out the elegant composition. You’ll be duly impressed with the saturated softness on skin from Darphin’s rainbow of botanicals, as only a drop or two is needed to spread across the face. It’s not an abstract blend, but one with a congruous freshness and linearity that results with an unexpected musk-like finish. The Rose is muted at best, quietly accented by the lightness of a languorous Iris and sunshine-y burst of Orange.
Complexion is immediately boosted by this nectar. I rather like this word for this serum as it has a richness about it that mature skins will absolutely want more of. Strung between the carriers and essentials is Vitamin A to boost your skin’s cell turnover. Vitamins C, D, & E help whatever decrepitude you want to ease out. Best at night, I can assure you no night cream will be needed after a slather of this labour-intensive oil. Really, every essence’s dainty aesthetic permeates through the heart of the oil, making its execution near perfect. And, to blend it just right, Darphin offers up a step-by-step guide on using an aromatic oil.
Too often in beauty, complex serums and oils are being turned into sellable sound bytes, making it easy for consumers to rip them apart. But, this face oil escapes this criticism and earns its merit as the gold standard of botanical serums. There’s restlessness & drive in this oil – ready to get skin drunk with moisture and more.
So see, future intern, while face oils may be a new phenomenon, you’ll never tire of the far-reaching blends from the French. Even if you’re trying one for the hundredth time.
Scent Classification: Floral
Viscosity: Densely viscosity (7/10)